beautyoflittlethings

Rustic Chic Handmade Ceramics & Jewellery

65 Sales

beautyoflittlethings

Rustic Chic Handmade Ceramics & Jewellery

65 Sales On Etsy since 2008

0 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   I have now finished setting up my new garden workshop/studio/gallery in Kent, England. All my wares are designed & handmade by me.

For further information, please take a look at my about page:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/beautyoflittlethings/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

Also please visit my website:
www.beautyoflittlethings.com

*** Please note that due to fluctuating currency conversion, the price of the items and postage change from time to time. The shipping charge is based on Royal Mail Insured 1st class Signed For (Airsure or Signed For outside UK) unless otherwise stated.

Announcement

I have now finished setting up my new garden workshop/studio/gallery in Kent, England. All my wares are designed & handmade by me.

For further information, please take a look at my about page:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/beautyoflittlethings/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

Also please visit my website:
www.beautyoflittlethings.com

*** Please note that due to fluctuating currency conversion, the price of the items and postage change from time to time. The shipping charge is based on Royal Mail Insured 1st class Signed For (Airsure or Signed For outside UK) unless otherwise stated.

Shizuka Maruta

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Shizuka Maruta

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Kohla Dc

Kohla Dc on Apr 8, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

The rustic chic collection never ceases to amaze me! absolutely gorgeous pieces :)

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About

Shadow seeing through light, cloud hunting a cup of coffee. Beauty of little things.

Sitting in my garden studio adjacent to my workshop, I am in a surreal world of ordinary beauty. It feels like both inside and outside, as if I was simultaneously at the bottom of the sea or in the heart of a great wood. Making a cup of tea, writing down thoughts and sketching ideas, pictures and words, handling and looking at raw materials, clay and tools before starting to make with my hands, all these activities are sacred.

The shop started with my project "The Automatic Crystal", a poignant love poem by Aimé Césaire, which I became possessed by in 2007. Having made a great many porcelain peanuts for an installation work, I started to make peanut jewellery followed by other wearable objects made of porcelain, metal and bicycle inner tubes. The works created from this project are more idiosyncratic & eccentric in nature than my more recent developments.

I have been searching for universal beauty, over the years and I have been attracted to simple materials and colours which accentuate the essence of form through light and shadow. Having come from Japan, I have always been aware of wabi-sabi and I feel that the beauty I am attracted to is essential to nature. Having lived in England and encountered European art closely, I can see that the attraction to rustic beauty is mutual to both cultures as people appreciate vintage objects that have been weathered by usage and natural passage of time.

I came up with “beauty of little things” as my shop title because it sums up where my inspiration comes from. I’m drawn to simple beautiful things in life that make me stop and appreciate my smallness within Existence. Chipped old coffee bowl, wonky handmade chair, bashed piece of metal found on the footpath, clover growing out of the cracked paving stones….

As I create things intuitively through the process itself, I can only understand where my inspiration has come from by looking back at what I have made. I work from nature and also from pre-existing forms of human archetypical objects, shapes and ideas.

For me the sacred world is nature and it is perfect. Yet as a human I also absurdly live in a world of imperfection. Nature sees humans as a perfect part of itself and yet humans see nature as imperfect, which produces the pathos of the human condition. It seems that when my work succeeds for me there is a unity between the perfection of nature and the awkwardness of the human world.

In my rustic chic collection for example, the clay is textured in a mould of encapsulated foliage, then delicately built by hand so that each piece can be reproduced but has it’s own character, unique to the moment of creation. I have used terracotta clay and high fired it to the point of warping and burning. The pieces are then dipped in pure white tin glaze. It is thought that tin glaze was first developed in Mesopotamia over a thousand years ago in an attempt to imitate Chinese porcelain and travelled eventually to Spain and Italy, where the first pieces date back to the early 1300's.

I now make everything in small quantities with great care taken over each individual piece. Although there is great demand to rush to meet the accelarated desire of modern society, increasingly I am seeking an effortless harmony between my work and my daily life in the belief that this will bring greater sincerity in my objects.

2015 / Kent / England

Shop members

  • Shizuka Maruta

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I design & make decorative and functional ceramic objects in my garden workshop in Kent, England. My life & work is day by day becoming one, surrounded by the beauty of little things. Budding trees and bird songs.

  • Borovski

    Model, Quality Control, Resercher

    Borovski is a cat. He appears wherever any kind of food is present. We say ANY.

  • Pamplemousse

    Model, PA, Masseuse

    Pamplemousse is a cat. She apears in front of or on top of whatever I'm doing. She challenges my motivation.

  • Fatty Sakamoto

    Night Watchman

    Fatty is a cat. He's an intern. He is new to our company and is still learning the trade. He is quite good at watching for any intruders that might break in while we rest at night.

  • Tom

    Assistant, Chaufeur, Sponsor

    Tom is a person. He is a long suffering faithful assistant. Mainly he puts up my shelves on his day off.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 29, 2015
Thanks for visiting my shop. All my pieces are handmade in my garden studio/workshop in Kent, England. Please feel free to ask any questions.
More info:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/beautyoflittlethings/about?ref=shopinfo_about_leftnav

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Payment
I now accept major credit cards alongside PayPal.
Shipping
All the goods are posted within 5 working days of receiving the payment. If they are custom made I will let you know the estimate shipping time when you place an order.

For customers outside United Kingdom, the shipping charge is based on priority & traceable Royal Mail airmail service where possible from the UK. For UK customers, the shipping is based on 1st Class Signed For unless you prefer a different method.
Refunds and Exchanges
I really hope you will be happy with your purchase but if, for any reasons, you decided that it was not suitable, please let me know within 5 days of receiving I will see what I can do. Normally you will need to send it back at your expense within 14 days from your communication with me and a full refund (minus the shipping charge) will be made as soon as I receive the item back.
Additional policies and FAQs
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