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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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SALE modern cup, mug. modern pottery cup, your choice of clay and color
SALE modern cup, mug. modern pottery cup, your choice of clay and color
vitrifiedstudio
$12.50 USD
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
Extra large custom quote urn. Urn for ashes. modern simple pottery cremation urn. White porcelain, painted plum. Read item
Extra large custom quote urn. Urn for ashes. modern simple pottery cremation urn. White porcelain, painted plum. Read item
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
pet urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. turquoise and slate glazes, porcelain clay
pet urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. turquoise and slate glazes, porcelain clay
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn.
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$150.00 USD
Sale Pet urn, custom color bottle shape urn, custom pottery urn for ashes, personalized name urn. pet or human urn. read item details
Sale Pet urn, custom color bottle shape urn, custom pottery urn for ashes, personalized name urn. pet or human urn. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 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
SALE custom pet urn, small collar shape. for pet urn or human ashes, cremains . modern pottery urn. Porcelain clay and blue. Read item detai
SALE custom pet urn, small collar shape. for pet urn or human ashes, cremains . modern pottery urn. Porcelain clay and blue. Read item detai
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
large custom urn, straight corked custom urn. your choice of color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone. read item details
large custom urn, straight corked custom urn. your choice of color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
small urn. straight shaped urn with heart stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. carnation pink with grey on porcelain
small urn. straight shaped urn with heart stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. carnation pink with grey on porcelain
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
small cremains urn with custom name. urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. custom name, shown in yellow. read item details before ordering
small cremains urn with custom name. urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. custom name, shown in yellow. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Sale custom dog urn. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, rust orange. read item details before ordering
Sale custom dog urn. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, rust orange. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$40.00 USD
5 custom spice bottles. pottery jar with custom words. modern handmade pottery bottle. Various greys, black white
5 custom spice bottles. pottery jar with custom words. modern handmade pottery bottle. Various greys, black white
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
SALE quote pet urn or urn for human ashes. various sizes. Unique custom urn. custom quote + name. read item details before ordering
SALE quote pet urn or urn for human ashes. various sizes. Unique custom urn. custom quote + name. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
Cat urn, Custom urn. Custom pet urn or human ashes urn. modern urn. White porcelain, matte black glaze. read item details before ordering
Cat urn, Custom urn. Custom pet urn or human ashes urn. modern urn. White porcelain, matte black glaze. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
vitrifiedstudio
$55.00 USD
custom urn . lidded and collared shape. made to order in your choice of color, text and stamps.  shown in white porcelain with white glaze
custom urn . lidded and collared shape. made to order in your choice of color, text and stamps. shown in white porcelain with white glaze
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
SALE utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase
SALE utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. slate grey on porcelain
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. slate grey on porcelain
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
SALE custom urn. customized pottery urn. calligraphy stamp shown, forever loved.  personalize with name on other side. your choice of color
SALE custom urn. customized pottery urn. calligraphy stamp shown, forever loved. personalize with name on other side. your choice of color
vitrifiedstudio
$60.00 USD
Info on how to seal the urns
Info on how to seal the urns
vitrifiedstudio
$0.20 USD
SALE Pet urn, custom color urn. custom name, date, color. cremation urn. modern funerary urn for ashes. White, dove grey. read item details
SALE Pet urn, custom color urn. custom name, date, color. cremation urn. modern funerary urn for ashes. White, dove grey. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$60.00 USD
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn. white and slate
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn. white and slate
vitrifiedstudio
$150.00 USD
Sale custom dog urn. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, satin turquoise. read item details before ordering
Sale custom dog urn. WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, satin turquoise. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$40.00 USD
pet urn. extra extra small customized urn. urn with heart stamp or paw stamp. small urn for ashes
pet urn. extra extra small customized urn. urn with heart stamp or paw stamp. small urn for ashes
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
pet urn. urn for ashes for pets or human cremains. customize text and color and stamps. shown with forever loved stamp on stoneware pottery
pet urn. urn for ashes for pets or human cremains. customize text and color and stamps. shown with forever loved stamp on stoneware pottery
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Porcelain kitchen utensil holder or vase. slightly tapered.  Modern kitchen. White porcelain. modern minimal ceramics.
Porcelain kitchen utensil holder or vase. slightly tapered. Modern kitchen. White porcelain. modern minimal ceramics.
vitrifiedstudio
$150.00 USD
Cremation urn, extra large custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. sand stoneware and basalt black shown
Cremation urn, extra large custom color urn, human cremains or urn for ashes. modern urn. sand stoneware and basalt black shown
vitrifiedstudio
$175.00 USD
Pet memorial urn. large custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand, rust orange glaze. read item details
Pet memorial urn. large custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. Sand, rust orange glaze. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
wedding gift vase / anniversary vase / utensil holder. Custom wedding gift. Made to order. read item details before ordering.
wedding gift vase / anniversary vase / utensil holder. Custom wedding gift. Made to order. read item details before ordering.
vitrifiedstudio
$90.00 USD
SALE pet urn. customized pet urn or small urn for human ashes. modern pottery urn for ashes. lidded urn. ice blue, porcelain, paw print
SALE pet urn. customized pet urn or small urn for human ashes. modern pottery urn for ashes. lidded urn. ice blue, porcelain, paw print
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom pet urn. WIDE shape. funeral urn. human ashes urn or custom pet urn. White porcelain, satin turquoise. read item details before orde
custom pet urn. WIDE shape. funeral urn. human ashes urn or custom pet urn. White porcelain, satin turquoise. read item details before orde
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom pet urn. Human cremains urn. name, date, color urn for pet or human ashes / cremains. modern pottery urn. white and rust orange shown
custom pet urn. Human cremains urn. name, date, color urn for pet or human ashes / cremains. modern pottery urn. white and rust orange shown
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
pet urn with lid and optional stamp. Customized name and color. Handmade modern pet urn or human ashes urn. pink and white porcelain.
pet urn with lid and optional stamp. Customized name and color. Handmade modern pet urn or human ashes urn. pink and white porcelain.
