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Jan 27, 2014

by Elizabeth Benotti

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

I am Elizabeth Benotti, owner of E. Benotti – a line of functional handmade ceramics for the home. I live on a vineyard overlooking Concord, New Hampshire, and I share a ceramics studio across town with Megan of Melabo.

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The home is a sacred and personal space, but sometimes we can take the importance of everyday objects for granted. Being a potter allows me to contribute to others in a personal way. Bringing back an appreciation for handmade, quality goods is a trend I’m happy to be a part of.

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I’m not big on sketching ideas. For me, it makes more sense to just start making something tangible and let the clay inform how it will ultimately turn out. I build the majority of my pieces by hand using the coil method, or by rolling out a slab of clay and then cutting and bending it into shape. Occasionally I use a potter’s wheel or slip cast some of my pieces. On a typical day in the studio I have several projects in various stages of the process. From start to finish, it takes a few weeks to produce any one item.

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My work portrays all that I’ve learned and seen over the years. It’s the result of where I’ve lived, who I’ve met, and even sometimes a glimpse of what the future holds. When I walk into the studio, feelings of calm and rightness come over me. The studio is where I go to clear my head, and I can’t imagine not having a space like that in my life.

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Starting my own creative business was a huge leap of faith. I opened my Etsy shop back in 2008, but it wasn’t until two years ago that I was able to fully focus my energy and take full advantage of it. Taking my skills and knowledge and putting my heart and soul into working with clay has been a major change in my life. It’s one of the scariest things I’ve done, but overcoming that fear was monumental.

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My job has many ups and downs, but when someone picks up one of my pieces or stands in the middle of my booth smiling from ear to ear, it’s affirmation that makes it all worthwhile. The customers who return again and again – either to the markets or my Etsy shop – confirm my belief that I’m doing the right thing. It’s my hope that when one of my pieces is invited into a new home, the same joy I experienced in making it continues in its use.

Maker and process photographs by Kim Benotti. All item photos by E. Benotti.

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Small Square Herringbone Planter - Made to Order
Small Square Herringbone Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$26.00 USD
Triangle Air Plant Hanger - Made to order
Triangle Air Plant Hanger - Made to order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Small Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
Small Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in White  - Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in White - Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
ebenotti
$188.00 USD
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
ebenotti
$188.00 USD
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
Pinched Porcelain Pitcher - Made to Order
ebenotti
$188.00 USD
Herringbone Cheeseboard - Made to Order
Herringbone Cheeseboard - Made to Order
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$78.00 USD
Large Round Herringbone Pinched Planter - Made to Order
Large Round Herringbone Pinched Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$60.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Peach- Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Peach- Made to Order
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$46.00 USD
Large Half Moon Hanging Planter in Brick  - Made to Order
Large Half Moon Hanging Planter in Brick - Made to Order
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$74.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Peach- Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Peach- Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Medium Herringbone Square Planter - Made to Order
Medium Herringbone Square Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$34.00 USD
Porcelain Cream and Sugar Set in White Herringbone  - Made to Order
Porcelain Cream and Sugar Set in White Herringbone - Made to Order
ebenotti
$94.00 USD
Porcelain Herringbone Salt Cellar in Matte Black - Made to Order
Porcelain Herringbone Salt Cellar in Matte Black - Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Medium Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
Medium Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
ebenotti
$70.00 USD
Medium Brick Square Planter - Made to Order
Medium Brick Square Planter - Made to Order
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$34.00 USD
Scallops and Dashes Mug in Dark Green - Ready to Ship
Scallops and Dashes Mug in Dark Green - Ready to Ship
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$54.00 USD
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in White- Made to Order
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in White- Made to Order
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$54.00 USD
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Olive Green - Made to Order
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Olive Green - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Peach - Made to Order
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Peach - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Sage Green - Made to Order
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Sage Green - Made to Order
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$44.00 USD
Long Pinched Porcelain Tray - Made to Order
Long Pinched Porcelain Tray - Made to Order
ebenotti
$94.00 USD
Porcelain Herringbone Mug - Made to Order
Porcelain Herringbone Mug - Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Large Half Moon Hanging Planter in Splatter  - Made to Order
Large Half Moon Hanging Planter in Splatter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$74.00 USD
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Olive Green - Made to Order
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Olive Green - Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Sage Green- Made to Order
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Sage Green- Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Small - Made to Order
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Small - Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Small Half Moon Splatter Hanging Planter - Made to Order
Small Half Moon Splatter Hanging Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$56.00 USD
Large Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
Large Herringbone Nesting Tray in Black and White - Made to Order
ebenotti
$94.00 USD
Small Square Herringbone Planter - Made to Order
Small Square Herringbone Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$26.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Sage Green- Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Sage Green- Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Small Half Moon Brick Hanging Planter - Made to Order
Small Half Moon Brick Hanging Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$56.00 USD
Oval Pinched Serving Platter - Made to Order
Oval Pinched Serving Platter - Made to Order
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$148.00 USD
Medium Splatter Square Planter - Made to Order
Medium Splatter Square Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$34.00 USD
Medium Herringbone Square Planter - Made to Order
Medium Herringbone Square Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$34.00 USD
Half Moon Air Plant Hanger - Made to order
Half Moon Air Plant Hanger - Made to order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Small Round Splatter Pinched Planter - Made to Order
Small Round Splatter Pinched Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Storm Gray- Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Storm Gray- Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Doily Patterned Ceramic Cream and Sugar Set
Doily Patterned Ceramic Cream and Sugar Set
ebenotti
$94.00 USD
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Olive Green- Made to Order
Ceramic Herringbone Salt Cellar in Olive Green- Made to Order
ebenotti
$46.00 USD
Large Herringbone Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
Large Herringbone Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Small Round Herringbone Pinched Planter - Made to Order
Small Round Herringbone Pinched Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Small Square Ceramic Planter - Made to Order
Small Square Ceramic Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$26.00 USD
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Medium - Made to Order
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Medium - Made to Order
ebenotti
$70.00 USD
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Large - Made to Order
Porcelain Nesting Tray in Brick - Large - Made to Order
ebenotti
$88.00 USD
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Storm Gray - Made to Order
Round Brick Pinched Planter in Storm Gray - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Large Brick Patterned Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
Large Brick Patterned Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
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$44.00 USD
Pinched Striped Porcelain Bowl - Made to Order
Pinched Striped Porcelain Bowl - Made to Order
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$26.00 USD
Large Splatter Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
Large Splatter Ceramic Square Planter - Single - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Storm Gray - Made to Order
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Storm Gray - Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Peach- Made to Order
Porcelain Pinched Splatter Mug in Peach- Made to Order
ebenotti
$54.00 USD
Pinched Porcelain Whiskey Cup with Stripes - Made to Order
Pinched Porcelain Whiskey Cup with Stripes - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Round Brick Pinched Planter in White - Made to Order
Round Brick Pinched Planter in White - Made to Order
ebenotti
$44.00 USD
Large Round Splatter Pinched Planter - Made to Order
Large Round Splatter Pinched Planter - Made to Order
ebenotti
$60.00 USD

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