• You know those things in your everyday life that just make you smile? Those objects you’re happy exist?

    Yeah, Drippy Pots is one of those.

    And yet, they’re more than that.

    There’s a delicious contrast between the simple, structured forms and the toothsome drip of the glazes.

    There are the memories they might evoke: a drip of ice cream down a cone, a dribble of icing from a homemade birthday cake, heck — a pastel outfit you had as a kid.

  • All Drippy Pots are made with glazes created in-house in our Philly studio. We glean daily inspiration from our vibrant community of makers and creators. The City of Brotherly Love, indeed.

    The pots we make are a representation of how we feel at a certain moment. There’s no rhyme or reason to the colors, forms, and experiments that come out of the kiln.

    We’re all about providing a dose of joy you didn’t know you needed in your pottery. Those little doses are often the most important ones.

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About Brian

When Drippy Pots founder Brian Giniewski saw his middle school art teacher throw a pot for the first time, the act felt like magic. He was transfixed — and he started to create. For a kid that self-identified as being “a bit on the outside,” the ceramics studio was a safe space where he felt nurtured and supported.

Fast forward to college. There was plenty of pressure to study something practical — business — but by then, the love of ceramics had taken hold. On a college tour, he strayed from the group — and found the pottery study. The college professor who’d one day become his mentor and a close friend happened to be teaching a summer class. She helped him sign up for the foundational classes he’d need to pursue a ceramics major.

The Genesis of the Drippys

By the time he graduated from Millersville University — BFA with a concentration in ceramics in hand — he was making both functional and sculptural pieces with a healthy dose of exploration. Glaze viscosity, color, form — none of it was off the table.

He loved the utilitarian integrity of functional pottery, but all he was seeing were earth tones. That wasn’t him, and it certainly wasn’t his aesthetic. He started to play: Consistent forms, with bold, juicy, thick glazes.

The Shift to Artist — and Business Owner

At the time, Brian was in higher education, committed to being a “serious” artist and getting a coveted tenured teaching position. During his time at some best art schools around the country and beyond — Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Penn State University, Arcadia University, Syracuse University, Herron School of Art & Design, and the Chautauqua Institution — he continued to create, pushing the boundaries of functional ceramics. 

On a lark, he uploaded a Drippy Pot to his Tumblr account (yes, Tumblr!) and forgot about it. When he came back to the image, he saw that it had been shared thousands of times — not just on Tumblr, but on other social media platforms as well. People started reaching out, asking if they could purchase Drippy Pots for their galleries and shops, and with that, his perspective started to shift. He could be an artist and create pots that people could enjoy in their homes. Three years later, Drippy Pots became a full-time endeavor. 

Accessible Art for Everyday

Six years into his full-time business, there’s been plenty of growth: fresh forms, great collaborations, countless hours of experimentation, and plenty of “happy accidents” that led to good stuff Brian would never have considered. There’s still a tangible excitement around each piece that he loads — and unloads — from the kiln. For him, the best part is the transformation: The idea that you put something in a kiln in the evening, and in the morning, it’s something completely different. He still gets giddy when he opens the kiln — there’s an optimism that outshines all other emotions. 

Well, he takes that back. There’s something that he loves above all, and that’s seeing Drippy Pots in people’s homes, and understanding how his work fits into their lives and spaces. The connection to the people who collect his work — and vice versa  — is what keeps Drippy Pot going.

FAQs

It says my order has been shipped, but I haven’t received it. Can you help?

Once you get a notification or message that says your Drippy Pot has shipped, it’s unfortunately out of our hands — once we ship it, we have the same information as you do!

We ship all of our Drippys USPS Priority Mail. As you know, shipping delays — especially via USPS — can happen, but if you do need to file a claim for a missing package, head to this link.

What if my international order hasn’t arrived?

If you’ve ordered a Drippy Pot and have shipped it to an address outside of the United States, please allow up to four weeks for delivery. Your shipment is fully insured, so If it hasn’t arrived at your address after 40 days in transit, we can file a claim on your behalf with GlobalPost, our international shipping provider — and we’ll send you a full refund.

If you’ve been waiting for your order for longer than normal and want to file a claim, email us and we’ll get the process started. Thanks for your patience!email us

I’ve changed my mind, and no longer want the Drippy Pot I ordered. Can I return it?

