a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
Happy thanksgiving! I am very thankful this year for my family. It’s been a really hard but great year. I am also thankful for everyone who has helped me keep vitrifiedstudio going this year, its been a challenge on the work/ life balance but I think it’s all getting better. I don’t share photos of our kids in public social media, but here is a photo of some pottery that my daughter stamped, I am excited to make more pottery with her this next year as I bring vitrifiedstudio back into our home.
I’m just about done marking down all of the prices of the stock and housewares left in the gallery for the closing sale. I will be back on Friday to open the gallery. I will post the open hours here each day that I will be open. Generally they will be Fridays and Saturdays and occasional Sundays from now until Christmas Eve.
I am in the gallery prepping for the Final Gallery Closing Sale. I will be marking everything down 25-75% off including the housewares that I was also selling in the gallery besides the pottery. I aim to be open a few days a week between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, it’s just hard to predict which days and hours with such a fussy young baby by my side. I will aim for Friday’s Saturday’s Sunday’s , but it might just be a few hours each day with some other random days too. This is an in person only sale, nothing will be online and I will keep making things to add to the sale each week. I am to have all inventory sold by Christmas Eve when I will shut the gallery and move out. I will then be an online only shop as I am really only able to work such a limited time with the two kids, usually only late at night when they are asleep. I will post here with more specific hours and days as I can figure them out. Feel free to email me too to learn when I might be open next. Vitrifiedstudio@gmail.com
I am shipping off a kiln load of orders today, all of them made especially for someone very loved and missed. I am so honored to get to do this, and I really wish I was faster at making these. Thank you to all of my customers! (New font shown on the left, Photo shows 4 of my current pinks)
I have been working like crazy in my little home studio lately (usually late at night after the kids are asleep) trying to get my open orders caught up. Mostly I am just making custom urns and custom vases, utensil holders, and spice bottle sets. I have not made any holiday stock for my shop, and I can't take in any wholesale orders. I hope to open the gallery up starting on Black Friday for my "gallery closing sale". I will run it up to Christmas and then I am moving out of the gallery. I will make as much work as I can for the closing sale, and mark everything in the gallery down at discounted prices. After that I will be back at my home studo, just focusing on custom orders next year until I can dream up what comes next. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I see there is one month left to place custom orders that will ship in time for Christmas. Please place your order by December 4th for domestic addresses, and this week for international orders. For this last month of orders I have a 25% off sale in process on my etsy shop. In the next few weeks I will be adding ready made non-custom urns for everyone that misses my custom order cut-off date.
I have finally started getting my brown clay and it's glazes back on track. I still have a few glazes that are coming out a little wild. I'm just going to skip over the ones that are not working for now (like this bubbly satin turquoise) and hopefully release a new brown clay color palette soon with the other colors you see here.
I have decided at the end of the year I will need to spend all my time working from my home studio and I think this means I need to close the gallery. I have tried all year to find another person or two to collaborate with me and transform the gallery into a new shared storefront space but I have not been able to find anyone. (Last chance! Let me know if you are interested) I will post another update soon with details of the final sale for the next two months, I think by the end of the year I will be moved out of that space and back to being an online only business. It's been fun but it is just too hard to find a way to juggle open hours at the gallery with two young kids, in addition to the online orders. -Shelley #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I wanted to share a photo of a beautiful custom urn that I recently finished. The customer did a really great job with the design request, I am so honored to be able to make these special vessels. I added this "wrap around" gold stamp option to my etsy shop as a special upgrade. I also see my etsy 25% off sale is ending today. Tomorrow, I will activate a 15% off custom urn sale in my etsy shop that will run until Christmas. Only one discount can be used at a time with Etsy's system. I am doing a big shipping day of open orders tomorrow, and again later this week. I am hoping to get caught up on everyone's orders very soon, it has been a tough month. I will post again soon about my big upcoming changes for the #vitrifiedstudiocollection gallery.
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