MeganLouiseCeramics

Individually crafted, hand built ceramics

New Milton, England 2552 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (612)

MeganLouiseCeramics

Individually crafted, hand built ceramics

New Milton, England | 2552 Sales

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Megan Cartwright

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Megan Cartwright

Announcement    Everything in my shop is individually hand built by me, in my little home studio! Please message me directly if you have any questions or custom order requests :o)

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Last updated on 04 Jan, 2019

Everything in my shop is individually hand built by me, in my little home studio! Please message me directly if you have any questions or custom order requests :o)

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About MeganLouiseCeramics

Sales 2,552
On Etsy since 2016

Hand built, locally made...

I've always enjoyed drawing and making but never saw this as a realistic career option. However, after years spent in jobs that never truly gave me the enjoyment I was looking for I finally decided to take the leap and turn ceramics into my 'real' job.

I'm lucky enough to have a small home studio on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, where all of my work is made with slabs or coils of clay, which are carefully shaped by hand or on occasion using a homemade plaster mould alongside the forming process. I then spend time finishing and shaping each piece to achieve the desired finish. My glazes have all been coloured by myself in order to achieve the final shades and all my pieces, large and small are fired twice, reaching 1225 degrees Celsius during a glaze firing and taking over 24 hours to heat and cool down.

I never use a potter's wheel, as I love the individual and unique quality that is achieved when a piece is made entirely by my own hand. In this way each piece I produce is truly one of a kind. With so many of the functional and decorative items we own today emerging perfectly from their pre-formed moulds or factory production lines it seems particularly special to be making objects that celebrate their imperfections, something which we should perhaps apply to more of our everyday lives.

My inspiration comes from my own love of handmade ceramics and a desire to produce simple, functional forms that would make a beautiful addition to anyone's home. I feel everyone should be able to own at least one item that is truly handmade and unique, no matter how small.

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  • Megan Cartwright

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    My small business consists of just me, working on producing small batches of lovely handmade items for your home.

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Last updated on 10 Oct, 2018
Frequently asked questions
What do you mean by 'hand made'?

I make every item in my shop using hand building methods. This means I do not use a potter's wheel (the method we normally think of!), or prefabricated factory moulds. The benefit of this is that each item is truly unique and it also means I don't produce row upon row of completely identical items. There is guaranteed to be very slight variations between my pieces; I absolutely aim to produce pieces to work together as 'matching' sets, but there will of course be slight variations in the dimensions, the slightly imperfect shapes and even the glaze finish. Clay is a natural material, giving a naturally varied finish, which may affect the shade and natural speckles found in the clay body I use.

How quickly will my item be shipped? Which shipping methods do you use?

As a general rule I have given a dispatch time of 3-5 working days. If you need a particularly speedy delivery then please contact me directly and I will confirm whether or not this is possible.

I use Royal Mail Second Class postage within the UK and Standard International Delivery for orders outside the UK. Please note that I do NOT use tracked shipping UNLESS REQUESTED, as it is a more expensive shipping option that not every customer would like. However, please select either '2nd Class signed for' or 'Tracked International' when placing your order if you would prefer these shipping methods. For large and/or wholesale orders I will automatically send this tracked, as the parcel will need to be sent via courier.

Shipping over payment

I will always refund any extra costs in shipping over the value of £1. I do not make a profit on shipping, the cost is simply there to cover Royal Mail charges, packaging materials, and the time it takes for me to carefully wrap and send off your purchase.

Are my items dishwasher safe?

In general I would always recommend hand washing for handmade items, however all of my work is stoneware, meaning it is fired to extremely high temperatures and can technically withstand a dishwasher. I choose to test all my pottery in my own dishwasher with no problems resulting and if you trust your dishwasher(!) then your item should be absolutely fine. If you have any doubts or concerns or predict extremely frequent washing or use particularly harsh detergents then hand washing may be a kinder option.

Can I use my item in the microwave?

I’m afraid I have been unable to test my pieces in a microwave (I don’t own one!) so would not like to give a definite ‘yes’ to this question. Again, all my items have been fired to stoneware temperatures of over 1200 degrees celcius but this does not automatically make them safe in a microwave and therefore the decision to do so would not be based on a recommendation from myself.

How long will a custom order take to make?

This depends entirely on your request, the size of the item, and the number you would like. I will always give as accurate an estimate as possible and will try to send your item out to you as quickly as possible. Please bear in mind that ceramics don't like to be rushed(!) and I would always rather give you an item of the highest quality than one that has been rushed to meet a deadline.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I always take time and care with the wrapping of all of my packages, however if you would like a parcel wrapped for a birthday or special occasion please let me know and I will ensure the parcel is extra pretty!

What is the process if I decide to return an item?

If you decide to return an item because you have changed your mind (within 14 days of receiving the item) I will refund the full purchase price of the item as soon as it is returned to me safely and undamaged. You will need to pay for the return postage and unfortunately I will not be able to refund the initial shipping costs. If you are returning an item from outside the UK please mark the item RETURNING MERCHANDISE FOR REFUND on your customs form. This is to ensure no customs charges are made, as I would have to deduct these from your refund. Please contact me first before returning an item to confirm the return process!

What if my item has been damaged during delivery or is delayed/lost?

Damage: this is thankfully quite rare but if your item arrives and is broken or damaged please immediately take a picture of the item and packaging in order for me to be able to make a claim for the damage. I do my absolute best to ensure items are wrapped carefully, with bubble wrap, bio degradable packing peanuts and firm cardboard boxes and will always replace any damaged items.
Delay: on some occasions delivery takes longer than expected and I ask that you are patient enough to give an item one month before considering it lost. I obviously have no control over postal services and when items have to transfer between different postal services and go through customs unexpected delays can occur.

Wholesale availability

Please contact me directly for any enquiries into wholesale purchasing for any of the items in my shop. As a general rule I am only able to do small batch wholesale for some of my items and only within the UK, as to ship large numbers of any item abroad tends to push the cost of wholesale items up quite substantially. Please feel free to enquire regarding postage costs if you are interested however.

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