Announcement Stoneware and porcelain pottery inspired by the desert, lovingly handcrafted and designed to function beautifully in your home. Tea tastes better in a handmade mug, so does coffee!
Stoneware and porcelain pottery inspired by the desert, lovingly handcrafted and designed to function beautifully in your home. Tea tastes better in a handmade mug, so does coffee!
Susan T on Feb 26, 2017
This dragonfly soap dispenser is even nicer than I expected, beautiful craftsmanship! It arrived in perfect condition, very well packaged. I love it!
rachelv165 on Feb 14, 2017
This beautiful item arrived quickly and was very carefully packed - thank you.
A passion for making pottery for you to enjoy using!
My work with clay began as a serious hobby in the mid-70's when I discovered my love of making and using functional pottery. In 1990 Loma Prieta Pottery was established with an eye to becoming a business. In 2001, the hobby became a nearly full time activity when I left the corporate world and entered the world of juried art fairs and open studio tours. I enjoy these events and interacting with the public, but they require hauling heavy pottery and booth set-ups. In 2010, I discovered Etsy and promptly opened my Etsy shop. I was pleasantly surprised to not only find a very vibrant pottery community on-line but a community of customers that liked my work not only when they saw it, but enough to let me know how pleased they were when they received the items. Nothing pleases me more than when one takes the time to tell me that they love the item they just received from me.
Formerly located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, Loma Prieta Pottery is now located in my home studio in a relatively rural area of Tucson, Arizona. The studio is in a separate building just a few steps from my home. The studio is compact and comfortable with lots of windows with inspiring desert views including one of the Tucson Mountains. I am frequently visited by quail, rabbits, a hawk named Merlin, a few sneaky coyotes, javelinas and a bobcat named Geronimo.
Each pot begins as a lump of clay which I transform to a pot on a pottery wheel. The pots are then dried to leather hard a state where they are still damp but they can be handled without distorting them. Each pot is then trimmed to remove excess clay and finish the bottom of the pot. It is at this point that I carve designs, add handles or other finishing touches and in some cases, such as a teapot, assemble individual pieces.
As is generally true for most potters, I fire my work twice. In the first or bisque firing, pots are fired to a lower temperature than the final firing so that the resulting pottery has been transformed to a hard pot that is still porous.
I glaze each piece by hand primarily by pouring and dipping the piece in liquid glaze. I use a variety of techniques to achieve design. In some instances, patterns are brushed onto the surface of the bisqued pot. For pieces with carving, the carved areas are filled by brush with glaze and waxed All are finished by dipping or pouring glaze over the decorated surfaces where the simplest decoration is achieved overlapping glazes
Another technique I use is to apply texture to the surface of a thrown cylinder before shaping the pot which requires that a portion of the form be thrown from the inside without touching the outside surface. These pieces are completed by layering glaze over the textured surface where the first layer is wiped from the raised surface before applying the second glaze layer.
Each piece receives a final firing in a gas kiln fired to 2340° Fahrenheit in a reduction atmosphere. The firing is complete in 10 hours; however, the kiln needs to cool down for about 30 hours before it can be opened.
Making pottery is not a short process. If nothing else, the making of pottery teaches you patience. But the reward of opening the kiln is worth the wait!
And, remember, tea tastes better in a handmade mug. So does coffee!
Studio Cat In Training
Napping expert. Also good for nipping at my ankles when it is time to quit the studio at the end of the day!
Owner, Designer, Maker, Studio Potter
Creating pottery that gives people pleasure to use has been my passion since the mid-70's. Originally a serious hobby, I now happily spend my days (and some nights) in my home studio amidst the natural desert beauty of Tucson, Arizona.
Helps with packing and shipping - or at least tries to!
Expert chair warmer!
Occasional Visitor To The Studio
Resident Cooper's Hawk
Expert at keeping the quail and dove population on their toes!
Another Occasional Visitor!
Don't get too close to me - I don't see very well and I have very sharp teeth!
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
All of my pieces are packed with care to ensure their safe arrival. I have lots of experience with shipping my work so you can feel confident that I will get your item to you safely.
I double box each shipment after carefully wrapping each individual item in bubble wrap inside of the interior box. I use cushioning material between the interior and exterior boxes so that the resulting package can withstand being dropped or having other boxes stacked on it. Should an item break in shipment despite these precautions, I will gladly issue a full refund or send a replacement item (your choice).
If you would like me to include a note with a gift purchase, just let me known in the "Note to the seller"!
How do I purchase an item on Etsy?
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Will I be charged sales tax?
Arizona residents will be charged sales tax. This will be automatically figured into your invoice.
How will my purchase be shipped (Domestic orders (USA)) ?
For domestic orders (USA):
Shipping is calculated based on the zip code to which items are to be shipped. USPS shipping upgrades if available for an item can be selected at checkout. I will usually be able to upgrade USPS Parcel Select shipments of larger items to ship via Fed Ex Ground (Home) at no extra charge. If you do not wish for me to do so, please indicate that desire in the message to seller.
If you wish to specify use of a particular method (Fed Ex or UPS) that is not selectable at checkout, please do so in the message to seller and I will notify you of the change in the shipping amount before sending you an invoice for any additional charges.
How will my purchase be shipped (International orders)?
For International orders :
International packages are shipped using International First Class Mail for items under 4 pounds or Priority International for heavier shipments. Shipping upgrades if available for an item can be selected at checkout.