Handcrafted original ceramics

Winchester, England · 26 Sales


Handcrafted original ceramics

Winchester, England 26 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner I am currently in the process of moving my shop to a new Etsy shop. Please be patient whilst I make this transition. Details will be available shortly on how to continue to purchase my handmade ceramics.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 25 Feb, 2018

I am currently in the process of moving my shop to a new Etsy shop. Please be patient whilst I make this transition. Details will be available shortly on how to continue to purchase my handmade ceramics.

Heather May

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Heather May


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

pkr0562 on 01 Dec, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

artist was very accommodating discussing choices, the cup is beautiful, love the shape

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Specialising in individually handcrafted, original functional and sculptural ceramics.

I come from an incredibly beautiful area of Australia called the Dandenong Ranges on the edge of Melbourne, Victoria. It's a forest covered mountain, a little paradise pocket. Growing up with this, gave me the great appreciation of nature that is visible in most of my work, and my desire to always be surrounded by such beauty and calm.

Inspired by natural patterns and colours in forest and ocean environments, and reflecting on the precariousness of life in all forms, I attempt to translate the essence of these intricate and interwoven designs of nature into my pieces. My work often has a sense of fluidity, of life and adventure, whilst holding the fragility of nature’s details in a grasp…much like myself!

Working from a cozy studio in my home on the edge of the South Downs NP near Winchester, I create functional porcelain ceramics for everyday enjoyment, alongside unique original sculpture.

My pieces are individually handcrafted either on the potter’s wheel and altered to my unique style, or created from hand rolled and hand printed slabs. With each process, I give particular attention to the finishing and shaping of the surface and decoration to achieve the desired effect. Colour and glaze are carefully added to ensure each piece is both beautiful and functional to use. All items are fired twice up to 1260 degrees Celsius, which means they are perfectly safe for use in microwaves, dishwashers, and ovens.

I hold a Bachelor of Visual Art specialising in ceramics, and have been exhibiting and selling my work for over 15 years. I have enjoyed embarking on professional development creative residencies at the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India in 2009 and at The Banff Centre, Canada in 2011.

My passion and the excitement for the journey of each piece all the way from the infancy of an idea to it's new home, is what propels me through the nerves, tears and joy of working with clay, a natural earthen material.

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  • Heather May

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    From Melbourne, Australia. Now living and working in Hampshire, UK. I have completed a BA in Fine Art in Australia before traversing the world, selling and showing my art along the way.

Shop policies

Last updated on 15 December, 2017
Thank you for checking out my shop. I create decorative functional and sculptural ceramics that can be enjoyed with every use or simply just to admire.

My functional tableware is food safe and I never use lead glazes. I use a porcelain clay and fire my glazes to cone 6 or higher, so everything can be put in the microwave and dishwasher, although I do support hand washing as some pieces are a little more delicate and a work of art.

Items are made one at a time, carefully by hand without any molds or casts. I hand sculpt, wheel-throw and alter and/or carve all my designs. This ensures that you will be getting a truly unique, quality piece.

I am happy to ship directly to gift recipients and include a complimentary gift note. Please convey your requests in the note to seller box during the Etsy checkout process.

I love hearing from my customers, so feel free to contact me with any questions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 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 personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
I do my best to accurately depict and describe the items in my shop and I ask that you keep in mind that all items are made by hand and by nature have imperfections and variations.

If an item reaches you in a damaged condition (broken or chipped), I will gladly exchange it for a replacement for a similar item of equal value, or give you a refund. Please notify me within 3 business days of receipt if you receive a damaged item and then ship it back to me within 7 days. Buyer is responsible for the cost of shipping it back.

You can return goods you have ordered for any reason within 7 days of receipt for a full refund or exchange providing the goods are received back in an unused, undamaged and saleable condition. You will be responsible for the cost of returning goods to me.

Please repack your item carefully for shipping. I strongly advise purchasing compensation and tracking. If an item arrives back damaged due to insufficient packaging or if a package is lost, a refund will not be given.

- Shipping costs are to be paid by the customer. If I am charged any import duties by UK customs when the goods are returned, these costs will be deducted from your refund. We are charged these where you state on your customs form the name of the goods and value. Please mark any returns coming from abroad with RETURNING MERCHANDISE FOR REFUND on your customs form.

Special orders that have been made specifically for you are non-refundable.
There are two ways to pay.

1. via Paypal. Use any major credit card, without signing up for a paypal account if you don't want to. For further info about this, there is a handy article explaining the process here -


2. via etsy's direct checkout, using any major credit or debit card.
All items are packed with love (and lots of bubble wrap and recycled paper) to ensure a safe delivery. All items will be posted 1-2 days from the day of purchase. I use recycled packing & shipping supplies when available as I care about the environment.

UK CUSTOMERS you should usually receive items within three - four working days of order. I send by standard first or second class post or recorded delivery within the UK. If you need something quickly or require it to be recorded delivery, please get in touch - we can usually work something out!

WORLDWIDE CUSTOMERS - in most destinations, you should usually expect to receive items within seven working days. Please note, I cannot take responsibility for the postal service. At busy times, items may take longer, so please allow extra time if possible - delivery times cannot be guaranteed. Items are not considered lost in the mail until a month has passed.
FYI, your order will begin its journey with the Royal Mail, which is the UK's postal system (usually sent via International Economy - if you require it Tracked & Signed please get in touch and I will make the adjustment for you as it's usually a bit more. I would automatically do this for all items over £100). The Royal Mail will deliver that to your country, at which point it will have to clear customs, and then will be passed over to your country's postal service. If your order is delayed in the post, I recommend in the first instance that where possible, you check with your local postal service's depot or post office.

Please note: Any customs charges or local taxes are the responsibility of the customer.
Additional policies and FAQs
If there's something you like in my sold orders that is out of stock, or you would like a custom order, please get in touch.

If the item is to be a gift, then gift wrapping and tagging can usually be arranged, please message me if you need this service.

All designs, works featured and site content at HeatherMayCeramics.etsy.com are © Heather May 2016. All copyright, design rights and intellectual property rights existing in my designs and products and in the images, text and design of this website are and will remain the property of Heather May. No transfer of these rights is given or implied with purchase or sale of work.
Any infringement of these rights will be taken seriously.

Thank you for taking the time to read my shop policies. If you have any further questions regarding my products or policies, please get in touch.