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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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Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Daybreak
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Pinched Hanging Planter - Daybreak
Pinched Hanging Planter - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$64.00 USD
Everyday Mug - Daybreak
Everyday Mug - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Dipped Spoon
Dipped Spoon
ElizabethBenotti
$16.00 USD
Herringbone Salt + Pepper Cellar Set
Herringbone Salt + Pepper Cellar Set
ElizabethBenotti
$100.00 USD
Herringbone Salt Cellar - White
Herringbone Salt Cellar - White
ElizabethBenotti
$50.00 USD
Herringbone Salt Cellar
Herringbone Salt Cellar
ElizabethBenotti
$50.00 USD
Pinch Bowl - Seafoam
Pinch Bowl - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$22.00 USD
Pinch Bowl - Deep Ocean
Pinch Bowl - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$22.00 USD
Ebb & Flow Bud Vase Series 2
Ebb & Flow Bud Vase Series 2
ElizabethBenotti
$72.00 USD
Pinched Hanging Planter - Seafoam
Pinched Hanging Planter - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$64.00 USD
Everyday Mug - Stripes
Everyday Mug - Stripes
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Deep Ocean
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Pinched Hanging Planter - Summer Sweet
Pinched Hanging Planter - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$64.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Summer Sweet
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Swell
Pinstripe Planter - Swell
ElizabethBenotti
$148.00 USD
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Deep Ocean
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$60.00 USD
Pinched Hanging Planter - Deep Ocean
Pinched Hanging Planter - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$64.00 USD
Herringbone Salt Cellar - Matte Black
Herringbone Salt Cellar - Matte Black
ElizabethBenotti
$50.00 USD
Herringbone Nesting Tray - White
Herringbone Nesting Tray - White
ElizabethBenotti
$54.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Seafoam
Round Pinched Planter with Stripes - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Daybreak
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Ebb & Flow Bud Vase Series 1
Ebb & Flow Bud Vase Series 1
ElizabethBenotti
$68.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Deep Ocean
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Seafoam
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Fog
Pinstripe Planter - Fog
ElizabethBenotti
$218.00 USD
Everyday Mug - Summer Sweet
Everyday Mug - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Everyday Mug - Seafoam
Everyday Mug - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Seafoam
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$60.00 USD
Herringbone Square Planter - Deep Ocean
Herringbone Square Planter - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$30.00 USD
Herringbone Square Planter - Summer Sweet
Herringbone Square Planter - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$30.00 USD
Herringbone Square Planter - White
Herringbone Square Planter - White
ElizabethBenotti
$30.00 USD
Pinched Plate - Deep Ocean
Pinched Plate - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Splatter Vase
Splatter Vase
ElizabethBenotti
$64.00 USD
Pinched Plate - Daybreak
Pinched Plate - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Pinched Plate - Seafoam
Pinched Plate - Seafoam
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD
Pinch Bowl - Grid
Pinch Bowl - Grid
ElizabethBenotti
$22.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Sky
Pinstripe Planter - Sky
ElizabethBenotti
$84.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Rust
Pinstripe Planter - Rust
ElizabethBenotti
$194.00 USD
Splatter Ring Dish
Splatter Ring Dish
ElizabethBenotti
$26.00 USD
Pinched Basket
Pinched Basket
ElizabethBenotti
$168.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Summer Sweet
Pinstripe Planter - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$84.00 USD
Arch Vase
Arch Vase
ElizabethBenotti
$88.00 USD
Ebb & Flow Mug
Ebb & Flow Mug
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Summer Sweet
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Splatter Mug
Splatter Mug
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Summer Sweet
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$60.00 USD
Pinstripe Planter - Summer Sweet
Pinstripe Planter - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Pinch Bowl - Summer Sweet
Pinch Bowl - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$22.00 USD
Ebb & Flow Bowl
Ebb & Flow Bowl
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Everyday Mug - Deep Ocean
Everyday Mug - Deep Ocean
ElizabethBenotti
$48.00 USD
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Daybreak
Half Moon Hanging Planter - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$60.00 USD
Pinched Serving Bowl
Pinched Serving Bowl
ElizabethBenotti
$134.00 USD
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Brick
Round Pinched Planter with Plate - Brick
ElizabethBenotti
$58.00 USD
Ebb & Flow Vase Series 3
Ebb & Flow Vase Series 3
ElizabethBenotti
$144.00 USD
Striped Pitcher
Striped Pitcher
ElizabethBenotti
$168.00 USD
Pinch Bowl - Daybreak
Pinch Bowl - Daybreak
ElizabethBenotti
$22.00 USD
Pinched Plate - Summer Sweet
Pinched Plate - Summer Sweet
ElizabethBenotti
$44.00 USD

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