Olley Pottery on selling original ceramics online with Etsy

Olley Pottery is selling original ceramics online with Etsy - this image shows a dresser with a display of Olley Pottery's original work

Exhibiting work locally

Many craftsmen and women start by exhibiting work locally in exhibitions or shops and galleries, but at some point start to think about the wider world. Selling on the internet represents huge excitement but challenges too. There’s lots of e-commerce platforms out there to help sell online, but in my experience none are quite as user-friendly as Etsy.

Selling original ceramics online with Etsy

For me, selling original ceramics online with Etsy has been brilliant; it enables me to put my work in front of an international audience making sales and sending my work to Europe, Asia, the United States and beyond. In order to do this it helps to be pretty organised; to photograph and display work effectively, to market it and when a sale arrives, to pack the work up really securely (I always double-box my work) and send it quickly to the customer.

You can browse and purchase Simon’s ceramics in his online Etsy shop at OlleyPottery.com

The village of Kemsing

Kemsing – a Kentish village

Uly and I live in the Kent village of Kemsing, situated at the foot of the North Downs on the route of the Pilgrim’s Way.

We are lucky, there are so many fabulous walks on our doorstep or within a very short drive. The north Kent coast is not far away either and you’ll find names such as Whitstable (famous for its oysters) and Chatham (ancient ship building town where King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I had their fleets deigned and built). Rochester Cathedral and Castle are half an hour away. Canterbury, and its cathedral, has been the destination of so many pilgrims along the centuries and is about one hour’s drive away from us.

You can browse and purchase Simon’s ceramics in his online Etsy shop at OlleyPottery.com

Olley and Uly

Dog names should be simple…

But there is sometimes totally understandable confusion over the names of me and my dog. If you are one of the people who has got our names mixed around, do not worry, you are not alone!

To set the record straight, my surname is Olley (though it wasn’t my first surname – I was adopted as a baby).

My Black Labrador’s name is Uly. It wasn’t quite his first name either (he was adopted by me aged 6 months).

Uly’s first name was Ulysees, given to him by his French owner who lived in our village. When I bought him at 6 months as his owner’s circumstances changed I quickly decided that the name Ulysees was too much of a mouthful to be calling out over the fields (especially with French style pronunciation which sounds like “Oo-leece”. So it was shorted to Uly. We pronounce it English style, which means something like “You-lee”. French style would be “Oo-lee” (which is also acceptable).

Uly’s Kennel Club name is Bok Bouncer. I believe Bok (or Bjork) is Swedish for Birch (as in the tree – the breeder has Swedish connections). Bouncer is self-explanatory I think 🙂

You can browse and purchase Simon’s ceramics in his online Etsy shop at OlleyPottery.com