Beyond Functional Stoneware

Ann Arbor, Michigan · 842 Sales


Beyond Functional Stoneware

Ann Arbor, Michigan 842 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I’ve been making my living with pottery for over 35 years. All my pots are made 100% by me. Everything here is in stock and ready to ship.


Last updated on Apr 27, 2017

I’ve been making my living with pottery for over 35 years. All my pots are made 100% by me. Everything here is in stock and ready to ship.

Kathleen LeSueur

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Kathleen LeSueur

Hand Thrown Sugar and Creamer Set
Hand Thrown Sugar and Creamer Set
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5 out of 5 stars
Katherine Newmark

Katherine Newmark on Jun 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Super fast shipping and great teapot. I love the little ridge to hold while pouring so I don't burn by hands. Thanks!


saltandpepperr on Jun 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful ! Colors are so vibrant Great quality. Fast shipping

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Handmade Functional and Decorative Stoneware

I've been working in clay for almost forty years and I still get up each morning eager to get out in the studio. There is some new idea I want to get started on... breakfast can wait.

I owe my life in the art world to two women who had a huge impact on my life.  Edith Cole was a live-in housekeeper hired by my father after my mother's death. She saw how much I liked to draw and decided to nurture that talent. She found books of drawings by the masters at the library, and every night after dinner she would sit with me and have me copy from those books. I was eight years old.

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo didn't have much in the way of art classes for elementary students. What it did have was the free Saturday art program for kids. Every Saturday during the school year hundreds of kids would take art classes in the same classrooms as University of Toledo students; taught by the same professors. The classes weren't open to just anyone. Your third grade teacher was allowed to recommend three students to the program. Mrs. Linkey was my third grade teacher. She set me on the course that would eventually make me a potter. My first exposure to clay and the potters wheel was at those classes. I fell in love.

My work has evolved over the years. New glazes, new forms. But, my goal always is to make pieces that you will want to leave out for people to see rather than being put away in a cupboard. Functional art. I hope the pieces I make will become your favorites.

I fire in a gas kiln to cone 10 (about 2350 degrees). Glazes fired with gas will always have variation that is just not possible with electric fired work. Adjusting the balance of gas and air affects the final outcome, and firing a gas kiln requires constant attention. I never leave it, and I'm constantly checking it; adjusting the gas and oxygen. It takes 10-12 hours to reach temperature and two days to cool enough to open. I always have to hold back...wait...not cool enough. The fire does its work and opening the kiln is always exciting...always has at least one surprise.  Opening a kiln is like opening a birthday gift.

It’s important to me that my functional pieces be a joy to use. This means that not only do they look good but they must function as intended. Baking dishes have handles that accomodate pot holders, they sit solidly on the oven racks and are sized to fit standard recipes; mug handles are positioned for good balance and fit small as well as large hands; teapot spouts don’t dribble.

All of my functional work is intended to be used. The glazes are lead-free, non-toxic. Safe for the oven, microwave, and the dishwasher.


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    “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs

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Last updated on April 21, 2016
I'm glad you have checked out my pottery shop! Please keep in mind that everything is "one-of-a-kind" and that exact duplicates are impossible.

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Michigan sales will automatically be charged 6% sales tax.
I ship only to the continental US. All pottery is wrapped with extra care and boxed after I receive your payment. I use both the US Postal Service (priority mail) and UPS, whichever makes the most sense for your locale. Shipping prices include postage, materials and handling.

Items can be sent to a gift address, or multiple gift addresses- just send me the information.
Sorry, I do not gift wrap.
Refunds and Exchanges
I take great care in packing my pottery so it arrives safely at your door. Occasionally, damage occurs in shipping. If you have any problem with your shipment when it arrives, please contact me for replacement or refund.

I want you to be happy with your new pottery. Please contact me with any concerns, questions or problems with your order. I work hard to have happy repeat customers! I will gladly replace your broken, damaged or flawed pottery; I'll cover the shipping and get your replacement to you ASAP.

I do accept exchanges and returns on regular purchases; however the buyer is responsible for the shipping costs to return the item(s). If it is an exchange, the buyer must also pay to re-ship the new item(s). I am not responsible for damage that occurs to item(s) packed by buyers.