Posts Tagged ‘ceramics’

A soup-erb set

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

We love this gorgeous ceramic set from Makerie Ceramics. Made to order from glazed white earthenware with New Zealand beach sand folded through, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a homemade soup supper.

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Porcelain buttons, inspired by nature

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Three handmade ceramic buttons, fern design by Nikau Designs

Christchurch designer, illustrator and ecologist Lynette of Nikau Designs creates beautiful ceramic buttons inspired by the New Zealand environment. Many of her pieces are made using handmade moulds taken from shells and sea urchins she collects while beachcombing. We think these make the perfect finishing touch to a special outfit or a handmade gift!

Three handmade ceramic buttons, sea urchins by Nikau Designs

Three handmade ceramic buttons, green fern by Nikau Designs


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Form and fashion

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

These tiny treasures in clay from Auckland jeweller/ceramicist Moodie make an elegant, delicate fashion statement with their perfectly rendered natural forms and beautiful colour palette. Choose from earrings, pendants and even a stunning knot ring.

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A set of stylish sketch bowls from Wigley Ware

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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Sarah Wigley decorates each of her ceramic pieces using a range of printing, drawing and painting techniques. Each piece is designed to be unique, long-lasting and beautiful, and no two pieces are quite the same.

This nested set of three porcelain bowls, ranging from 2cm to 10cm across, feature interiors glazed a glossy mint green. The exteriors are hand-decorated with a silvery, pencil sketch-like design that fires on permanently in the kiln.


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I like big bowls and I cannot lie

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Large Cloud Bowl by The Busy Finch

Bell Bowl no.19 (edition of 10) by Nicholas Duval-Smith

Celedon Breakfast Bowl by Peter and Kirsty

Shallow handturned walnut bowl by Trees Set Free

Large Cloud Bowl by The Busy Finch | Bell Bowl no.19 (edition of 10) by Nicholas Duval-Smith | Celedon Breakfast Bowl by Peter and Kirsty | Shallow handturned walnut bowl by Trees Set Free

The many faces of pug

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War sTOrY – Tatyanna Meharry

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Felt’s own The Busy Finch, Tatyanna Meharry, presents her latest exhibition War sTOrY, at The Tin Palace in Lyttelton, 6-23 August.


War sTOrY explores the things that are imbued into our psyche to make the sacrifices of war possible. It looks at the men and women who become toys on a plastic field whilst others play a blind game of tactics, and officials who treat numbers on a page as expendable goods, and asks: when do the toys become real? War stories are told from person to person and become fleeting, changing memories and more are found in the archives and the documents left behind, showing us a new and larger story.

A lecture series presented by Dr Gwen Parsons, history tutor at the University of Canterbury and ceramics workshops are being held as part of the exhibition – find out more here. The Tin Palace is at 13a Oxford St, Lyttelton and the exhibition is open Thursdays and Fridays 12-4pm and weekends 10-4pm.

Featured seller: Badgers Hollow

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Carragh Knapp of Badgers Hollow is a part-time sculptor, part-time gallery minder, and part-time crafter with a love of handmade. The things she makes play with texture, tactility and contrast.

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What do you make?
I make unique handmade items that I would have in my own home, and can see in the cosy homes of family members. Clay Christmas decorations, carefully hand-painted bunting and happy home decor.

How did you get into your craft?
My mother and grandmother were both crafty, so it’s in my blood! I took a community pottery night class while I was at high school, which fed my love of ceramics, and sewed for fun in my spare time.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I have just finished my Bachelors’ degree in Fine Arts (Hons) last year. That said, my craft and my art run separately. My art practice has a focus on the handmade, and is primarily in ceramic sculpture with some furniture design. Badgers Hollow is influenced by this, but acts as more of a way through maker’s block – as a creative outlet.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Clay has a certain appeal for me, the way it can take the print of a hand and be moulded into something new. I enjoy processes in which the human interaction with the material is intrinsic to the value of that item. Bunting carefully sewn and hand painted, clay rolled and sanded. Items that then gain a handmade story of their making.

What inspires you?
Materials, beautiful design, and family.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I like to think that customers will find pleasure and delight in my handiwork, and in turn a fresh perspective on the handmade and independent makers. I believe handcrafted objects are often under-appreciated – there is a unique beauty in an item that has been hand-crafted.

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Describe your workspace:
I work from home, so coffee cups, clay, loose threads and crafty tabletop mess.

Five words that describe your mind:
Creative, considered, romantic, critical, organic.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
There was one customer who had bought an item as a gift, but contacted me to say she had fallen in love and couldn’t give it away! That was a great compliment.

What are you currently listening to?
A mixed selection of Bon Iver.

Recommend an album:
States by The Paper Kites (2013).

What’s your favourite childhood book and why?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis was a key series for me. I think The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favourite of the set, but it’s a close call.

What are you reading now?
I’ve recently finished Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me?. Next in the book queue is Oscar Wilde‘s Collected Plays.

Do you have any pets?
A very troublesome and rebellious ragdoll kitten called Banksy, named after Banksy the street artist. He’s already huge for his age, so I’m expecting him to be a supernaturally massive beast by the time he’s fully grown.

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A favourite quote:
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C.S. Lewis.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
A couple of hand-poured soy wax candles from the Wellington Underground markets. The fragrances were Poached Pear and French Vanilla, so obviously the smell was irresistible!

