Latest release – Floral & Lace

Floral and lace, a match make in heaven!

I’ve been working with floral decals for quite some time, and lace is a staple, but I’ve never put them together, until now! I love the combination and it seems you guys do too. This new range has been super popular and I think they make the perfect birthday, engagement or wedding gift. Sweet and girly and totally unique.

Check out the full range ready for purchase in my Etsy shop.

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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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.