MeganSmithPottery

Wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery

Port Townsend, Washington · 294 Sales

MeganSmithPottery

Wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery

Port Townsend, Washington 294 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars
(78)

Announcement   I create pottery that is beautiful yet practical - I believe the objects we use every day should be beautiful as well as functional.

THANK-YOU for visiting MeganSmithPottery! Please contact me if you have questions about my shop or my creations, or if interested in placing a special order.

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2017

I create pottery that is beautiful yet practical - I believe the objects we use every day should be beautiful as well as functional.

THANK-YOU for visiting MeganSmithPottery! Please contact me if you have questions about my shop or my creations, or if interested in placing a special order.

Megan Smith

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Megan Smith

Clay Hand-built Box-Shaped Container
Clay Hand-built Box-Shaped Container
$40.00
Pottery Hand-Built Red Heart Baking Dish
Pottery Hand-Built Red Heart Baking Dish
$36.00
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Reviews

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Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(78)
Colleen Finch

Colleen Finch on Jun 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Megan kindly created for me three pottery garden stakes. They are just what I wanted. They're handmade displayed on a iron stake which has decorative details and are just the right length for displaying them in my flower garden. A big thank you to Megan! They are perfect :-) I highly recommend this artisan.

trupianomj

trupianomj on Feb 14, 2017

1 out of 5 stars

First when purchased I was notified that it was already sold. I was offered to have it made again, then three months later it arrived. Nothing like one I originally purchased. I am very dissapointed.

Megan

Megan responded on Feb 27, 2017

I am very sorry that this customer was so disappointed with her experience with my Etsy business. I immediately offered to issue a full refund when I learned she was unhappy with the piece, which she declined. I acknowledged that it did take me six weeks to complete and send, as opposed to several weeks, which is what I'd estimated the wait might be at the time of our initial interaction. I will continue to do the best I can with my products, sales, and interactions with customers, and will try and look at this as a learning experience.

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About

I've always loved the magic of wheel-throwing, and the process of feeling clay go from soft and malleable to hard, permanent, and expressive.

I've always loved making things - whether it was sewing, cooking, taking pictures, painting, drawing, or building. But clay has stuck with me. I found a potter to mentor when I first moved to Port Townsend and she helped me begin selling at markets and arts and crafts fairs.
When it was time to move into my own space, I found an old plant shed to rent! It required digging a ditch from the main house to lay wiring out, and I even built a floor out of wooden pallets. That was a wonderful space with great light, but no insulation or heat. I eventually moved into a bigger space.
My pottery skills were improving and my glaze pallet was set. I'd found earthy blues and greens and reddish-browns. They worked well with the speckled, earthy-toned clay body I used. I'd spent years learning how to throw pots in a community center in Portland, OR and was spoiled with the rich varied glazes from the reduction firings there. Now living in Port Townsend, there was no community center and I only had an electric kiln. But I managed to create effects in my work that looked like they'd come out of a gas kiln. People were responding to my work, and I was delighted to find I could sell it!
I continue to love and expand what I do with clay. I have three pottery wheels, and teach small classes. Two former students use the space regularly, and I love seeing their skills improve and the unique styles that come from each individual! It feels nice to have the energy of other creators in my space. Sometimes one of my cats climbs up on my shoulders and perches there while I work - as long as she's fairly still! I'm sure my work is impacted by the energy of these friends!
My body of work currently includes large and small lidded-vessels, or urns, which are artistic pieces, but also intended to contain the ashes of loved ones. I find the creation of these to feel very meaningful, and that they can be quite powerful for people who buy them. I have a website for those called Art of Urns.
I'm expanding into doing garden art as well. I am making colorful flowers on stakes and have designs brewing for fountains and bird baths.
My functional pottery will continue to flow out of me, as round and cylindrical shapes are so fundamental that they seen therapeutic to make, so I will never stop making mugs and bowls! They are as good for me to make as they are for others to use!

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  • Megan Smith

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been making pottery regularly for 20 years. I remember my first clay class as a child, so it's been a part of most of my life. I continue to love the process and be drawn down an endless path of new possibilities of things to do with clay.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 24, 2016
Welcome to my shop! I create pottery that is beautiful yet practical - I believe the objects we use every day should be beautiful as well as functional. My pots are glazed in rich blue-greens, deep reds, golds, black, and turquoise greens. The colors are vibrant, yet the hues are earthy. Leaf and petal shapes as well as spirals and other organic patterns are common designs on my pots. I use a 'wax-resist' technique to create these, in which I paint a liquid wax over the patterns, dip or paint on another glaze which is resisted by the wax in those areas. This technique often creates a lovely halo effect around the designs where the two glazes overlapped.