To see more of Carragh’s gorgeous creations visit her Felt shop Badgers Hollow. And if you’d like to see some of Carragh’s creations up close she will have a few clay items in the In Good Company Space exhibition, ‘Gift It’, which will be running during December at 166a Cuba Street (upstairs, above Matchbox) in Wellington.

Carragh has very kindly offered us this gorgeous wee hanging gold ceramic Christmas tree decoration (below), as a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader. To win this sweet little prize just leave a comment telling us what you like about Carragh’s story and creations. The draw will be made on Friday 19 December and is open to New Zealand residents only.


Art in Clay – Tatyanna Meharry, Andrew Carran

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Not to be missed this month is joint exhibition Art in Clay by Christchurch potter Tatyanna Meharry of The Busy Finch and fellow ceramicist Andrew Carran, at The Tin Palace in Lyttelton.

Flood Tide Mark Jugs by Tatyanna Meharry, Tide Mark Jugs by Tatyanna Meharry

Tatyanna Meharry teaches pottery at Risingholme Community Centre and works as The Busy Finch creating artisan ceramics for the home. She also makes more experimental ceramics for show and has exhibited widely, most recently at Sculpture on the Peninsula. In 2013 she and her sister Natasha won the Supreme Award at the World of Wearable Arts for their stunning ceramic two-garment entry, The Exchange.

Andrew Carran has been working in clay for the past six years after a long career in soil and environmental science. He also teaches pottery at Risingholme and has a special interest in glaze development and using local rock and earth materials in his work.

The Tin Palace is at 13a Oxford Street, Lyttelton. The exhibition is open 10–25 May, Thursdays and Fridays 12pm–4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am–4pm, so if you’re in the area make sure you don’t miss their stunning creations.

Featured seller: Peter and Kirsty

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Ceramicists Peter and Kirsty combine colours reminiscent of the 1950s to create a modern range of bowls, plates, tumblers and vases inspired by popular historic designs. The duo are part of a group of designer-makers with diverse backgrounds in ceramics, jewellery, photography and food. As well as hand building pieces individually, they use many other techniques from slip-casting to china painting.

Milk Bottle Vases – Gloss White by Peter and Kirsty

What do you make?
We handmake ceramic pieces with a clear focus on colour, texture and shape. We like our work to be beautiful to look at, tough and useful.

How did you get into your craft?
Having grown up in the ’70s helping parents and friends who were involved in pottery and the arts, we have a natural attraction to this work.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
We have both apprenticed as ceramic artisans and have fine arts training.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
It is hard to isolate a favourite tool or process because all of our tools are so amazing in their function and necessity. The simplest thing in the workshop can be your best friend, like water which is such an integral part of all clay and clay processes and must be acknowledged and kept at the perfect ratio in all stages of our work. But we do have a special place in our hearts for mineral colours and the needle tool.

What techniques do you use?
Our main techniques include hand building, modelling and casting. There are many more techniques we use in getting the exact desired result in surfacing and finishing.

Describe your creative process:
Every moment that we have our hands on a clay, and often in the middle of the night or when we are just looking around, we are thinking of how it forms and evolves and what’s next for us in design. We have “primordial swamps” of ideas in our heads which are constantly forming new concepts! We then spend months trialling new ideas and sometimes battling, sometimes embracing the constraints of the ceramic process.

What inspires you?
We are inspired by re-perceiving everyday objects, the simplicity and beauty of the works of Crown Lynn, the style and restraint of designs from Scandinavia and Japan and the earthy folk colours from central Europe.

Is there a philosophy behind your work? Quality.

Describe your workspace:
Our work space is cluttered but with a strict functional order. There are areas of ‘inspiration’ with found objects, interesting images and hundreds of colours and tools to chooss from. There is a room with greenware slowly drying that has an organised, still peace. Then there is the ‘muddy’ making area that is a kid’s dream for messy play.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
“There is something new to look at every time we come in here!”

What are you currently listening to?
We are currently listening to the National Programme, interspersed with Pete’s Lou Reed catalogue and Sonic Youth.

Recommend an album: Are you there? by Voom.

Your favourite childhood book?
Kirsty’s favourite childhood book was The Tiger Who Came to Tea. I love the art work especially the picture of the tiger drinking the tea from the teapot. Pete’s favourite was Tintin.

What are you reading now?
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Mr Nice by Howard Marks

Your hero/heroine:
Our heroes are the Greenpeace warriors and Dame Whina Cooper.

A favourite quote: Keep on truckin’!

Do you have any pets? We have hand reared bantam and wyandotte chickens.

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
Mud man, ha ha! I have a ceramic bowl collection by Andy Kingston. One has a cleverly painted figure of Darth Vader with a clay pot as a helmet saying… “Come to the Craft Side.”

What handmade items have you bought lately?
Ingrid Anderson tea towels, a screen print by Holly Roach and a Trixie Delicious plate.

Peter and Kirsty work on beautiful Waiheke, an inspirational island of artisans and craftspeople. You can meet them in person at the Grey Lynn Park Festival on Saturday 30 November, and check out a beautiful range of ceramic pieces created by Peter and Kirsty in their Felt shop.

One lucky Felt blog reader will also win this set of three of their striking and newly designed tumblers being generously given away by Peter and Kirsty. To be in to win the set, leave a comment below telling us what inspires you about their work and their story. The draw will be made on Friday 29 November and is open to New Zealand residents only.