Notary Ceramics is a small, female owned business, focusing on handmade and small batch products. We do not offer refunds or exchanges. Cancellations may only be made within the first 30 minutes of purchasing.
If an item arrives damaged, please reach out and we will help remedy the situation.
Let us explain why. We are a small business, a very small business, that hand-makes many of our products in small batches, with a slightly experimental process that takes time. Our time is limited and we handle all aspects of our business ourselves.
We believe deeply in the quality of our products and know that our products are even better in real life than they appear online. We celebrate the small differences and characteristics of each of our pieces, but recognize that not everyone feels the same way. If you are reluctant to purchase something that you have yet to see in person, we think it's safe to say that if you're drawn to it online then you will not be disappointed when you receive the product in the mail. If you are set on one of the products, but want to be sure, please reach out ahead of time for more photos and details prior to purchasing.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our policy and our business. We hope it offers answers to your questions and improves your online shopping experience with us. As always, please kindly reach out if you have any lingering questions. We are here for you!
For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Custom/made to order pieces are non returnable as they are made just for you! All sales are final and not eligible for store credit.
We ship using the best shipping method for your specific destination. For all international orders we use DHL; for domestic orders we use UPS or USPS 2-day shipping.
Local pick up is available at our Portland, Oregon studio. Please visit our store during business hours to pick up your order. Due to the handmade nature of our pieces, all sales are considered final and we are unable to accept returns. If your order arrives damaged, please contact us at email@example.com
Notary Ceramics evolved as a way to let go of control to become present in everyday life. For us working with ceramics is a way to find beauty in the uncontrollable and the so-called imperfections. We find value in drips, lines, color variations, and human marks. These are the elements we feel connect us as humans in a world that asks for perfection.
Here at Notary Ceramics we find value in the process behind handmade ceramics. All of our ceramic pieces are either hand thrown, hand-built, pressed, or slip-cast. Each piece is then placed in a kiln to bisque fire for 16-24 hours, and then allowed to cool in preparation for glazing. Once the pieces are cooled and waxed; we dip, pour, spray, or brush the bisque ceramic with glaze to then go into the kiln for another 8-10 hours.While we know our glazes fairly well and have learned what to expect from their outcomes, there are some things in this process, particularly in glazing, that we cannot control, this is where the magic happens.
For your safety
Our clay is sourced from local suppliers in the Pacific Northwest. Our glazes are non toxic and food safe. As well as free of manganese, lead, and cadmium and are in accordance with Prop 65. Our ceramics are also both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Our Matte White is glazed on our white porcelain clay body. This is one of our more consistent glazes with little to no drips, pour lines, or color variations. Our Matte White smooth finish makes these pieces easy to clean and extremely versatile when creating a tablescape. Being a light glaze color this is also a glaze that will show a testament of use from silverware, but will stand the test of time.
Our Sand is glazed on our beige stoneware clay body. This smooth finish glaze shows small specs of sediment if you look closely, claiming its name of Sand. While being another one of our more consistent glazes with little to no drips or color variations, we sign our Sand glaze with a dipped line that may slightly vary. Like our Matte White glaze, this glaze will show a history of the meals that were enjoyed on it. While it does not easily stain, certain silverware will leave its mark.
Our Matte Grey is glazed on our brown stoneware clay body. This glaze has the most raw touch and the widest range of variations of our glazes. While mimicking a grey stone-like look, this glaze also has a special characteristic known in the ceramic world as a "kiln kiss”. This is a pink tone that will sometimes be pulled from the iron in the clay. We celebrate this glaze giving each piece its own identity, with more variation of drips, pour lines, and hue tones. This glaze works like copper, with its own patina-like element the glaze holds memories of use, changing slightly in color with time.
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Our Satin Stone is glazed on our brown stoneware clay body. This glaze carries elements of all our other glazes. While having a smooth finish like our Matte White, Sand, and Satin Black, the Satin Stone has more variation of drips, pour lines, or hue tones, like the Matte Grey. This color mimics a polished stone and is one of our most versatile glaze colors when compiling your dinnerware sets.
Variation Scale: 12345
Our Satin Black is glazed on our brown stoneware clay body. This glaze color is the yin to the Matte Whites Yang. While contrastingly opposite to the Matte White, they have much in common. This Satin Black smooth finish makes these pieces easy to clean and extremely versatile when creating a tablescape. Unlike the Matte White, this glaze is forgiving when it comes to silverware impressions. This is one of our more consistent glazes with little to no drips, pour lines, or color variations.
Most times we are able to recreate past pieces as well. Typically custom orders take between 6-8 weeks. We are happy to take on custom orders within our wheelhouse with our signature glazes and a few seasonal glazes as well. All custom pieces have a minimum of $400 and with an additional 20% custom fee. The turnaround time on custom orders is between 4-6 weeks.
If you are unsure if your project is in our wheelhouse please reach out to us directly and we can help advise! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability.
Please note: Custom orders are non refundable. These are handmade pieces and we take as much information as we can to execute your vision keeping in mind that each project allows for a new experience for both of us.