a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
The best thing about moving is that I am finding some of my missing stamps! Here is my current collection, including the new custom heart sizes that just arrived from the Czech Republic.
Here is a photo of my new studio at our new house. We have a lot to do: finish the walls, maybe add some walls, add windows, change out the garage doors for something with more glass, put a utility sink in place of the washer/dryer. The kiln shed will be located outside by the back side garage doors. I am most excited about getting some large windows on that wall for views of the adjacent forest. I think I also need to add a small wall section to use for standing against when throwing. My current studio is very tiny, but i also take over most of our house when I unload the kiln and need to pack 40-60 orders at once. It will be great to have my throwing space, glazing area, packing area, office space, and hopefully photo set up all in one space, with the kilns outside. I’m still in the middle of a very large batch of work and open orders so I can’t move studios until I can get a break in my orders or find a way to have a seamless transition between the two spaces. Good thing my mom is coming to visit us soon to help hold the baby and watch the 3 year old so I can work faster and hopefully move into the new studio soon!
A comparison of my current greys, and the only photo I took of today’s batch of urns that are shipping out. (Medium grey on the left, slate in the middle and dove on the right)
Happy Easter! Pysanky Eggs by my mom @sweetbing #pysanky
I wanted to share with all my Portland friends some photos from Farmer Katie, of @foxandbearurbanfarm . We did her CSA last year and totally loved it. We really enjoyed all of veggies that she grew for us, we loved our weekly deliveries, and even her beautiful Instagram photos from her farm as she was growing the food. Info on her CSA is on her website and Instagram profile. Thank you Farmer Katie! (All photos by @foxandbearurbanfarm )
I have been shipping out so many custom urns with special custom requests lately, and I usually unload the kiln and pack the boxes in the middle of the night so I can’t photograph them. Here are a handful of some that I really loved seeing before they shipped. I love what I get to make for some very special people and pets.
We are busy here dreaming up the next iteration of my studio as we prepare for the studio move, and we wanted to reach out to clay people who have built kiln sheds to ask what you use and what you would recommend? We are thinking of a simple metal building but we wanted too see if anyone has experience with simple metal kiln sheds. We are not seeing anything great online and are looking for ideas in what to build or buy. Please DM me or email me. Thank you! ( drawing by my daughter, age 3)
This coming month is going to be a little crazy for me. I am trying to finish up so many of my open orders, and I will also be moving my studio. I am looking for an assistant who can help me with the studio move and possibly help getting these orders finished and shipped. Cleaning, packing the studio, moving, organizing, assembling shelves, etc. I think I could use an assistant for at least a month starting in early April, maybe also into part of May depending on how long it takes. No clay experience required. Email me if you are interested. The old studio is in NE portland, and the new one will be in SW Portland. Vitrifiedstudio@Gmail.com
I am hoping to finish up my new stamp palette this week, including this larger cat silhouette stamps and the smaller forever loved stamp shown here. I have one more custom stamp that I had made coming soon and then I can finish up the new stamp palette and update all of my listings with it.
When the days seem to be filled with all things kid related, my late nights are filled will making my open orders. Tonight I found a podcast on Bernie Krause and his thoughts and recordings on soundscapes. It was perfect. I want to live somewhere with a rich natural soundscape that I can really get to know, and maybe not share my studio with my bicycle. (Top shelf has my attempts at a size xxxl urn, the shelf below them has my size large for comparison)
So many really sweet urns came out of the kiln tonight and are headed straight into boxes. I can pack the boxes now while the kids are sleeping. I wish I had the energy to try to photograph some of these, so many new customizations and combinations in this round of orders. I’m still running a little behind on my orders, I keep hoping to completely catch up one of these days.
This should be everything left in my 60% off sale happening now in my Etsy shop. I am trying to clear out my shelves as there is just no space in our tiny house to hold stock of ready made items. https://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrifiedstudio I am sorry I can’t do local pick up as my gallery is now closed. There are two sections of ready made sale items in the etsy shop. I definitely could have taken a better photo of these if I brought it my big camera, but I have a wild and crazy baby crawling all over me so this is the best I can do.
I’m packing and shipping all of the ready made items from the current 60% off flash sale. I am trying to clear out all of my ready made stock and I will keep the sale active until the end of the month or it sells out. There are two shop sections with ready made items, one has urns and the other has utensil holders and jars. Here is my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrifiedstudio
The snow is still here, so my snow day flash sale will continue. I have everything ready made in my Etsy shop marked at 60% off. There are two shop sections with ready made items to explore.
Flash sale! I just marked all of my ready made items down to 60% off in my etsy shop. This includes ready made jars, spice jars, utensil holders and urns. This does not include custom items. There are two shop sections with these ready made sale items in my etsy shop. It’s a 24 hour sale, as today is a snow day in Portland Oregon. Visit my etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrifiedstudio
I am so loving being back in my home / backyard studio. Steps away from the house and kids, and able to be much more efficient with my work load. I have been able to double the amount of work I am able to make and sell now that I have closed the gallery. I am also able to listen to podcasts again, without needing to be ready for visitors walking into my studio at any moment. Home on the range by Scott carrier, outside by outside magazine with NPR and outside / inside by npr in NH. I am so grateful to love working and love what I am able to make for others. My studio mates are the generational family’s of spiders that I watch cycle through their lifespans, and my daughter comes in to make pottery with me too sometimes while she takes a break from her sandbox right outside of my door.
I am in a sea of open orders, trying hard to get everything finished and shipped simultaneously. I had a chance to quickly photograph one of my new favorites. Here is emerald mist with dove grey glaze in the text on white porcelain, in a size medium wide. I have another big round of orders shipping in a couple of days, I really love seeing all of the new ways people request the custom urns.
I have been working hard this week to finally catch up on my open orders. I am almost there thanks fo my mom coming to watch the kids for two weeks as I work (and we celebrate my daughter’s third birthday.) here is one day of throwing. I hope to get one more day of throwing and finally be all caught up. I have no idea what is going on with my etsy shop, but the trends and patterns I have previously experienced have changed this month. I wish I had my old etsy teams to discuss all of the new trends I am seeing and understand what it means for my future. Any etsy business teams left out there? FPC team I miss all of your insight and seller community to help me figure out what I am experiencing now!
I am redoing my custom text / font palettes with the help of a friend in the studio. Here is the early draft of the new palette. I hope to edit these into a clearly labeled palette for you to choose from. I hope to continue with the shape stamps and glaze colors, as well as other new visuals that can help you as you shop and customize. I only have 3 sets that are full sets, shown in the right side, the left side is incomplete sets for one reason or another. We will work on making these better visuals with a key to label all of these for my online shops, but for now this is the best view possible of my complete font palette.
I don’t often get a chance to photograph before I ship, but I wanted to be sure to capture this one. It’s a special request for a wrap around of butterflies around the urn. This is the side, the custom text isn’t shown. I have done a wrap around with stars and one with paw prints, but I love how this one came out. I hope to make some custom tree or wildflower stamps someday and try one with more of a landscape view.