The forms of my pots have both the satisfying full, rounded shapes which a potter's wheel produces, and a hand-made irregular look of platters and plates that I hand-build, using clay slabs which I press into my molds.

I use a cone 6 clay body called Goldstone, and use an electric kiln. This means it is fired to about 2200 degrees, and is considered to be a low-range stoneware. I use this clay because of black specks in the clay body that each glaze reacts to differently creating interesting variations, and because I like it's warm toasty brown color (on natural clay, such as what you would see on an unglazed foot).

All my glazes are non-toxic and absolutely food safe - meant to use with food!! All pots are microwave, dishwasher, and oven-safe. That said, it also is generally recommended that hand-made pottery is washed by hand. I have seen the glazes change slightly after years of dishwasher-washing. Another rule of thumb for baking with hand-made pottery is to put the pot in a cool oven then turn up the heat, which allows the pot to heat up slowly. Dramatic changes in temperature is what could possibly cause a piece to crack.

In addition to functional pottery, I love to create sculptural vases and urns. Please visit my website www.ArtofUrns.com to see funerary urns meant to hold the ashes of a loved one.

Thank-you for visiting MeganSmithPottery! Please contact me if you have questions about my shop or my creations.

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Payment
I accept payments through PayPal, as it is safe, reliable, and convenient. All major credit cards are accepted with PayPal. Items will be shipped when payment is cleared.

* Please note that you do not have to set up a PayPal account to use your credit card. During PayPal check out you will see an option to pay with a credit or debit card. You may also go to the following link to get more detailed information on paying with a credit card:
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SPECIAL ORDERS: Custom orders generally take 3-5 weeks to complete. I generally charge 20% above the average price of the item you are requesting, and I request a 50% downpayment. For orders of 4 or more items I give a 10% discount.

DEADLINES: Orders with no payment and no response from buyer after 1 week from sale will be canceled.

CANCELLATION: If for whatever reason you need to cancel an order, please contact me ASAP. Orders in progress will be treated on a case-by-case basis. To cancel a custom order that is already in progress, a studio fee of up to 50% of the actual item price (excluding shipping) may be retained.
Shipping
My goal is to get your pottery order to you quickly and safely! Packages are shipped within 1-3 business days from payment received date. I ship with USPS, Fed Ex, or UPS - whichever is least expensive. Surprisingly, there is a lot of variation! I can use one of these services that you prefer if you can let me know. As pottery is breakable, it is necessary to double-box for shipping. Often package size jacks up the price before weight does, so it can be costly. I try to use recycled packing materials as much as I can to keep the prices as low as I can.

At this point I have not looked into shipping overseas. Please contact me, however, if you are wanting to ship to a location outside the U.S. and I will then figure out the cost!
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is to provide you with pottery that you are happy with. If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me right away.

DAMAGE: If the pottery arrives damaged USPS will want photographs of the damaged item, AS WELL AS the damage item with the packaging it arrived in. Email me these pictures, as they will be essential for insurance purposes. We can discuss a replacement item, and you will be responsible for only 50% of the replacement item shipment cost.

EXCHANGES: If you are somehow unhappy with your purchase, or if you believe it to be defective, please contact me right away. Please return it to me in the original packaging. I will send you a new item for a 25% restocking fee, and ask you to be responsible for shipping costs.

REFUND: If you are unhappy with your purchase and would like a refund, I will provide a refund up to 30 days past the day you receive it, minus shipping costs, after I've received the undamaged item back from you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Pottery is art ideally to be held and seen in person before purchasing! I appreciate Etsy for doing such a good job creating a venue in which I can try and give you as true-to-life sense of what each piece is like. Please feel free to request more information about any piece you may be interested in.

I try to use recycled materials when I can to keep packaging costs down. If you are sending a gift and would like new packaging, please make that request. If you would like a note added to a gift recipient, I will enclose a simple gift card with your message printed with a nice script-like font.

Please keep in mind general rules-of-thumb about pottery:
My pottery is microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe. However, prolonged microwave use may jeopardize the strength of a pot. Chemicals in dish-washing detergents have been know to react with components of glazes and cause discoloration. Hand washing may prolong the life of pottery.
When baking with hand-made pottery, always place the dish in a cold oven and let it heat up as the oven does. (It is the dramatic temperature changes that may cause cracking, for example: DO NOT place frozen food directly in a baking dish then set the dish on a hot oven rack).

Most of all, thank-you for visiting my shop. Purchases are wonderful, but admiration is appreciated too! Please come back to see new items!