madmud

Handmade porcelain and stoneware pottery and jewelry

Boston, Massachusetts

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    As you browse, notice how the wonderful symmetry of wheel-thrown work is enhanced by hand-built additions--adding character and originality to functional pieces. I hope these will bring joy!

My "day job" as a marine anthropologist leads to many of the marine-themed work and walking my dog around a neighborhood pond inspires the images of herons and other birds.

Glazes are food, dishwasher and microwave safe. You can see some other work on my facebook fan page:http://www.facebook.com/MadeleinesMudPieStudio.madmud

I am happy to be a member of the Etsy Mud Team (EMT) and Etsy Project Embrace.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 6, 2019

As you browse, notice how the wonderful symmetry of wheel-thrown work is enhanced by hand-built additions--adding character and originality to functional pieces. I hope these will bring joy!

My "day job" as a marine anthropologist leads to many of the marine-themed work and walking my dog around a neighborhood pond inspires the images of herons and other birds.

Glazes are food, dishwasher and microwave safe. You can see some other work on my facebook fan page:http://www.facebook.com/MadeleinesMudPieStudio.madmud

I am happy to be a member of the Etsy Mud Team (EMT) and Etsy Project Embrace.

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Madeleine Hall-Arber

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Madeleine Hall-Arber

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About madmud

Sales 775
On Etsy since 2007

Wheel-thrown clay with fanciful sculpture or drawings

When I was in college, my housemate asked me to attend an adult ed, class with her, learning to hand-build clay. I agreed and, though my housemate quit after two weeks, I fell in love with the wonders of clay. Thanks to an art center with talented instructors, a generous aunt who gave me her old kick wheel, and an amazing landlord who encouraged me to use his basement space for my studio, I quickly began to explore wheel-thrown work.

When I moved East for grad school, I took advantage of the all-hours policy of the school’s pottery studio. Love led to a move to the Mid-West where I gained access to another fantastic art center. There I took figure sculpture classes in exchange for helping out with the children’s classes. Eventually, after marriage, a move back East, two children and graduation, my husband presented me with an electric wheel and a kiln. Now I have a light-filled studio in a repurposed 1920’s garage (luckily too narrow for modern cars!).

A fiber artist at a crafts show told me about Etsy and the rest is history!

Shop members

  • Madeleine

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator, Photographer, Shipping Dept.

    My studio is named after my grandmother who gave me bottles of colored water and let me make mud pies on the steps of her tiny house in Diamond Springs, CA. My mother was a fine painter but I didn't find clay until I was in grad school.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 26, 2019
Welcome! I hope you will enjoy perusing my wheel-thrown and handbuilt stoneware and porcelain pottery. Each piece is unique and I love to experiment with new techniques and new glazes that I mix myself, so stop by anytime to see what's new. I assume that since you have come to Etsy, you value handmade items. I hope you will be enchanted with these pieces so that your daily life will be enriched by their use.

You may notice that a sea theme keeps swimming through my work. By day, I am an anthropologist who works with commercial fishing communities, so I'm often drawn to depictions of the ever changing wonders of the deep.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I hope that you will be happy with your order, but please let me know if there is a problem and I will attempt to work with you to find a solution. I will refund the item upon its (undamaged) return within 15 days, but will not refund shipping.

In the event of a damaged item, the Buyer will receive a refund or replacement item AFTER they provide any and all documentation required by the insurance company. This may require sending a photo of the damaged item and/or signing an affidavit confirming the damage.

Custom orders are only refundable if they are generic enough to sell to others.
Payment
Payment through Paypal or Etsy's direct checkout, please. When using Paypal, be sure to follow the links to Paypal since your choice will not be considered purchased until payment is received. If you pay with an echeck through Paypal, I'll ship after the check clears.
Shipping
For any package weighing more than 14 ounces, I generally ship through US Postal Service Priority Mail. It can take 2 to 14 days, so if you need an order right away, please let me know so we can agree on the service. (If under 14 ounces, I use the US Postal Service's First Class Service; over 5 pounds, I check both USPS and Fed Ex to determine the lowest cost.)

A word about free shipping: as you surely know, because of the weight of most pieces, where the pottery is being sent makes a huge difference in costs. If I were to raise my prices to accommodate free shipping to the farthest spot from my studio, those who are midway or closer would be subsidizing the distant customers. Since I'm a "one person shop," I don't have the volume of a large company to average out the expense. I hope you will find that the uniqueness of my hand-crafted work is worth paying for shipping!

International customers, GST or VAT not included in the cost of the item or the shipping charges I list. I am not authorized to collect GST, VAT or any other taxes or fees your country assesses. Therefore if fees and/or taxes are applicable to your purchase, be forewarned that it is possible you will be required to pay them in order to collect your package.

I use plenty of bubble pack and/or peanuts to ensure the safe arrival of your piece. In an effort to be ecologically mindful, I do try to use recycled materials. If you would prefer new, please let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love new challenges, but do need sufficient time to complete them. If you are not in a hurry and want something truly personal, please convo me!

Glazes are lead-free and the pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe.