Honoring an Ancient Tradition

Santa Fe, New Mexico · 142 Sales


Honoring an Ancient Tradition

Santa Fe, New Mexico 142 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
Kimberley Murray

Kimberley Murray on Dec 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This pot is Fabulous! It arrived quickly and was well packaged. Although I love to cook, I am a ' late bloomer' to clay pot cooking. However, once I started using the 'slow cook' method and clay pots, there was no turning back. As soon as I received this pot I made beans - absolutely delicious. I added them to chili and my husband thought it was the best I ever made. More often, than not, the "old ways" of cooking prove to be the most nutritious and tastey. Granted, there is a time element involved, but the results are well worth it. On another note, loving all things 'kitchen' I like this pot not only for its functionality but also it's beauty. It is a pleasure to use on several levels and I am pleased to finally own one. Thank you Rhonda for pursuing this art form and keeping it alive for a new generation to enjoy.


Yelena on Jun 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Rhonda's pots are a work of art . This is my #5 pot and it is a great addition to my Micaceous Clay Pottery pots collection. I cook in all my pots and food tastes absolutely delicious.

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Honoring an Ancient Tradition

I started my shop in 2009 because I wanted to create an online presence and Etsy made that easy for me to do. As with many people, you start out making pots for yourself, then for your friends and family, then as gifts for your friends and family to give away, then for your co-workers, and then to the general public. It just sort of evolves that way. I was so gratified by the reactions I was getting, it just kept spurring me on.

I first learned about micaceous clay many years ago when I was hiking in the mountains here in Santa Fe and there were mica flakes sprinkled along the trail. They were dazzling and intriguing. I found a class that was being taught by a Jicarilla Apache master mica potter here at the community college, so I took it. I was pretty hooked from the start. I kept taking class after class after class because there was so much to learn and I wanted to learn as much as I could. My questions were endless, my curiosity always piqued, my resolve unwavering. In spite of periodic frustrations, I kept at it. The camaraderie with my classmates was a huge plus. We always had a good time. And our teacher, who was also a world class cook, would make us a fabulous lunch using his own mica pots. Very delicious. I think that's where we really learned how good food can be when cooked in a micaceous pot.

Mica clay is unique. It can be both extremely forgiving and very challenging to work with. You can't really use it to throw on a wheel so all my pieces are handcoiled. Because the clay isn't processed (beyond removing twigs and other debris), its consistency can vary alot. You just have to learn how to work with that. And believe me, that took years to learn. I just love that my pots are utilitarian, pleasing to look at and very durable, and that they have a rich historic and regional tradition.

Anyway, I could go on and on. I'm just so grateful that micaceous pottery is a part of my life. These pots are true labors of love that make their way out into the world bringing some cheer into the lives of others.


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Last updated on May 30, 2016

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I do accept PayPal. All orders are held until payment clears. If you are unfamiliar with the purchasing process, you can check out Etsy's help guide, "Buying an Item on Etsy", at http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php. Transactions need to be concluded within 5 days. If the process is not completed, the item will be re-listed in my shop.
As of Jan. 1, 2015, I will be shipping everything out via U.S. Post Office, Parcel Post which typically takes between 7 and 10 business days for delivery. I take great caution in packaging your pot. All orders are shipped individually bubble wrapped nestled in shipping peanuts, double boxed, insured, with delivery confirmation and signature required. I am very glad to say that no item has been broken during shipment yet. Knock on wood(!)

l rarely combine shipment of multiple items mostly due to the bulk of the items and the added protection that separate packaging provides so there is usually no lowering of shipping costs for orders of multiple items. Higher shipping charges apply to HI and AK. I do not ship internationally. I am always on the lookout for less costly but equally safe alternative ways to ship out items so I can pass on that savings to you. If you require any shipping upgrades, let me know and I'll re-calculate costs.

I will send you both a convo and email the same day your order goes out with tracking information and expected date of delivery.

Feel free to contact me to discuss any comments you may have.
Refunds and Exchanges
Every time I send a piece of mine out into the world, I feel like I am sending out a labor of love filled with good will to bring blessings into your home. It is my intention that you be a satisfied customer and that I operate fairly. If you are dissatisfied with the piece when you receive it, please let me know as soon as possible so we can have an opportunity to resolve any issues. (Most customers say they are even more pleased with their purchase once they see it in person; some commenting that the photographs don't do the pot as much justice.)

Returns will be discussed and considered on a case by case basis. Shipping expenses and insurance will be negotiated. Item will need to be returned in its original packaging. No returns accepted after 14 days of purchase.

Once an item has been shipped and a buyer needs to cancel their order, the buyer is responsible for shipping costs both ways. Cancellation refunds will not be issued until an item is received in its original condition with its original packaging. If an item is returned because the customer was unavailable to sign for it, the buyer is responsible for shipping costs both ways.

If an item is damaged in shipping, please keep the item and the packaging in case USPS wants to inspect it. Please send me pictures of the damaged item and packaging. I will initiate a claim. I will issue a refund or replace the broken item with one of your choice from the pieces that are available, recalculating any difference in value.
Additional policies and FAQs
Not only are all of these pieces handmade, they are handcoiled -- no potter's wheel is used in their creation. Variations are typical for this style of handmade pottery. Imperfections from deviations in clay mineral content may result in surface blemishes. I like to think these variations are part of the pot's charm and appeal but rest assured that I take every precaution I can to ensure the pieces are well constructed. Note that some discoloration to the bottom of a piece may develop when used over fire creating a lovely patina; this is due to the natural part of the maturation process. Since micaceous cookware is semi-porous, pieces will also take on a patina from food cooked and served in it; this is to be expected.

Please convo me with any requests for additional information that I haven't covered.

Sorry, no custom orders accepted.