a minimal modern handmade ceramics studio by shelley martin. portland oregon usa.
recent photos i posted to my @vitrifiedstudio instagram feed
Thank you everyone that came by the #vitrifiedstudiocollection gallery these last two years. It has been fun and I really loved getting to know so many of my customers in person. The gallery is officially closed, I have sold out of everything small and I will list the remaining ready made items this week in my etsy shop. I have utensil holders, vases and corked jars to list. I will be moving out and painting the gallery these next few weeks. We have started dreaming of the next version of vitrifiedstudio. I will focus my efforts in my online shops on custom orders, but I also hope to have a large backyard home studio someday (unlike my current tiny backyard studio) where I can have studio sales maybe once a year. I am so inspired by the gorgeous studios that @elephantceramics @ayumihorie @elementclaystudio and others have, and I hope someday to build one too.
I’ll be open this Saturday from 12-4 for my Closing Sale, everything is 25-75% off. I don’t have much work left but I am hoping to clear it out so I can start moving out of the gallery. #vitrifiedstudiocollection at Alberta and NE 30th in Portland OR
The thing about starting my work day at 8 or 9 pm after the kids are asleep is that I don’t really get to see my finished pieces in the daylight. I just unloaded a kiln load of finished urns and they are all quickly headed into their shipping boxes in the dark late evening.
It’s the last day of my custom order etsy shop 25% off sale and the last day to order for domestic Christmas orders. I was hoping to just put my shop of vacation and catch up on all of my open (and some late) orders these next two weeks until the holiday rush passes, but I have had a few customers ask me to keep my shop open. I have been mostly making urns lately and my customers have shared with me that they find something similar to calmness as they design a special memorial and also it helps with the grief and healing process. So starting Tuesday I will extend all of my lead times to about 4-5 weeks to make it clear that those items will be finished and shipped after Christmas. I will keep a 15% off sale running, it seems to help with my etsy shop in general to have the items show with markdowns. And if you are shopping today and just are not ready to purchase an urn, please don’t panic or feel rushed I will extend my 25% off custom urn sale to you for the rest of the month via a coupon code. Just email or convo me if you need it.
This is the final stretch of accepting custom orders for Christmas. My domestic address cutoff date is December 4 for custom orders. I still have my Etsy shop at 25% off most items until December 4. After that I will just be finishing open orders, focusing on custom dish set orders, and selling the very small amount of ready made items that I have left. I will have the gallery open this Saturday from 1-4 where I will be trying to clear out all of that inventory at 25-75% off. I am hoping to sell out in the gallery this weekend or next weekend. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I just realized I don’t have a sample of the white gold luster anywhere in my shop even though I offer it as an option. here is an urn I just pulled from the kiln, still warm in my hands. I love the white gold, it looks like silver.
I am in the gallery today from now until 4 with the closing sale continuing. Things have been selling quickly so I don’t imagine this sale will last too far into December before I sell out. I have my son in the gallery with me if you wanted to meet this little crazy boy. He has been flirting all weekend with customers, hopefully he will be happy here today. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
The second day of the sale is on! I hoped to go until Christmas Eve but things are selling pretty fast. I will keep selling everything left in the gallery at 25-75% off until I sell out, and then I will be officially and online only shop. I am here today until 4 and back again tomorrow from 12-4. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I really appreciate when customers leave positive feedback or even share their own photos of their urns with me or online. I have been trying hard to keep up with my orders and I have made more mistakes and late orders than I would have liked, but it feels so good when I get one right and the customer loves it. Thank you so much to all of my customers and thank you to this sweet customer who shared this lovely image with me!
Today the Gallery Closing Sale starts! I am going to try for the hours of 12-4 today, tomorrow, and Sunday. It is also @littleboxespdx and I have a raffle code available for anyone that comes by (you will need the app this year, not a paper passport book). I have everything marked down 25-75% off ceramics plus housewares. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
Happy thanksgiving! I am very thankful this year for my family. It’s been a really hard but great year. I am also thankful for everyone who has helped me keep vitrifiedstudio going this year, its been a challenge on the work/ life balance but I think it’s all getting better. I don’t share photos of our kids in public social media, but here is a photo of some pottery that my daughter stamped, I am excited to make more pottery with her this next year as I bring vitrifiedstudio back into our home.
