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Apr 22, 2012

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Shelley. I started Vitrified Studio in the spring of 2011 in my backyard in Portland, Oregon. I love simple handmade ceramics, and I want to share what I make with other people so they can enjoy it, too. All of my work is simple utilitarian wheel thrown ceramics, made of five types stoneware or porcelain fired to cone 4-5 in an electric kiln.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
When I was in architecture school, I studied ceramics in the architecture department, learning about form and function.  Since leaving school, I worked for 10 years in architecture and landscape architecture offices, taking a break this past fall to focus on ceramics and construction management. Currently, I split my time between working for a local home builder and ceramics at Vitrified Studio. I enjoy finding a balance between well-crafted homes and my own functional handmade ceramic wares.

What would be the title of your memoir?
Simple and Quiet.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I grew up with my mom always making things, from Ukranian pysanky eggs to braiding wool scraps into rugs. She inspires me to keep making. We lived in Central Pennsylvania, where I admired utilitarian home and farm objects from the neighboring Amish community. My design aesthetic was influenced by years spent studying architecture with my professor, who was from Finland. My home in the Pacific Northwest keeps me close to amazing natural places and to a community of urban craftspeople.

What does handmade mean to you?
A handmade object is created from memories of your life experiences, your hands, and bits and pieces from the world around you.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
People from years past (and a few cultures still remaining) who had simple, hardworking lives and made everything that they could by hand from the materials of the place where they lived. They knew how to make what they needed to live, or trade what they made with other craftspeople in their community.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I knew I always wanted to have ceramics in my life since the first time I sat down at a pottery wheel.  At times, it is  hard to consider myself an artist, as everything I make has been made by someone before me for thousands of years. I am only continuing the tradition of making and firing clay into functional ceramics, hoping to make something beautiful and timeless that will be well cared for and enjoyed.

How would you describe your creative process?
My hands take over my creative process. They decide the shape and I just follow along. The bottles especially seem to make themselves – the forms evolve and change on their own over time. Recently, I started using a mirror to watch the reflection of the profile of what I am making. It’s the only way to see the subtle lines of the form when you are sitting so close the the piece you are making. Because of the disconnect between how a recently thrown piece looks and how it looks out of the kiln after shrinking and changing from mud to stone, I end up constantly starting fresh, making and trying again to get the form just right. I have been working hard to measure as I go, trying to be more methodical, so five cups made of five different clays with five different shrinkage rates all end up about the right size. All the measuring and scaling reminds me of architectural drawing.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Edmund de Waal, Sue Paraskeva, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Kirsten CoelhoLucie Rie and all the other artists on my ceramics inspiration blog.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A chunky metal ring given to me my partner, Mitch. I impress it into the clay as my maker’s mark.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Hiking and exploring beautiful places with my partner and our dogs.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Exactly where I am now, with a little less stress and more time to enjoy life. For the past 10 years, all I ever wished for was my own home and ceramics studio – I spent any chance I could sketching little pots on Post-it notes and stashing them in my pocket. I occasionally worked in community clay studios in San Francisco, Tucson, and New York, but I was always frustrated with not having my own space or choice of materials. It wasn’t until we moved to Portland and bought a house with a large empty garage that we knew it was finally time to build a studio and get back into making in a big way. We renovated our garage into two workshop spaces: a wood shop, and an efficient but small ceramics studio with big glass doors that open into the backyard. We share the backyard with our chicken coop, a gigantic Douglas fir tree and two dogs, Lily and Arthur.

