Pottery with archeo- & paleo- style!

Phoenix, Arizona | 108 Sales


Pottery with archeo- & paleo- style!

Phoenix, Arizona 108 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Paula Weiss Pottery

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Paula Weiss Pottery


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State fossil of New York, the eurypterid!

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Flowers from an Arizona desert oasis in Claire's vase, an Outlander-inspired ceramic.


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A former New Yorker, I worked as a geologist and curator on a scientific research ship for over 25 years. Every non-ship hour was spent making pots and studying with Jane Herold, New York wood firing potter and former apprentice to Michael Cardew. I am now happily making pots full time in my Phoenix, Arizona studio.

I throw on a kick wheel and fire in oxidation (earthenware) and reduction (stoneware) in an old propane fueled updraft kiln. A small portion of my work is fired in soda or wood. My pots draw influence from various earthenware traditions including medieval English pottery, colonial potters of the East Coast United States, Byzantine, Islamic, Italian and Spanish pottery. As a geologist, I frequently decorate my earthenware with a paleontological menagerie, geological cross sections and modern day Sonoran desert fauna. I tend to favor simple finger pulls and combing through slip for stoneware. Stoneware is glazed with a palette of iron rich glazes made with wood ash and local Arizona clay.

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    I'm a geologist who loves clay, fossils and other old things.

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Last updated on December 12, 2016
My pots are made with earthenware or stoneware clay. All glazes are non-toxic and food safe. Hand washing is always best but you can also use a dishwasher. Please do not put earthenware pots in the microwave. Stoneware can go in the microwave but only if the pot is filled with plenty of food. Your pots will last longer if you do not microwave. Never put this pottery directly on a stove top.

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If you are not completely satisfied, I will refund the price of the pottery only. Please contact me immediately. The customer is expected to pay for return shipment, and pottery must arrive unbroken before refund is made.

If the pottery is damaged in shipment to you, I will refund the total amount paid by the customer. Please contact me immediately.
I accept PayPal and major credit cards.
Standard shipping is USPS for small packages, UPS for larger. The pottery will be packed, insured, and shipped according to USPS/UPS shipping guidelines. Most orders will be shipped within 3-5 business days.