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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Nesting bowls – The beginning

Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting with using natural organic textures to make impressions onto porcelain clay. I was out walking my little one and noticed all the different shaped and textured leaves as we walked past them thinking how each one would work as a bowl. I picked a few along the way and pulled out the clay that night to have a bit of a play.

I found the leaves that had a natural rounded heart shape were going to work best as a bowl and noted how the two different sized leaves fit so nicely together, so decided to make a set of nesting bowls. I glazed them in a gorgeous translucent green and here is the result:

Nesting bowls x 2I was so pleased with this set that a couple of weeks later I set off to gather more leaves from the bush with the perfectly shaped leaves. When I got there, the bush was gone! I walked the neighbourhood looking for another like it with no luck.

I did however come across a vine that had lovely leaves so gathered a few to bring home. This time I decided on a set of 3 nesting bowls and am over the moon with these ones too:

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These two sets are now available in my Etsy or Madeit store. They are both one of a kind sets so if you like them, grab them quick!

I’d love to hear from you if you like the idea of nesting bowls and what style you would like to see. I’m loving the results so far and would like to experiment further with this idea.

Personalised gifts for all occasions

My range of personalised pieces started with a request from a customer to personalise a ring dish as an engagement gift. A white heart with a doily imprint and the newly engaged couples initials engraved into the unfired porcelain. Here is that very first engraved piece which is still one of my most popular designs.

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My range of personalised pieces has been steadily growing since then and I now have quite an array to choose from. They are by far the most popular product across my range and I can certainly understand why. When you give a gift that has been customised and has such a unique personal touch, you are giving something that will likely stay with the recipient for many years to come, and in many cases, will be handed down to become a family heirloom. I’m honoured to say my ring dishes have carried many rings down the aisle then go on to be a precious reminder of a very special day.

To see my range of personalised pieces that are made to order, have a browse through my Madeit or Etsy stores. If you have something in mind, I’m more than happy to work with you to bring your idea to life so you can give a gift to be remembered or maybe something to mark a special occasion of your own.

Here are some of the custom made pieces that have come to life after special requests.

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Cambodian Adventure

For the first time since I opened my Madeit and Etsy stores, way back in the 2012 when I was making porcelain jewellery, I’m closing up shop for 2 weeks. The reason, I’m off on an adventure to Cambodia for 2 weeks! My amazing other half is staying home with the kids (Charlie, 6 and Mia, 1) while I fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the temples of Cambodia. Ever since wondering at this amazing place while studying Archeology at university some 16 years ago I’ve dreamed of seeing it for myself. I’ll be spending 3 days in Phnom Penh with friends, then I say goodbye to them and head off to island hop and laze away a couple of days in a little beach shack on the water in Sihanoukville. After that it’s back to Phnom Penh for a night the I fly to Siem Reap to spend 5 days exploring the temples by bike and foot and traveling out to the more remote temples. I have no doubt that I’ll come back inspired with new ideas to work into my pieces. Just look at this place!

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Speaking of new inspirations, I’ve been working on some new ideas that have been swimming around in my head for awhile now. There are lots of new ideas I’m itching to try, these are a few that have made it through to final production. First up are hand built rectangle dishes with a stunning 23 karat gold decal. Ive got a few variations of fern leaves and feathers to try out.

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I’ve also been wanting to make some nesting bowl sets. I’ve found a bush with the most amazing heart shaped leaves that are perfect for pressing into porcelain clay. Each set will be made with different leaves, making for a unique on-of-a-kind piece. I’m hoping to work on some sets with 3 bowls as well as 2.

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If you were thinking of purchasing something soon, then get in quick! I’ll be open until Saturday afternoon, then my Madeit and Etsy stores will be closed until early Feb.