I’m just about done marking down all of the prices of the stock and housewares left in the gallery for the closing sale. I will be back on Friday to open the gallery. I will post the open hours here each day that I will be open. Generally they will be Fridays and Saturdays and occasional Sundays from now until Christmas Eve.
I am in the gallery prepping for the Final Gallery Closing Sale. I will be marking everything down 25-75% off including the housewares that I was also selling in the gallery besides the pottery. I aim to be open a few days a week between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, it’s just hard to predict which days and hours with such a fussy young baby by my side. I will aim for Friday’s Saturday’s Sunday’s , but it might just be a few hours each day with some other random days too. This is an in person only sale, nothing will be online and I will keep making things to add to the sale each week. I am to have all inventory sold by Christmas Eve when I will shut the gallery and move out. I will then be an online only shop as I am really only able to work such a limited time with the two kids, usually only late at night when they are asleep. I will post here with more specific hours and days as I can figure them out. Feel free to email me too to learn when I might be open next. Vitrifiedstudio@gmail.com
I am shipping off a kiln load of orders today, all of them made especially for someone very loved and missed. I am so honored to get to do this, and I really wish I was faster at making these. Thank you to all of my customers! (New font shown on the left, Photo shows 4 of my current pinks)
I have been working like crazy in my little home studio lately (usually late at night after the kids are asleep) trying to get my open orders caught up. Mostly I am just making custom urns and custom vases, utensil holders, and spice bottle sets. I have not made any holiday stock for my shop, and I can't take in any wholesale orders. I hope to open the gallery up starting on Black Friday for my "gallery closing sale". I will run it up to Christmas and then I am moving out of the gallery. I will make as much work as I can for the closing sale, and mark everything in the gallery down at discounted prices. After that I will be back at my home studo, just focusing on custom orders next year until I can dream up what comes next. #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I see there is one month left to place custom orders that will ship in time for Christmas. Please place your order by December 4th for domestic addresses, and this week for international orders. For this last month of orders I have a 25% off sale in process on my etsy shop. In the next few weeks I will be adding ready made non-custom urns for everyone that misses my custom order cut-off date.
I have finally started getting my brown clay and it's glazes back on track. I still have a few glazes that are coming out a little wild. I'm just going to skip over the ones that are not working for now (like this bubbly satin turquoise) and hopefully release a new brown clay color palette soon with the other colors you see here.
I have decided at the end of the year I will need to spend all my time working from my home studio and I think this means I need to close the gallery. I have tried all year to find another person or two to collaborate with me and transform the gallery into a new shared storefront space but I have not been able to find anyone. (Last chance! Let me know if you are interested) I will post another update soon with details of the final sale for the next two months, I think by the end of the year I will be moved out of that space and back to being an online only business. It's been fun but it is just too hard to find a way to juggle open hours at the gallery with two young kids, in addition to the online orders. -Shelley #vitrifiedstudiocollection
I wanted to share a photo of a beautiful custom urn that I recently finished. The customer did a really great job with the design request, I am so honored to be able to make these special vessels. I added this "wrap around" gold stamp option to my etsy shop as a special upgrade. I also see my etsy 25% off sale is ending today. Tomorrow, I will activate a 15% off custom urn sale in my etsy shop that will run until Christmas. Only one discount can be used at a time with Etsy's system. I am doing a big shipping day of open orders tomorrow, and again later this week. I am hoping to get caught up on everyone's orders very soon, it has been a tough month. I will post again soon about my big upcoming changes for the #vitrifiedstudiocollection gallery.
Some of my new fonts shown on recent orders. I am shipping now, and glazing and throwing this afternoon. I wish I had an assistant, I feel like I can never catch up!#vitrifiedstudiocollection