Classic yet contemporary, simple yet exquisitely elegant, natural yet refined. Bespoke ceramic ware from Vanilla Stone is the ultimate addition to todays home. Tantalizingly delicate, yet still resilient and durable, this timeless ware brings a dimension of reflective beauty to the much loved and lived in contemporary kitchen, garden or table. The soft and almost intangible hues contrast with warm, soft whites to inspire thoughts of elusive tendrils and soft whispers of water; subtle shades of the palest sand and sunlit stone, and possibly just an inkling of frost and moonlight. Visit our website: "http://www.vanillastone.co.za"
Hello, I'm Mellissa Bushby. I live in the beautiful South African Lowveld, and I am a book author (The Vegetarian Kitchen, Random House/Struik), pen and ink illustrator and ceramicist. All of my ceramic pieces are handmade on the potters wheel, in porcelain, earthenware or stoneware, and are glazed in specially formulated glazes. I love soft, muted colours which inspire memories and thoughts of beautiful things and places, such as the sea (delicate swirls of aqua and turquoise), or plants (whispers of grey and green), the delicate hint of colour found on seashells and bone, reflected in frost and light, and on the palest grains of sand or patterns in stone. Orders take between 4 and 6 weeks, and sometimes a little more, depending on quantity and size, and as with all things handmade, is absolutely worth the wait. If there is a backlog of orders, or if work listed as ready-made has sold out and needs to be remade, please be patient. Also, certain items do take longer than others due to drying factors. Items are mostly dishwasher safe, unless otherwise specified, but as with all precious things, a gentle hand wash is recommended. Please remember that each piece is distinctively unique, and while the photographs do typically represent very similar images, they are indicative of a specific piece (i.e. the one in the photograph). Size and shape may vary somewhat from piece to piece. Also, any superficial imperfections (such as glaze swirls) are simply what make each item exceptional. *Shipping* Once an order is completed, parcels are sent via registered airmail through the South African postal service, and will include a tracking number. Parcels are beautifully, securely and resolutely wrapped and packaged to ensure a safe journey and thrilled faces upon arrival at their destination. Parcels to the USA should typically arrive within 2 weeks of postage, 5 - 10 working days to Australia, and within 10 - 14 working days to the UK and Europe. Please note that any additional import duties or customs charges, taxes or additional fees will be paid by the customer. Should you prefer the less expensive but infinitely slower option of your item being sent by ship, please let me know.*Refunds and Exchanges* It is of paramount importance to me that you love your purchase, and I take the utmost care to package every item as carefully and meticulously as possible. My obligation as owner of the item ends once the parcel has shipped. However, in the event that an item is damaged during shipping, please let me know. We will work it out together, in a way that has the best outcome for all concerned. Please note that each case such as this will handled individually. Custom orders are not eligible for refunds or cancellation by the buyer. If you are in any way unhappy or dissatisfied with your purchase, please do let me know. I am open to discussion and I especially want all my customers to be absolutely fabulously happy with their purchases. *Additional Policies and FAQs* The beauty of Vanilla Stone Ceramic ware is that each piece is made with love, and is completely and unequivocally unique, original and made from scratch. As a wholly organic and natural product, please allow for individuality and slight variations from the photograph, especially if that specific item is gone and yours is made anew.