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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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One utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder handmade by vitrifiedstudio.
One utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder handmade by vitrifiedstudio.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. slate grey urn shown
custom urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. slate grey urn shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Cremation urn with gold accent, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. sand stoneware and ice blue shown
Cremation urn with gold accent, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. sand stoneware and ice blue shown
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
pet urn. gold infilled paw stamp, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. sand clay with coral pink shown.
pet urn. gold infilled paw stamp, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. sand clay with coral pink shown.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom urn. ceramic lid, straight shaped urn. modern simple urn for ashes. grey urn with gold heart shown.
custom urn. ceramic lid, straight shaped urn. modern simple urn for ashes. grey urn with gold heart shown.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Cremation urn, straight modern urn. custom name urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. corked urn.
Cremation urn, straight modern urn. custom name urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. corked urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
custom pet urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with heart stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. peach urn.
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
custom urn with lid. shown with gold accent stamp. straight shaped urn with paw stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. white and gold urn.
custom urn with lid. shown with gold accent stamp. straight shaped urn with paw stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. white and gold urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
infant urn. straight shaped urn. custom baby urn for ashes. cremation urn. blue on white with gold heart
infant urn. straight shaped urn. custom baby urn for ashes. cremation urn. blue on white with gold heart
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom pet urn with gold accent. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. satin turq/ porc. modern pottery urn, custom text
custom pet urn with gold accent. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. satin turq/ porc. modern pottery urn, custom text
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom pet urn with gold accent. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. slate/ porc. modern pottery urn, custom text
custom pet urn with gold accent. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. slate/ porc. modern pottery urn, custom text
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
ADD ON. Add this stamp impression to your custom order. Urn needs to be purchased also.
ADD ON. Add this stamp impression to your custom order. Urn needs to be purchased also.
vitrifiedstudio
$0.25 USD
custom urn with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp and optional gold. modern urn for ashes. optional script font shown
custom urn with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp and optional gold. modern urn for ashes. optional script font shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
infant urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. baby urn, or urn for pet ashes or human cremains. satin turquoise and gold shown
infant urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. baby urn, or urn for pet ashes or human cremains. satin turquoise and gold shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Cremation urn, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and dove grey with gold shown
Cremation urn, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and dove grey with gold shown
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
custom urn with cork lid. urn for pet ashes or human ashes. custom color, name and date personalized urn. Sand, grey.
custom urn with cork lid. urn for pet ashes or human ashes. custom color, name and date personalized urn. Sand, grey.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
urn on collared shape. Optional quote shoen. your choice of size, clay, glaze, text, and stamp options.  urn for ashes or pet urn.
urn on collared shape. Optional quote shoen. your choice of size, clay, glaze, text, and stamp options. urn for ashes or pet urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Pet memorial urn. larger sizes custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand, rust orange glaze. read item details
Pet memorial urn. larger sizes custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand, rust orange glaze. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$225.00 USD
One custom utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder by vitrifiedstudio.
One custom utensil holder or vase in your choice of clay and glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder by vitrifiedstudio.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom infant urn with ceramic lid. straight shape with custom name and date. modern urn for ashes. infant urn. green with gold shown
custom infant urn with ceramic lid. straight shape with custom name and date. modern urn for ashes. infant urn. green with gold shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Custom urn with lid, larger sizes with gold. Handmade pottery pet urn, personalized urn for ashes. white / porcelain shown
Custom urn with lid, larger sizes with gold. Handmade pottery pet urn, personalized urn for ashes. white / porcelain shown
vitrifiedstudio
$225.00 USD
custom urn with ceramic lid. gold accent stamp shown, custom name and color. modern urn for ashes. Ice blue on sand
custom urn with ceramic lid. gold accent stamp shown, custom name and color. modern urn for ashes. Ice blue on sand
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
customized urn with lid, pet urn or urn for human ashes. small urn, modern pet urn or human ashes urn
customized urn with lid, pet urn or urn for human ashes. small urn, modern pet urn or human ashes urn
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
infant urn with cork lid. Optional gold accent heart shown. custom baby urn for ashes or pet urn. cremation urn. white with dove grey shown
infant urn with cork lid. Optional gold accent heart shown. custom baby urn for ashes or pet urn. cremation urn. white with dove grey shown
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
pet urn with quote. gold infilled stamp, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. sand /slate grey.
pet urn with quote. gold infilled stamp, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. sand /slate grey.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
extra large (and XXL) cremation urn with lid. Handmade pottery urn for human ashes. White porcelain, white glaze shown, custom colors avail.
extra large (and XXL) cremation urn with lid. Handmade pottery urn for human ashes. White porcelain, white glaze shown, custom colors avail.
