Elegant Handbuilt Stoneware, Raku & Smoke Fired Pottery

Bobcaygeon, Canada · 161 Sales


Elegant Handbuilt Stoneware, Raku & Smoke Fired Pottery

Bobcaygeon, Canada 161 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

KawarthaWildsPottery is taking a short break


Note from shop owner We're taking some time off to enjoy the summer!
Kawartha Wilds Etsy will reopen August 24th.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 12, 2016

We're taking some time off to enjoy the summer!
Kawartha Wilds Etsy will reopen August 24th.

Lucia McHardy

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Lucia McHardy


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Elaysa on Jul 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived super fast and was packaged very well, the pictures don't do it justice, it's beautiful.


Elaysa on Jul 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived super fast and was packaged very well, and it's beautiful too!


esiping on Sep 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am so happy with this purchase! It is very precious and exactly what I was hoping it would be. The seller sent it very quickly, and packaged it very well. Highly recommend.

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Kawartha Wilds Pottery: The Growth of a Studio

In 2004 a friend gave me her old kiln, and all the pottery materials and tools she couldn't sell when she closed her own studio. A few months earlier I had started to play with clay again; I hadn't potted for a long time. I felt humbled by such a generous gift, and hoped it would become a nice pastime.

We moved all the stuff into our small garage. Over the next couple of years I collected shelving, tables, and all manner of baking tools from 2nd. hand stores, downsizing friends and even the dump. We replaced the garage door with sliding glass ones, dry walled the entrance area, and added clear pine shelving to make an airy, light, functional display space at the far end of my working studio.

After a year of working on my own, I joined the local potters' guild. There I met a group of wonderful people who helped me with the growing pains of being a fledgling potter. Over the years, we continue to share discoveries and help each other with problem-solving. Recently our guild has taken over a large space in downtown Peterborough Ontario. It has studios and a retail gallery that carries my work. Being part of a guild helps the new potter on their way; it helps the more seasoned potter to mature as a craftsperson, and become an active part the arts community and beyond.

I began pottery as a pastime; ten years later, it has become the center of my life. I find that making functional objects that are a pleasure to look at and use is a deeply satisfying activity. There is something very human about hand made objects in our increasingly industrial world.

I am a great believer in learning manual skills: it's good for our minds and our hearts. It makes us more self-sufficient, while at the same time promotes connectedness, as we share both our products and our artistic visions with the wider world.

My simple little studio in the woods has everything I need to be productive. It's usually a quiet, peaceful place. Unless its during our annual autumn studio tour: then it's full of the hustle and bustle of visitors and all the life that they bring.

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  • Lucia McHardy

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Since 1994. pottery has been my main focus. I like to explore strong, interesting, sculptural forms, which I try to transform into functional pieces. I start most days with Tai Chi out doors, then I'm off to the studio to work at a leisurely pace.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
All my functional pottery is made of stoneware, fired to maturity with glazes that are completely food safe.

I use several different clay bodies: deep rust, speckled cream, white or deep chocolate. This way, I can pick the one which brings out the best qualities of the glaze.

I mix all my own glazes, and do not use commercial ones. Some are my own adaptations of favorite formulas: you will never see them anywhere else!

I find pottery making an absorbing process. I’m continually improving my forms and techniques. I think of my vessels as functional sculptures, focusing on their grace and vitality.

My studio is between Lindsay and Peterborough Ontario, just off Hwy. #36.
Please contact me if you'd like to drop by.
You can see my location on our studio tour map by visiting:

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
PAYPAL is easiest for both you and me.
It is straightforward to register.
I have never had any problems making purchases with it over the last 5 years.

Canadian customers no longer have to pay PST / GST / or HST!!
Clay & computers don't mix, so I just check my e-mail once a day, Mon. - Fri. I ship the next business day after your payment clears, using Canada Post. If it's Friday before 1pm, I can usually get your parcel on its way by the weekend.

I live between Peterboorough & Bobcaygeon, Ontario. If you want to save the cost of shipping, please e-mail me to arrange to visit my studio.

I wrap carefully, and I send your parcel out the fastest way possible, for the shipping charged.

I send my large urns and sculpture out only by Expresspost, which garantees delivery in North America in 2-3 business days. This is the safest way to get my bigger pieces to you.
Refunds and Exchanges
So far all my customers have been delighted with their purchases.
But if you don't think my item is as it has been described, you may return it, and I will refund the item cost, but not the shipping.
If the item is as described but you don't like it, I charge a $25 restocking fee, and you must return it at your own expense, and absorb shipping costs for both ways.
If your purchase arrives broken, I will send you a replacement, once you have e-mailed me a picture of the damage. If I don't have one in stock, I will refund the full amount.
Additional policies and FAQs
All my regular and large urns have been greatly reduced, as I now sell them ONLY from my studio.

. There may be very minor differences between the posted photo and the piece you receive, as I do not re-shoot each individual item.

Raku is a primitive firing method which is prized for its one of a kind results. Each piece is taken at 1200 degrees from an outdoor kiln with two and a half foot long tongs, and bursts into flames as it is plunged into a barrel of wood shavings. The contact with the tongs, the shavings and the barrel all leave their marks. This is expected, and even revered by collectors of raku, as it shows the trial by fire that the vessel endures. My smooth black raku pieces are all grasped at their back and put in the barrel very carefully, to insure that minimal irregularities occur, away from the front of the piece.