Make Everyday Special

Los Angeles, California · 1294 Sales


Make Everyday Special

Los Angeles, California 1294 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars

ManuelaMarinoCeramic is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I'm taking a short break. Please check back June 22, 2018, when my shop will be reopened.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 12, 2018

I'm taking a short break. Please check back June 22, 2018, when my shop will be reopened.

Manuela Marino

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Manuela Marino


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

tvilase on Jun 11, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Seller updated me at every stage, and final product is beautiful. Thanks!


A J on Mar 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I would have left a review much earlier but Etsy didn’t make the review option available until now - incredibly fast shipping! I ordered on 2/28 & it arrived 3/2, from CA to MD, that’s just awesome. Very well packaged and a beautiful piece I enjoy every day. Thanks so much! 😊 very happy customer.

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Creating unique ceramic pieces for everyday use.

I discovered my passion for clay late in life. At age 40 I started going back to school with my mind set of becoming a painter. Then I took a ceramic class and was immediately captivated by this medium. The meditative process of shaping clay and creating pieces that can be used everyday is the most appealing part. But there is also the challenge of making a piece work and the daring nature of clay itself. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at age 46, I decided to make a career out of this passion and opened an ETSY shop. What I love most about ETSY is the possibility to reach a world wide audience and finding a loving home for my items by people who appreciate the time and work that goes into creating these unique pieces.

A lot of my inspiration is influenced by my upbringing: Growing up in the Black Forrest region of Germany, I was early on exposed to native folk art. Here an industry of wood workers, glass blowers, textile designers and ceramicists are creating items that are exceptional as well as used in everyday life for cooking, eating, decorating etc. My concept is strongly affected by nature, the human impact on natural resources and environment as well as observing different cultures on my travels all over the world. Visual elements on my cups, bowls and plates often illustrate this concern in subtle manner. Every piece I create contains a piece of myself, a thought, a fingerprint, a moment of my life and in return, each piece has its own individuality, making it a truly one-of-a-kind item.

In becoming a ceramic artist, I had to learn early on how to let go, since so many factors influence the success of a ceramic piece and when I open the kiln after a firing session, there is always a piece or two that won't make the cut. I have learned to accept that I can only influence an item's perfectness up to a certain point and that small flaws just enhance the sensation of a unique piece. Hundreds of hours of work, experimentation and frustration pay off when I make someone else's day more enjoyable with a unique ceramic piece.
Thank you for visiting my shop. I hope you come back often to explore new items.

Shop members

  • Manuela Marino

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Ceramic Art

    Born and raised in Germany to an Italian father and German mother, moved to the USA in 1995. Earned a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at age 46. Mother of two beautiful girls. Lives in sunny California.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 28, 2018
Welcome to my ceramic art shop. Please browse all the shop sections for unique, one-of-a-kind items. Don't hesitate to send me a convo if you have any questions or special requests.
If you are sending someone a gift, I'm more than happy to include a message from you.

Accepted payment methods

  • 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: 21 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)
I want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If you are not 100% satisfied, please contact me and we can discuss a return for refund within 10 days. The item needs to be in the same condition that it was shipped to you. I can not refund shipping costs.
Custom orders are not refundable if personal data is added.
I accept paypal, credit and debit cards and Etsy gift cards.
Domestic orders are shipped by USPS priority mail (2-3 day delivery) and USPS Parcel Select (2-9 day delivery) for heavier packages.

International orders ship by standard mail (6-14 day delivery, sometimes more). CUSTOMS FEES/TAX IS BUYERS RESPONSIBILITY.

I ship every day and try to send out the order on the day it was placed.

To ensure a safe arrival of your purchase, everything is wrapped in biodegradable bubble wrap. Out of environmental concern, I use biodegradable peanuts and re-use shipping material whenever possible.

Contact me for expedite shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please remember that every piece is created by me and 100% handmade. Each item is unique and has it's own individuality; no mass-reproduction in my studio. If you buy one of my items, you get a truly one-of-a-kind work of functional art.

Due to the nature of handmade ceramic and glaze, small imperfections will occur, adding to the distinctive appearance.

It takes a lot of time and material to make a ceramic piece. Therefore, custom orders have to be paid before I can start working on them.