potterybyshikha

Unique handmade functional pottery by Shikha

Round Rock, Texas On Etsy since 2011

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potterybyshikha

Unique handmade functional pottery by Shikha

Round Rock, Texas | 641 Sales

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Unique handmade functional pottery, where each pot is made thoughtfully and handcrafted with great care, mirroring my love for clay. I strive to create high quality ceramics for everyday use because as a studio potter working in clay for over 20 years, I have come to believe that a good handmade pot has the ability to touch the soul of the user. I hope that my pots manifest the spirit of joy that led to their creation and in the process, invoke comfort and cheer in the user.

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Last updated on Oct 27, 2020

INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @potterybyshikha
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/potterybyshikha

Unique handmade functional pottery, where each pot is made thoughtfully and handcrafted with great care, mirroring my love for clay. I strive to create high quality ceramics for everyday use because as a studio potter working in clay for over 20 years, I have come to believe that a good handmade pot has the ability to touch the soul of the user. I hope that my pots manifest the spirit of joy that led to their creation and in the process, invoke comfort and cheer in the user.

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About potterybyshikha

Sales 641
On Etsy since 2011

HOW IT ALL BEGAN...

I was born and raised in New Delhi, India where I spent the first 22 years of my life. In 1996 I graduated from Delhi University with a Bachelors in Psychology. Growing up, I don’t recall being deeply interested in art, apart from the fact that I was a compulsive doodler, covering every square inch of any given space with random doodles, much to my mother’s exasperation. Of all the grand plans I had regarding my future, being an artist was never on my list.

My first encounter with clay makes for a rather funny anecdote. It happened on the streets of New Delhi, when, fascinated by a potter throwing on his wheel, I decided to give it a shot. I went to this roadside potter and told him I wanted to try my hands at clay. Amused by my desire, for it is not everyday people walk up to him, requesting to learn his craft, the potter delegated his nine-year-old son to indulge me. We sat by the busy street and the little boy centered a lump of clay on the wheel for me to play with. Needless to say, I couldn't make anything that day but the joy of wet clay slipping through my fingers was so enthralling, it took me into a different realm. I was oblivious to the crowd that gathered around us to watch a well-dressed young girl, sitting by the roadside, getting hopelessly muddy under the direction of a little boy. I knew that day, I had found my calling. The seed that was sown in India on that warm spring day, achieved maturity, when I moved to the US, to join my husband in Atlanta, Georgia. There, I got the opportunity to learn pottery at the Callanwolde Fine arts center. Under the direction of Glenn Dair, I became completely immersed in the joy of making pots and spent the next five years learning the subtleties of throwing on the wheel.

In 2003 my husband's job change brought us to Round Rock TX, where I established my home studio, my own little sanctuary, where I have been playing ever since.

ABOUT MY WORK;
My creative process results from an interplay between form and function. I like to explore form, to create pots with unique shapes and personalities, with the underlying guiding factor being, achievement of good functionality. I accentuate the contours of my wheel-thrown and altered pots through carving, making intricate, abstract patterns. The designs are not planned, but result from a spontaneous flow of the hand, guided by influences unconsciously absorbed over the years.

The rich earthy hues strongly appeal to the artist in me, which in turn dictate the choice of my clay and glazes. I formulate my own glazes which are completely food safe. All my pieces are fired to cone 6 oxidation, which translates to about 2167 F, making the pieces non porous, dishwasher safe (unless noted otherwise), resistant to chipping and durable for regular use.

I believe there exists a mutual relationship between a handmade pot and its user. While handmade pots add an element of joy and charm to one's daily routine, this fond usage by the user serves to enhance the beauty and value of the handmade pot.

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    I believe that a good handmade pot has the ability to touch the soul of the user. I hope that my pots manifest the spirit of joy that led to their creation and in the process invoke comfort and cheer in the user.

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Last updated on February 17, 2016
Thank you for your interest. All of the work showcased here is designed and created by myself at my studio in Round Rock Texas. My pots are wheel thrown, altered, hand carved, glazed with food safe glazes and fired to 2167 F making them dishwasher safe and durable for everyday use.

I hope that my pots manifest the spirit of joy that led to their creation and in the process invoke comfort and cheer in the user.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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Refunds and Exchanges

DAMAGES:
Please report damages to me as soon as possible. Although my pottery is packed with utmost care, accidents can happen. I WILL REPLACE DAMAGED POTTERY OR MAKE A FULL REFUND. I ask that you please send me a photo of the broken pottery with the shipping materials in the picture. This will allow me to file an insurance claim. Please keep the broken pottery and packing materials for a while. The Post Office may contact you to verify it's loss.

RETURNS:
I would like you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so for some reason if the piece is not what you expected, you can return it within 30 days and get a full refund minus the shipping. Please note that the buyer will be responsible for safe return of the work. Insurance recommended.
Payment
I accept Paypal, major credit cards, and Etsy Gift Certificates. If you live in Texas, sales tax will be included. Cancelling or changing your order prior to shipping will not incur charges.

All orders, including custom or made to order work that is not yet made, are to be paid in full at the time of purchase.

If you have questions, this simple description of Etsy's checkout process may help:
http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
Shipping
I now ship WORLDWIDE.
Shipping charges for international deliveries doesn't cover custom fees or local postal charges. That is the responsibility of the buyer.
Items other than 'made to order' will be shipped approximately within 3-5 business days after payment is received.
I use 'Etsy's calculated shipping which calculates accurate shipping costs based on the size and weight of the item being shipped as well as the destination. So if you would like me to ship the purchased item to an address other than your own please be sure to enter that address for calculating shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Important note to local buyers:

If you are a local buyer and would prefer to pick up the work from my studio, then at the time check out, enter the coupon code IWILLPICKUP .This will waive off your shipping fee.
You can convo me to set up a convenient pick up time.

Gifts:

If you are buying an item as a gift for someone else and you'd like me to ship it directly, please make sure that the zip code you enter for the purpose of calculating shipping is that where you want me to ship it rather than your own.

If you would like me to add a personal message on your behalf, please send that as well and I will print it out on a card and mail it along with the item.