Hobbitware

HobbitWare Pottery: Rustic, Primitive, One of a Kind!

Washington, North Carolina · 203 Sales

Hobbitware

HobbitWare Pottery: Rustic, Primitive, One of a Kind!

Washington, North Carolina 203 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   Hobbitware pottery is stoneware, hand built, one of a kind, rustic pottery, by Pamela Zimmerman

Welcome to my new shop! Hobbitware was previously sold through my shop at BasketsByPamela.etsy.com , where I sold hundreds of pieces of pottery and maintained a 5-star rating! Please see my shop reviews there! thanks so much!

See my other shops at
BasketsByPamela.etsy.com
Lizardskins.etsy.com
PurpleToedGypsy.etsy.com
MakeABasket.etsy.com

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Last updated on Dec 14, 2016

Hobbitware pottery is stoneware, hand built, one of a kind, rustic pottery, by Pamela Zimmerman

Welcome to my new shop! Hobbitware was previously sold through my shop at BasketsByPamela.etsy.com , where I sold hundreds of pieces of pottery and maintained a 5-star rating! Please see my shop reviews there! thanks so much!

See my other shops at
BasketsByPamela.etsy.com
Lizardskins.etsy.com
PurpleToedGypsy.etsy.com
MakeABasket.etsy.com

Pamela Zimmerman

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Hobbitware's Story!

I have been making and selling functional pottery since 2013, it previously was offered in my BasketsByPamela.etsy.com shop. where I sold over 500 pieces of pottery...please see my shop reviews there, as reference.

The rustic pottery I make began as another thing to incorporate into weaving...and, before i knew it, took on a life of it's own. I love organic forms, asymmetry, making torn, textured pieces, and folding clay. Soon i was making functional things, with my own twist. I have never been interested in throwing perfectly round pots. Everything is made from slabs or pinch pots. I love to make freeform vessels! I have been using these in my home for years, just loving the wonky difference of the vessels, crooked and cracked looking but oh so fun to handle.

Carrying my tea in my crookedy mugs out in the world caused a little stir, people asking where I got that most unusual pottery. So I finally gave in, and decided to start selling my "not regular" stoneware. My husband started calling it "Hobbitware" and the name stuck!

Many of my pottery pieces have a textured surface technique called kohiki. I have worked to develop it using color, the traditional Japanese method is done with white slip. My process is heavily influenced by the work of Akira Satake, although it resembles it not at all (his being perfect and very graceful!) I hope you enjoy it.

All pottery is hand-built, usually using slabs, but sometimes pinched. It is a long, involved process, generally each piece takes from 3 - 5 weeks to make, and it goes like this:

Clay is rolled out, like making cookies. It is textured or covered with liquid color. Colors require extra drying, and then are cracked and textured, this process takes anywhere from a day to a week. Then I cut out pieces of clay and assemble them into the wonky pottery. I like to patch and stretch and twist them, so each one is one of a kind. After the shapes are formed, they are dried slowly, it can take several days to a week, depending on how wet the weather has been. When thoroughly dry, the items are bisque fired, a low fire process that takes about 2 days. This is where things might blow up if they were not dried properly! It is hard to rush things.

After cooling, the bisque is sanded or polished to remove the roughest places...I like my pottery to be quite rustic, so most of the crinkles and twisty spots are left alone. Then I apply underglazes, glazes, and other coloring agents, often in layers. Layering glazes requires drying in between, again of anywhere from a few hours, to a week. After glazing, everything is fired again, this time to over 2200 degrees, which takes a couple of days.

Sometimes pieces crack in firing, or get stuck to a kiln shelf and break, or explode, all sorts of things happen to them. Often glaze combinations turn out to be surprises...So I try not to fall in love with anything until it is completely finished.

If you see something you like, please understand that I do not (sometimes cannot) duplicate individual pieces, each one is unique!

My other shops are
BasketsByPamela.etsy.com
PurpleToedGypsy.etsy.com
Lizardskins.etsy.com
MakeABasket.etsy.com

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    I have been a fiber artist for almost 20 years, and added pottery to my studio as part of the sculptural weaving process. In spite of myself, I have become a potter...I love working with clay!

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Last updated on Jun 1, 2016
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Custom and personalized orders

RESERVE LISTINGS will be made at your request for a maximum of 5 days. Date will be placed on the listing itself, and if you do not purchase by that date, the listing will become available for other customers. Thank you for your interest!

I make each item, one at a time, to be unique. If you would like several similar items, i am happy to work with you, but i do not make identical items.

Custom orders are usually prepaid, and it takes a minimum of 3 weeks for any item, often longer.

Wholesale availability

CHEFS / RESTAURANTS: thank you so much for your interest, i love that you like my rustic work. Please note that this pottery has very irregular edges, which means that stacking in storage, or in a bus tray, may cause damage. Hobbitware is not recommended for use where dishes are not handled individually!

MULTIPLE ORDERS AND DISCOUNTS:
Everything you see here is made by hand, one at a time. So discounts are not given for multiple item orders.

WHOLESALE: So sorry, each item is one of a kind, and wholesale is not offered.

Thank you very much for your understanding, patience, and for purchasing handmade.

Care instructions

Hobbitware is stoneware, fired to in excess of 2200 degrees F, and is dishwasher safe, oven safe, microwave safe, food safe UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THE LISTING. Some glazes are not recommended for microwave. It is recommended that you hand wash your Hobbitware pottery for long life.