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San Francisco

Lisa Fleming Ceramics

I am a sole proprietor and I started my company in 2016. I make wheel thrown, porcelain ceramic pieces. My work is decorative and not meant for use with food (though some pieces are food safe). I run all phases of the company myself from making the work to marketing and selling.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

Materials & Ingredients
I use porcelain clay and make all my own glazes in my studio using raw ingredients.

Packaging & Delivery
I use only recycled shipping material; as in re-use materials: boxes, paper and materials for protecting work I ship are all re-used from other items I have rec’d or repurposed. And I only ship through the USPS at the moment.

Quality & Value
My work is high-fired porcelain so it is made to last and not to be disposable. It can be re-gifted, passed on or repurposed if needed.

Waste Reduction
I work very hard to minimize waste. I re-use as much of my clay as possible; from straining and drying the clay waste in the water I throw with and from my drip pan to reanimating all my trimmings or failed pieces, into useable clay again. This is very important to me and I have always done this. Porcelain clay is not only costly and I hate to waste it, but it would ruin my plumbing to wash even a small amount down my sink drain.

I have a special bucket in my sink I use to wash up in and it catches all waste, from clay to glaze materials. Some glaze ingredients are toxic and I am very careful to make sure it all ends up in my bucket and not down the drain! Once the bucket is partially full of solids I strain them through fabric to catch as much as possible and dry them out completely. Only then do I dispose of them. I feel this at least keeps any of my materials out of the bay. Overall I create as close to zero waste as I think is possible.

Local Supply Chains
I buy 100% of my supplies from local suppliers. They may acquire them from far away sources, as is inevitable with some of the clays and minerals. But I buy them from local businesses.

Energy Efficiency
I am always pretty careful with turning off lights and using as little water as possible. I bundle instead of using a space heater! I am lucky to have natural light in my studio so I utilize that instead of electricity when I can.

Goals & Aspirations
I want to keep working with colored clays and re-using my trimmings is the perfect way to incorporate the colored stains when I am reanimating the clay. I hope to get into a regular practice of this with definite colors and formulas that I can develop over time.

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