Announcement Welcome to Whitney Smith Pottery, maker of beautifully functional handmade ceramics, heirloom-quality bowls, plates, vases, pitchers, sugar bowls, dinnerware, and pottery for home décor. My ceramic ware is completely handmade in my California-based pottery studio, designed and crafted to bring exquisite, modern home accessories into your everyday life.
Welcome to Whitney Smith Pottery, maker of beautifully functional handmade ceramics, heirloom-quality bowls, plates, vases, pitchers, sugar bowls, dinnerware, and pottery for home décor. My ceramic ware is completely handmade in my California-based pottery studio, designed and crafted to bring exquisite, modern home accessories into your everyday life.
Sarah on Aug 28, 20225 out of 5 stars
I've wanted a set of these for over 15 years. Finally, they're mine--and they're even more gorgeous in person. Thanks, Whitney!
Carla on Mar 22, 20225 out of 5 stars
All was perfect! The gift was loved and the delivery was fast.
Liana on Nov 6, 20215 out of 5 stars
Everything from Whitney Smith is awesome. Whitney takes the time to communicate with you, and makes sure you are happy with your purchase. I have never been disappointed with a Whitney Smith product.
Mary Anne on Jul 5, 20215 out of 5 stars
These were the 2nd set I have purchased from Whitney. The first I bought for myself years ago. This 2nd set is for a shower gift. They were exceptionally well packaged and I’m sure will be a much-treasured gift. I reach for mine all the time!
Amberly on May 29, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely love these nesting bowls - beautifully made, and each is gorgeous on their own and stacked together. We use them for literally everything, both everyday and hosting.
Leslie on Apr 4, 20215 out of 5 stars
This is one of the most beautiful items I own! Thank you so much! The quality is amazing, your work and creativity is phenomenal ❤️ I will definitely be back to purchase more.
Allison on Jun 11, 20205 out of 5 stars
What can i say, when i saw this bowl i fell in love with it. The craftsmanship is beautiful, the design is so unique and stunning! My whole family was blown away. I was originally going to use this as a fancy eating bowl but this is to beautiful, and is gonna be a decor center piece. Im so happy i purchased this bowl 20/10 would buy from this seller again.
Finding art through nature
Clay came into my life thanks to a couple of guys I dated in my late teens and early 20's. They were clay dudes, and I was a painter chick. I was primarily interested in painting and drawing since I was a kid, and saw painting as my path to the art career that I wanted for myself. But when taking my first clay throwing class in 1994 after encouragement from the clay dudes, I was completely hooked. It was not unlike any addiction one may have. I completely forgot about painting and I thought about clay constantly. I was obsessed with getting on the wheel as much as possible, and used all of my spare time to make pots.
Meanwhile, I was finishing my degree in Anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz. People often assume I went to art school, but I did not. I was never interested in art school. I could not think of a more horrible way to spend time than being forced to make art for grades. I pursued Anthropology simply for the love of it and to get that BA, and dreamed of the pottery business I wanted to have.
After graduating in 1996, I was working as an pottery assistant while trying to get better and better at making my own pieces. By 2000, I was ready to be self-employed. I started spending my days in the studio and selling my work full-time. I explored every outlet possible to get my work out of my studio and into people's homes: crappy street fairs filled with drunks, stores and galleries, open studios, and then later a website and other online venues.
Years later, I'm still in my same little storefront studio, but lots of things have changed. I have steady work and clients all over the world, so no more hustling at street fairs or wholesale shows. My more popular items are now produced from molds to keep up with demand, and most of my one-of-a-kind work goes straight from the kiln to client homes. I even have a line that is made overseas and sold through major retail outlets. Etsy has helped me reach a new level of outreach, and every day I feel that benefit.
My work has always been influenced by nature. I am someone who is happiest when I'm out in the woods or laying next to the ocean, drinking in the beauty of the natural world. With my ceramic work I'm always trying to accomplish what nature does so easily: make something that is beautiful, useful, and functional. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it for you.
Owner, Maker, Designer
Whitney Smith has been working in ceramics since her first clay throwing class in 1994. She is an internationally recognized artist, known for her organic forms and nature-inspired collections.
Beatrice likes to put in a full nap day at the studio. Her claim to fame is that she can jump and walk around ceramics all day and not break anything.
Red Bluff, CA
Earthneeds is a third generation ceramic production facility dedicated to small scale manufacturing for ceramic artists and designers.
I am in my studio making pottery full-time. If you wish to purchase a sold item, you may place an order by email or convo and I will create a reserve listing for you. Yes, it's that easy!
Most items are available in different colors and sizes, so do not hesitate to make a special request. It's no big deal, I make stuff all day long.
Custom orders and requests are always welcome. I like making new things and I get great ideas from my clients.
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