Raku tortoise by Nathalie Hamill

Local seller

United Kingdom-based shop

You’re supporting a shop close to home with your purchase.

| 1,049 sales | 5 out of 5 stars

Raku tortoise by Nathalie Hamill



Low in stock

VAT included (where applicable), plus postage
Please select dimensions
Oi! You can't buy your own item.

Almost gone. There's only 2 left.

  • Handmade
  • Materials: copper oxide, turquoise glaze, clay

I try to make my tortoises look happy and they're often laughing. The Raku firing makes each of them unique and I am never sure exactly how they are going to come out.

I build my tortoises by hand with a white clay, which is quite gritty to survive the thermal shocks of the raku firing processes. I biscuit fire my work first in an electric kiln, then glaze the piece with a copper-based glaze for the turquoise parts. I then fire them in the raku kiln till about 1000C, before opening the kiln, the tortoises are then put in a steel box with saw dust. Since the box is fairly air tight, the combustion of the saw dust draws oxygen from the clay and produces the black colour in the cracks in the glaze, and in any unglazed parts, which is characteristic of Raku. The copper reduction process in the sawdust box generates an array of colours which are different every time.

The quoted price is for one tortoise only.


Estimated arrival

The estimated delivery date is based on your purchase date, the recipient's location, the seller's processing time and location, and the delivery carrier. Other factors — like placing an order on a weekend or a bank holiday — may end up pushing the arrival of your item beyond the estimated delivery date. It's our hope that your item gets where it's going as soon as possible, but given the factors involved, this is only an estimate.

Learn more

05-10 Mar.

27 Feb.

Order placed

After you place your order, CeramicsNHamill will take 3-5 business days to prepare it for dispatch.

03-05 Mar.

Order dispatches

CeramicsNHamill puts your order in the post.

05-10 Mar.


Estimated to arrive at your doorstep 05-10 Mar.!

Cost to deliver


Returns & exchanges


Exceptions may apply

There was a problem calculating your postage. Please try again.

Dispatches from United Kingdom


Owner of CeramicsNHamill

Message nathalie

This seller usually responds within a few hours.

Support this United Kingdom-based shop

You’re supporting a shop close to home with your purchase.

264 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Buyers are raving!

Multiple people gave 5-star reviews to this shop in the past 7 days.


Alison 07 Nov, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love my Raku house, it looks so nice when lit up 😍

Purchased item:

Kate Livock 09 Dec, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely adore the individuality of this tea light house. So many complimentary comments from friends who love its characterful appearance

Purchased item:

Boombands Em 25 Aug, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This little mini chicken is an absolute delight. I reached out to Nathalie to ask what minis she had left as I wanted to send a couple of chickens as a gift... Her response back was prompt, friendly, included pictures and couldn't have been more helpful. I ordered the chickens and they arrived SO fast. Brilliant. These little beauties are sweet, beautifully crafted and are generally just a chickeny delight. I could not have had a better transaction and my friend who received them was CHUFFED. Also, as well as being very well packaged, they came carefully housed in a little wool-knit pouch... BEYOND cute. Thank you Nathalie!!!

Purchased item:

joiejoiejoiejoie 28 Dec, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE the ladies! Now I have a little community! I especially love Daphne's headband and Beattie's bun and earrings! These little old ladies are truly unique and each is one of a kind with their own story! Thank you for the excellent packaging and fast shipping (even though I have had them for about a week, Etsy wouldn't let me post my review until today). Thank you again for your artistry and creativity!

Purchased item: