a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
I’m getting back into dinnerware. Also loving the view from my kiln shed patio. It’s learning to live adjacent to urban coyotes that I am working on now. Every night when I go out to check on or load/ unload the kilns past when the kids are finally asleep, I peer out into this forest with my flash light. When we first moved here I didn’t have a big flash light, and I didn’t know what was in the woods growling at me. Now I have a big flashlight and a trail camera so we can see the coyotes in the middle of the night. I would love to hear from others living near coyotes about how you coexist with them, how you discourage them, and how much fear should I have.
It ended up being a hard week to get all my orders shipped, but they are out and I have the next batch in process and shipping hopefully on Monday. I have been trying a few things on etsy to increase sales, and my current attempt involves putting everything at 10% off as well as offering free shipping. This means for my instagram followers you can add the instagramfan15 coupon code, to increase that discount to 15% off and still get free domestic shipping. I really feel that etsy has been throttling my sales, and I would love to find an etsy seller group to discuss. I miss my old seller groups where we could discuss all of those things!
One of my favorite potters @sophiejanemoran is doing a crowd funding sale, and I am so excited to have pledged to support it. The reward is a mentoring session where she will mentor me on a pottery business topic of my choosing. I am thrilled to get to support her new venture with her pottery business while also having the opportunity to get her eyes and thoughts on my own business. Thank you Sophie! Click through her profile to see the crowdfunding site.
One more FLASH SALE for today. I’m trying hard to reach my sales goal for the month in my Etsy shop, so I just listed my cups at 50% off. You can order in any quantity and you can request any color from the glaze color palette in the second photo of the etsy listing.
Find it in my vitrifiedstudio Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/listing/633821178/cup-sand-colored-stoneware-with-your. This flash sale ends tonight. Shops are also welcome to order this, as I am not doing any wholesale orders this year. I still also have the urns on sale with free domestic shipping on the smaller sizes, and the utensil holders have one listing that is also a 50% off flash sale good until tonight. 12 oz cup
Last day of the Flash Sale is Sunday. I have these custom color utensil holders on sale at 50% off in my Etsy shop. There is only one listing that has the flash sale discount in my Etsy shop but you can pick any of my glaze colors and any of the sizes. I’m still hoping to hit my sales goal for the month of September. Is there anything else you would like me to do a flash sale on this last day of the month?
All three kilns are live, and I can finally run them simultaneously. I can also finally shut the kiln shed door. Next step is getting the power back to the garage/studio/adu and our house. This was a huge upgrade for the house. Now we have 600 amps coming in, split into two residential and 1 commercial meter for my studio. Someday we’d like to add solar arrays, but it wasn’t feasible with this first power upgrade. There is also room left on the panel to upgrade my smallest kiln to a bigger one if I need it, but it currently is really nice having 3 different size kilns.
Flash Sale! 50% off these custom utensil holders in my Etsy shop. It’s the end of the month and I didn’t make my sales goal this month, so I am hoping a flash sale will get me closer. I am also in my studio with the power out today for the big electrical upgrade. It is just this specific listing with the flash sale, so look for this image in my Etsy shop.
Posting a few more of this weeks urns. I post these as examples for people currently working on customizing their purchases, with some of my recent favorites from the kiln.
This week I have 3 kiln loads of orders headed out, so I am shipping and dropping off orders at the post office each day. I still have free shipping activated in my shop for small urns, I am trying to see how the etsy algorithm changes search order when I have free shipping activated. These photos also show a size extra small tall that I have been thinking of adding to my etsy shop. And also the new extra large heart stamp on my new stamp palette.
By next weekend I should finally be able to start to fire my dinnerware pieces again. I should have the kilns hooked up soon. I’m also changing the relays from mechanical to solid state to try to get them to fire a little quieter. I am trying to be a good neighbor and keep the nighttime sounds silent out here for the neighbors as I run my kilns at night.
