EzmeDesigns

ezme designs - functional ceramics by Chanda Beck

Berkeley, California
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Announcement    All ceramic items are handmade and hand painted by Chanda Beck in Berkeley, CA at the Berkeley Potters Guild. Our new products are created through a production company who take my original designs and drawings and put them on fun new products like pillows, totes, travel mugs and notebooks!

Unless otherwise noted, all items are microwave, dishwasher and food-safe; although with all handmade ceramics, they will last longer with hand washing. Please email me with any questions and thank you for looking and supporting handmade!

Check out my website at https://ezmedesigns.com/ for more awesome pieces. If you see something you like but wish it was a different color or a design you wish was on a different piece , convo me and I can do made to order - ship time is 4-8 weeks depending on availability.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 14, 2023

All ceramic items are handmade and hand painted by Chanda Beck in Berkeley, CA at the Berkeley Potters Guild. Our new products are created through a production company who take my original designs and drawings and put them on fun new products like pillows, totes, travel mugs and notebooks!

Unless otherwise noted, all items are microwave, dishwasher and food-safe; although with all handmade ceramics, they will last longer with hand washing. Please email me with any questions and thank you for looking and supporting handmade!

Check out my website at https://ezmedesigns.com/ for more awesome pieces. If you see something you like but wish it was a different color or a design you wish was on a different piece , convo me and I can do made to order - ship time is 4-8 weeks depending on availability.

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About EzmeDesigns

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Hi! My name is Chanda Beck. I live in Oakland, California and work out of the Berkeley Potters Guild.

I hand make and hand paint all of my ceramic wares. Depending on what the piece calls for, I use the slipcasting process (from my own plaster molds created from wheel thrown models), handbuild the piece using slabs or throw the piece on the pottery wheel. I use stoneware or porcelain clay bodies and fire to cone 6.

The process of ceramics is extremely laborious and time consuming so I spend a lot of time at work! To create just one piece of pottery I --

*Create the piece in clay by hand-building, slipcasting or by throwing on the wheel.
*Clean up the piece when it is leatherhard or sand when it is bone dry.
*Wait for the piece to dry so it doesn't explode or crack in the kiln (which could be 1-3 weeks depending on the item and weather conditions).
*Fire the kiln the first time (which takes about two days because it needs to cool from 1915 degrees Fahrenheit slowly).
*Hand paint the bisqueware with underglaze or glaze, wax the bottom so it doesn't stick to the kiln shelf, dip the piece in a clear glaze, and wipe the bottom clean.
*Put it back in the kiln for two days to 2165 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Sand the bottom of the piece so it isn't scratchy and voila finally one piece!

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A little about me -- I started working in clay in 1998 and after getting bitten very hard by the clay bug, I earned a second degree -- a BFA in Ceramics from the California College of the Arts (and Crafts) in Oakland, CA. My first degree was received from the University of Nevada, Reno in Anthropology and Photography. I love kittens, traveling the world and the book "The Secret Life of Plants"which encouraged the housewives of the seventies to talk to their houseplants. My work is inspired by abstract depictions of nature and minimalism.

Shop members

  • Chanda Beck

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Chanda Beck is the Owner, Ceramics Artist, Designer, Manufacturer, Accountant, Shipping Department and Marketing Director of Ezme Designs. I've been professionally making functional, handmade ceramics since 2007.

  • Christopher Aynesworth

    Designer, Photographer

    Chris, owner of Ouroboros Web Design, is our web/branding designer and photographer of all of our ceramic wares.

  • Mirabelle Beck-Aynesworth

    Assistant

    Mirabelle is our photography model, product tester, muse, lap warmer, box tester and brush carrier.

  • Olivia Beck-Aynesworth

    Customer Service

    Olivia is our customer service rep, muse and wins laziest staff member every month but certainly makes sure the couch doesn't float away!

Production partners

  • Printful

    LA, CA

    Printful takes my unique and one of a kind images and prints them on pillows and tote bags.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
All ceramic products on this website are microwave and dishwasher safe unless noted in the descriptions. However, as with any handmade ceramics, it will lessen wear and tear if you handwash them.

We also never use lead or toxic raw materials in any of our glazes. Everything is handmade in porcelain or stoneware fired to cone 6. The dinnerware and cups are all dinnerware safe, in fact they may make your food even tastier, but this hasn't been scientifically proven.

Please note, due to the handmade quality of our wares, there can be slight variations in color and style from the picture.

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