Etsy Interview & Giveaway with Clayswan

Monday, February 15, 2010

(Psst... only one more day to enter the giveaway from The Daily Pincushion! And don't forget the new giveaway from Koko Candles, too!)

I just LOVE the bold bright colors of the hand-built porcelain pottery at Clayswan. I was thrilled to be able to interview the creator, Lyn! Let's meet her...

Etsy Shop: Clayswan
Second Etsy Shop: Lynswan


Tell us a bit about yourself, Lyn.
I am a ceramic artist living and working in Sonoma, California. My current body of work is very much inspired by early California Pottery, Bauer Ware and Fiesta Ware. I love to hand build, I love color, and I always seem to imply function in my work. This does not necessitate daily use, but it is always nice to know that on that special occasion, you have that special piece to use .... you know, like that first cup of coffee in the morning!

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
happy
encouraging

inspired
creative

out-of-the-box


Tell us a bit about your Etsy shop.
My shop opened just over a year ago. Fellow potters in the bay area kept on prompting, nudging, compelling me .... just to try Etsy. Then, last year at the ACC Baltimore Show, an Etsy team gave a wonderful presentation about the Etsy world. All of a sudden the doors opened wide, and I never looked back. I continue to try to bring new pieces to my shop all the time and just LOVE to try out new ideas on a world wide audience.

What 5 words would you use to describe your shop?
happy
playful

whimsical

smile

useful


What are your favorite websites?
Apartment Therapy

Give your favorite Etsy shops.
Susan Eastman
raedunn
Whitney Smith Pottery
Village Clay Works

What advice would you give other Etsy sellers?
Stay with it, visit and "fluff" daily, check out what everyone is doing and let it inspire you.

Anything else you would like to share?
I have undying gratitude to the Etsy team for providing this wonderful venue in which we can present our work. Etsy is a simple and inexpensive format. There are so many talented artists that would not have had the opportunity to showcase their talent (and I am one that believes that every one has talent) on such a level, reaching far beyond their back door. Thank you, Etsy!


GIVEAWAY!
Lyn is so kind to offer one of her most popular pieces...
**A MEDIUM PORCELAIN TRAY OF CHOICE!!!**
Thanks so much, Lyn!
Here's how to enter:
Visit Clayswan and Lynswan and leave a comment on this post
mentioning your favorite item.

For more chances to win, leave a separate post for each of the following:

*Become a Follower of EtsyInterviews.
*Subscribe to EtsyInterviews via RSS.
*Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to tweet).
*Follow B.Inspired Mama on Twitter.
*Become a fan of B.Inspired Vintage on Facebook.
*Share the giveaway on Facebook.
*Blog about the giveaway (please leave the link)
*Add EtsyInterviews to your blogroll.
*Submit to be Featured on EtsyInterviews!


The winner will be chosen via Random.org on Sunday, February 22th at 9PM EST. The winner will be emailed within 24 hours. Please make sure your email is in your profile or in the comment. GOOD LUCK!

249 comments:

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sarah said...

these are all GORGEOUS. I think my favorite is the fiesta tray - i love the color!

Ashley said...

I love the balloon bowls, they are so unique. They look really fragile so I would be afraid to break them, but they would look great in my dining room!

Bachuchay said...

My favorite item is the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray .... jade

Judy said...

All are gorgeous! My favorite would be the fiesta porcelain tray - any one in any color.

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Lily said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cobalt tray!

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Wehaf said...

I adore the tea for two ... hand built porcelain fiesta inspired cups. They would make hot chocolate seem extra inviting!

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Ali said...

I love the tray in Jade!

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Sara said...

i like the "tea for two" yellow and blue teacups.

Bella's Bowtique said...

Yes, I agree all is beautiful. Seriously! WOW! Okay so my favorite is:

fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray

it matches my plates and things in my kitchen. I could see it on display right now.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Blessings,
Kristie
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Bella's Bowtique said...

I follow your blog too! :)


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Bella's Bowtique said...

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Auburn Not Red said...

I like the hand built porcelain vessel. It would look great with daisies in it!

