ceramic sculpture, terrarium miniatures and more!

Rio Rancho, New Mexico · 4359 Sales


ceramic sculpture, terrarium miniatures and more!

Rio Rancho, New Mexico 4359 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   3/1/2017 It's time for spring! New things are being listed, watch this space!


Last updated on Mar 1, 2017

3/1/2017 It's time for spring! New things are being listed, watch this space!

Karen Dorweiler

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Karen Dorweiler

whale in the deeps plate - handmade ceramic
cat and mice dish - handmade ceramic
Miniature mare and foal - porcelain sculpture
Miniature appaloosa horse - porcelain sculpture
three miniature seals - porcelain sculpture
Miniature barn owl - porcelain sculpture
We three owls - stoneware miniatures
two tiny unicorns - porcelain sculpture
Miniature unicorn - porcelain sculpture
Miniature black cat - porcelain sculpture
Miniature calico cat - porcelain sculpture
Miniature calico cat - porcelain sculpture
Miniature calico cat - porcelain sculpture
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

rebecca73 on Mar 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

One of my favorite Etsy sellers! Quick shipping and absolutely adorable kitty. The picture doesn't do it justice. Love!


blackcatwhitedog on Mar 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Thanks - love the look and the horse is a substantial piece for its size. Thanks!

Louise Saxton

Louise Saxton on Mar 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I bought three bowls with the tiny foxes and they arrived promptly in good condition and I absolutely love them - highly recommend this artist!

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Bigger horses are coming to my shop soon!

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Sculpting a lovely stoneware bunny today!

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Just needs to dry now before more detail

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Song and Branch Studio

I am now settled in my new studio in New Mexico! If you live nearby or are passing through Albuquerque (just a 20 minute drive through easy peasy traffic) or Santa Fe (about an hour), contact me for a studio tour, private sculpting lessons or information on my next public sale/show.


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Shop members

  • Namio

    Canine Sanity Support

    Retrieves tools from under the cabinets, eats clay and makes sure Karen gets up occasionally for a game of frisbee.

  • Karen Dorweiler

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am a ceramic artist who lives in relative peace and quiet somewhere in the middle of New Mexico. I could not find a portrait of myself that looks nice, so here's a boar.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 7, 2016
Welcome to my shop.

My items are handmade. I do use the occasional commercial stamp or commercial sprig mold that is then added to a greater whole, but most commonly what you see is created from from my mind and worked mostly with my fingers. For tiny pieces, I am often unable to see the piece as I work on it, so many of my minis are works of touch on clay.

Do forgive occasional flaws, cracks and stress marks. If I wanted perfect, I would make them perfect - I am capable of making my pieces anatomically correct - but then each would take hours and the prices would be much more expensive and it would take me a year to fill a kiln! Their flaws are part of their beauty - flaws attract washes, glazes and underglazes to pool in them. I am imperfect myself, so I understand these creatures of mine :)

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I do not accept personal checks in place of money orders.

For non payment, after two days I will contact, wait another day and contact again. If I do not receive a response in a 1 week period, I will cancel the order and relist. I will not leave negative feedback as I understand that things happen.
I ship once a week, more often when it is busy or before I go on vacation or go to a big show just to make sure things are tidy.

Please let me know if you need it rushed, it's really no problem at all.

I ship in the US via the cheapest method possible. There is little difference in the arrival of small packages (for my miniatures for example) via 1st class and priority usps mail. I have actually had 1st class packages beat priority to nearby states.

International buyers - Please be aware of your country's customs fees and taxes. I am not liable or responsible for paying for them. I will not refund items refused because of customs fees because it isn't my fault you did not want to pay them. I ship usps lst class international. There is no insurance. Contact me if you feel you want express/priority/insurance etc.

Etsy includes insurance in their shipping. For pieces/shipments that go over their $200 coverage I will add insurance.

If there is a large difference in quoted shipping and actual shipping cost, I will refund the difference. If you notice a discrepancy, don't be afraid to ask, I am often absent minded and will gladly refund.
Refunds and Exchanges
If breakage of an item is due to my negligence in packing, I will refund or exchange the item. Please take a picture if at all possible in the case it is an insured package so I can recoup.

If you simply don't like the item, return the item within 30 days of its arrival and I will refund the price of the item. I want you to be happy with your experience. I completely understand that the translation of computer screen to actual object is sometimes deceiving - especially on the matter of scale and exact color. Try not to be nasty, believe me when I say it is never my intent to deceive when I make a listing.

For some of my pieces, such as my larger sculptures, a small amount of breakage may be inevitable. If this happens, I will send information on how to repair. Minor repairs do not effect the value/beauty of a sculpture, since they are not functional items.

I am sorry but I cannot refund for personalized items - anything that has a name on it, initials or uncommon/rude sayings is something that I cannot resell. In the case of personalized items I will send you pictures of the item before you finish the purchase - once it is shipped, it is yours.
Additional policies and FAQs
When custom ordering, please allow a four to six week creation, bisque fire and glaze fire cycle time. Because I am just one person, I do not fill my kiln immediately. It's more efficient to fire a full kiln! Please keep in mind that ceramics are not an exact calling and that the first attempt at your piece may not turn out. I may have to do it twice. Please be patient! The second attempt will not cost you anything unless there was a big change in plan during the project.

My minimum commission is $60. The exception to this are commissioned small blue trinket bowls, which are always $20 since the scope and size of the project is tiny and can be worked into my production work. Unique pieces always take me extra time however, which is why I impose a minimum.