Yarn Bowls, strong and lovable & Shawl Pins

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Nancy Walker

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About TalkingClay

Sales 450
On Etsy since 2013

a little Serendipity, a Lot of Happiness

How it all Started ~
My daughter, Amanda Kaffka, is a talented knitter/designer [] and I’m a potter who loves to knit and we are great friends (I know .....Lucky me) so we headed off together to the Seattle Vogue Knit Live in April (2013). A week before we left I had the idea to make a few shawl pins using my favourite fine porcelain and copper wire (I used to be a jeweler). I made up a handful of Pins and brought them to the conference just to see what might happen. We attended a great lecture about making a business in knitting by Trisha Malcolm, the Vogue Knitting magazine editor. After her talk, I went up to her with my little collection of pins just to ask her if she thought these were pursuing. Well, long story short. She was totally excited about them! Enthused, I got right to work in my pottery studio making Talking Pins, Pins that have uplifting, thoughtful messages. And Trisha Malcolm featured them in Vogue Knitting.
and my knit designer daughter Amanda Kaffka's Etsy shop is The Crafty Jackalope

Shop members

  • Nancy Walker

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I have been working, exhibiting and selling Ceramics for 33 years. Living on the west coast of Canada inspires my art. I teach Tai Chi, Qigong and love to Knit.

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Last updated on April 29, 2022
Welcome! I am a potter at heart who has fallen in love with knitting, so naturally my 2 passions have met. Function and Whimsy infuse all my work. What ever I make is unique and unusual.
You can see my Pottery Studio work here:
I have a knitting blog here:
For the Love of Making!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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)
Returns and exchange details
I'm Happy if you're Happy.
If you aren't Happy, please let me know
and I will Fix it, Replace it or Refund it. (Return Shipping is the responsibility of Buyer)
We can certainly work something out.
I accept payment through Paypal and Credit Cards. You can pay without a Paypal account with your credit card. Just choose the option 'Paypal' and then find the option 'pay by credit card'. You'll be taken to a secure page on PayPal. Look for a link below the log-in form reading "Don't have a PayPal account?" You'll then be prompted to fill in your billing and credit card information. Easy-Peasy
I will Ship 1 - 3 working days upon receiving payment.
* I will use the address that is on PayPal if it is different from Etsy.
Most items are sent by Canada post regular mail and does NOT include tracking or insurance. The Yarn Bowls are sent by Canada Post with a tracking number. Please inform me If you require a signature upon delivery.
If your package (not including yarn bowls) is delayed or lost (never happened) I will not be able to track it for you and am not responsible for it. Please note, Talking Clay is not responsible for any lost or undelivered packages where the incorrect shipping address was provided. Please contact Canada Post for all damaged claims or questions.
If you would like your Shawl Pins to be sent with a tracking number, please upgrade your shipping at checkout. All Yarn Bowls are sent automatically wait a Tracking Number. If you require a signature please add this Upgrade to your order as you check out. (Cdn- $10., USA- $15.00)
All international Custom duty charges and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
I value your privacy as much as I value mine ~ I will never share your information with any one or any other business.

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Last updated on May 6, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Can I put anything other than yarn in my yarn bowl?

Yes, here are some ideas: You can place a small contained arrangement of flowers, or a contained tealight. When not in use, your yarn bowl is a work of art to place anywhere.

Is this yarn bowl strong?

Yes. It is make from a strong porcelain clay and high fired. I advise using it on a table or on a rug on the floor.

Custom and personalised orders

Yes, it's one of my favourite things to do, to work with you choosing an animal. I have made Lamas, particular dogs and cats, and even a moose. (custom orders are $25.00 extra and have a different delivery time than the ready made yarn bowls)

How well do there ceramic bowls ship?

I go the extra mile to pack my yarn bowls with extra cushion. I know that they will be tossed around during the journey to your home. Everyone has arrived safe and sound ~