HLPottery

Handmade Ceramics

Pawnee, Illinois | 83 Sales

HLPottery

Handmade Ceramics

Pawnee, Illinois 83 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (21)

HLPottery is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Hello friends,

Temporarily closing up shop for the holidays. See you next year!

Cheers,

Harry

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 29, 2018

Hello friends,

Temporarily closing up shop for the holidays. See you next year!

Cheers,

Harry

Harrison Levenstein

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Harrison Levenstein

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About

Woodfired Pottery

Right now I am exploring the world of woodfired pottery. Woodfiring is a traditional firing process where wood is the sole combustible material used to bring the pots up to temperature within the kiln. The process requires constant attention because the wood must be manually fed into the kiln to keep the firing on schedule. These firings can last anywhere from 12 hours to up to 10 days in length! No matter how long, it still requires the same around the clock care. This may seem like an illogical way to fire pots, and by many standards it is. However, when faced with the results that emerge from each firing, it is easy to see that the labor put in is well worth it.

The work inside of a wood kiln is not only subject to the heat from the fire, but also to the smoke, ash, and other volatile minerals from the burning wood wooshing through and around them. This atmosphere interacts with the surfaces of the pots, creating one-of-a-kind, organic lines, patterns, glazes and flashes that can be achieved in no other way. Flames hug curves, jump over edges, and lick around lips, physically leaving a hint of their path along the surfaces of the pieces. Colors get layered on with the different types of wood being fed and atmospheres that are occurring throughout the firing. The look of the end product tells the story of the firing as a whole.

Another attraction I have to this process is how it fosters a community and creates a collective social atmosphere surrounding a single purpose. It allows us, who spend many solitary hours making in our respective studios, to come out, work together, trust and rely on one another to successfully finish the process. It is always a truly wonderful time.

Thank you so much for stopping by the shop, please don't hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or would just like to chat:)

Cheers,


Harry

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Shop members

  • Harrison Levenstein

    Owner, Maker

    25 years old. BA in Art Education and Studio Art (Ceramics Emphasis) from Humboldt State University. Current apprentice to Simon Levin at Mill Creek Pottery.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 25, 2016
Welcome to HL Pottery. With my work, my goal is to elevate the experience of their users. Heightening your awareness of the tasks you may normally take for granted such as taking tea or coffee with a friend or eating your morning meal. Bringing beauty and craftsmanship into your everyday routine in place of lifeless and generic store-bought wares. Please visit my website, www.harrylevensteinpottery.com, and email me if you have any questions at all.

Thank you!

Harry

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you find that there is a defect with your piece(s) or are somehow displeased, please contact me and I will be glad to refund or remake your piece if possible.
Payment
I accept payments through credit/debit cards or PayPal.
Shipping
All items are shipped via USPS within 3 business days of payment confirmation. Insurance and delivery confirmation are included.