a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
A few of the custom orders from the last batch. With this move to my new studio last year I have been able to double my production. It’s fun and fulfilling abut also can be so tiring.
I didn’t photograph many of the urns from the recent batch, they were out of the kiln and into the boxes too fast to pause and photograph. Except these two beauties.
More orders shipped this weekend, my next batch is shipping tomorrow if I can get these kilns cooled in time!
A few more shipped out from last weekend’s batch. The next ones are in the kiln now and hope to be shipped by tomorrow night depending on how the kiln cools. I am working between urns and dinnerware sets this week.
This weekend’s batch of custom orders. And that’s not my hand in some, that’s a glimpse of my new assistant! Finally, it’s a relief to have another set of hands in the studio. My next batch of orders should be ready to ship in a few days, its always a constant flow of work in different stages of progress.
Here is a photo from my first attempt at a photo shoot at our new house. The background is insanely distracting. Wrinkly linen. At our last house I painted the living room wall the color that I wanted my photo background to be. In our new house I haven’t figured out which room has good light and how to make a mobile photo set up. I also need to find a way to keep the kids away, they were very interested in the camera and tripod. I’m hoping to use some photos to start integrating corjl into my etsy shop. Does anyone here use that for customizations?
I am grateful for my customers who leave me sweet reviews and photos in my Etsy shop. I really love the combination of the pet collar on the urn here. I have my next round of orders shipping out today. It’s been a slow week as I have been fighting a sinus infection, but I think I am finally past the worst of it and ready to get back up to speed on orders.
My daughter likes to glaze my extra pottery. I love seeing it come out of the kiln.
I have new coupon codes for people who purchase multiple urns at once. These can be used for any customizations, and are generally requested by people who have either been saving ashes in their closet waiting until they were ready to decide what to do with them, or by families who choose to split the ashes of a family member. It’s 30% for 5 or more urns, or 40% off for 10 or more urns. I also still have a discount for 25% off two or more urns. The codes are 5urns30off and 10urns4off and multiple25. One one code per order can be used, these will only work in my Etsy shop.
Our first snow of the year. It’s just a thin layer but enough for the kids to sled and faintly make snow angels.
More of this weekend’s order. I am hoping to ship the next batch on Thursday.
Orders shipped earlier. I have one more batch shipping this weekend. I was up late last night working on party favor bags for my daughters 4th birthday party instead of working in the studio.
I love how this one turned out. I really enjoy seeing the customers designs as they come out of the kiln. Sometimes they really surprise me how well they end up. The urns are a collaboration with the customers and they are all unique. My listings are fully customizable and I love seeing what my creative customers come up with.
More of this week’s urns are shipped out. I love seeing all of the small variations and how the urns slowly all evolve. The animal silhouette stamps are getting more popular. I also had 4 customers choose the copper accent over the gold accent this time. The dark pacific blue glaze has also changed a little towards more of brighter deep blue. And the emerald mist glaze keeps sliding off the pots, I am going to discontinue it.
It’s the end of the month, so I will run a short flash sale. As usual, I didn’t hit my monthly goal with etsy sales yet, so I am doing this flash sale to try to get me a little closer. I have the ready made urns and canisters listed at 40% off in my Etsy shop. I could just adjust my monthly goals, but I like always reaching just a little further and working hard to get there.
This weekend’s orders shipped. Sometimes I love seeing how similar urns come out, ones with small differences in font or layout. I need to find a better way to label all of these samples. Feel free to send me an Instagram comment below if you’d like more info on any of the details. I do these posts to share current designs with customers that are in the middle of customizing their orders, and I am always to help answer questions as it can be hard to guess size, font, or color on the photos.
Working as fast as possible so we can go have some family adventure time today.
Another load of orders are out. I do these in batches and I try to get them out as quickly as possible to stay ahead of the Etsy estimated ship dates. I think I am on average just running one day behind schedule. I need to work faster!
Everyday I have customers and people asking if they can do a studio pick up or tour. Sorry guys, my new studio is really a work in progress. We are months away to being able to afford to add windows to that wall that faces the forest outside, so until then I am surrounded by exposed framing and insulation. Someday this will be a great space to work, but right now its just a cold garage with lots of room to work.
Some of this week’s custom orders, quickly photographed during the brief time without rain this week. I only photograph the ones that are a little different than urns I have made previously to help people see new ideas for the urns.