If you would like to return an item or your entire order, please note that all items must be returned to us in the same condition you received it and within 14 days of the date it was delivered to you. Once the item has been safely received and shows no sign of use, we will provide Store Credit only for the original order not including shipping - we do not offer refunds. The credit will be in the form of a gift card.

To initiate a return, please contact us at hello@drippypots.com with your order number and we will happily provide you with the return label(s).

If you received an item/order that is Damaged, Defective or Incorrect, (oops our bad!) please contact us at hello@drippypots.com with your order number and we will remedy the situation promptly.

I didn’t receive the Drippy Pot I ordered and/or my order doesn’t look like the product pictured. What are my options?

If you received an item/order that is Damaged, Defective or Incorrect, (oops our bad!) please contact us at hello@drippypots.com with your order number and we will remedy the situation promptly.

Are you able to do custom orders or commissions?

Sadly, no. Everything we make is released in small drops when they become available. Sometimes we’re in a phase where we’re just making vases. Sometimes it’s coffee mugs. The unpredictability and variability of certain colors or glazes mean that we don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver on custom pieces.

For those reasons, it’s better for everyone if we don’t take on custom orders and commission work.

Are you able to take wholesale orders?

We do have a few products and SKUs that are available for wholesale purchase through Faire. If you want to make a wholesale purchase, you will have to choose from the options we currently have available and on hand — we aren’t set up to do custom purchase orders.

To take a look at what we currently have available for wholesale purchase, head here.

I received my Drippy Pot, and it was broken/damaged. Is there anything I can do?

If you received an item/order that is Damaged, Defective or Incorrect, (oops our bad!) please contact us at hello@drippypots.com with your order number and we will remedy the situation promptly.

My Drippy Pot is broken/damaged, and it doesn’t look like it was insured. What happens now?

We’ll refund the cost of your mug — email us and we’ll respond to you and issue a refund as soon as we can.

Are Drippy Pots dishwater and microwave safe?

Technically, yes — Drippy Pots are microwave and dishwasher safe. However, because they are handmade, one-of-a-kind artworks, we would recommend you avoid both and handle them with the same care that you would any other functional artwork!

Are there any other special care instructions I should consider?

We also see a lot of surface staining on Drippy Pots from fingerprints transferring cooking oils and other ingredients, so when possible, avoid anything oil-based that might leave a mark.

Because of the textured clay we use at the bottom, some Drippy Pots — especially mugs and cups — can take on the color of certain beverages, slightly staining the bottom in the process. We suggest gently washing the area with a bit of baking soda and water. On the textured clay, we’ve had success using OxyClean with a toothbrush to take care of any stains.

There was a Drippy Pots color combination that I loved, and now I’m not seeing it in your offerings. Did I miss my chance?

If you haven’t seen a particular color or combination in a while, it most likely means that we’ve needed to discontinue it for a number of reasons. Sometimes a particular material used to make a glaze or base color is no longer available, or the material wasn’t dependable enough.

There’s also a fair amount of in-the-moment experimentation that happens in the studio, and sometimes we’re simply just working with colors and surfaces that we’re excited about right now. You might find another color combination to love!

Are you hiring, or accepting internships?

No — at this time, we’re not hiring or offering internships. If that changes, we’ll certainly post something on the website and on Instagram!

I have a press inquiry. What’s my next step?

Head to our press page, where you’ll be able to see an online media kit, download logos, photos, and more. If you have a specific request after checking out those materials, we’re happy to chat — just email us!

When I look at your inventory, I’m seeing some pots marked “Seconds” and others marked “Selects.” What do both of those mean?

We’re glad you asked! When a Drippy Pot is marked as a “Second,” that means it has some kind of cosmetic flaw. We aren’t able to highlight and list what each individual flaw is on each individual piece, but the flaw could be any combination of a broken glaze drip, a sharp edge, or another attribute. Seconds are perfectly functional and food safe — just like the rest of our Drippy Pots — but for one reason or another, they’re not at the level of quality that we’d prefer. Those pieces are typically discounted up to 50%.

“Selects,” on the other hand, are the “chef’s kiss” of the Drippys. A select piece is one where the glaze drips are beautifully suspended, there’s an interesting color combination or another aspect that makes it a perfect pot — at least in our eyes. As the name suggests, selects tend to be a bit more expensive than the typical Drippy Pots, as you’re getting a higher quality piece.