Let my hand reach past the obvious.

London, United Kingdom · 1611 Sales


Let my hand reach past the obvious.

London, United Kingdom 1611 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Note from shop owner Thanks for visiting my shop. I have changed the way I work and am now working in different media, exploring ideas and making one off pieces. If you want to see my new work, visit

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 2, 2018

Thanks for visiting my shop. I have changed the way I work and am now working in different media, exploring ideas and making one off pieces. If you want to see my new work, visit

Jo Heckett

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Jo Heckett


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The beauty of living with porcelain. Designs to keep, not throw away. For Christmas, weddings, and special occasions.

I studied Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics at Brighton University, but didn’t work in craft for a while after graduating. I got a studio once my children were old enough and gradually found I was spending more and more time there until eventually I realised it had better be my job. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I work in a shared studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn along with my studio manager Kim. It’s a great part of London – full of history and atmosphere, and a friendly and supportive environment. The chances are when I leave work I’ll be in a better mood than when I arrived!

If you were a fly on the wall at our studio, you would be forgiven for thinking you were at a bakery! We use similar techniques to making biscuits – rolling out the finest porcelain clay into slabs and then using a selection of cookie cutters and templates to cut out a variety of shapes. These are then stamped with a rich array of textures using our vintage stamps and found objects, before being fired in one of our kilns. They are then glazed in our soft glossy colours to create a lovely mix’n’match batch of goodies. Our Christmas beauties are then handpainted with lusters containing real gold and platinum for a lush, timeless finish and fired for a third time.

In fact, in our studio it's Christmas all year round as we are constantly developing new ideas, designs and planning our holiday season.

Our products are quirky and fun but beautiful quality. We are conscious of ecological issues with throwaway design, so we try to design gifts that have emotional value without being sentimental. Most of our products fit in the palm of your hand, and a lot of what we do is personalised and made to order.

We do every job in the business ourselves, from taking photos to PR, marketing, design and making, and we love every aspect.

We want our customers to enjoy the whole experience of shopping with us, and will always do our utmost to make each transaction relaxed and pleasurable from start to finish!

As well as our off the peg products, we specialise in wedding favours, Christmas decorations, corporate gifts and large and small commissions.

Shop members

  • Jo Heckett

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    Owner at Jo Heckett ceramics. Trained: Chelsea School of Art, Brighton University (BA Hons, Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics). Set up: 2002. Ceramic, mosaic, business development & branding teacher. Also keen on baking, growing & eating food.

  • Kim Anh Chiem

    Studio Manager, Designer, Maker

    Studio Manager at Jo Heckett Ceramics. Trained: Middlesex University. Kim also has her own etsy shop selling food-inspired porcelain jewellery and mini pots ( Bakes amazing cupcakes.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 10, 2016
I work in porcelain and really like to make quirky gifts and items for special occasions, using the material in a surprising way. I stamp the surface using a mixture of found objects, new and vintage stamps. Porcelain has a unique quality, taking impressions better than any other clay, and with a shows colour better too.

'I'm lucky enough to have a job I love. I aim to make gifts that really mean something. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of knowing someone’s bought something that I’ve made that they really love, whether it’s for themselves or a gift. You can’t beat that.'

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Terms and Conditions

Handmade Items Vary:
All items are handmade so colours, shapes, fonts, surface texture and size will vary from those shown and from batch to batch. We take every care to ensure that the descriptions and specifications of our products are correct, however we reserve the right to alter designs without consultation where we deem such alterations an improvement in form or function. Colours, shapes, fonts, surface texture and size for boxed sets may vary in sequence to those shown. Wording, however will stay the same.

We hope you will love your porcelain goodies, but offer a full refund for items returned within 14 days from date of purchase, for whatever reason, provided they are returned in accordance with any instructions and in perfect condition, complete with any packaging. Please also include any reasons or comments as we take customer satisfaction very seriously, and will always listen to your suggestions.

We can only refund or replace items that arrive to us intact, barring any faults, so please send goods by recorded or Special Delivery and obtain a receipt for postage. Until the returns are received by us they are the responsibility of the customer. We cannot accept liability for goods lost or damaged in transit while being returned to us.

Unfortunately we are unable to refund the return postage except in the case of faulty goods, nor the cost of original post and packaging for unwanted items. I does however offer free post and packaging for all exchange items.

If goods are faulty or incorrect we will refund the delivery costs as well as the cost of your purchase and your return postage.
Payment by PayPal, debit or credit card or Etsy gift card.

We will dispatch your order within 3 working days of ordering, except for bespoke or personalised items which will take up to 2 weeks. We will try to make your personalised goods as quickly as we can and often can work to deadline, so please contact us if you need your order more quickly.

Personalised or bespoke items take longer because of the ceramics making and firing processes - up to two weeks (although if you are in a hurry we can often do it more quickly, so let us know). If you would like express delivery (at additional cost) please convo us first to arrange it.

Delivery Outside The UK:
Delivery to countries other than the UK may incur duties on entry to the country. Please be aware that any duties must be paid by the recipient and are in addition to stated shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale Orders:
We supply wholesale and trade orders above a certain value. Please email us if you are interested in this option.

On-screen Colour Reproduction
While we endeavor to accurately reproduce colours in my web images, they may vary from those of our products, as screens and software vary in their depiction of on-screen colour.