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
pet urn. heart stamp or optional stamps customized urn. modern simple pottery urn. white on porcelain shown.
pet urn. heart stamp or optional stamps customized urn. modern simple pottery urn. white on porcelain shown.
vitrifiedstudio
$175.00 USD
large custom urn, straight corked pottery urn in custom color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, ice blue. read item details
large custom urn, straight corked pottery urn in custom color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, ice blue. read item details
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
custom quote pet urn. WIDE shape funeral urn. human ashes urn or custom pet urn. White porcelain, dove grey. read item details before orde
custom quote pet urn. WIDE shape funeral urn. human ashes urn or custom pet urn. White porcelain, dove grey. read item details before orde
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. carnation pink on porcelain
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. carnation pink on porcelain
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
custom urn. pet urn or urn for human ashes. angled shape. custom name and paw stamp. turquoise glaze.
custom urn. pet urn or urn for human ashes. angled shape. custom name and paw stamp. turquoise glaze.
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. dove grey urn. read item details before ordering
Custom urn with lid. Handmade pottery pet urn or human ashes urn. dove grey urn. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
SALE pet urn. customized pet urn or small urn for human ashes. modern pottery urn for ashes. lidded urn. dove grey, porcelain, paw print
SALE pet urn. customized pet urn or small urn for human ashes. modern pottery urn for ashes. lidded urn. dove grey, porcelain, paw print
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
large custom urn, straight corked custom urn for cremains. your choice of color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone white
large custom urn, straight corked custom urn for cremains. your choice of color, name, date. modern custom urn. White porcelain, bone white
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn. white and slate
SALE large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn. white and slate
vitrifiedstudio
$150.00 USD
quote pet urn, urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. modern simple pottery. porcelain and dark grey. simple memorial urn. white clay, slate
quote pet urn, urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. modern simple pottery. porcelain and dark grey. simple memorial urn. white clay, slate
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
Cremation urn, large custom color urn, small collar shape. human cremains. modern memorial urn. White porcelain, turquoise.  item details
Cremation urn, large custom color urn, small collar shape. human cremains. modern memorial urn. White porcelain, turquoise. item details
vitrifiedstudio
$175.00 USD
cremate urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. various glazes shown, porcelain clay
cremate urn. lidded customized urn with name and stamp. urn for pet ashes or human cremains. various glazes shown, porcelain clay
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
Sale cremate urn. Fully glazed WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, slate shown. read item details before ordering
Sale cremate urn. Fully glazed WIDE shape urn. funeral urn. human ashes urn or pet urn. Sand, slate shown. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$35.00 USD
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
SALE One utensil holder or vase , customize color, in your choice of clay and glaze color, modern pottery. handmade pottery vase.
vitrifiedstudio
$50.00 USD
quote pet urn or urn for human ashes. various sizes. Unique custom urn. custom quote + name. read item details before ordering
quote pet urn or urn for human ashes. various sizes. Unique custom urn. custom quote + name. read item details before ordering
vitrifiedstudio
$100.00 USD
customized urn quote, pet urn or urn for human ashes. small urn, modern pet urn or human ashes urn. dove grey, white porcelain. heart stamp
customized urn quote, pet urn or urn for human ashes. small urn, modern pet urn or human ashes urn. dove grey, white porcelain. heart stamp
vitrifiedstudio
$125.00 USD
large pet urn or urn for human ashes. Customize name, quote, size and color. modern pottery cremation custom urn. White porcelain, white gla
large pet urn or urn for human ashes. Customize name, quote, size and color. modern pottery cremation custom urn. White porcelain, white gla
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. lime green on porcelain
pet urn. straight shaped urn with paw print stamp optional. modern simple urn for ashes. funerary urn. lime green on porcelain
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
Extra large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn.
Extra large pet urn. customized urn with text. use as pet urn or urn for human ashes or cremains. modern simple pottery urn.
vitrifiedstudio
$175.00 USD
quote pet urn, urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. modern simple pottery. porcelain and dark grey. handmade memorial urn
quote pet urn, urn for human ashes or use as pet urn. modern simple pottery. porcelain and dark grey. handmade memorial urn
vitrifiedstudio
$200.00 USD
Cat urn, custom urn for pet or human ashes, straight shape. modern pottery cremation urn. Sand stoneware, slate grey glaze. Read item detail
Cat urn, custom urn for pet or human ashes, straight shape. modern pottery cremation urn. Sand stoneware, slate grey glaze. Read item detail
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
pet urn. customized pet urn or urn for human ashes.  pottery cremation urn. pink urn with grey text
pet urn. customized pet urn or urn for human ashes. pottery cremation urn. pink urn with grey text
vitrifiedstudio
$75.00 USD
ADD ON. Additional text. Add this request for additional text to your order. Urn needs to be purchased also.
ADD ON. Additional text. Add this request for additional text to your order. Urn needs to be purchased also.
vitrifiedstudio
$25.00 USD
ADD ON. Fully glazed urns available
ADD ON. Fully glazed urns available
vitrifiedstudio
$0.25 USD

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