NicolaBriggsCeramics

Handmade Contemporary Ceramics

Manchester, United Kingdom · 19 Sales

Announcement   👀*** New pieces now added to my Etsy shop !!! ***👀

Hello and welcome to my shop full of beautiful contemporary ceramics, designed and handmade with love by myself.

I also love to make special custom orders tailored to your requirements, please get in touch to discuss this further.

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Announcement

Last updated on Apr 26, 2018

👀*** New pieces now added to my Etsy shop !!! ***👀

Hello and welcome to my shop full of beautiful contemporary ceramics, designed and handmade with love by myself.

I also love to make special custom orders tailored to your requirements, please get in touch to discuss this further.

*** Favourite my shop to be notified when new pieces are added ! ***

Nicola Briggs

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Updates

New pieces will be added to my shop this week !
#Etsymakersmarket
It's happening tonight from 8pm until 10pm Sunday.
10% discount code revealed tonight
Lots of fabulous artisans taking part and this is one of the new pieces in my shop.
Check it out for your Mother's Day Gifts and much more !!!
I will be selling at this fantastic #EtsyMCR #EtsyMadeLocal Xmas fair on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December.
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About

I design and make contemporary ceramics out of porcelain clay which is high-fired to 1250 degrees in my kiln after glazing.Each piece is fired up to 3 times

I graduated from Staffordshire University in 1998 with a BA:Hons Design: Ceramics and set up my first studio with the help of The Prince's Trust. I have taken part in many craft fairs, exhibitions and shows such as The Country Style Festive Fair at the NEC in Birmingham.

Two years ago I returned to my passion of making ceramics after the youngest of my three children started school. I have a new garden studio and i'm so happy to be able to create in clay again !

Inspiration for my work comes from family walks and days out with our dog, Buddy.
I love collecting feathers, shells, pebbles,driftwood, leaves and pine cones to use as inspiration for my work.

Photographs of the landscape and sunsets all feature heavily in my sketchbook designs. The ever-changing light in my sunset photos is the influence behind the muted colour palette that I love so much!

I like to hand-build my ceramics, this is a process where the clay can be rolled out or manipulated to create textures and then the form of the piece takes shape.
Sometimes I make and use plaster moulds to help shape the piece. Textures are created in the work from either pushing collected objects into the clay and layering coloured slips and underglazes into the pieces. The surfaces are reworked with multiples layers and can be scraped back until the desired effect is achieved.
Each piece can be fired up to three times ;biscuit, glaze and lustre firings the hottest of which is up to 1250 degrees !

I love the Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, which is that there is beauty in the imperfect.
My work is ‘perfectly imperfect’ and quite organic and there may be marks and differences as a result of individually handcrafting each piece.
Although pieces could be on a similar theme, no two pieces are ever identical. All sizes are approximate due to the handcrafted process of making.

I also make commissions, if you would like a special piece personalised or in a different colour, then please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

Shop members

  • Nicola

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Happily working away in my garden studio. Occasionally have 'days off ' to research new galleries and stockists for my work.

  • Buster

    Assistant

    Chief Cuddle-giver and Decider of Break and Dinner Times !

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