Handmade terracotta pottery by Osa Atoe

Baton Rouge, Louisiana On Etsy since 2015

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Handmade terracotta pottery by Osa Atoe

Baton Rouge, Louisiana | 1,578 Sales

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Last updated on Jun 25, 2020

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    Osa Atoe

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    About PotterybyOsa

    Sales 1,578
    On Etsy since 2015

    From Punk Musician to Potter

    I've been a musician since I was a little girl. I started off playing violin in school orchestra and then got into punk music as a teen. I started band after band, and toured all over the country and even to Europe throughout my 20s. I started taking pottery classes once a week at a local studio in the fall of 2012. At the time I was playing bass guitar in a band called Negation. When that band dissolved, as punk bands are prone to do, I began to pour all of my creative energy into pottery. The great thing about it is that I don't have to schedule my creative time with anyone else the way I did when I was in bands. I can make pottery early in the morning or late at night if I want to. And I can rock out to my favorite bands while I work!

    The qualities I have come to love most in music are rawness & simplicity. I really appreciate minimalism, but with a unique, sometimes experimental touch. I strive to apply these aesthetic values to pottery with every piece I create. I've always believed that less is more. When I started working with terracotta or red clay, I became instantly enamored with it. The clay body is so beautiful, I wanted to leave it to speak for itself as much as possible instead of covering it up in layers upon layers of glaze. This is why I choose to leave portions of my pots raw or unglazed. I also find that this adds an earthy and textural feel to each piece.

    My family is from Nigeria and I've been fortunate enough to travel there several times throughout my life to visit family. My last trip there was in July 2014. I'd been making pottery for about two years before that and had been working with terracotta for only a few months at that point. As the plane descended upon Lagos, I saw that the landscape was streaked with the very same rusty red color of my favorite clay. Traditional Nigerian pottery is typically made with the red clay that is widely available throughout the region. Could this be one of the reasons I feel so strongly attracted to terracotta? I'd like to think so. Either way, I am happy to connect my ancestry to my craft.

    I feel that I am at the very beginning of my journey as a potter and I can't wait to see how my craft evolves throughout the years. For now, I hope that you've enjoyed my story and that my handmade pots bring creative inspiration into your life with each use. If you are a beginning craftsperson like me, remember that a piece does not have to be technically complicated to be good. Oftentimes, less is indeed more.

    Thank you for reading! (December 2016)

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    • Osa Atoe


      I'm a musician turned potter living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I started taking community pottery classes seven years ago and found a new obsession.

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    Last updated on June 30, 2020
    Welcome to Pottery by Osa!

    Accepted payment methods

    Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
    Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I gladly accept returns and cancellations
    Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
    Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
    Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
    I don't accept exchanges
    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
    Returns and exchange details
    See my Shipping Policy for what to do in the unlikely event that you receive a damaged package.

    If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, please contact me directly. It is important that all of my customers feel satisfied with their orders. I am happy to offer a full refund in the event that you decide to return your item.
    All items are securely packaged with eco-friendly, biodegradable materials. Each package is also insured for its full value.

    Incidence of breakage during shipping is very rare. But, in the unfortunate event that you do receive a package containing items that were damaged during shipping, please get in touch with me. I will ask you to find the tracking number on your invoice, take photos of the damage and visit this website to file an insurance claim:


    Don't worry, it's a simple form to fill out and they *will* pay you back in full.

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    Last updated on Jun 30, 2020
    Frequently asked questions
    Why is your shop empty?

    My shop is empty because I am currently sold out of pottery. I make everything myself by hand and in small quantities. I update my shop once or twice a month. Once my pieces sell out, my shop sits empty until I restock again.

    When will you restock?

    When I have a date set, I announce it via social media (@potterybyosa on Instagram, Pottery by Osa on Facebook) and I usually give a few days notice before the restock date. You may also sign up for my newsletter to receive an email as soon as new items are added to my Etsy shop: potterybyosa.com/contact

    Do you ship internationally?

    No, for the time being, I only ship to destinations within the United States.

    Wholesale availability

    I do not offer wholesale pricing for retailers.

    Custom and personalized orders

    I am not accepting custom orders at this time

    Care instructions

    The pottery I make is fully functional and safe to eat or drink from. You may use my pottery to reheat food in the microwave. Putting them in a dishwasher is also fine. Do not place over a flame, on an electric burner or in a hot oven. Placing my pottery in the oven at a very low, warming temperature is fine.