Chemistry, Biology and Math - Themed Bowls and Mugs

Littleton, Colorado

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LLTownleyCeramic is taking a short break


Note from shop owner January 2015: I am taking an extended sabbatical from pottery.
Thanks to all who supported my work and one-of-a-kind handmade art!
Keep up with my future endeavors on Twitter @lltownley

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 31, 2014

January 2015: I am taking an extended sabbatical from pottery.
Thanks to all who supported my work and one-of-a-kind handmade art!
Keep up with my future endeavors on Twitter @lltownley

Lisa Townley

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About LLTownleyCeramic

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On Etsy since 2010

I love to throw pots.

I took a ceramics class in high school and fell in love with working on the wheel. After graduation I took some time before college and set up a home studio with a second-hand wheel and my grandmother's kiln. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, but after a year I went to college and got a BS degree in Anthropology/Zoology.

Towards the end of my college days I was looking for something to distract me from writing my thesis, so I started taking studio ceramics at the art school. The facilities were amazing and I got to experiment with many techniques like raku and wood firing.

And then... life happened. Three years after graduation I was living in Denver, working at an art gallery but with no creative outlet of my own. I decided the time was right to set up a home studio, this time with a new wheel and kiln. That was 17 years ago, and I've been a studio potter ever since, selling my work in galleries across the country, at local street fairs, and online.

My work can best be described as such:
Scientific and Mathematical Contemporary Pottery with a focus on Chemistry and Biology.

I currently offer two lines of work:
My hand-thrown bowls are painted with white or hand-mixed colored underglazes. Sometimes I make vases or other shapes, but mostly I love to make bowls.
I have also recently been altering mugs and cups that I find at thrift stores, giving them a new life and creating an eco-friendly product.

Both lines of work are decorated with my custom ceramic decals, which I have printed to my specifications. Most of the decals are of my own designs, but I sometimes use fair use images or found images from vintage magazines and brochures.

I fire all pieces to about 1600 F to fuse the decal to the work. Lucky for me, I have a graphic designer in the family to help me realize my visions for the decals, which are then sent to a custom printing house. This process allows me to get closer to the total perfection I desire for each work of art I create.

All of my bowls are created on the wheel; I just love the act of throwing and the symmetry it creates. I've worked with earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, but right now I'm using earthenware (Cone 04). It allows me achieve the great, bright colors. An average of 4 coats of underglaze is needed in order to get nice, opaque coverage. The pieces are then fired with a clear glaze. At this point they are ready for use, or they await a decal and are fired a third time.

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  • Lisa Townley

    Owner, - I Throw Pots, Paint Pots, Fire Pots, Photograph Pots, Sell And Ship Pots. Once In A While I Wash My Clay-encrusted Clothes And Clean My Studio.

    I'm a mostly self-taught potter who grew up in the Midwest. I moved to Colorado 19 years ago and have been a studio potter for 17 years. Sometimes I sneak away from my studio to climb mountains, play in the garden or make Thai curry.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome to my shop. I've been a serious studio potter since 1996, and have been working with clay since 1988. My bowls are all hand-thrown, painted, glazed and fired by me. This makes each bowl a one-of-a -kind, although I do sometimes repeat motifs, but in different shapes, colors and sizes.

I've also started offering a few of my designs on commercial ware (mostly mugs). I'm happy to be a part of the "upcycling" movement, and it brings the cost down for you.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Of course I want you to love your new pice of art. BUT, If you find that you want to return your item upon receiving it, let me know. Ship the item back to me I will refund your money. I am unable to refund your original shipping charges or to reimburse you for return shipping.

If you receive an item that was damaged during shipping, please save the packaging and contact me right away so that I can start a shipping claim. In such cases I will refund your entire payment, but because most items are one-of-a-kind, I usually can't replace the item with an exact duplicate. We can, however, always discuss a substitution for something similar or a custom order.
I currently accept PayPal, or Visa, MC, Amex and Discover through Direct Checkout as payment.

Visa payments can either be processed through Direct Checkout, or via PayPal EVEN IF you don't have a PayPal account - just click on "Pay via PayPal" - and follow the links on PayPal for credit card payments.

I work very hard to have accurate shipping charges. When you order multiple items, however, it can be difficult to estimate the combined shipping. In cases of multiple item orders, I refund any shipping overages of more than $1.00. And if I underestimated the shipping, I pay the difference - it's win-win for you!

I ship within 1 business day of payment unless other arrangements are made. Domestic shipping goes via the U.S. Postal Service or UPS and usually includes insurance and always includes delivery confirmation.

Expedited shipping is available for the extra cost of Priority or Express Mail.
I double-box most items, and include my artist statement and resume. I will also gift-wrap at no extra charge - just include a note with your order.

Alternatively, if you live in the Metro Denver area, I would be happy to refund the shipping fee and we can arrange for: 1) you to pick up the item, 2) me to drop off the item, or 3) we can meet at a central location for a "hand-off".

International buyers are responsible for all customs fees that may be due upon delivery.
Additional policies and FAQs
If there is something you'd like, I'm always up for a new challenge. Just contact me with your ideas.