Finally some good news for my studio! I think the power will be hooked up at the end of next week! That means I should be finally able to start to fire dinnerware in my kiln! I have not been able to reach temperature in my largest kiln since moving, so this will be great news for getting big orders and wide items finished. My dinnerware listing’s are currently all in my website shop.
Orders/ Assistant Job Post: Another batch of orders went out this week, I didn’t get a chance to photograph them in daylight until they were almost all packed and shipped. I also missed photographing all of my giant urns our last week, I did about 6 of my largest size big beautiful XL and XXL urns. I didn’t photograph any of them as I was trying to rush to make it to fed ex in time to overnight one across the country for a funeral. I have this weeks batch coming out of the kilns in the next few days, I am still running a little behind. I will be doing interviews for an assistant later this week, so far I have three people to meet with, please let me know if you are also interested in an interview. I am looking for an assistant, no pottery experience required. I can pay up to $20/hr. I will fit the job around your skill set, but I know I definitely need help with shipping as a start. Right now I spend about 2 days a week shipping, and it really gets me behind on making orders to spend so much time just packing and shipping orders. I am located just off I-5 in the Marshall Park neighborhood of SW Portland. I am looking for 4-5 hours a day, 2x a week, possibly more if you are a really good fit. Email me this week if you are interested, I am hoping to decide on someone by the end of the week.
I’m going to try again- I am still looking for an assistant. Pottery experience is not necessary as I will be doing most all of the clay work myself, I really just need help with shipping and other general studio upkeep tasks. Also website/ etsy basic online help would be great too, or helping to glaze and help with the kilns. I’m mostly looking for a good personality fit, I can train you in everything else. 8-10 hours a week would be great as a start, preferably split between two days, sometime between 9-5 M-F. We can discuss a schedule that works for you. I can pay up to $20/ hr. Located in SW Portland, please live somewhat nearby as the traffic in Portland can be so frustrating. Email me email@example.com
Final day of the 40% off Labor Day sale on my etsy utensil holder listings. I just created a new listing so you can also request the brown clay as well as my other listings. The urns are also on sale, marked down to 25% off on my etsy shop.
Sale ends tonight, I am not sure which time zone etsy will end the sale in, so order as soon as you are ready.
I am doing a flash sale starting now on my custom utensil holders in my Etsy shop. I just created a 40% off sale on the etsy utensil holder listings. I will try to run the sale until Labor Day, but if I have too many orders I will need to close the sale early so I am not overwhelmed with orders as they are all made to order. You can also request other colors found in my urn listings, be sure to check the correct clay/glaze palette as the colors look different in the different clays. Just write in your special color request into the note to seller section when you order if your glaze / clay isn’t shown.
Here are a few special urns from the last shipment of orders. The first is a size extra extra large, the second has the special “gold wrap” stars upgrade, and the third had the special gold in text upgrade. I am also running a sale with the big etsy Labor Day sale currently, the urn listings are marked down to 25% off.
Snakes at our new house. This one in the first photo had a beautiful turquoise green stripe. I find them in the kiln shed too. Just garter snakes, right??
I finally reduced my lead time in my Etsy shop back down to 2-3 weeks. I have a little bit of unexpected extra time this week to really get ahead on my open orders, and I am feeling good about getting back on track. FYI, I see Etsy is going to be doing site maintenance a couple of times this week.
A coupon code: 50dollarsoff for my etsy shop. Today is the first day since October 2017 that I have had a day with zero sales in my Etsy shop. I’d like to extend my streak of daily sales, so use this code for $50 off any order. It should even work on my extra small and extra extra small urns, so this might be a killer discount! It will expire sometime tomorrow but I am really hoping someone uses the code today! ( it’s still 9 pm on Thursday in my time zone) This photo has nothing to do with the sale, just a photo of one of the washed ashore art sculptures down in Bandon, Or that we saw earlier this month. I really love that the art is all made from trash that has been found on the beaches. (I love how my daughters hair matches the puffins feathers)