a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
I have many orders shipping out today, and many more in various stages of progress. It’s been a super busy last couple of months and there have been a lot of orders shipping out later than I hoped. I am working as hard as I can and hopefully I can get the new kiln plugged in soon and the other kilns moved over from my old studio as soon as we get the big electrical upgrade in place. For now it’s been very hard and inefficient transporting everything back and forth across town between my two studios, and managing the kids without a good child care plan and a consistent routine. Hopefully just a little bit longer and we can get past this transition and back in track! Thank you to all of my customers for your patience and all of our family for your help. This photo is of a gorgeous very large urn that I am shipping today, sitting on our side porch. We love this new house already.
Our house is finally listed for sale. Perfect house for a potter or artist. It’s in the Alberta neighborhood if you are looking.
Happy Mother’s day! I just increased my etsy custom urn sale to 25% off for the next month. No coupon code necessary, it supercedes all the other codes this month. Photo taken from deep in the woods at the backyard yard of our new house.
New kiln shed progress photo. It’s still missing the doors, kilns, electricity, etc. But soon I will be back up and running! It’s been very difficult working out of two partial studios spread across both sides of town. I think just a couple more weeks and I will be ready to get back up to full speed in my studio! My studio will be behind the garage door, this is just a building for the 3 kilns.
I just shipped off this custom set of spice bottles yesterday. I liked how it turned out so much that I made a custom listing for the same set of colors (your choice of spice names), listed in my etsy shop.
I just shipped out this big and beautiful urn tonight. I love how it turned out, this one was a custom special sized urn.
The best thing about moving is that I am finding some of my missing stamps! Here is my current collection, including the new custom heart sizes that just arrived from the Czech Republic.
Here is a photo of my new studio at our new house. We have a lot to do: finish the walls, maybe add some walls, add windows, change out the garage doors for something with more glass, put a utility sink in place of the washer/dryer. The kiln shed will be located outside by the back side garage doors. I am most excited about getting some large windows on that wall for views of the adjacent forest. I think I also need to add a small wall section to use for standing against when throwing. My current studio is very tiny, but i also take over most of our house when I unload the kiln and need to pack 40-60 orders at once. It will be great to have my throwing space, glazing area, packing area, office space, and hopefully photo set up all in one space, with the kilns outside. I’m still in the middle of a very large batch of work and open orders so I can’t move studios until I can get a break in my orders or find a way to have a seamless transition between the two spaces. Good thing my mom is coming to visit us soon to help hold the baby and watch the 3 year old so I can work faster and hopefully move into the new studio soon!
A comparison of my current greys, and the only photo I took of today’s batch of urns that are shipping out. (Medium grey on the left, slate in the middle and dove on the right)
Happy Easter! Pysanky Eggs by my mom @sweetbing #pysanky
I wanted to share with all my Portland friends some photos from Farmer Katie, of @foxandbearurbanfarm . We did her CSA last year and totally loved it. We really enjoyed all of veggies that she grew for us, we loved our weekly deliveries, and even her beautiful Instagram photos from her farm as she was growing the food. Info on her CSA is on her website and Instagram profile. Thank you Farmer Katie! (All photos by @foxandbearurbanfarm )
I have been shipping out so many custom urns with special custom requests lately, and I usually unload the kiln and pack the boxes in the middle of the night so I can’t photograph them. Here are a handful of some that I really loved seeing before they shipped. I love what I get to make for some very special people and pets.
We are busy here dreaming up the next iteration of my studio as we prepare for the studio move, and we wanted to reach out to clay people who have built kiln sheds to ask what you use and what you would recommend? We are thinking of a simple metal building but we wanted too see if anyone has experience with simple metal kiln sheds. We are not seeing anything great online and are looking for ideas in what to build or buy. Please DM me or email me. Thank you! ( drawing by my daughter, age 3)
This coming month is going to be a little crazy for me. I am trying to finish up so many of my open orders, and I will also be moving my studio. I am looking for an assistant who can help me with the studio move and possibly help getting these orders finished and shipped. Cleaning, packing the studio, moving, organizing, assembling shelves, etc. I think I could use an assistant for at least a month starting in early April, maybe also into part of May depending on how long it takes. No clay experience required. Email me if you are interested. The old studio is in NE portland, and the new one will be in SW Portland. Vitrifiedstudio@Gmail.com
I am hoping to finish up my new stamp palette this week, including this larger cat silhouette stamps and the smaller forever loved stamp shown here. I have one more custom stamp that I had made coming soon and then I can finish up the new stamp palette and update all of my listings with it.
When the days seem to be filled with all things kid related, my late nights are filled will making my open orders. Tonight I found a podcast on Bernie Krause and his thoughts and recordings on soundscapes. It was perfect. I want to live somewhere with a rich natural soundscape that I can really get to know, and maybe not share my studio with my bicycle. (Top shelf has my attempts at a size xxxl urn, the shelf below them has my size large for comparison)
So many really sweet urns came out of the kiln tonight and are headed straight into boxes. I can pack the boxes now while the kids are sleeping. I wish I had the energy to try to photograph some of these, so many new customizations and combinations in this round of orders. I’m still running a little behind on my orders, I keep hoping to completely catch up one of these days.
This should be everything left in my 60% off sale happening now in my Etsy shop. I am trying to clear out my shelves as there is just no space in our tiny house to hold stock of ready made items. https://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrifiedstudio I am sorry I can’t do local pick up as my gallery is now closed. There are two sections of ready made sale items in the etsy shop. I definitely could have taken a better photo of these if I brought it my big camera, but I have a wild and crazy baby crawling all over me so this is the best I can do.
I’m packing and shipping all of the ready made items from the current 60% off flash sale. I am trying to clear out all of my ready made stock and I will keep the sale active until the end of the month or it sells out. There are two shop sections with ready made items, one has urns and the other has utensil holders and jars. Here is my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vitrifiedstudio
The snow is still here, so my snow day flash sale will continue. I have everything ready made in my Etsy shop marked at 60% off. There are two shop sections with ready made items to explore.