NarragansettPottery

Simple, practical, one-of-a-kind wheel thrown pottery!

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Announcement    Welcome to my Etsy shop! Narragansett Pottery is where you will find reasonably priced, practical, useful, one of a kind pieces of wheel-thrown pottery for shaving, the home, pets and birds! I am not a production potter, so all of my pieces truly are unique and you will have the only one of the item that you purchase. Because of the unpredictable nature of pottery, I am not able to take special or custom requests at this time.

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Last updated on Nov 26, 2018

Welcome to my Etsy shop! Narragansett Pottery is where you will find reasonably priced, practical, useful, one of a kind pieces of wheel-thrown pottery for shaving, the home, pets and birds! I am not a production potter, so all of my pieces truly are unique and you will have the only one of the item that you purchase. Because of the unpredictable nature of pottery, I am not able to take special or custom requests at this time.

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About NarragansettPottery

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On Etsy since 2015

About Narragansett Pottery

First off, why Narragansett? Narragansett Bay is off the coast of the beautiful state of Rhode Island. My father was born and raised near there and spent his youth living and sailing on this beautiful bay. Growing up, we visited my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins there numerous times and I have very fond memories of this place. My father named his sailboat Narragansett and I just love the unique sound of the name. So, it's in honor of this beautiful part of the country, and my father's birth place that I named my shop.

I am not a production potter, yet. I may want to get to that point someday, but I don't have the time to dedicate to it now. I throw for a hobby, for enjoyment and as an outlet for creativity. I throw with my daughter, who makes gorgeous pieces and has a shop of her own! Wheel throwing is a process. You learn with every piece you throw. You often end up making two, three or four of the same thing to get it just right. The process is time-consuming - usually taking about a month to get the final product. You start with clay that is wedged (kneaded) and then put on a wheel. You center, shape and form the item you want to make. Then, it needs to dry to the leather hard stage so you can trim the piece, again on the wheel. If you are making anything with a handle, this is the point where you usually pull a handle and attach it to the piece. Then, the handle has to dry, along with the rest of the piece. Once it is completely dry, it can be bisque fired. After bisque firing, you wax the bottom of the piece, and then glaze it. I typically use the dipping method for glazing. After it is glazed, it can then get fired in a glaze firing. Throughout this process, a lot can go wrong. Pieces can develop cracks, if they dry too fast. Depending on where the piece ends up in the kiln, the glaze may or may not turn out as you expected. You can even get cracking in the firing process. Sometimes your glaze is too thin and the clay shows through and sometime it is too thick and it pools around the bottom and sticks to the kiln shelf. And, sometimes the combination of glaze you choose is just ugly!

So, the pieces on this site have all gone through this long process and have survived! I hope to continually add to the inventory and to also sell some pieces. It's a labor of love and I truly enjoy doing it! Oh, and if you made it this far and are interested in buying something, use the coupon code LOVEADEAL when you check out, for 10% off anything you buy. Thanks for checking out my store!

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  • Julie Williams

    Owner

    I am a part-time potter, who discovered pottery about four years ago and became hooked. All of my pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind. I throw for enjoyment and as a hobby, and love every minute of it!

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Last updated on Dec 5, 2017
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What if my item arrives and is broken in transit?

I take great care in preparing pottery items for shipping. All pieces are double wrapped in bubble wrap, wrapped in corrugated cardboard and then packed in a new box with ample bio-degradable packing peanuts. I also mark the outside of the box with 'fragile'. I mail all items through USPS with $100 insurance. I have only had one item broken in transit, which is a great track record. If the post office breaks an item while delivering it, please take the item, the box and all of the packaging to the post office to receive a full refund from them. I take every precaution I can to ensure the item is delivered in one piece, but I have found that the post office is not always as careful as they should be, unfortunately.