All of my pots are handcrafted and uniquely made with great attention to both function and aesthetics. I enjoy a combination of wheel throwing and hand-building throughout my work; I seldom throw a pot on the wheel and leave it untouched post-throw. I alter thrown pots and use various slips and mark makings on their surfaces after throwing the form on the wheel. I use both porcelain and stoneware, fire to cone 6, and make all of my glazes in my studio. Each piece is completely one of a kind. Even if a pot is part of a set or large quantity, variations occur in size, form, glaze and motifs. More importantly, I treat each piece I make as a unique work of art - making it the best I can, and always striving to be attentive to each pot's unique form, contour, and aesthetic. As one of my mentors always says - "knowing when to stop is one of the marks of a great artist." And in that spirit, I take care to create to the aesthetic I aim for, yet never push a piece beyond its point of authentic beauty.
- Is my Claire Parrish Pottery Dishwasher Safe, Microwave Safe, and/or Food Safe?
YES, YES, AND YES!! :) All glazes are made in my studio and are food safe, lead free, and non-toxic. All pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe as well. I actually recommend Dishwashing my pottery unless otherwise noted under the item's page.
- Can I put CPPottery in the oven or on the stove top?
NO - the oven and especially the stove top tend to heat up too dramatically for the pots and this could cause cracking in the clay from thermal shock.
- There is a little dark spot on my pottery, is this a blemish?
My pottery is 100% handcrafted. All of my clay is sourced from the U.S. - even my porcelain, which is used for all Warm White pieces. Most porcelains are sourced from oversees, primarily in Asia, and are considered more pure porcelains. I prefer to source my materials from as local as possible. My U.S. sourced porcelain is a bit more off-white than the pure-white porcelains from oversees, and it also tends to have tiny specks of other minerals/materials in it here and there. It is these specks that can come to the surface in the form of little dark spots/specks resembling freckles and ranging from brown to black. 99% of the time these specks are not visible on my clay surfaces before firing the clay, and simply cannot be avoided pre-firing nor erased post-firing. I do not consider the specks to be blemishes, and in fact consider them to only prove and enhance the handcrafted-quality of my work as well as the locally-sourced quality of my materials. My hope is that you would embrace the beauty of the "imperfections" and consider these specks to only prove and enhance the one-of-a-kind quality of my art work.
All pottery is Dishwasher Safe and Microwave Safe.
I recommend cleaning pottery in the Dishwasher if possible to sanitize thoroughly between uses.
If the bottom of your pot(s) seem dirty, wash with warm water and dishwasher soap. Clay is porous and can pick up residues from surfaces such as paint residue if a painted table top isn't sealed for example. It will come off of the pottery. You can even try using sandpaper for tough residues. If so, please follow the instructions below & avoid all glazed surfaces.
It is unlikely, but if you notice a rough spot on the bottom of any CPP pottery pieces, you can sand this down with a middle-grade sandpaper. You will not hurt the clay (this is how I soften the bottoms of my pots after they are fired), but do avoid any areas with glaze as sandpaper will scratch up the glaze.
Below I have described terms that you may see listed in the product descriptions or elsewhere on the site.
One of a Kind: Pieces labeled as such mean that they will not be a "standard" piece that I make, and in some cases, can't easily be replicated at all. One beautiful aspect of ceramics and most hand-derived arts is that many times things are created that simply cannot be replicated - at least not easily or authentically. If you are interested in multiples of an item that is listed as "One of a Kind", it most likely won't be exactly what you see photographed, but could potentially be made with small variations from piece to piece. Please contact me if interested in multiples of a one of a kind piece, as stated, sometimes I simply cannot make it again for various reasons.
Currently Available: This means that there is a specific quantity of the piece already made that are ready to ship once an order is placed. It also means that though orders for quantities over the amount listed as "Currently Available" are possible, they will take from 2-6 weeks to be made and shipped. *Slight variations from pieces photographed will occur.
Pre-Orders (or Custom Orders): These are orders for a certain quantity over the amount listed as Currently Available. *These orders can be made at any time, but not for pieces listed as One of a Kind. The pieces made will be very similar to the photographed piece, yet please know everything I make is handmade and slight variations will occur. I can make pieces that are very similar to ones made before (if labeled as so) and that are compatible with each other. Please don't hesitate to ask if a certain quantity of one of my works can be made, and if possible, I would love to accommodate your desire! * Please read the products' additional information located below its main description for further details.
