Majoleeka

Handmade majolica pottery by Karen Baker

Orlando, Florida · 57 Sales

Majoleeka

Handmade majolica pottery by Karen Baker

Orlando, Florida 57 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(28)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop Majoleeka, I am Karen Baker. From time to time someone will ask "What does majoleeka mean?" It comes from majolica(ma-ya-li-ka or ma-ja-li-ca) Majoleeka is pronounced Ma-JO-Lee-Ka. I was joking around with another majolica artist that there are so many ways people pronounce it, depending where you are. I thought perhaps we in the U.S. should have our own way of saying it.
Well any way that is the story behind my shop name and why it sounds like a foreign greeting.
Majolica translated means white tin glaze over red earthenware. From what historic artifacts can tell that it's known beginnings were in Morocco and spread through out Europe from there. The style has adapted according to the resources that are available, so it is not unusual for an artist to use a white earthenware or the English adaptation made with molds that have relief images of fruits and vegetables on highly ornate serving pieces and vases.
At the moment I have a mixture of majolica and under glazed pottery pieces. While selling from a show or out door event people do buy for gifts for family and loved ones. And you may want to consider when you buy a gift for someone near and dear that you get yourself a little something too. My repeat customers will often come to me and say,
" You know all those pots I bought last time, I had to keep some for myself. So this time I'm going to make sure I get something for me and...."
I am hoping that the gifts you buy become memories to cherish, add your own special treats to my pottery art, and it becomes a treasure to remember.

Am busy with many new items please visit Karen Baker's Front Porch Studio a FB page to see what I am up to. The green ware to bisque ware takes a while and doesn't make many interesting pictures. Sometimes I forget how big the kiln is and how long it takes to get it full. I am about 2/3 full and have a few fussy pots I am working on to top it off. Then the fun will begin.
Learn more about my process, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Majoleeka/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav
I also sell my work at The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida during their Holiday Craft Show that opens in November of each year and goes thru the first week of January.
If you are in Oviedo, Florida stop into the Artistic Hand and say Hi! to Del. I have been providing work for the gallery since 1993.(Or around then)

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 17, 2017

Welcome to my shop Majoleeka, I am Karen Baker. From time to time someone will ask "What does majoleeka mean?" It comes from majolica(ma-ya-li-ka or ma-ja-li-ca) Majoleeka is pronounced Ma-JO-Lee-Ka. I was joking around with another majolica artist that there are so many ways people pronounce it, depending where you are. I thought perhaps we in the U.S. should have our own way of saying it.
Well any way that is the story behind my shop name and why it sounds like a foreign greeting.
Majolica translated means white tin glaze over red earthenware. From what historic artifacts can tell that it's known beginnings were in Morocco and spread through out Europe from there. The style has adapted according to the resources that are available, so it is not unusual for an artist to use a white earthenware or the English adaptation made with molds that have relief images of fruits and vegetables on highly ornate serving pieces and vases.
At the moment I have a mixture of majolica and under glazed pottery pieces. While selling from a show or out door event people do buy for gifts for family and loved ones. And you may want to consider when you buy a gift for someone near and dear that you get yourself a little something too. My repeat customers will often come to me and say,
" You know all those pots I bought last time, I had to keep some for myself. So this time I'm going to make sure I get something for me and...."
I am hoping that the gifts you buy become memories to cherish, add your own special treats to my pottery art, and it becomes a treasure to remember.

Am busy with many new items please visit Karen Baker's Front Porch Studio a FB page to see what I am up to. The green ware to bisque ware takes a while and doesn't make many interesting pictures. Sometimes I forget how big the kiln is and how long it takes to get it full. I am about 2/3 full and have a few fussy pots I am working on to top it off. Then the fun will begin.
Learn more about my process, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Majoleeka/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav
I also sell my work at The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida during their Holiday Craft Show that opens in November of each year and goes thru the first week of January.
If you are in Oviedo, Florida stop into the Artistic Hand and say Hi! to Del. I have been providing work for the gallery since 1993.(Or around then)

Karen Baker

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Pottery - Tray Asparagus Majolica ceramic
Pottery - Tray Asparagus Majolica ceramic
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chambana

chambana on Feb 9, 2017

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Gorgeous Cats!!! (Great communication, rapid delivery, well packaged item, great item/as described)

chambana

chambana on Feb 9, 2017

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Gorgeous Cats!!! (Great communication, rapid delivery, well packaged item, great item/as described)

samanthajoycy

samanthajoycy on Sep 22, 2016

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flla14 on Jul 3, 2016

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From my hands to yours...
Made with all my heart for you!
Come visit my shop to see more unique, one of a kind, hand made and painted pieces of pottery. #majoleeka #handmadegifts #majolica #madewithlove #truelove
Planning for the new year to come. Not losing sight of importance of living life well and conscious of decisions that will bring more love to the world I live in. May love be your guiding light as well. Peace to all.
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About

From my hands to yours...Made with all my heart.

