Handmade and Hot: Vitrified Studio

Custom Spice Jar by Vitrified Studio

We love beautifully handmade, high quality ceramics and these cute spice pots from Vitrified Studio are no exception. Shelley Martin makes these bottles, pots and tableware all by hand in her back yard in Portland Oregon. We’re so happy that she was able to take a little break to share with us some of her background and inspirations.

Vitrified Studio

Who are you and where is your workshop/store/studio? What is your studio like?

My name is Shelley Martin. My studio is located in my backyard garden at my house in Portland Oregon USA. My studio is small, just big enough for me.

When and why did you decide to start Vitrified Studio?

I decided two years ago to start vitrifiedstudio, but it has been a dream of mine for ten years. I wanted to be able to make ceramics again to not just fill my own cupboard, but also share handmade pieces with friends, family, and anyone else that might appreciate them.

Serving trays and nesting platters

Your ceramic pots, bottles and serving platters are so beautiful. What inspires you to create them?

I am inspired by the simplicity of utilitarian tools and housewares of past generations. I also find a calmness in pieces that are undecorated, and free from whimsey and pattern, but still can retain asubtle style of its own.

Why do you hand make your products? What do you get out of it?

I hand make my ceramics because its important to me to not lose touch with my own ability to design, create, and share my craft with others. For me, making ceramics is a balance against the mass produced and technology filled product culture that surrounds us. I find a connection to makers from hundreds and thousands of years ago. And making with my hands simply brings me joy and fulfillment in a way that computers, and living as a modern consumer can never do.

Salt and pepper sellers by Vitrified Studio

What new products do you have in mind for 2013?

I would love to evolve my bottles into jugs and pourers. I am also starting to wood-fire my pieces in a local waste vegetable oil / wood fire kiln.

How would you like your collection to grow? And where else would you like to see it sold?

I would like to grow my collection into pieces that people findessential in their everyday lives. I find the most joy when people tell me they use something I made everyday. I would love my work to be sold in shops out side of the USA. Currently I only have one shop outside of the States that carries my work.

Black Canister by Vitrified Studio

What is the best thing about what you do?

Getting to work out in my studio beside the garden. On nice summer days I pull my wheel outside and I spend all day on the patio under a giant doug fir tree making ceramics with my dogs laying in the sun beside me.


Thanks Shelley! Sounds amazing. Good luck…

Tamra & Gwyn

All photos are by Mitchell Snyder at www.msnyderarch.com