FAQs

When is your next shop update?

I am aiming to update my online shop every other month.  On opposite months I will re-stock my retail partners and possibly offer direct sales/orders through Instagram. I am learning as I go, and this might change!  
Follow me on Instagram for the most up-to-date information. Please join my mailing list to get updates on releases and updates sent directly to your inbox.You can also check my homepage for announcements.


Why do you have such infrequent updates?

As much as I would love to be making mugs day in and day out, I'm still only able to do pottery part time!  I have a full time job as a retail Manager, and I am a partner and step-mom.  I fill every spare minute working on some stage of my pots, and I work hard to ensure there are plenty of items for each update.
I also work with several wonderful retail partners, and I have committed to keeping them stocked as well.  They gave me my first opportunity to share my work with the world!
I hope knowing that my work is not mass produced makes the wait and joy of holding a Cumulus Clay original in your hands worth it.  Thank you for your patience.


Do you take custom orders?

I am not currently taking custom orders, however, I may open up my books to customs and/or pre-orders in the future.  
Follow me on Instagram for the most up-to-date information.  Please join my mailing list to get updates on releases and updates sent directly to your inbox.

Is your work microwave and dishwasher safe?

All Cumulus Clay pieces are microwave safe and dishwasher safe.  I strive to make delicate and thin, yet functional work. To ensure a long life for your new piece, I recommend carefully hand washing and drying it. It is also advised that you limit drastic changes in temperature. For example, warm up your ceramics with warm water before pouring boiling water into them, and do not put a chilled piece into the microwave or oven. 

All Cumulus Clay pieces are food safe, unless otherwise noted in the specific item's listing.  Some glaze defects will cause an item to be deemed not food safe - please read the item listings carefully - these items will be marked as "seconds" and come with an explanation of the defect.

I hope that your Cumulus Clay pottery is enjoyed for many years to come. 

What is a "second"?

A "Second" is a piece that is not perfect - it has what some would consider a defect, and is sold at a discounted price.  Please read the product description to learn what the specific defect is, and how it affects the piece's usability.  All imperfections are factored into the final price, and the regular retail price is shown for comparison.

 

How large are your mugs?

I will do my best to note the volume of the mug on the listing, but typically they will range from 12-16 oz. At this point, I rarely have larger mugs available.
The volume is measured to about .25" from the rim - a little fuller than you'd probably fill it with your beverage, but not filled to the rim.

With bowls and plates I will measure the width and depth in inches, and round to the nearest .25".  It is not always possible to include an item in the photo for size reference.  Please check the measurements if you are looking for a particular size item.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping costs and times will vary depending on the size and weight of the piece you choose, as well as the destination.  Please see my "Policies" page for more information, and if you still have questions, send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to help you with your inquiry.


When did you first get into ceramics?  Do you have special education in ceramics?

I started my clay journey just a little over two years ago - in fall 2016 - when my partner signed us up for a 4 week course for date night!  I found my second true love, and since then I've tried to sneak to the studio in every spare moment.  
While I've tried lots of various art forms, I don't have any formal art training - I didn't even take an art class in high school!  Luckily I have a super supportive community of makers both locally and online, and I feel welcome to ask questions and make mistakes as I grow and learn.