KarenTurnerCeramics

Beautiful Handmade Ceramics

Northampton, United Kingdom · 1092 Sales

KarenTurnerCeramics

Beautiful Handmade Ceramics

Northampton, United Kingdom 1092 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(784)

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2016

I am taking a bit of a break from Etsyland....will be back soon

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(784)
Anne Griffiths

Anne Griffiths on Apr 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are so pretty and were posted very quickly.

Anne Griffiths

Anne Griffiths on Apr 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love these pretty buttons. Have sewn them onto a cardi and they look fab. Will be buying more from Karen

primesautier

primesautier on Mar 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived in perfect condition, beautifully and securely packaged, trimmed with a lovely floral button. The tile is at least as pretty as its photos, and communication with Karen, as usual, was top-notch! I'm delighted: thank you very much, Karen.

sue scott

sue scott on Jun 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely little button thank-you! s

sue scott

sue scott on Jun 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This was a nice squarish button with a slightly upturned corner. Thank-you Karen for the beautiful button you tied to the package . It was stunning and much nicer than the one I actually purchased!! I would love to see more of these beauties on your site!

sue scott

sue scott on Jun 15, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived very quickly and such a delight to open. Adorable buttons!!

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About

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It may seem strange that I do not knit or sew but love making buttons! I have been making ceramic buttons for about 6 years now and my designs have developed over that time and will continue to do so as I experiment with new ideas and techniques. I have to be completely honest and say that I do not think about the practicality of them when I am in the throws of making them....I purely think about the overall appearance and the feeling that I want to get across. At first I only used texture and colour to convey what I wanted but now I incorporate images, text and sometimes real lace or threads. The use of different clays can change the way a piece appears, not just aesthetically but also how a person reacts to it...the texture, the weight, the luminosity etc. I purposely want some buttons to look fragile and delicate and others to appear old, used or loved so the choice of clay can be important.
My inspiration for making buttons came whilst I was doing my design craft degree as although the degree involved textiles, metals and ceramics it was working with clay that I enjoyed the most. I often made little sample tiles to experiment with texture and then one day I had the flash of inspiration to make them into usable pieces....buttons! I can remember going into a small gallery one day and seeing a dish full of porcelain heart buttons and thinking how pretty they looked but was disappointed that they all looked the same, almost mass produced; so decided I was going make a collection of one off buttons using different types of clay and various pieces of vintage lace to add texture. I was hooked and have loved making my little works of art ever since. My most popular designs are those using my own sketches which is very satisfying but I also enjoy incorporating lots of vintage imagery as I have a thing for nostalgia and romance! My favourite design changes all the time as I try and make each one that little bit different. I still get excited when I open the kiln after the final firing as I never know exactly what each piece is going to look like until that moment.

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  • Karen Turner

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I am a designer/maker based in South Northamptonshire, Uk. I have a BA ( hons) Design Craft Degree and specialize in handmade decorative ceramics, mixed media artwork and unique, one of a kind buttons.

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Last updated on May 16, 2015
I am self representing artist and completed a design crafts degree in 2010. My artwork is produced at my home here in Northamptonshire. I take pride in what I create and like to give good customer service, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or problems regarding an item. Many Thanks

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I do not include a written invoice in with the order when it is shipped but if you should require one then please let me know. If you order an item but decide to cancel then I would be grateful if you could let me know so that I can relist and claim back my fees. Many thanks.
Shipping
All items will be shipped as soon as possible after receipt of payment. I usually ship either the same day or next business day.
I try to keep my shipping costs as low as possible for you the customer and they also include postage and packaging. Most of my ceramic pieces/dishes are gift boxed and then packed in an outer shipping box.
The shipping price quoted for each item is with me using Royal mail, normal post, ( first class airmail for international shipping) which does not include tracking. If you wish for an item to have a tracking code and extra insurance then please contact me before purchase so that I can amend the shipping costs.

** Please note that you are responsible for any custom charges in your own country **

From my experience so far, Shipping to America usually takes about a week.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not insure my items when shipped unless otherwise requested before purchase . I do however always obtain proof of postage. If an item does not arrive within a reasonable time then please let me know. If you are ever unhappy with your purchase please contact me and I will find a way to set things right whether through an exchange or refund. However, shipping costs are non refundable.
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I am happy to do commissions, custom orders, wholesale orders or reserve an item if required.