Bert Whalen on Mar 9, 2017
Items are great and well packaged.
Fun and functional ceramics
I have always liked to make things. When I was 10 I made my mother a yellow double knit polyester pantsuit. To her credit she wore it (and may still have it!) I still sew, but started “playing with clay" when my children left home. I immediately fell in love with the material and the process of making pots. After a few years of working with clay I started selling my creations, and eventually left my corporate job to spend more time in my ceramics studio. I am very fortunate to have a studio in my home (it's in the basement, with a kiln shed outside).
Interesting shapes and bright colors intrigue me and most of my ceramic pieces are both fun and functional. Although I use a variety of ceramic techniques my preferred method is slip-casting. I create a prototype from clay, plaster, wood and/or found objects, then build a plaster mold from the prototype. Once the mold is dried I use stoneware clay to cast the form. After casting, pieces are cleaned, fired in the kiln, cleaned again, glazed and fired a second time. I use bright colored or white glazes to highlight the forms. All of my pieces are food-safe and can go in the microwave, dishwasher and oven.
I hope that my sense of whimsy and fun show in my work. We should all have joy and beauty in our lives everyday. Creating things and knowing that my pieces have found a home where they will be used is what makes me happy.
We should all have joy and beauty in our lives everyday. Creating things and knowing that my pieces have found a home where they will be used brings me joy. I hope that using them brings you joy!
All of my ceramics are made with lead-free materials and are food safe unless otherwise noted. Cookware can be used in the microwave or regular oven but sudden dramatic changes in temperature should be avoided.
This is handmade art, hand washing is highly recommended to retain the finish and avoid chipping, but the functional ware can be washed in a dishwasher.
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Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Actual shipping charges over $1 more than paid will be refunded. Multiple items will be packaged together to minimize shipping charges.
Claims for damaged shipments to be made upon receipt and will require photos.
Refunds and Exchanges
I am very careful about packing items securely with padding, cushioning, and sturdy boxes. I try to use recycled and environmentally friendly packaging whenever possible. If there should be damage due to improper packaging I will replace the broken item. I will require a photo as well as a written description of the problem (this is for insurance purposes) and return of the item so that I can evaluate the problem. Return shipping is to be paid for by the purchaser. Please note: replacement of the item could take up to eight weeks if the item has to be remade.
Exchanges will be accepted with the purchaser paying shipping.
Refunds cannot be made on custom products or made-to-order purchases.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are available and take anywhere from 2-8 weeks.
If you are interested in wholesale orders, please contact me.