Ceramic garden markers

The idea came to me one sunny Sunday afternoon. I had planted up some herbs in my back garden, which I’d been meaning to do for about 2 years! I wanted my 8-year-old to be involved and know the names of the different herbs so thought I’d make some herb markers. After playing around with a few designs I settled on the ice cream cones because they are so fun! Both of the designs you see here are now listed in my Etsy and Madeit stores if you’d like a set of your own.

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Porcelain Mandala Plate

I’ve always loved mesmerising and intricate shapes of mandalas and wondered how I could incorporate them into my designs. After much thought over several months I decided to carve my own design into a round slab of plaster which I could then roll my porcelain clay over to transfer the design onto the clay.

First I sketched out a design and then got to carving. This was a long and slow process as the plaster is quite hard and not easy to carve into.

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Next was to roll my porcelain clay over the design which transfers the pattern onto the clay as a raised impression. Here is a raw plate drying.

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After firing the plate, I glazed in a translucent green which was perfect to highlight the mandala pattern.

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I also left one white and detailed one with 22k gold luster.

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For more details and photos on these plates and my other work, head over to my Etsy or Madeit shop.

 

Porcelain dinnerware

With the new year comes a little more downtime and a chance to work on new ideas that have been brewing in my mind.

I’d been wanting to make a set of dinnerware that was definitely not conventional, but still functional and beautiful. I am so happy with how these came out! They can be used as traditional dinnerware for serving main meals and dessert or entree or as a cheese board, antipasto platter or sweets. When not in use, don’t hide them away, put them out as a table centerpiece with candles or treats on them.

I have 2 sets of these available in my Etsy shop, but feel free to contact me for custom orders on larger amounts.

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Christmas decorations for 2015 have been released!

Believe it or not, I’ve been planning and prepping for the Christmas season since January. Yep, it takes me ALL YEAR to build up enough stock and nut out all my new ideas in time for the Oct – Dec season.

I’m so excited to show you a huge range of new designs this year, as well as a heap of new personalised options. Every ornament is handmade using the highest quality porcelain. Each set is either one of a kind or a very limited run of 3 or 4 sets. This makes your decorations very unique and collectible.

To see what is available right now, head over to my Madeit or Etsy shop. But check back often, as new sets are being listed every few days.

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Nesting set of porcelain bowls

One of my most popular sets are these nesting rectangle dishes. They look great sitting together as a table centerpiece or on a coffee table or dresser. They are also very functional for holding soap and jewellery in the bathroom, or mints and sweets on the table. If you have a thing for candles, these are great for showing them off. As far as gifts go, you can’t go wrong with one of these sets. They are unique and gorgeous as well as useful and will last a lifetime.

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To see what is currently available, head over to my Madeit or Etsy stores.

Ceramic Coasters – Hand built from porcelain

I first started making coasters around a year ago. While they looked great, the failure rate was high. They would warp when drying and I’d have to make 8 to get 4 good ones. So I gave them away for a while and worked on other things. After getting my hands on some of the most amazing hand carved Indian stamps, the coasters again came to mind as the designs of the stamps was perfect for them. I worked on technique and tried some new ways to get around the drying problem and have cut down the failure rate by at least half if not more. Now that things are sorted, I have released a brand new range of both ready to ship and made to order coasters. Check out my Madeit and Etsy stores for the full range and all info.

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Family wall hanging

I’m pretty excited to release this new family wall hanging. It came about when a customer wanted a gift for a special friends upcoming birthday. The brief was: Something with all of the the family members names on it. We threw some ideas back and forth for awhile before coming up with a heart ornament for each person and to display them as some sort of wall hanging. I did some hunting around and found this perfect bird hanging rack that came in white and black.

Both the customer and myself were so happy with how it all came out. And now it’s available for order. Unfortunately at this stage, it’s only available with a maximum of 5 hearts. If you have 2, 3 or 4 family members the other hearts will have a partial lace imprint and no name. If you add to your family later, just send me back a heart and I’ll add the new family member’s name.

For all the details, check them both out on my Etsy or Madeit shop.

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