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Note from shop owner The shop is closed through Labor Day, have a great summer!

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

The shop is closed through Labor Day, have a great summer!

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About whitneysmith

Sales 3,376
On Etsy since 2007

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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.

Shop members

  • Whitney Smith

    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

    Studio Cat

    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.

Production partners

  • Earthneeds

    Red Bluff, CA

    Earthneeds is a third generation ceramic production facility dedicated to small scale manufacturing for ceramic artists and designers.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022

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.

To see more of my work or check on pricing, please go to my website:

Read my fabulous etsy featured seller interview!

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Can't get enough of me? Then read my blog "This Artist's Life":

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Returns & exchanges

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Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


California residents pay California sales tax-- sorry but the man must be paid!

Cancellations will receive a full refund if received within 24 hours.


I will ship to your etsy address. If you want me to ship to a different address, please notify me in "message to seller" or in an email.

I ship FedEx Ground or USPS Priority to all domestic addresses. All orders are carefully packaged and insured, however I am not responsible for theft or damage to packages once delivered. If you do not want FedEx or USPS to leave a package at your door, you must contact me to alert FedEx that a signature is required for delivery.

International shipping is sent via International Priority USPS, and will take 6-10 business days in transit. Please note that international orders can be charged import tax, for which the buyer is responsible.

Additional policies and FAQs

Wholesale inquiries are welcome. I do not consign my work.