a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
I have been working on a new set of sample urns and utensil holders. Making one of each in every size and both collared urn shapes. I currently have a large amount of the dark brown clay, so it made sense to do the samples in this claybody.
Some of this week’s order. The first and last are a pair of beautiful giant urns, at the customers request I accentuated the throwing rings. Those are the marks left by my fingers as I am throwing / pulling up the clay into its tall shape. Usually I use a rib tool to smooth those out as the wheel spins. Feel free to request accentuated throwing rings on your custom order.
This custom dish set is almost out the door. It’s all packed up and ready to head to Mexico. I have one more bowl headed into the kiln shortly to complete the set. The custom oval trays and serving bowls are shown in the foreground. These dinnerware listings are found in my website shop, not my etsy shop.
Some of the gold lustered urns from this weekend’s orders. I have my 30% sale ending today but I have decided to continue it for the rest of the month as a 20% off sale. I will soon be adjusting my lead time on my orders to extend the processing time. Order soon if you need your custom order in 2-3 weeks, it will soon be a longer processing time for part of late April/ mid May. Sorry for this batch of terrible photos, the light was in a bad spot and I was trying to avoid the rain.
I’m doing Brown clay samples of my utensil holders, and I will be adding a few sizes to the list of options. I am also doing samples of all sizes of the collared urns in the brown clay. I am thinking of doing a studio sale at the very beginning of May as I am starting to make a large collection of seconds , samples, and other ready made pieces. I will post about it to my mailing list, and also here on Instagram.
I will need to share this weekend’s photos in a two batches. I wish I could share photos of all of the finished orders, maybe I can work towards that in the future. These are some of the ones without the gold luster upgrade.
Just a little public service announcement. Please please be careful with your pottery kilns. We had a small electrical incident in our kiln shed last week. Luckily our walls are metal, we have no insulation or flammables in the shed, but it could have been a much larger fire if the kilns were located in our garage or house. I know there are people with kilns in their garages, basements, studios, and even their living spaces. Please stay hyper aware of kiln fire dangers, electrical dangers with such high power needs, and the dangers of breathing in and having your room absorb the toxic kiln fumes. Luckily our electrician and our kiln repair guy were both able to come out the next day and replace and fix the damages.
I’m running a flash sale! 30% off all ready made mugs, urns and also custom urns. I just activated the sale on Etsy. I will also be doing 30% off other custom items in my brown clay, I will post those listings soon. Visit the Vitrifiedstudio Etsy shop for the sale.
Custom dinner set, hopefully all finished and ready to ship. I have my listings for these similar custom sets in my website shop, this set included custom oval shaped trays and serving bowls.
More orders shipped this week. I love the combination of the French blue with the white gold on the first order. It also has my combination F3/f4 fonts with the sh3 heart on a size xs urn if you really want to know the details. Please feel free to ask me questions about any of the photos you see if you are trying to order and trying to figure out what people used. I know it can be hard to navigate my etsy listings as you try to visualize an order. #peturn #urn #cremation #potteryurn #infanturn
Two of my largest urns, pulled out of the kiln today.
We have been testing out some samples of decals, considering adding these as an add-on to the urns and also a way to do a much faster turn around on custom orders. It’s not an option yet, but it might be in the future. How much would you pay for the add-on for a photo onto the urn? We are trying to figure out if the initial investment for the decal photo printer is worth it.
A few more from the last batch.
This past weekend’s shipments. Including some really nice font combinations.
Pottery painted by my daughter. Age 4.
I just updated the XL, XXL, XXXL, and XXXXL (!) portion of my Etsy shop with some new listings and new options. New porcelain options are included too for XL and XXL urns. I won’t be offering all of my largest urns once the summer heat comes back, and I will stop offering the porcelain in my largest sizes soon as that is the most difficult clay choice in the studio. Visit my etsy shop and filter by shop section Extra Large to see all of the new listings.
A few more photos of the last batch of urns. I love this custom stamp on the first photo. It was a stamp that a customer purchased and had sent to me, I used it and sent it back to them with their finished order.
I have some time between tasks this morning so I am going to make some ready made vases and utensil holders to add to my etsy shop. I am about out of my porcelain and sand colored clays, so as I wait for delivery I will use the dark brown stoneware. For some reason I ordered many more boxes than needed. Any other shape requests for the brown clay? I have mugs already listed in my Etsy shop but I could do a series of simple cups or canisters. This clay is so incredibly messy in my studio, I like to get all of the brown clay work made at once so I can do a big cleaning after.
A few of the last batch of urns. The unicorn and bouncing ball were fun modifications of existing stamps that we had.
Making mug handles. I think the @moo box is perfect as a form/ size template.