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5 custom spice bottles. pottery jar with custom words. modern handmade pottery bottle. Various greys. read item details before ordering
5 custom spice bottles. pottery jar with custom words. modern handmade pottery bottle. Various greys. read item details before ordering
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Cremation urn with gold accent, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. sand stoneware and ice blue shown
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Pet urn, custom color urn. custom name, date, color. cremation urn. modern funerary urn for ashes. White, dove grey. read item details
Pet urn, custom color urn. custom name, date, color. cremation urn. modern funerary urn for ashes. White, dove grey. read item details
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Reserved custom canister set for Heather
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pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name, dates, and stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. bone white / porcelain shown
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Custom urn, small collar shape. for pet urn or human ashes, cremains . modern pottery urn. Porcelain clay and blue.
Custom urn, small collar shape. for pet urn or human ashes, cremains . modern pottery urn. Porcelain clay and blue.
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custom infant urn with lid. Custom Handmade infant ashes urn, partial volume adult urn or pet urn. Porcelain, white glaze and gold shown
custom infant urn with lid. Custom Handmade infant ashes urn, partial volume adult urn or pet urn. Porcelain, white glaze and gold shown
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Urn, larger size custom urn with lid. pet urn, human ashes urn. modern funerary urn. White porcelain, white. Urn with paw print.
Urn, larger size custom urn with lid. pet urn, human ashes urn. modern funerary urn. White porcelain, white. Urn with paw print.
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custom urn with lid. shown with gold accent stamp. straight shaped urn with paw stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. white and gold urn.
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infant urn with cork lid. gold accent heart shown. custom baby urn for ashes or pet urn. cremation urn. white with dove grey shown.
infant urn with cork lid. gold accent heart shown. custom baby urn for ashes or pet urn. cremation urn. white with dove grey shown.
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infant urn with lid. custom child size urn or urn for human ashes. shown in coral pink on porcelain clay with gold heart
infant urn with lid. custom child size urn or urn for human ashes. shown in coral pink on porcelain clay with gold heart
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Lidded straight urn. your choice of size, clay, glaze, text, and stamp options. urn for ashes or pet urn.
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custom baby urn, infant urn. straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. grey with gold stamp, lid and quote
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pet urn. extra extra small customized or blank urn. urn with heart stamp or paw stamp. small urn for ashes
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pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name and stamp. modern urn for ashes. funerary urn. porcelain, ice blue with gold heart shown
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Cremation urn, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and dove grey with gold shown
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Urn, custom pet urn, straight corked urn in custom color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone white. read item details
Urn, custom pet urn, straight corked urn in custom color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone white. read item details
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custom urn, wide shape with quote and gold. human ashes urn or pet urn. bone white, porcelain. read item details before ordering
custom urn, wide shape with quote and gold. human ashes urn or pet urn. bone white, porcelain. read item details before ordering
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custom urn in straight shape with custom color, name, date. Modern custom urn. White porcelain with ice blue glaze
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pet urn. straight shaped urn with optional paw print stamp. modern urn for ashes. dog urn. ice blue on sand stoneware shown
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custom pet urn. small collar shape. human ashes urn, pet urn. white on white porcelain. modern pottery urn, custom text
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Child/ Infant Cremation urn, pet urn or human ashes urn. custom funerary urn. White porcelain with yellow glaze with quote shown
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baby urn. lidded customized infant urn for cremains, infant urn. custom color, text and stamp. shown in ice blue and french blue
baby urn. lidded customized infant urn for cremains, infant urn. custom color, text and stamp. shown in ice blue and french blue
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custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. White porcelain, light blue.
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custom urn. ceramic lid, straight shaped urn. modern simple urn for ashes. grey urn with gold heart shown.
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custom infant urn with ceramic lid. straight shape with custom name and date. modern urn for ashes. infant urn. green with gold shown
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SALE One porcelain utensil holder in your choice of glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder handmade by vitrifiedstudio.
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custom urn with ceramic lid, collared shape urn. custom name, color and text. pet urn or human urn. jade and white urn with quote shown.
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custom urn with cork lid. urn for pet ashes or human ashes. custom color, name and date personalized urn. Sand, grey.
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Wedding gift vase / anniversary vase / utensil holder. Custom made wedding gift by vitrifiedstudio. Read item details before ordering.
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SALE One custom utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder by vitrifiedstudio.
SALE One custom utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder by vitrifiedstudio.
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one custom urn. gold infilled stamp, ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. modern name urn
one custom urn. gold infilled stamp, ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. modern name urn
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custom urn. your choice of size, clay, glaze, text, and stamp options. urn for ashes or pet urn.
custom urn. your choice of size, clay, glaze, text, and stamp options. urn for ashes or pet urn.
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cremains urn with custom name. urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. custom name, shown in yellow on sand colored stoneware
cremains urn with custom name. urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. custom name, shown in yellow on sand colored stoneware
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custom pet urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with heart stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. peach urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
small urn. quote urn for human ashes or pet urn. fully customized pottery. name, color, stamps text. modern custom urn. ice blue and white
small urn. quote urn for human ashes or pet urn. fully customized pottery. name, color, stamps text. modern custom urn. ice blue and white
vitrifiedstudio
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Custom urn with gold, straight shape. choice of color, name, date. Modern White porcelain, slate glaze urn by vitrifiedstudio.
Custom urn with gold, straight shape. choice of color, name, date. Modern White porcelain, slate glaze urn by vitrifiedstudio.
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custom urn with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. customized urn with gold paw shown..
custom urn with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. customized urn with gold paw shown..
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pet urn. customized pet urn or urn for human ashes.  custom name and date. heart stamp urn. pottery cremation urn. white urn with grey text
pet urn. customized pet urn or urn for human ashes. custom name and date. heart stamp urn. pottery cremation urn. white urn with grey text
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Custom urn with quote for ashes or cremains. Customize name, size and color. Modern pottery cremation urn. White on white shown
Custom urn with quote for ashes or cremains. Customize name, size and color. Modern pottery cremation urn. White on white shown
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