a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
Brown clay mugs. I’m trying to clear my head a little so this is a nice way to get back into clay after spending the weekend out on the slope beside our house. We have been attempting to restore it, bringing back the beautiful native Oregon plants. I will post a photo once they start flourishing.
I adore the design of this first urn. It feels so tender, so perfect. Its been a while since I posted some finished urns, I have been packing late at night so I don’t have much time to photograph. I see some of these are a little off in the color as I took the photos early in the morning when the light was still blue. I will be packing another batch late tonight and early tomorrow, hopefully I can sneak some photos in. I will be running sales off and on all month as I try to figure out how to get my etsy shop back on track. Check it often for the month of flashing sales. #peturn #infantlossawareness #urn #vitrifiedstudio
For Infant Loss Awareness month, I have activated a sale on my custom urn listings. I am honored to have had the opportunity it custom make many infant urns over the last few years. The designs keep evolving and I love seeing all of these special pieces. Visit my Etsy shop for the discounted listings. #infantlossawareness
This urn from yesterday’s shipment feels so perfect to me. Satin white glaze on porcelain with dove grey in the text. The small walking cat stamp with the small f5 font for the name and the date. I like the dates in years only for the pet urns, I like the size of the stamps on the size small urn, I like the contrast of the textures of the matte clay, the satin white glaze, and the gloss accents. I have been working hard to add many listings to my etsy shop, I know it doesn’t help my search rank or help me get to “top selling item “ badges, but I am hoping it helps people to see the perfect design sample, and just easily order a similar one. My shop feels overwhelming with all of the combinations of stamps, fonts, colors, and shapes, but I hope that by having so many examples it’s easy to see the exact one that is right for you, or at least an image that you can start with, to further customize and personalize. And thanks as always to my customers to coming up with these beautiful combinations so I can keep evolving my shop with photos of completed orders. I never know how they will turn out until they are out of the kiln, so I love the surprise seeing of the final pieces.
A few of today’s shipped orders. This first one has a custom requested flat lid. I love how it turned out and I think I will add it as a custom option.
A few of today’s shipped orders.
A few of the custom stamps sent to me by previous customers to use on their special custom pottery.
A few more of today’s shipment. A close up of the large wide and medium large wide sizes. These are new sizes for me, so it’s interesting to see them as finished urns. I need to make a few more before I list the final dimensions and volume, but they can be ordered by special request currently.
It’s pretty rare for me to get a photo with all of the sizes. I usually ship as soon as they are cooled so it’s rare to have a batch of urns with all of the sizes. This one is close. I am missing the small tall (which I had, but shipped out yesterday!) and the extra large, which I have in the kiln now but won’t be ready to photograph until Monday. Ask me questions if you have any as you are working on your custom order in my Etsy shop or website shop.
I have been making more of the extra small tall and small tall sizes, but I don’t yet have their final dimensions decided. I think I will add another quarter to half inch to the height of these in the future. This photo shows 2 extra small, 1 xs tall, 2 small, and 1 small tall. I also have some medium large wide and large wide coming out of the kiln very soon so I might be able to do a big line up of all my sizes.
Last day of Flash Sale! The 40% off plus free shipping sale in my Etsy shop ends tonight. I also finally got my giant load of packing peanuts so I can ship out a big batch of recently finished orders. This photos shows a range of sizes from my small and larger urn listings. From the left it is: xs, s, m, mw, ml, ml-w. The flash sale ends tonight, international customers can use the code canada40.
(Flash sale continues) A few more of the brown clay urns from this year and a glimpse into my studio as I start the transition into the brown clay after throwing in porcelain and the sand colored stoneware. I am printing the last of my current brown clay orders to get those started before I clean up the wheel and move back into a lighter color. And a reminder that we are in the final stretch of my flash sale. I’m still no where near my monthly sales goal for this day of the month, I am hoping to recover shortly! USA customers can just shop my etsy shop for the discount, but international customers need a coupon code. Use canada40 as a quick coupon code if you are not seeing the discount in your cart.
(Flash sale continues!) I am throwing in the dark brown stoneware today and I was thinking about some of my favorite pieces I made this year for customers. I don’t capture all of them here, but here are a few. The listings all have a color palette for the dark brown clay glaze options. My 40% off plus free shipping sale ends tomorrow, (sale price is automatic for USA customers on Etsy and international customers need an etsy coupon code for the 40% off). This sale is to help me recover from all of the recent etsy changes, so I really appreciate your support right now. Thanks!
I’m in the last days of the Flash Sale. It’s 40% off plus free shipping. I do have this flash sale and all of my sales only activated for USA customers, but I have had a few Canadian buyers request the sale, so I made a coupon code. Canada40 will give non USA buyers access to the sale, it should work for other countries too. USA customers don’t need to use the code as the sale is automatic, but international customers will need a code. This sale and also the code expire on Wednesday. Please note there are very high customs/ duty fees for international buyers, as well as high shipping costs.
My 40% off flash sale continues, and I am going to include some of my special upgrade options to this sale today. This option is to add custom text around the urn in various fonts. It makes for an extra special custom urn to share all of your sweet memories for your loved one. visit my etsy shop for the 40% off plus free shipping sale. I will be turning off the sale as soon as I get back on track with my monthly sales goal. This month has been slow with sales after etsy changed a few big things on the site and I am working hard to get back on track.
The 40% off plus free shipping flash sale on urns, dish sets, utensil holders, and custom coffee jars has started in my Etsy shop. I have also included a small discount on the spice bottle sets. This month I have had low sales after etsy started their new Advertising tool. I need to quickly recover my sales, so this flash sale is a very rare deep discount on custom items.
Flash Sale! It’s a slow week/month on Etsy so I am running a flash sale. Visit my Vitrifiedstudio etsy shop for 40% off plus free shipping. I included my new custom coffee canister in the flash sale.
These guys have been playing hike and seek in our boxwoods. It’s cute during the day, but when they pop up from between the topiaries at late dusk on my way to the studio it’s pretty creepy!
Some really sweet urns from today’s kiln unload. The first photo shows the size xs tall beside the xs. The second one is a size medium.
Another batch of orders started. I intended to throw these yesterday, but I ran out of time. So they will follow along in the smaller kiln, probably catching up to the rest of yesterday’s orders by the time they are ready to ship as the smaller kiln fires and cools so much faster than the large kilns.