Welcome to Majoleeka! A shop full of red earthenware and majolica. Each piece is made by myself. Each is unique even if similar.
I started this shop in 2009. In late 2013 I committed to myself to learn how to make it work. I joined a team, Etsy Mud Team. With many experienced members I was able to get insight to get things happening. Now I volunteer for the team in promotional activities.
This is a link to my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/Majoleeka?ref=pr_shop_more
My first sales were with family and friends. These are easy conversations to have online. And that is the type of conversation I hope to have with future clients, customers and collectors.
Majolica is my chosen and favorite technique to finish my creations in clay. I have experimented with under glazes and slip carving called scraffito. And sometimes I like to combine what I have tried with the majolica to see where it can take me.
In red clay, I like to create objects that will be my canvases. Most will be blank and full of spontaneous opportunity. Others that have added ornamentation will already have a clue to what direction my imagery will go.
I hand paint my designs, which come from many sketch books and over time have built up many subjects to select from. Flowers and vegetables come from my love of gardens. Cats were inspired from my furry friends, indoor and outdoor cats. I love calligraphy and so have made several items with this in mind. I select a group of pots and decide what subjects to put on them. I work in small groupings at the moment to attain similar patterns that will join them together.
I prefer calligraphy brushes as they hold the colorants in the brush for a better application. After I glaze a group of pots and wait a day or two to be able to handle the pots. Sometimes my layering of a design is a bit complex. Sometimes I will layer in colors in and around the lightly sketched in image. Then in a back and forth way, I will wax and scratch through and even add more glaze(a thickened) majolica glaze on top to create the imagery I am desiring. Recently I have been dabbling with slip trailing as yet another layer.
I am now in the process of painting designs on glazed pottery. I have stockpiled my shop with items to be glazed and decorated at a later time. I try not to think too far ahead on what will go on these items. I focus on form and clean a finish of the surface of each. When I finish a group of greenware, it is then loaded into the kiln. I do this until my kiln is completely filled and then bisque fired. Greenware can be stacked carefully.(But the glazed pots need to be spaced to not touch each other.)
This stage is full of many possibilities, if not more than painting the designs on the pots. Once the pots have been glazed I will select a group to work on with a selected design. Each will be kin to each other. The design will have a selected color palette to work with.. There will be repeated elements in each, that is what will make them a grouping or family.
Then they are loaded into the kiln as soon as a design is completed. Again, when the kiln is filled it will be fired. This is when the magic of the layering becomes evident. Beautiful colors emerge, happy accidents too! I have never been disappointed at this stage, sometimes educated but never disappointed. These are creations I have made influenced by my drive to do good work. Work that is inspired by my family, friends and the world around me. My cats, my garden and my kitchen. In addition I am learning to write, to be able express the feel of the pot into a viewers hands. In essence the pot actually comes from my hands to yours. My head, heart and hands make these pots for your enjoyment, pleasure and use.
Please visit my Face Book Page, KarenBaker'sFrontPorchStudio

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Shop members

  • Karen Baker

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Artist, potter, clay artist, illustrator and then I am the photographer, marketer, shop owner. Like on the outside of the box says, "From my hands to yours...made with all my heart".

  • Annabella

    The Boss Of Me

    New to the ceramic studio, but has a love for the sunny table that I work on. Purrsuasive in getting me to sit down and get to work everyday.

  • Ben

    Heavy Lifter And Cup Handle Tester

    Not only helps with lifting heavy boxes, he lifts my spirits on long days and short deadlines.

  • Opal

    Future Studio Helper

    Rescued kitten, trouble maker, curious and bound to create chaos and foot prints in work yet to be made.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 25, 2016
Welcome to my Etsy shop Majoleeka. My shop contains handmade pottery decorated in the style of majolica. My work has great appeal to women, and some men do buy my pots but usually for the women in their lives. My work can be used in the kitchen and dining rooms as well as bedrooms and baths. Use for serving or storing.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I will be accepting payments through Paypal and Etsy as they accept different types of card purchases. Items purchased will be shipped within 24 hours of payment being cleared. If you are a first time buyer please check Etsy's help guide to make it easier. https://www.etsy.com/legal/direct-checkout/?ref=list
Shipping
Will add shipping prices to sales total, along with sales tax where it is called for. I will insure all items. And if there is a $3.00 or more overage in my shipping and handling I will make sure you are refunded the overage before your package is shipped. If anything should arrive to you broken please contact me as soon as possible so that I will be able to begin filing a claim.
I will package carefully with bubble wrap tissue and in some cases Styrofoam. Postage and packaging is included in the shipping prices.
I will be shipping USPS and usually can arrive in a week to ten days. I will not do shipments that take less time, as they usually take a few days any way.
I cannot predict weather conditions that may hinder the timely arrival of your package, I hope you understand.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please let me know if there are any problems with your order. I am happy to work with you on a solution.

For items damaged in shipping, please e-mail me a photo of the damaged piece, save the piece and original shipping material, contact me and I will give information how to process for the insurance. I will then process your refund immediately.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have in advance of purchase. I am convo friendly! Since each piece is original, and impossible to duplicate exactly, all sales are considered final but if there is a problem, I want to know about it so an amicable solution can be worked out.
Additional policies and FAQs
Personalized items take longer to make. I am a sole working artist, I have no staff, I may require your patience in the area of time. I will do my best to deliver. I will not design according to your wishes but will(if it is possible) add a name(s) or a date to a design that I already make.
* Policies listed are subject to change only to improve the buyer and sellers experience.

More information

Last updated on Mar 16, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

Best to be served in and not placed in microwave. Dish washers that get hot may damage the glaze, hand washing is recommended.