StoneLotusPottery

Stone Lotus Pottery - handcrafted ceramic stoneware

Greenville, South Carolina · 1695 Sales

StoneLotusPottery

Stone Lotus Pottery - handcrafted ceramic stoneware

Greenville, South Carolina 1695 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   A mother and daughter team creating handcrafted stoneware to use and love in your home. All of our pottery is food safe and can go from oven to table to dishwasher as needed.

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Last updated on Mar 2, 2018

A mother and daughter team creating handcrafted stoneware to use and love in your home. All of our pottery is food safe and can go from oven to table to dishwasher as needed.

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Food tastes better served in handmade pottery.

At our shows, Jill often says just about any food tastes better when served in a beautiful piece of pottery and Jeanette has to laugh. Jill is quite a good cook in her own right and Jeanette has a culinary degree and teaches cooking classes, so food is near and dear to our family. And so is presentation and the art of hospitality. Stone Lotus Pottery brings the two together as we strive to create beautiful and functional ceramic creations for serving, entertaining, and home decor.

As a mother daughter duo this little business is such a blessing as it creates many quality hours together in spite of the four hours between us! Jill has an art degree and spent several years teaching ceramics before focusing on her family and her painting business. Fast forward a few years when Jeanette heads off to college and she decided to get her hands in clay once again and see where things went. The natural and organic nature of clay had not lost its appeal and she took a few classes before diving in with her own wheel, kiln, and newest toy - a slab roller.

From her home studio, Jill gets her hands in the clay as often as possible. She still works in the painting business most days, so everything you see is done in her spare time. It is a labor of love in every sense of the word and something we both enjoy immensely. We focus most of our work on functional designs, pieces that you will use in your kitchen as you cook and entertain and will reach for time and time again. Everything is food safe and can go from oven to table to dishwasher if needed.

Our style focuses on bold, saturated glaze colors with hand carved and hand appliqued elements. These extra touches make even the most functional of pieces, like a spoon rest, into a piece of art that sits on your kitchen counter. Carved elements also allow the glaze to express itself in far more interesting and unique ways. The texture it creates and the movement of glaze is a hallmark of our style.

In addition to this Etsy shop, we also make several appearances at craft shows in the Carolinas at various times throughout the year. And we are just beginning to sell in a few retail locations as well. Though, this little Etsy shop is still the heart and soul of who we are and is the place where we feel most at home among artists and artisans. We are so happy to be among so much talent and love being able to share our talent with so many.

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Just as food for thought so to speak, we thought we would also tell you a little more about the process of making ceramics. With multiple steps and several days in each, it is a bit longer of a process than many initially realize. It means getting ready for each show and stocking our Etsy shop takes plenty of preparation and time in advance.

1. FORMING CLAY - First the clay body is formed. Clay can be formed on the wheel or rolled out like pie dough and hand built from a flat slab. Anything you see that isn't round like a plate or bowl is typically hand built from a slab.
2. CARVING - After drying for about one day, the clay is leather hard and can be put back on the wheel to be trimmed and at that point, can also be hand carved.
3. DRYING - Next it must air dry for several days. Depending on the humidity and temperature it can be up to 4 or 5 days.
4. BISQUE FIRING - Once air dry, the clay is put in the kiln for the first firing. It takes about 8 hours and it is fired to about 1800 degrees and turns to stone. It also shrinks about 15% in this process. Once fired, the kiln takes about 12 hours to cool enough to unload.
5. SANDING - Bisque ware needs to be sanded to remove any rough edges.
6. WAXING - We apply a thin layer of wax to the bottom of each piece to keep the glaze from adhering to the bottom in the next step.
7. GLAZING - Glaze can be applied in several ways, but we most often spray or hand apply our glazes. We use three types of clay (white, speckled, and red) and each reacts differently with each glaze color. Several of our pieces also include a two or three step glaze process depending on how many colors we use or how they are layered.
8. GLAZE FIRING - Once glazed, we load the kiln again for a second firing. The kiln reaches 2200 degrees and causes the glaze to harden and crystallize to an almost glass like finish. It takes a full 24 hours to reach 2200 degrees and then cool to room temperature for removal.

Given that the kiln can hold 20 - 30 pieces per firing, the process from start to finish can easily take two weeks. And for this reason, we stock our shop with ready to ship items at this time.

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Shop members

  • Jill

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Jill is the mother half of our Stone Lotus Pottery duo and the artist behind the beautiful creations you see in our shop. With a degree in art and several years teaching, she is coming back to ceramics as a chance to work with her hands once again.

  • Jeanette

    Owner, Photography

    Jeanette is the daughter half of our Stone Lotus Pottery duo and handles the day to day business. From photography to shipping to paperwork, she will be the one answering your emails and shipping your beautiful pottery.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 2, 2018
Welcome to our shop! We strive to create pottery and jewelry that is unique and one of a kind. Know that though a stamp or design may be used more than once, the intrinsic nature of glaze creates something unique every time. No two pieces will ever be truly identical. We are always trying new designs, patterns, and materials striving to create beautiful wearable art. We hope you enjoy.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
We stand behind our work 100% and want our customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase. We will be happy to arrange a refund of the purchase price (less shipping and fees) or exchange if necessary.
Payment
We accept and prefer Etsy Direct Checkout or PayPal, but will also accept checks. Items will not ship until payment is received so keep in mind there will be a delay in shipping until payment is received.

South Carolina residents will be charged 6% sales tax.

Payment must be received within 2 days of the date of your order in Etsy. At that time, we reserve the right to cancel the sale and place the item back in our shop.
Shipping
All items are shipped via USPS.

We are using Etsy's calculated shipping feature in an effort to make shipping prices more accurate. Etsy will calculate your options based on your shipping zip code. As with anything automated like this, there may be issues. If there's ever a question about your calculated charges, please feel free to contact us. We can double check your charges and as always will refund any shipping overages of $2 or more!

We do understand damage or loss may occur during shipping and therefore insure all packages. Because our pottery is one of a kind, we will happily issue a refund or exchange for another item in our shop should a package get lost or arrive damaged.

The cost of shipping seems to increase daily and while we would love to avoid it, we also know it's the best way to get our items to you. We do our best to keep the cost as reasonable as possible and use recycled shipping materials as often as we can.
Additional policies and FAQs
All pottery is handmade, glazed, and fired in Travelers Rest, SC.