a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
Some batches are full of my dark brown stoneware urns, like this one. I try make the dark clay orders all at once so I can limit contamination into the lighter clays. I also added the brown color palette as an option to all of my listings so I am getting more variation with the orders. I would love to do some of my XL and larger urns out of this clay too.
I have a few of these utensil holders/ vases left and I just marked them down for a flash sale for this week in my Etsy shop. I should probably re-photograph them as the listing photos don’t do them justice. Also the ready made mugs and urns also on the same flash sale.
A short trip to the coast to attempt to relax and recharge before jumping back into a busy summer. We brought a stomach bug with us though.
A few more of this week’s orders. I think the stamp and font choices on the first are just perfect. It’s the sh1 heart with the f1 font and the smaller forever loved stamp on a size medium. It’s the bone white glaze with the dove grey glaze in text on the porcelain clay.
A set of spice & herb bottles just finished and shipping out. I can make these in any mix of colors from the glaze palette in my Etsy listings. I can also custom make these in larger sizes. I am thinking of making some large coffee / sugar / tea sets to add back to my etsy shop as custom or ready made sets. Any other sets you’d like to see?
Another batch of orders shipped, I really love how these turned out. I think I will post two groups of photos today, there are just so many different variations in this batch.
A few more of this week’s orders. I think I am finally all caught up on late orders, and actually working about one week ahead of schedule on many orders. I am about ready to jump into a giant dinnerware set, so I am trying to clear the studio’s open order production schedule so I can focus fully on the dinnerware set.
Orders shipped this week. It’s always so hard to pick the ones to photograph. This first one is really gorgeous in person.
A few more from the recent batch of shipped orders. I am a big fan of the basalt glaze on sand colored stoneware.
A few of these weekends finished orders. The first shows a size Medium Wide, which is a great choice for a large amount of text. Feel free to ask me any questions if you need help customizing your order from my etsy shop listings.
We are in the final hours of my 30% off sale in my Etsy shop. I will have a different strategy for June sales as I need to take time to focus on making a special customers very large dish set. June is going to be all about bespoke dishes. (I love this custom urn with the medium grey glaze on sand clay with the white gold accent)
We are finally getting back on track with orders after being a few days behind last month. We have 170 custom orders current in progress, in various stages. Throwing, drying, stamping, firing, glazing, firing, gold luster, firing, shipping, answering convos, and ordering supplies. And Repeat. Both clay orders just arrived this week, so currently I have 1,000 pounds of each of my current 3 clays. (Plus a few extra bags of orange and yellow clays that we are testing)
We are settled into our new home and studio. We have lived here over a year, it no longer feels new but just like we have always lived here. I am learning to identify the weeds and plants here, and learning to live with some, remove others, and starting to think about what to plant and how to restore it. Making play spaces for the kids inside and out. Loving the open garage doors of the studio after a very closed in winter. The resident deer pair that sometimes spend all day lounging and nibbling in our garden, and the constant passing by of coyote at night that we see on our trail cam. The constant bird songs and occasional owl, hawk, and bald eagle visits. This place is starting to become our whole world.
I am slowly trying a new customization upgrade option of various text wrapped around the urn. I have made this one as a sample and I have one more in the works as a sample. Soon I hope to offer it as an upgrade option, I just have to figure out the word limits per size and also the cost for the upgrade add-on.
This very special urn just came out of the kiln. It’s a size XXL in the “shorter” shape. It’s porcelain with clear glaze and dove grey glaze in text, and the gold accent. The font is f6 for the letters and f15 for the numbers, with the sh1 heart. It has a special requested tea light holder integrated in the lid instead of my typical low profile lid. I don’t currently have my xxl porcelain urn listings activated in my Etsy shop as we will soon be into the hot and dry days of summer, but currently you can request this in the sand stoneware or the dark brown stoneware.
I love having kids in my studio. Here are some recent painted pottery works by fern (age 4), west (almost 2), ramona (almost 3), arden (4), and freddy (2)We use underglazes with a clear glaze coat finish on seconds and some custom small plates for the kids.
Peanut delivery. This 112 cubic feet of packing materials should last us a month. (These are starch peanuts that dissolve in water, fyi)
A few more from the recently shipped batch. There were a few from this batch that I wasn’t able to photograph that I really loved too. I will have to find to recreate the designs as ready made urns.
A few of the recent orders. We finally had a chance to do some photos before the orders were shipped. This first one is walnut brown, a nice rich glaze when applied thick. And the copper luster is also seen on the urn with the “adopted date”. And I love how the urn for Amy turned out in the deep mulberry color, wrapped in the small gold hearts. And the size MW urn for Maya looks great with the pairing of the two different font sizes and the gold butterfly.
I have an end of the month 30% off sale running in my Etsy shop. I will run it in two parts, back to back until the end of the month, as etsy seems to only promote my sales on the last day of the scheduled sale. And did you know I make bunny urns? I didn’t know there was a need in the market for sweet personalized bunny urns, but apparently there is! Fully customizable just like the rest of my urns. And people keep sending me such sweet photos of their cute bunnies, it makes me wish for that as our next pet. #bunnyurn #rabbiturn