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About LastChantsStudio

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On Etsy since 2009

Working with clay isn't just making something to match the couch. It's my way of creating a harmonic that speaks to the buyer's heart.

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A one woman show for better or for worse, with over 40 years of experience...I absolutely love messing around with clay!

It all began in the basement of an old 3 story Queen Anne house in Seattle. There was a pure layer of clay in the dark exposed rear edge of the hillside beneath the house. Primal and untouched, smelling of humus and mold, it had a slick, moist consistency that intrigued me. I hoped it would teach me it's secrets in my upstairs art room. After playing and pondering various globs, I decided to order a wheel and kiln. The adventure unfolded as most unexpected adventures do.

Everything I make is earthenware slab, which means I hand roll the clay to whatever thickness is needed. I use a variety of pugged clays, oxides and glazes to achieve the colors and textures. The powdered oxides are blended and dissolved in water so I can dip or paint the surfaces of the bisque fired pieces. Then I carefully sponge certain areas off. (Similar to when you antique furniture. Very messy. Picture something like black Rit dye everywhere.) Glazes are then applied in layers and again, certain areas are scrubbed off. Finally the kiln is loaded for the second firing, which is around 2200 degrees F. All of my glazes are food safe, non-toxic and anything I make can be cleaned in hot, soapy water.

The symbols I create are to remind us of nature, cultural philosophies and cosmic harmonics. Emotions, moods and memories influence the design of each piece. It's an alpha brain wave thing. Artists all know of this beyond time and space feeling that connects us to other realities. That's when the best stuff happens. Are we thankful? Always!

I have acquired many strange objects that allow me to imprint designs onto the soft clay. I use no commercial molds or pattern tools. Instead I break up old jewelry, tear up lace and collect junk like you wouldn't believe. I carve and sculpt little wheels or stamps and occasionally make plaster molds of my small pieces that are destined to be used for semi-production work. Sometimes I carve reverse lettering, pictures and patterns into plaster or clay. If prompted by unseen spirits who want to get in on the fun, I can sometimes sculpt teensy-weensy eyes, noses and mouths that may be part of the next charm face.

And so it goes...I love the experiments, surprises and satisfaction that I get out of being one of the many mud-encrusted artists, in this time, on this planet. And I hope you enjoyed this little walk-through.

Shop members

  • Teri

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photos And Shipping

    Maybe I better take some gingko before I write this....

  • One Hot Mama

    Goddess Of Magical Electric Transformation

    My trusty kiln...she's old but still cooking along. :)

  • LOKI

    Adds His Male Energy?

    God of mischief, similar to Coyote Medicine

Shop policies

Last updated on September 16, 2013
Thanks for visiting Last Chants Studio.

Online selling was a relatively new experience for me after decades of only doing gallery shows and fair circuits. It's been surprisingly successful, considering that most people would be more comfortable if they could actually handle a pottery item before they buy it. I try to photograph the angles so you can get a closer look at the inside, back or bottom of each piece. It's also important that you see the glaze color and tones in close ups exactly the way it is at my end. Contact me if you want me to send more pictures or describe the colors in familiar terms.

Pottery can be heavy, particularly when it comes to shipping. Since I live in the NW corner of the USA, I list what the item's packed priority weight rate would be to the zone furthest, which is 8 zones away from me. If you give me your zip code before you purchase, I can check and adjust it if you're zone is closer. I'd also be happy to look up the USPS international rate to other countries.

I appreciate your trust and willingness to purchase from me and support small businesses like mine. The internet is a huge place these days and not easy to distinguish who is really making a hand made item, or if it's outsourced mass produced factory goods. (Etsy currently has 19,749,641 items for sale)

I really like the new "About page" Etsy has recently created for us to use. You can get a more personal glimpse there of my home and studio. Thanks so much for stopping by!

I apologize in advance regarding any Etsy "oh oh's" and crashes from server overload that occur site wide on Etsy. :) I can always be contacted via my main e-mail addy since it's the one I check multiple times throughout a day.
teritakutan [!at]

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Returns and exchanges
Items can be returned or exchanged within 7 days, at the buyer's expense. I'll refund the item's price, not including the cost of shipping. Returned goods must be packed carefully and arrive in original condition.

If there is a loss or damage due to shipping, contact me and the USPS right away if insurance claims are to be filed due to postal service mishandling. (Save the packaging for them to inspect.) I've had very good luck during my 35 or so years of shipping I've done, with only one breakage, but hey! Meteors happen.
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Since etsy's payment processor called Direct Checkout often doesn't always work properly, please continue to use PayPal.

Want me to me hold an item for an agreed upon time, reserved in your name? No problem. I also can arrange a payment plan on a larger order.

Within 3 days of the payment received, (usually much sooner) your item will be shipped. And if you want your item sent to a different address than yours, please note in the "message to seller" during checkout. (If it is to be surprise or gift from you to your friend, tell me the message you would like to have me include, before I pack the item for shipping.)
GOOD NEWS! The USPS is now providing free insurance on all priority packages if the stated value is $50 and under. I will increase insurance coverage for orders $51 and up.

Upon receipt of payment, I will be shipping your purchase USPS PRIORITY or 1st class parcel for items under 13 ounces. (And both of these will have a tracking number)

I pack carefully (35 years experience) and will use as much recycled material as possible. Heavier items (4 to 5 pounds and up) could go USPS Standard if you prefer, since it can run $35 or more for a heavy or oversize box to go priority and they usually don't fit in a flat rate box anyway. I'll refund your Paypal account whenever possible if your zone is closer to me than the one I use to estimate my shipping cost in the item listing.

I will include any flyers or descriptive stories I've written that pertain to your item and USPS tracking will follow your package so you will know when to expect it. (And I would love to see your feedback after you receive your item and any pics you might include showing the sacred space you create!)

NOTE TO OVERSEAS BUYERS: Let me know if you would like me to look up the exact rate for international shipping to your country. As a consolation perk I will throw in 1 or 2 pocket charms to offset that nasty shipping charge!
Additional policies and FAQs
Now, about custom orders: Since I work by inspiration and with the materials I have at hand, I would rather just get your input or wish list and give you a heads-up if I already have...or am working on a piece that's style, color or symbol-wise like something you've mentioned. I often have many items drying or already bisque fired, but the glaze colors haven't been chosen yet. So don't be shy about asking me a question or making a suggestion. No obligation to buy :)
"Fun with creative clutter"? That certainly describes me, because when I take my photos, I often arrange my own plants or props that don't come with the order, to show scale and give you ideas.
However, many items do have descriptive flyers I've written and these will be included with your purchase.

Yes, and last but not least, I retain all copyrights, etc. to my artwork, graphics and written material created as originals for Last Chants Studio by Teri Raymond.