Announcement All handmade with a whole lot of love & little bit of quirky in Perth, Western Australia. More of me on facebook & instagram @ceramicsnippets
All handmade with a whole lot of love & little bit of quirky in Perth, Western Australia. More of me on facebook & instagram @ceramicsnippets
kate kent on Mar 22, 2017
This lovely moustache man was made out of love and care. Kate is an amazing ceramist who put alot of effort into him. I'm very lucky to have him he brightens up my day. Thank you for the lovely card received and it was packaged perfectly. Thanks again Kate.
Jenna Love on Oct 25, 2016
Thanks Kate, we love these so much! You can't help but feel happy looking at these hanging on our home. They remind me of all the good things people are doing out there in the world. They are extra special as we know the proceeds of this item are going out to people in need. Thanks Kate, speedy shipping! They are knotted perfectly so they hang the right side around first go!
ceramic snippets - the who, what, when, why and how of it!
When I moved back to Australia after living in London for a number of years, I decided that I had to something new to engage and enliven me, and that maybe, for the first time in a long time, I should embrace my artistic side.
I tried a few things which I enjoyed but nothing really clicked, until my brother coaxed me along to a sculpture course - I fell instantly in love with it. It made me feel so happy and creative, and my love for it seemed to come out in my work because people soon started asking if they could buy my pieces.
I was a bit shy about it all to begin with, but with some encouragement from some of my friends I started ‘ceramic snippets’ and things have been going strong so far. It’s been a real learning process, which I’ve loved, because I had felt for a while that I’d stopped learning things in my life.
I make small, quirky clay sculptures with a whimsical feel. Most pieces are critters, some with quite human elements and a lot seem to have a slight touch of melancholy! My style evolved very unconsciously, I guess it was lurking in there somewhere, waiting to be released in clay.
Sometimes I’ll get a vague idea and just try it out on the clay… even if my original doesn’t work it will sometimes lead me to something new and fantastic. I’m not a big planner or sketcher, I tend to just see where the clay takes me.
I get inspiration from all over the place; I’ve noticed that a few of my critters look a bit like my cat Lulu, so I guess inspiration starts at home! Others also share their ideas with me and I try and translate that into clay for them. I also go through phases where all of my creations will have moustaches, or be covered in a certain pattern.
Pottery is a pretty intense craft. It's messy, can be tricky and there's so much involved that's not actually crafting the work itself. Drying and firing the pieces require patience and technical know-how and I'm still learning new things about these processes everyday, which is equal parts exciting and daunting. Just remember that every piece you see in my shop has been in the kiln for a whopping 7.5 hours and reached over 1000 degrees centigrade - that still amazes me!
Even though I live in one of the most isolated capital city in the world, I feel like I am surrounded by a great number of talented, creative and inspiring peers. It's also exciting that with sites like etsy my work can have a worldwide audience! Please, wherever you are, whoever you are, stop by, say hi and feel free to follow my creative journey!
Owner, Maker, Designer
Kate lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband Dan, her dog Cleo and her cats Lulu and Queenie. She delights in making small, cute and whimsical things!
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Returns & exchanges
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- Items on sale
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Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders
All items are handmade from scratch and can be customised or personalised. Unique custom items that are not based on current stock can also be created to your specifications. Please drop me a line through Etsy convo or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss.
Gift wrapping and packaging
Items can be wrapped ready for gifting at no extra charge. Please just request when ordering.
Smaller items are available for wholesale, please email me to discuss pricing and volume (email@example.com).
All pieces are kiln fired to over 1000 degrees centigrade 2 or 3 times so they are fairly strong but should still be handled with care. Pieces finished with acrylic paint should be displayed indoors only. Clear glazed items are suitable for display indoors and outdoors. Details about indoor and outdoor suitability will be included in each listing, please purchase with these details in mind.