Emily said...

I love the "eat" fiesta inspired tray.
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Kasie said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cup and dish. It is so pretty!

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jodi233 said...

favorite item?!?!?! i am torn love the Tea for two mugs but really like the cup and tray too! awesome shop!
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jodi233 said...

i am a follower too
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littledeadmommy said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built creamer sugar pieces. I probably wouldn't use them for cream or sugar but I love the wy they look.

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Ang said...

I love the His and Hers Fiesta inspired cups - so cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Shelby said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cobalt tray!

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Celeste said...

I LOVE the jade porcelain tray!

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Celeste said...

Just became a blog follower! (:


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erin garrison studio said...

oh, i love the quirky angels!

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i now follow your blog!

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Splendid Things said...

love the handbuilt trays in green on the lynswan shop. Also love the cobalt tray in the other shop. Great pieces! Thanks for the chance to win! jeanette at thealldays(at)msn(dot) com

Marci said...

I love the whimsical hand built orange porcelain cup.
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Halle said...

I love the red tray! I collect fiesta. Your pieces would complement my collection nicely!
I also love the very organic look of the pieces from your other shop. The bowls would be beautiful on my mantle.

Sideproject said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39286278

This is my favorite piece!

TiLT said...

Awesome giveaway!

From Clayswan...one of each! No? Okay, then I'll start with Whatever (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34908263)
and from Lynswan...again, all...or at least one of her bowls, like this balloon bowl: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38449647

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TiLT said...

I blogged about it here: http://tiltsgiveawayfinds.blogspot.com/2010/02/clay-swan-and-lyn-swan-ends-22210.html

TiLT said...

I did a sidebar link with a pic b/c I do not have a blogroll...does that count?
It's here: http://tiltsgiveawayfinds.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

What gorgeous trays. I also like your mugs especially whimsical hand built porcelain cup. Thanks for the giveaway.

TiLT said...

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Anonymous said...

I love the teacups. The colors are so vivid and fun!
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Alisha L. said...

Such beautiful things! My fave is:

fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cup and tray

Thanks!

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Brooke said...

I really like the design of your trays. And the colors are bright and fun. Blue is my favorite though.
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Linda Kish said...

I like the olives and pits .... hand built porcelain containers ... vessels

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Damla said...

I like the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36730630

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Sara said...

what a fabulous shop! I'll take one of the tall hand built cups in every color, please! and the trays are also divine!

Sara said...

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lin3arossa said...

I love the whimsical porcelain hand built vessel.
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lin3arossa said...

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cindy said...

the fiesta porcelain trays are beautiful!

i am already a follower.

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alexandrea said...

Those are simply beautiful! I had gotten farther in learning pottery but I am still making lopsided bowls, and not been able to do anything hand built.
I really like the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray a LOT, although I am trying to practice restraint from purchasing the whimisical handbuilt porcelain cup in turquoise - must..resist.....

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emcSquared said...

I really like this vessel! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33529678

The textures and colors really appeal to me.

thank you for the chance!

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emcSquared said...

I follow your blog.

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CakeBallers said...

pretty trays! following your blog :)

Mama H said...

I love the fiesta tray in jade.

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One Frugal Girl said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray in the dark blue shade. Beautiful!

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Surge said...

I love the light blue one :)

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Surge said...

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rose said...

I think the hand built red dot porcelain tray from clayswan will hold so many of my things. I now have to figure out where I'm going to put it. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

rose said...

In lynswan I really like the hand built porcelain mini vessel, so unique and different. What a great piece. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

CathyH said...

So many pretty things. I love the hand built porcelain vessel #30698404, very elegant and the jade fiesta tray, beautiful
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Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

I like the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain red cup!

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Courtney :) said...

I love the his and hers cups.

Bec Clarke said...

Oh Wow, amazing stuff. My favourite of favourites is
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37393773
cream, sugar & tray set, very clever.

Chacoy said...

