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PRODUCT STORY
Carissa says: For this design, I use the potters wheel to make each piece individually. I also use a very special technique of firing called saggar firing. While saggar firing I do not use any glaze on my pieces, instead I use organic material packed around each piece individually to achieve a truly unique outcome. The organic materials react at certain temperatures and transfer colors and textures onto the surface of the ceramics.

As a child I struggled with Dyslexia, so I had a hard time learning to read. My mind always wanted to flip and rotate the letters; I was trying to see them as 3-dimensional forms. My mother picked up on this after my teachers had given up on me. She had me make letters out of clay so that I could physically turn them and see what they looked like from all sides. Until this point, letters made no sense to me, but once I could hold them and rotate them, everything clicked. It was then that I knew it was easier for me to communicate using a 3-D language rather than a 2-D language. From then on, I used clay as a way to express myself and communicate ideas that I couldn't share otherwise.

Ever since I played with those clay letters as a child, I knew that working with clay was something that I wanted to do, something that I needed to do. Ceramics is my passion. It brings me satisfaction and joy.Just like the alphabet, the people around us, and the plants inside them: no two pieces of mine are alike.

MATERIALS
White earthenware clay body
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Carissa Gay
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

May 14, 2014 01:57:43 PM

Each of Carissa's pieces is completely unique, thanks to the special technique she uses to create them. Check out the product story to learn more about saggar firing and how Carissa developed her love of clay, then tell us if this design has your vote.

Danny
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May 14, 2014 04:30:24 PM

Love the simplicity of the form paired with the textural surface!

Jennifer
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May 14, 2014 04:49:47 PM

Beautiful!

jenna
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May 14, 2014 04:52:18 PM

i love the unique patterns the sagger firing makes it's like looking at beautiful nebula!

Jim
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May 14, 2014 05:09:52 PM

I love the earthy, natural look. Simple but elegant!

Kurt
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May 14, 2014 05:46:46 PM

Great job love the colors your getting and perfect for a planter :)

dionne
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May 14, 2014 06:18:30 PM

I love the look....what a great idea!

jen
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May 14, 2014 07:08:36 PM

love the colors

robert
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May 14, 2014 08:33:52 PM

Violets and greens - gorgeous!

robert
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May 14, 2014 08:33:52 PM

Violets and greens - gorgeous!

Reba
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May 14, 2014 09:40:01 PM

Beautiful

Reba
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May 14, 2014 09:45:48 PM

Unique

Jane
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May 14, 2014 10:10:53 PM

This is enchanting! instagram: jew89

carissa
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May 14, 2014 10:49:14 PM

Thank you Danny, Jennifer, Jenna, Jim, Kurt, Dionne, Jen, Robert, Reba, and Jane for all of your wonderful comments! That means a lot to me! I can't do what I do with out all of my wonderful supporters! THANK YOU

Kayla
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May 14, 2014 11:07:25 PM

I got the privilege to work with this wonderful woman! Her passion overflows undoubtably into all of her work.! It was such a joy to see her in the making of these sagger works! So much experimentation and dedication went into the pieces, and something different and unique came out each and every time! She is such an inspiration! love her!

Kirsten
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May 14, 2014 11:12:37 PM

Found you randomly on instagram...beautiful piece! @KirstenKraklio

Kirsten
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May 14, 2014 11:13:27 PM

Found you randomly on instagram...beautiful piece! My instagram is @KirstenKraklio. Good luck!

M
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May 14, 2014 11:34:21 PM

I voted yes! Instagram name is gunshotwounds

carissa
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May 15, 2014 12:20:19 AM

Thank you so much Kayla! You are so kind. I will always cherish our time making stuff together!

Amber
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May 15, 2014 12:30:40 AM

All of Carissa's work is absolutely wonderful, well made, durable, and incredibly unique. Her work would be a great addition to anyone's collection. Not failing to mention that she is an absolute joy to work with and will without a doubt get things done, and done well!

melissa
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May 15, 2014 09:35:31 AM

The photo does not do this piece justice. The saggar firing leads to such unique and beautiful results. Go Carissa!

Leah
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May 15, 2014 09:59:48 AM

get it girl! ;)

Justin
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May 15, 2014 10:27:36 AM

So cool!

Jenn
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May 15, 2014 11:30:03 AM

Love the organic feel paired with the modern shapes of her pieces.

justin
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May 15, 2014 11:37:49 AM

Absolutely amazing

Felicia
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May 15, 2014 11:42:46 AM

I came across your post on instagram! Good luck, your work is beautiful! @fmcannon

Clint
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May 15, 2014 12:37:56 PM

Carissa really knows her clay. I had the privilege of working with her and can tell that she really puts great care into her work. Great stuff, keep on creating Carissa!

Graeme

May 15, 2014 02:16:26 PM

Freakin awesome! I love handmade pottery!

david
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May 15, 2014 02:21:35 PM

Carissa"s beautiful art is displayed in and around our house with plants of all kinds happily reaching for the sun.

Kaitlin B.
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May 15, 2014 04:52:55 PM

Jacob W. sent me from FB. I was not going to give Uncommon Goods my email address, but this is a really beautiful piece and you have a fantastic story. Good luck!

wade
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May 15, 2014 05:02:50 PM

Jen and I want that pot. Where do we send money ; ) I have always been a fan. You're the best!

