ririspotteryhaus

riri's pottery haus!

Berlin, Connecticut · 47 Sales

ririspotteryhaus

riri's pottery haus!

Berlin, Connecticut 47 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Unapologetically exquisite! Functional wheel-thrown stoneware treasures featuring riri's stunningly ornate original designs.

I sometimes like to tell my customers at art festivals that everything you see here started as a lump of clay, and then I happened to it (insert winning smile here). More specifically, each piece is wheel thrown and then hand detailed by me, and every design used in my work originated in my sketchbooks. I most emphatically refuse the slightest outside inspiration or influence; a lot of love goes into my work, and from mud to fire, this love is solely and uniquely mine. (It also helps that quite a lot of coffee goes into it too.)

I then like to explain to my customers that I'd never make a piece I couldn't use myself, therefore all of my work is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, and designed with function and comfort of use in mind, primarily. Every spout has a startlingly clean pour, every handle is comfortable in the hand, and every piece is balanced just right. There's that love, again! Passion, even. I am patiently striving for nothing less than perfection, and if each kiln load isn't better than the one that preceded it, I'm unsatisfied.

Announcement

Unapologetically exquisite! Functional wheel-thrown stoneware treasures featuring riri's stunningly ornate original designs.

I sometimes like to tell my customers at art festivals that everything you see here started as a lump of clay, and then I happened to it (insert winning smile here). More specifically, each piece is wheel thrown and then hand detailed by me, and every design used in my work originated in my sketchbooks. I most emphatically refuse the slightest outside inspiration or influence; a lot of love goes into my work, and from mud to fire, this love is solely and uniquely mine. (It also helps that quite a lot of coffee goes into it too.)

I then like to explain to my customers that I'd never make a piece I couldn't use myself, therefore all of my work is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, and designed with function and comfort of use in mind, primarily. Every spout has a startlingly clean pour, every handle is comfortable in the hand, and every piece is balanced just right. There's that love, again! Passion, even. I am patiently striving for nothing less than perfection, and if each kiln load isn't better than the one that preceded it, I'm unsatisfied.

Ria Lira Levine

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Ria Lira Levine

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Anji Hakimi

Anji Hakimi on Jan 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This lovely bowl was purchased as a handmade, unique and Christmas gift- it was perfect on all accounts and arrived on time for Christmas! Thank you!

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About

I wanted to make the perfect special mug for my snobby tea.

One misty June afternoon in 2009, on a whim, Ria decided to take her first pottery class at Wesleyan Potters, an art and craft guild in Middletown, CT. The rest, as they say, is history.

She is quickly becoming known for her distinctive style, recognizable for the exquisite original designs she drapes over the graceful curves of her wheel-thrown stoneware vessels. Refusing even to accept inspiration from outside sources, she bases all of her designs on doodles from her sketchbook.

Despite the opulent appearance of her work, her focus is primarily utilitarian - every piece is designed with function and comfort of use in mind, and is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

During the small fraction of her time in which she isn't completely slathered in clay, she enjoys subtropical gardening and playing video games, and has a particularly warm fondness for tea and fixing broken electronics and computers.

But, if given the choice, Ria's entire bio would have instead gleefully read: "I play with mud and fire! :3"

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  • Ria Lira Levine

    Owner, Riri

    Loves tea, coffee, food, and extremely obscure video games from the 1990s. Is often muddy. <3

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Last updated on September 29, 2016
Welcome to riri's pottery haus! :)

I sometimes like to tell my customers at art festivals that everything you see here started as a lump of clay, and then I happened to it (insert winning smile here). More specifically, each piece is wheel thrown and then hand detailed by me, and every design used in my work originated in my sketchbooks. I most emphatically refuse the slightest outside inspiration or influence; a lot of love goes into my work, and from mud to fire, this love is solely and uniquely mine. (It also helps that quite a lot of coffee goes into it too.)

I then like to explain to my customers that I'd never make a piece I couldn't use myself, therefore all of my work is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, and designed with function and comfort of use in mind, primarily. Every spout has a startlingly clean pour, every handle is comfortable in the hand, and every piece is balanced just right. There's that love, again! Passion, even. I am patiently striving for nothing less than perfection, and if each kiln load isn't better than the one that preceded it, I'm unsatisfied.

This is, in fact, my full time job! I travel around southern New England selling my work at art festivals, and occasionally list some items here in my downtime. Though the only hands to shape my work are my own, I'm assisted by my wonderful fellow who stays up all night with my kiln, moves heavy stuff, and bends wire of his own. You can see his work here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrownMonkeyMetalworx

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Shipping
Shipping:

All items are packed securely and shipped USPS Priority with insurance and delivery confirmation.


Turnaround time:

I will work tirelessly to craft your perfect item and am more than happy to remake it if it comes out of the kiln failing to conform to the agreed-upon specifications (I freely admit that the firing process can be unpredictable!). On rare occasions, items may take upwards of a month to complete.
Refunds and Exchanges
Return policy:

Undamaged work will be shipped back at the buyer's expense. Please note that I will not offer refunds on returns damaged in transit.


Custom item refund policy:

I am not able to offer immediate "buyer's remorse" refunds on custom items that have been already been crafted. Rather, I am happy to refund the entirety of the cost of the custom item upon resale to another customer.
Additional policies and FAQs
Damaged item policy:

In the rare event that an item arrives damaged, the proper channels must be followed for the refund to be processed. Please contact me as soon as possible with a photo and make absolutely sure to keep every piece of packing material. You'll need to bring the box and all of its contents (including every last scrap of packing material and both damaged and undamaged pieces) to the post office in order for me to file a claim for you.