WOWZERS!
i love the fiesta inspired cream and sugar in red and orange;}
i also love the porcelain balloon bowls;}
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little bird said...

it's hard to pick one favorite item! but i'll go with the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray in blue

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TigerLily said...

oh wow what a fantastic tray. I love the unique hand built porcelain balloon bowl in copper from Lynswan etsy store.


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blue eyed night owl said...

They are beautiful, but I really love this one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37224787

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I follow your blog!

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momtoem said...

I like the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray

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jennifer57 said...

My favorite is the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cobalt tray

Daya, muito prazer... said...

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My favorites ones are:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37416080

and:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40532781

EVA SB said...

I love, and also really need, the olives and pits porcelain containers.

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Merrie L. said...

My favorite item is the fiesta inspired hand built cobalt porcelain cup! I love the trays too.

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Mel said...

I love the cream and sugar anyone .... fiesta inspired hand built creamer sugar!

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Lizzie said...

My favorite is the hand built porcelain fiesta inspired stack of trays.

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Lizzie said...

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Anonymous said...

I love the fiesta tray in jade!

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Jennifer L. said...

I love the mine and yours ... handbuilt porcelain vessels ... fiesta inspired.
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Candice said...

From clayswan:
The trays are gorgeous, but I love how clever the Olive and Pits bowls are!!

From lynswan:
The handbuilt porcelain vessel with the circled texture.

Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Perfect Blue Moon said...

I love the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain jug!

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Angie said...

I would pick this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40532781

The color would go great in my old world italian kitchen!

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daisymay said...

Love the colour of this plate!!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40280282

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k said...

Favourite item is fiesta ware inspired hand built porcelain dish duo!

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JenniferB said...

I love the balloon bowls- so pretty!
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denise said...

I love the olives and pits containers!
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RR said...

I like the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cobalt tray. Beautiful!

Caroline said...

I really like the 1 and 2 ...... fiesta inspired hand built porcelain trays.

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Anonymous said...

Everything is so pretty, I like the fiesta inspired hand built red porcelain tray.

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Missy said...

My favorite is "fiesta inspired hand built porcelain cobalt tray "

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rebecca said...

What a thoughtful giveaway! i really like the hand built porcelain balloon bowl. kinda reminds me of cabbage! i guess i am ready for st.patricks day!


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squareby said...

Wow, those balloon bowls are amazing! What an interesting process.

Stephanie said...

I just love LOVE the color of this tray!

Stephanie said...

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khaski said...

I'm drooling over the 'fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray'- love the vibrant colors in these, had trouble picking my fave! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

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Janna said...

Wow, I honestly love them all! If I had to pick one it would be http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38454475


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SheilaC said...

I LOVE this set!!!

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mim said...

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i love the pictured blue tray and i also love the fiesta inspired hand built cobalt porcelain cup--the double handle! the deep color! it's just perfect!

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LV said...

OMG! I'm a FIESTAWARE collector and I just LOVE these trays!!! I also like the Whimsical hand built porcelain cup with dots. It has a lot of character.

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Cabootique said...

hand built red dot porcelain tray is beautiful!

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allison said...

I really love the "fiesta inspired hand built creamer sugar". Love the colours and unique shape

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jakiesmom said...

i love the whatever vessel.
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MaddyRu said...

I love the color of the fiesta cobalt tray! Thanks!

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Misty said...

well, what a hard decision....
im loving the fiesta inspired hand built porcelain tray. its a beautiful light blue/aqua blue.
thanks for the opportunity.
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Kowanda said...

from Clayswan I love the wonderful whimsical vase

from Lynswan I love the balloon bowl

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Kowanda said...

from Clayswan I love the wonderful whimsical vase

from Lynswan I love the balloon bowl

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janetfaye said...

I like 2 hand built porcelain balloon bowls .... pure white.

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AngieHandmade said...

I love her colors and textures! The piece that caught my eye is the yellow one that looks like bubble wrap. :)
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ToraJewelry said...

I love the fiesta tray, what a beautiful color.
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Shelly said...

wow...since my kitchen is red, I would go with red. I love the Red Fiesta Tray and the porcelain jug/creamer

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lo said...

I love the Fiesta tray in Teal! So gorgeous!!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

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