Commissions are different from Pre-Orders/Custom Orders in that I would be creating something for you that is different from any piece photographed on this site. It could be different due to a personalization, size, design etc. I would gladly speak with you about any ideas you may have! As I am also a sculptor, please don't hesitate to inquire about either functional or sculptural ceramic commissions. I do have limitations based on my kiln size, materials, and business, yet I love hearing of others ideas and would love to be a part of making yours a reality. Please Contact me (HERE) with any inquiries or ideas!
*For Commissions, I will create a custom listing for you on my website, after-which, I require a 50% non-refundable deposit upon placing your order. The remaining balance and shipping are due before the final delivery. There are no returns or exchanges on Commissions unless received broken (please see notes below on return/exchange policy). I will let you know of an estimated turn around time upon contacting me for the commission. Thank you!
Sold: If an item is listed as Sold, this typically means it was a One of a Kind piece that cannot be replicated. Please contact me via my contact page HERE for any inquiries regarding such pieces. Please include the name of the item and the quantity you are interested in and I will see if it is possible for me to create something similar for you. (One of a Kind is defined above). *Please know that Custom Orders may take 2-6 weeks to process and ship.
0 Currently Available: If an item is listed as "0 Currently Available", don't worry, you can go ahead and order more! Please see the details below the items main description about Custom Orders for information & instructions on how to order more. *Also, Please know that Custom Orders may take 2-6 weeks to process and ship and that slight variations from the piece(s) photographed will occur.
Carrier & Pricing: All Domestic (US) orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive tracking information via email within 24 hours after your package is shipped. Shipping/Handling prices are based on USPS price estimates (based on estimated package weight & dimensions as well as shipping distance) and an additional, yet very small, percentage for packaging materials.
*Currently Available or In Stock items will be packaged and shipped within 1-3 business days.
*Pre-Orders or Custom Orders will be created and shipped within 2-8 weeks unless you contacted me for a particularly large quantity, in which case it could very well take longer - I will give you a timeline estimate upon contact.
Shipping Time: All shipments typically arrive between 1-3 business days after the date of shipment when shipping domestically. If shipping to the west coast, it may take an additional day. Please contact me if you are interested in upgrading to an expedited shipping.
Packaging Materials: I use new, used, recyclable, and recycled materials for shipping in order to cut down on costs and limit my carbon footprint. CPP does not make any profit on shipping. All shipping costs go directly to pay for the shipping itself and the packaging materials. In the event that there is a significant overage, I will send you a refund. Sometimes this occurs when ordering multiple items - If this is the case for you and you are concerned the shipping is abnormally high, please write this in the Notes for your order or contact me and I will look into the costs and potentially send you a partial refund.
Claire Parrish Pottery is a made-to-order ceramics business and I begin working to create your items shortly after your order is place (unless listed as Currently Available or One of a Kind). As a result, once a Custom Order is placed and items go into production, any modification or cancellation of the order, may result in a forfeiture of amounts already paid. Once I begin making an item, I cannot make changes to the order, unless those changes are to make more.
I am committed to providing beautiful handcrafted one of a kind works of art to be enjoyed and used for a lifetime. I am passionate about each piece I make and want you to be equally as excited about your new purchase. Upon arrival, if I have failed to provide you with what you hoped to receive, I will honor a 14 day return or exchange (for an item of equal or lesser value) policy. This does not include Commissions or certain quantities of Custom Orders unless such orders were received broken or damaged.
For returns or exchanges, the items must be returned unused and in the same condition in which they arrived. Please return your unused item in its original condition and packaging within two weeks of receipt. Please request a return or exchange via my contact page HERE. Unless your item is received damaged, or there was some error on our part, you will be responsible for all return or exchange shipping costs. Refunds will not be issued in full for items damaged in return shipping or returns that we never receive, therefore we highly recommend that you insure your return shipments and provide us with the shipment tracking number. Thank you!
If in the event a piece arrives damaged, I will gladly accept a return or exchange (for an item of equal value). Please notify Claire Parrish Pottery within 5 days of receipt for damaged or broken items. If you should observe significant damage to the outer packaging, please reject the shipment and have the carrier return it, and please let me know if this incident within 5 days of receipt.
*For Commissions or large quantities of Custom Orders: I do not offer a refund on such orders. Each piece is handcrafted and no two items are identical. Especially if it is an item I cannot resell or a specified large amount (see individual product descriptions), I can't offer a return or exchange unless the order arrives broken.