vitrifiedstudio
$400.00 USD
custom dog urn with gold. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, coral pink with gold heart
custom dog urn with gold. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, coral pink with gold heart
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name, dates, and stamp.  modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. bone white / porcelain shown
pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name, dates, and stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. bone white / porcelain shown
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
Cremation urn, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and bone white with gold shown
Cremation urn, custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and bone white with gold shown
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
custom pet urn. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. coral pink/ porc shown with gold heart. modern pottery urn, custom name
custom pet urn. small collar shape. human ashes urn /pet urn. coral pink/ porc shown with gold heart. modern pottery urn, custom name
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom pet urn. Small collar shape. urn for human ashes or use at a pet urn. coral pink and white urn. modern pottery urn for ashes
custom pet urn. Small collar shape. urn for human ashes or use at a pet urn. coral pink and white urn. modern pottery urn for ashes
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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.
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
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.
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.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
urn for human ashes or pet urn, optional quote. fully customized pottery. name, color, stamps text. modern custom urn. ice blue and white
urn for human ashes or pet urn, optional quote. fully customized pottery. name, color, stamps text. modern custom urn. ice blue and white
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Extra Large Urn (and XXL) human cremains urn for ashes. modern cremation urn. sand stoneware and basalt black shown, custom colors available
Extra Large Urn (and XXL) human cremains urn for ashes. modern cremation urn. sand stoneware and basalt black shown, custom colors available
vitrifiedstudio
$400.00 USD
custom urn. ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. blue and gold urn shown.
custom urn. ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. blue and gold urn shown.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
One porcelain utensil holder in your choice of glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder handmade by vitrifiedstudio.
One porcelain utensil holder in your choice of glaze color. Modern kitchen utensil holder handmade by vitrifiedstudio.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Cremation urn with gold accent, custom color urn, human or pet cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and carnation pink shown
Cremation urn with gold accent, custom color urn, human or pet cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. porcelain and carnation pink shown
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
Custom urn with lid, larger sizes. Handmade pottery pet urn, human ashes urn. dove grey / porcelain with paw stamp shown.
Custom urn with lid, larger sizes. Handmade pottery pet urn, human ashes urn. dove grey / porcelain with paw stamp shown.
vitrifiedstudio
$225.00 USD
custom urn with lid. shown with optional gold stamp and script font. straight shape urn, paw stamp. modern simple urn. white and gold urn.
custom urn with lid. shown with optional gold stamp and script font. straight shape urn, paw stamp. modern simple urn. white and gold urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
modern urn, pet urn or urn for human ashes. straight shaped lidded canister. bespoke urn, memorial urn. lime/ porc shown. read item details
modern urn, pet urn or urn for human ashes. straight shaped lidded canister. bespoke urn, memorial urn. lime/ porc shown. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name and stamp. modern urn for ashes. funerary urn. porcelain, ice blue with gold heart shown
pet urn. straight shaped urn with custom name and stamp. modern urn for ashes. funerary urn. porcelain, ice blue with gold heart shown
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
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
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
custom urn, quote text, gold accent. Urn for human ashes or pet urn. Cremation urn. Memorial urn, modern pottery urn. white on sand
custom urn, quote text, gold accent. Urn for human ashes or pet urn. Cremation urn. Memorial urn, modern pottery urn. white on sand
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
small urn with lid. straight shaped urn with paw stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. peach /porcelain with gold shown
small urn with lid. straight shaped urn with paw stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. peach /porcelain with gold shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
pet urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand stoneware, satin turquoise glaze. read item details before ordering
pet urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand stoneware, satin turquoise glaze. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
custom pet urn with extra text, gold infilled stamp, ceramic lid, straight shaped. modern simple urn for ashes. sage urn with heart shown
custom pet urn with extra text, gold infilled stamp, ceramic lid, straight shaped. modern simple urn for ashes. sage urn with heart shown
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
custom urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn.
custom urn. gold infilled stamp with ceramic lid, straight shaped urn with custom stamp. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Letter font options for your custom order. Script and modern fonts. Urn needs to be purchased also.
Letter font options for your custom order. Script and modern fonts. Urn needs to be purchased also.
vitrifiedstudio
$0.25 USD
Stamp options for your custom order. Hearts, paws, stars, flowers, animal, etc. Urn needs to be purchased also.
Stamp options for your custom order. Hearts, paws, stars, flowers, animal, etc. Urn needs to be purchased also.
vitrifiedstudio
$0.25 USD
customized urn for human or pet cremains. quote option shown. Modern simple pottery. shown in porcelain and dark grey. handmade memorial urn
customized urn for human or pet cremains. quote option shown. Modern simple pottery. shown in porcelain and dark grey. handmade memorial urn
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
pet urn. lidded customized urn with name and optional stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. satin turquoise + porcelain clay shown
pet urn. lidded customized urn with name and optional stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. satin turquoise + porcelain clay shown
vitrifiedstudio
$225.00 USD

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