Meghan
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May 15, 2014 06:20:56 PM

Beautiful piece!

rachell
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May 15, 2014 07:08:08 PM

Beautiful work Carissa! Good luck! :)

Jae
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May 15, 2014 09:47:07 PM

Your story is quite fascinating. As an educator, I find it amazing that you were able to overcome such an obstacle and be successful! Plus, I really like how the texture on your piece. Good luck!

Carmen
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May 15, 2014 10:02:51 PM

Great job! Wish you the best!

Sarah
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May 15, 2014 10:07:12 PM

I want one!!

Amber
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May 16, 2014 10:28:44 AM

Beautiful colors and texture in all of Carissa's work. She is such an inspiration!

amber
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May 16, 2014 11:49:19 AM

Carissa is amazing!!!!!

LESA

May 16, 2014 11:58:58 AM

She ust have gotten her talent from her lovely grandmother...she is very talented also. Beautiful, Beautiful piece.

Eric

May 16, 2014 01:27:26 PM

Beautiful work Carissa! Keep it up.

LINDA
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May 16, 2014 01:59:27 PM

Beautiful piece!

Maureen
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May 16, 2014 09:08:56 PM

Beautiful work, Carissa. You must be so proud. Keep it up!

kc
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May 17, 2014 10:51:24 AM

would love to enjoy one of these in my home- amazing work!

Susie
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May 17, 2014 12:42:13 PM

I love this woman's story and can see the depth of her passion in working with clay! I love the unique surface created by a process other than glazing.

Karen
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May 17, 2014 02:33:12 PM

Interesting

Stephanie
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May 18, 2014 06:40:17 AM

Great backstory and love the organic nature of the finish!

Deborah
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May 18, 2014 08:23:40 AM

Simplicity and style!

Karen
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May 18, 2014 09:33:12 AM

Absolutely beautiful in its simplicity.

Annise
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May 18, 2014 03:39:50 PM

I love it!! You are wonderful Carissa!

Annise
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May 18, 2014 03:42:09 PM

I love it! You are wonderful, Carissa!

Ann
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May 18, 2014 06:38:27 PM

More beautiful in person.

Ann
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May 18, 2014 06:38:27 PM

More beautiful in person.

Janet
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May 18, 2014 11:25:26 PM

Beautiful!

Meg

May 19, 2014 12:24:28 AM

What your mom did with the clay letters was brilliant. And what you do with clay is just as special. Sweet!!

karen
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May 19, 2014 12:07:07 PM

Wonderful artist!

sandra
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May 19, 2014 12:37:11 PM

Beautiful - the bowl as well as the comment regarding dyslexia and her mom's ingenuity in developing a plan to make her daughter successful! Yea Carissa - Yeah Mom

Kay V
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May 19, 2014 12:42:12 PM

Wow! outstanding. the simplicity enhances the natural beauty of the piece

Cyndi
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May 19, 2014 12:52:30 PM

Love this. Am eager to try myself.

jason
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May 19, 2014 01:15:30 PM

Simply and unique!

Tonya Helgemo
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May 19, 2014 02:02:59 PM

Your work is amazing!!

Ahmad
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May 19, 2014 02:36:05 PM

Work is awesome! She is awesome! What else could someone ask for? I'm blessed to know her..

Bailey
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May 19, 2014 02:42:54 PM

Love!

molly
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May 19, 2014 02:47:13 PM

Love the simplicity!

Julie
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May 19, 2014 05:20:43 PM

This is such a great piece! I would love to have a bunch of these on a patio.

Hannah
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May 19, 2014 06:47:38 PM

@tazzydw2 voting! Good luck! :)

jessica
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May 19, 2014 07:16:46 PM

This would look fantastic on my porch. When and where can I purchase?

Sandy
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May 19, 2014 10:17:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful! seameforme

Sandy
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May 19, 2014 10:17:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful! seameforme

Suzanna
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May 19, 2014 10:24:44 PM

Good luck, Carissa! Stunning work!

Brandon
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May 19, 2014 10:39:13 PM

Carissa is really awesome.

Nic
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May 19, 2014 10:51:20 PM

This is the bomb! IG- nicaitch

Karen
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May 19, 2014 11:10:01 PM

Beautiful piece!

Kelsie
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May 19, 2014 11:16:16 PM

This is so beautiful!

Colton
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May 19, 2014 11:24:53 PM

exquisite!

Paul
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May 19, 2014 11:25:21 PM

Voted YES...lyonclay on instagram

Jenna

May 19, 2014 11:48:28 PM

I love your work!

Charlotte
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May 19, 2014 11:56:34 PM

Wonderful products!

Kathy
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May 20, 2014 05:34:56 AM

I like the pot, but even more the product story! I love how this artist's mom used clay to help them learn with dyslexia.

Ron
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May 20, 2014 12:08:44 PM

Not very uncommon, similar products at big box stores

Gabrielle
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May 20, 2014 12:40:05 PM

this is AWESOME!!! my instagram is gwoodland! i need one of these :)

Michelle

May 21, 2014 10:29:28 AM

Love This !

Michele

May 26, 2014 09:50:08 PM

A wonderful pot especially if you appreciate hand made items.

Joanne

June 02, 2014 03:42:39 AM

Very different, and I like it.

francoisep

June 03, 2014 05:43:22 PM

pretty

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