a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
Some of my new fonts shown on recent orders. I am shipping now, and glazing and throwing this afternoon. I wish I had an assistant, I feel like I can never catch up!#vitrifiedstudiocollection
I had a few customers request flyers for the pet urns that they could share with their veterinary offices and local pet crematoriums as they said they liked mine better than the options that they were shown, so I created these simple flyers. I printed a whole bunch of these and I would love to send a pack to your local veterinary office or pet crematorium if you think they would be interested. You can comment below or send me an email or just tag them here if you wanted them to see this themselves. I hope to do another set of flyers in a few months for infant urns too, I know there are some great support centers out there I would love to reach. Thank you for helping spread the word of my online shop for custom urns. #peturn #petloss #petmemorial
Photo of my desk/ shipping station ( aka our dining area table). Photo credit by my 2.5 year old daughter Fern. She loves playing with the color filters on the camera too.
Off they go! The ones without gold shipped yesterday, these are gold with cork, the gold with lids are packed with foam, the ones that didn't get into the kiln before the baby woke up and the larger sizes ship in a day or two, and the ones with photo decals will ship in a couple of days. And then I do it all over again and again until I get caught up. I have had some customers ask me to fire the kiln with just their one piece, but I just can't. It all gets made in big batches and cycles and I work as quickly as possible to keep to the processing time in the listings but it never works out perfectly for all the orders.
I had some new stamps made by Joel at #4claystamps . In my past life as an architect I think I would have scoffed at the idea of decorating my pottery with simple graphics and shapes. But now it really makes me feel good to think that these might help my customers as they choose the perfect urn design for their loved ones and pets. I have really been touched deeply this summer by all of the infant urns I have made in the months since my son was born. I really hope I can continue to make these special vessels for the parents and families. I added the script fonts too, hoping that will help but I know I don't have the perfect set yet. I will keep working to improve the urns.
With the baby, I have been struggling to get my orders made and finished. The wildfire kept me out of my open air studio for almost a week at the beginning of the month. I am behind on orders, and trying my hardest to get the paid ones finished and shipped. Today and tomorrow I am shipping two kilns of orders. I hope to get back on track soon. Here is a photo of a part of a set that shipped recently that took me months to finish. I still have the largest of the set to finish, the flour canister. Thank you to all my customers for your patience. Although my baby is now over 3 months old now, we are still learning the basics with him and I will be working at this slow pace until we get him settled in. As soon as he will take a bottle, I can open the gallery again on Saturdays, but for now it is all one tiny step at a time. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
Now that the fire is closer to being put out by the rains and more contained, we can see photos of the damage. Here is an aerial which includes multnomah falls. I am happy to see such a patchwork of green and black, this will help the forest heal itself more quickly.
We went to the Oregon flock and fiber festival today. I wish I had time in my life for a new hobby that involved some of the gorgeous roving and fibers we saw today. I will have to settle for knitting a few hats with some nice yarn from the festival.
I am kind of sad thinking that today is the last day of my etsy sale. Maybe I should extend it? I will reactivate the 25% off sale when this one ends tonight. Only one discount is allowed, so please don't use the Instagramfan15 coupon code or your discount will automatically get reduced to 15% off instead of 25%.
I am in the last 3 days of my etsy sale, and I have just added this custom set at 40% off to the sale. It is a seconds pricing, so I will custom make the set for you, but if there ends up with a blemish on them I will be shipping them and not remaking them. I have them available in many colors as listed within the listing, please read the item details page of the listing for color options. Only one discount can be used in etsy, so the 40% off is currently automatically applied, and it you try to apply a second coupon code, I have heard that the sale price is removed. You can find it in the canister/cellar shop section of my etsy shop. Thank you to a customer who suggested this custom order sample sale, she said she loved the set but could only afford it at a big discount and didn't mind if the set had blemishes.
I'm here until 4 today at the @albertastreet sidewalk sale. I pulled out some more items for the seconds sale table, and everything else inside is 40% off. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
It looks like I need to continue the sample/ seconds sale tomorrow and drop the prices on the remaining items out on the table. Everything inside ( new items) is 40% off, and everything outside are seconds for $7.50-20 ( mostly utensil holders and cups, with a few jars and vases). I will take a new photo in the morning so you can see what is left. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
The seconds / sample / sidewalk sale is in progress at my gallery on Alberta Street. I will be here until 4 today. Plus 40% off everything inside. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
The sidewalk sale has started. I am here today and tomorrow. I have the kids with me so I can't promise my hours, but I would guess until at least 4 pm today and tomorrow from 12-4. 40% off for everything inside and $5-30 go everything outside. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I am packing up all of my seconds to take to the gallery for tomorrow's sidewalk sale/ seconds sale. I will also have all of my previous remaining stock on sale as I prepare to do a big color palette shift in the gallery. These pieces in this bin were unglazed seconds that I am starting to play with my new colors. It will be lots of greens, blacks, smokey greys and browns. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I am getting ready for this Saturdays sidewalk sale on @albertastreet . Last night I glazed all of my seconds that were lingering around unglazed in the studio. Lots of black and deep green and smokey grey colors as I think about the gorge fire. I don't know my hours yet for the sidewalk sale, it's my first day back after my maternity leave and I will bring the baby. Usually my sample sales sell out after the first day, but I will let you know if it will continue onto Sunday as well. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
Gorgeous packaging, perfect letterpress cards. Thank you Erica at @taigapress for making these and Kirsten @turnofthecenturies for introducing me. Now if I can just clear my head to write a few thank you notes.
Trying to keep my head away from all of what is happening, I am just trying to work and ship out orders. I didn't have a chance to photograph my latest batch of finished urns, but here is a quick snap shot of one of the new fonts from my updated font palette. This summer I tried to simplify my listings but instead I think I made them more complex with all the new stamps, fonts, and soon new color options. Thank you to everyone who emailed me suggestions! I am still working on them and I will contact you all soon with thank you gifts.
Today we are losing these magnificent parks, forests and waterfalls to a huge raging fire in the Columbia river gorge. Living in Portland will never be the same, and I am so sad thinking that I will never have the chance for my son to experience these amazing places and I hope my young daughter can hold onto her brief memories of these places. They won't be back to what they were in my lifetime or theirs. This fire was started by two boys with fireworks in the forest. Today the sky rains with ash in Portland and they are evacuating several nearby communities. Click this hashtag to see more photos #eaglecreekfire
The Columbia river gorge last night, this is right by bonneville dam, just east of multnomah falls. This is burning some of our other favorite hikes and waterfalls, and making ash rain down in Portland.