kimwestad

Modern Pottery, Ceramics and Porcelain Sculpture

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting Kim Westad Ceramics. Please contact me directly via email (studio @ kimwestad.com) or Instagram @kim_westad

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Thank you for visiting Kim Westad Ceramics. Please contact me directly via email (studio @ kimwestad.com) or Instagram @kim_westad

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About kimwestad

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On Etsy since 2007

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A shop full of hand thrown porcelain goodness

I graduated with a BFA from the University of Connecticut and soon began a career in graphic design. After a few years of working in my field, I realized that my need to create could not be fulfilled by sitting in front of a computer. A friend suggested that I take a pottery class and after a little convincing, I agreed.

It only took one class to get me hooked. I started having dreams about throwing and not long after, I left the graphic design world and devoted all of my time and attention to ceramics. Initially, that meant washing the studio floor at Creative Arts Workshop in exchange for extra studio time. The following year, I moved to Brooklyn where I worked for and alongside several well established potters and ceramic artists. In May 2004, I set up my own studio and began designing and producing a body of work.

Working exclusively in porcelain, all of my vessels begin on the wheel. My work is defined by my modern aesthetic and I am most interested in creating a strong form through balance and proportion. I find inspiration in the gentle curves of the human body and nature as well as the clean lines of modern industrial design. Each have led me to experiment with the alteration and reconstruction of traditional shapes. By manipulating these shapes, I am able to create new forms which enhance the design and often times, the function of a piece.

I strive to create well crafted, heirloom quality pieces and it is important to me that my vessels are used and enjoyed. I believe that people should surround themselves with their own unique collections of things that they love. I make each piece with that in mind and hope that my vessels will add beauty and visual interest to their new home and engage those around them.

featured seller interview: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2007/featured-seller-kimwestad

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http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/process-sweet-peas-with-kim-westad/

Shop members

  • Kim Westad

    Owner

    My work is defined by my clean, modern aesthetic and is rooted in my belief that people should surround themselves with things that they love.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Thanks so much for visiting my shop! All of my pieces are made using a smooth, warm white porcelain. I make each piece myself, one-at-a-time, by hand in my private studio. I do not use any molds, casts or templates. This ensures that each piece is truly unique.

Because each piece is handmade individually, requiring anywhere from 6-14 different steps from start to finish, I do not offer discounts on bulk retail orders.

GIFTS
I am happy to ship directly to gift recipients and include a complimentary gift note. Please convey your requests in the note to seller box during the Etsy checkout process. Unfortunately, I am unable to gift wrap at this time.

I love hearing from my customers, so feel free to contact me with any questions.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.

Cancellations

Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.

Payment

I accept payments through Etsy direct checkout. Please contact me if you would like to discuss other payment methods.

I ship to the address listed on the Etsy receipt. Please be sure it is correct and contact me immediately if there is an error/problem. I do not issue refunds for items that get returned to me due to shipping errors.

SALES TAX
Orders shipped to the following locations are subject to sales tax:
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Minnesota
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming

Shipping

Items that ship within the U.S. will be sent via USPS Express Mail, USPS Priority mail, USPS Ground or USPS First Class Mail (size and weight restrictions apply). You will be able to choose a shipping option during checkout.

In-stock items typically ship within 1-3 business days (I do not ship on Saturday, Sunday or U.S. holidays). Choosing USPS Express Mail does not mean that your items will arrive within one business day, rather that the package will be in transit for one day. If you need something shipped ASAP, please contact me before making your purchase. I will do my best to accommodate your request, but being a small business, that is not always possible. Additional fees may apply.

Insurance in the amount of $100 and tracking is included with USPS Express and USPS Priority Mail. USPS First Class Mail and Parcel Select Ground services DO NOT include insurance. If you would like to add additional insurance or purchase insurance for a service that does not automatically provide it, please contact me before making your purchase. Additional fees will apply.

I double wrap all of my pieces in large, heavy duty bubble wrap and make sure that items fit snugly within the box. I am not responsible for breakage, theft or loss of uninsured or underinsured packages.

If for any reason a package is returned to me by the post office (because the buyer provides incorrect shipping info or if a package goes unclaimed, etc.) the buyer will be responsible for additional shipping costs to have the package reshipped. Refunds will not be given on returned packages.

Additional policies and FAQs

CUSTOM ORDERS
I am not accepting custom or made-to-order requests at this time.

Special orders will include a 15% or more up-charge, depending on the design. Custom and made-to-order items cannot be returned or exchanged.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on all custom and made-to-order items. The deposit must be paid prior to the start of the project. The remaining 50% + s/h will be due upon completion of the order and must be paid before the item(s) ship. Custom and made-to-order items cannot be changed/cancelled once the deposit has been received.

WHOLESALE
Wholesale inquiries should be directed to studio [!at] kimwestad.com

RESERVED ITEMS
I will place items on reserve for a period of 3 days. If that item is not purchased within that 3 day period, the reserve will be removed and the items will be made available to other buyers.

More information

Last updated on May 6, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I am not currently accepting custom orders. Please convo if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I am happy to ship directly to gift recipients and include a complimentary gift note. Please convey your requests in the note to seller box during the Etsy checkout process. Unfortunately, I am unable to gift wrap at this time.

Care instructions

All tableware (plates, bowls, platters etc.) is food-safe and made from lead free materials. Items are dishwasher safe unless otherwise noted. Items may be used in the microwave with care as surfaces may become hot to the touch.

Wholesale availability

I am not currently accepting made-to-order wholesale requests. Please contact me if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Sales Tax

Sales tax will be charged on orders that ship to the following states:

Connecticut
District of Columbia
Iowa
Minnesota
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Washington state