a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
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.
Shipping day. If I am lucky I will photograph them before they head out. I will cut the corks during the day, and then pack and ship late in the middle of the night. 3 am is my most productive work time lately with these wild tiny kids fast asleep.
I finally had a chance to list my stock of ready made urns in my etsy shop. I made these months ago and just finally found a free moment in the middle of the night to get these listed. I hope to try to keep more ready made items in stock now that the gallery is closed and I don’t plan on doing any craft shows this year. Most of these ready made urns are brown clay, but there are a few porcelain ones too.
It’s a goal of mine to re-open my website shop with more custom order and ready made items. I have just added back my cellars, these are currently custom made in your choice of 4 glazes and 2 sizes in my website shop, link in profile. I hope to turn there into ready made items soon when I get a chance. I had tried to simplify my life by keeping all of my listings on etsy, but my etsy fees are currently so high that I need to make it a priority to try to bring back my listings to my own website.
These very special urns are headed out to a very sweet and patient customer. I had to remake these urns multiple times until the customer and I were happy with the results. Finally they are ready to ship! And I think these might be the last decal urns for a while, I don’t currently have the listing up for the photo decals.
A dish set finally completed and being shipped out today! I only make my dishes in custom sets now, usually as wedding registries. I really love seeing them all together. I had a really hard time last year finishing any sets with the pregnancy and new baby, but I am finally able to make sets again! I have dinnerware set listings in my website shop (not in my etsy shop), everything can be fully customized when you order a set. I wish I would have been able to photograph this set as a table setting, it has really nice wide bowls, two sizes of plates and a set of cups. Www.vitrifiedstudio.com
My new year’s eve sunset photo a little late. Happy 2018!
And I am all moved out of the gallery! It’s been a fun adventure with the #vitrifiedstudiocollection gallery these past two years, but now it is over. I will keep my ceramics business going via my website and etsy shop. I am not able to do studio visits anymore, I am sorry but I am back to being completely online. Someday I hope to have a nice big studio with open studio events, but it will probably be a few years until that can happen.
Thanks everyone for your support this year! Happy new year!
I’ve been locked out of my instagram for 2 weeks and I am finally back into the account now. I have not been able to update you all on my ready made sale in my etsy shop, and the news that the gallery is closed and I am all moved out. I am just painting and patching wall holes now, and trying to find a place for all of the gallery furniture in our very tiny home. Yikes! I will be activating my January Sales soon for my etsy shop, I am just hoping to finish all of this years open orders shortly and get this exhausting year all wrapped up.
Some cups that my daughters preschool classmates made. I brought in leather hard thrown cups and some boxes of stamp tools to let them play. They picked from a choice of 5 glaze colors that I glazed them in.
Thank you everyone that came by the #vitrifiedstudiocollection gallery these last two years. It has been fun and I really loved getting to know so many of my customers in person. The gallery is officially closed, I have sold out of everything small and I will list the remaining ready made items this week in my etsy shop. I have utensil holders, vases and corked jars to list. I will be moving out and painting the gallery these next few weeks. We have started dreaming of the next version of vitrifiedstudio. I will focus my efforts in my online shops on custom orders, but I also hope to have a large backyard home studio someday (unlike my current tiny backyard studio) where I can have studio sales maybe once a year. I am so inspired by the gorgeous studios that @elephantceramics @ayumihorie @elementclaystudio and others have, and I hope someday to build one too.
I’ll be open this Saturday from 12-4 for my Closing Sale, everything is 25-75% off. I don’t have much work left but I am hoping to clear it out so I can start moving out of the gallery. #vitrifiedstudiocollection at Alberta and NE 30th in Portland OR
The thing about starting my work day at 8 or 9 pm after the kids are asleep is that I don’t really get to see my finished pieces in the daylight. I just unloaded a kiln load of finished urns and they are all quickly headed into their shipping boxes in the dark late evening.
It’s the last day of my custom order etsy shop 25% off sale and the last day to order for domestic Christmas orders. I was hoping to just put my shop of vacation and catch up on all of my open (and some late) orders these next two weeks until the holiday rush passes, but I have had a few customers ask me to keep my shop open. I have been mostly making urns lately and my customers have shared with me that they find something similar to calmness as they design a special memorial and also it helps with the grief and healing process. So starting Tuesday I will extend all of my lead times to about 4-5 weeks to make it clear that those items will be finished and shipped after Christmas. I will keep a 15% off sale running, it seems to help with my etsy shop in general to have the items show with markdowns. And if you are shopping today and just are not ready to purchase an urn, please don’t panic or feel rushed I will extend my 25% off custom urn sale to you for the rest of the month via a coupon code. Just email or convo me if you need it.
This is the final stretch of accepting custom orders for Christmas. My domestic address cutoff date is December 4 for custom orders. I still have my Etsy shop at 25% off most items until December 4. After that I will just be finishing open orders, focusing on custom dish set orders, and selling the very small amount of ready made items that I have left. I will have the gallery open this Saturday from 1-4 where I will be trying to clear out all of that inventory at 25-75% off. I am hoping to sell out in the gallery this weekend or next weekend. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I just realized I don’t have a sample of the white gold luster anywhere in my shop even though I offer it as an option. here is an urn I just pulled from the kiln, still warm in my hands. I love the white gold, it looks like silver.