Millefiori Art Originals and Prints

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Announcement    Hi, I'm Ruth - an English artist specialising in 'millefiori'. This ancient technique creates beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns in glass and clay.

I'm also a member of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen; most of my original pieces are sold through their gallery.

To find out more about the process, visit

my website:
my instagram account:
my pinterest boards:
or my Facebook page:
OR email me. I'm at ruth [!at]


I'm sorry to say that I'm not sending orders to EU countries at present. The shipping situation is chaotic, and buyers are sometimes ending up with unexpected customs charges.

If you'd still like to place an order, please contact me and we can work out the best approach.


Last updated on 09 Jun, 2021

Hi, I'm Ruth - an English artist specialising in 'millefiori'. This ancient technique creates beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns in glass and clay.

I'm also a member of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen; most of my original pieces are sold through their gallery.

To find out more about the process, visit

my website:
my instagram account:
my pinterest boards:
or my Facebook page:
OR email me. I'm at ruth [!at]


I'm sorry to say that I'm not sending orders to EU countries at present. The shipping situation is chaotic, and buyers are sometimes ending up with unexpected customs charges.

If you'd still like to place an order, please contact me and we can work out the best approach.



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Ruth Winchester

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Ruth Winchester


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About DoodlePippin

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On Etsy since 2015

If true mastery comes after 10,000 hours practice, I must be there by now!

I’m an English artist specialising in the ancient art of “millefiori” - a fabulous technique that has been used to create beautiful patterns in glass and clay for at least fourteen hundred years.

I haven’t always made my living like this: I trained as a Zoologist, worked as a journalist on The Big Issue and BBC Wildlife, and spent ten happy and hectic years in London as a features editor of a national magazine, meeting various celebs and regularly burning the candle at both ends. (My claim to fame is that I once fell down the longest escalator in London!)

But I have always been drawn to clay, starting with modeling clays a child, then moving on to “proper” ceramics. During my time at Bristol University, I somehow ended up with the key to a pottery studio, and spent many happy late night sessions throwing pots and experimenting with glazes.

I rediscovered polymer clay in my 30s. It's a relatively modern medium with all the sculptural and tactile qualities of ceramic clay, but combined with jewel-like, infinitely blendable colours, and an ability to carry a pattern through a piece of clay like the words in a stick of rock (essential for millefiori).

Since then, I've been featured in the national press, and I'm happy to have my pieces in private collections all over the world. In 2016 I was accepted as a member of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen; many of my originals are sold in their gallery.

I do a lot of teaching across South East England, and I’m on the steering group of the London Polymer Clay Group and help run their bi-monthly Clay Days.

I’m still learning, of course. I'm particularly inspired by the rich designs of William Morris, with their gorgeous colours and nature-inspired patterns, and paintings such as those by Frida Kahlo, Georges Seurat and Johannes Vermeer.

But one of the joys of polymer work is the slightly serendipitous nature of it. Like so much of life, you never quite know what you’re going to end up with!

Shop members

  • Ruth Winchester

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I'm a scientist by training, a writer by profession, and now an artist and designer. As this "CV" would suggest, I ike to learn new things - which is handy, because millefiori is endlessly varied and there's always something new to learn!

  • Jude O'Connell

    Maker, Studio Manager, Woman Friday!

    Jude's latest incarnation (of many!) is the studio manager for DoodlePippin. She does a bit of everything, from making pieces, to packing and shipping, to photography, marketing and design consultancy!

  • Dave

    Dogsbody, Long Suffering Pal, Technical Support

    Dave's my husband, friend, critic, supporter and financial backer. (He's not thrilled about some of those roles!)

  • Woody

    Chewer, Barker, Digger

    Woody is my 8 year old labradoodle - huge, leggy, energetic and very friendly. He's got a bed under my desk and spends a fair amount of time asleep under there - at least when he's not roaming the garden, digging holes and herding chickens.

Production partners

  • Printful


    A fulfillment and shipping service for small online retailers.

  • Printful

    LA, CA

    Printful is a fulfilment, shipping and warehousing service for small online retailers.

  • Redbubble

    Melbourne, VIC

    Redbubble takes my original design and prints onto a variety of items, including some cushions and pillows, tote bags, phone cases and clothing.

Shop policies

Last updated on 28 July, 2021

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be 100% delighted with your purchase. So if for any reason you are not, please contact me.

Almost everything I sell is made by hand in my Reigate studio, and we are very careful with quality control. However with the best will in the world, the odd “wrong ‘un” may slip through the net.

PRINTS (eg tiles, trivets, mugs, placemats): These items are made to order. I do accept returns on made-to-order items BUT - unless there's a fault - I reserve the right to charge a 25% restocking fee. In other words, you'll get back 75% of the purchase price once I’ve received the undamaged item/s back safely. Shipping charges are non-refundable.

PLEASE READ THE LISTING THOROUGHLY and take note of the care instructions / useage guidelines before using your item. If you’re not completely happy, return your purchase to me for a refund.

Intense heat / flame / abrasives / chemical cleaners may harm decorative finishes. I can’t refund items that have been used, or installed, contrary to their intended use or stated limitations.

No responsibility will be taken for items used or installed contrary to guidelines.

COLOUR & DESIGN VARIATION is a natural part of the making process, particularly between batches. For instance, tiles bought at different times are very unlikely to be identical. Designs and colourways may change without notice.

DAMAGED ON ARRIVAL: Selling a lot of heavy, fragile items has taught me how to package things exceptionally well for shipping. However, breakages do still happen! So if a piece is damaged in the post, I will of course replace it or provide a refund.

ALL BREAKAGES must be reported within 3 working days of delivery (as recorded by the tracking number).

You will need to either return the damaged item to me, or to send me pictures of the problem in order to claim on my postal insurance. Contact me first and we can work it out.

SHIPPING CHARGES: Please note that your initial postage charges are non-refundable unless it's a result of my error. And if you’re returning a piece that isn't faulty, you're responsible for organising and paying for return postage.

I can’t refund items that go missing, or arrive back damaged. So please repackage the item in the same way it was sent, using the same packaging materials. And get proof of postage!

If it's a more expensive item, you might want to consider getting a tracked and signed service to make sure it gets back to me safely – I can only reimburse you when the piece is on my desk.

If you have items to return, please...

1. Contact me to let me know what's gone wrong.
2 Package items to be returned in the the same manner as they were shipped using the same appropriately protective layers.
3. Get proof of postage.

I will issue a refund as soon as the piece arrives but it may take several days for the refund to be processed.
I accept PayPal*, Direct Checkout and most major credit and debit cards.

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The small print....

If you buy an item, please pay within 48 hours of purchase. If I don't receive payment or a message from a buyer within 48 hours, I have to cancel the sale. If you are having payment problems please send me an email through Etsy - I'll be happy to help you trouble-shoot.

I am not responsible for any VAT, customs duty or import taxes that may be charged to you by the customs service within your own country. If this worries you, please check with your customs authority before making a purchase.
Shipping times - and costs - depend a bit on who is sending your item, and where from:

My handmade pieces and some printed items are made in my studio just outside London and will normally be made and posted within three working days. Occasionally if something I need to make your piece is not available at my supplier, it takes a bit longer. If this is the case I will let you know.

For some other items I use a company called Printful to do the printing for me. I design the item and they make and ship for me. Printful has locations in Europe and in the USA, and the time it takes and the shipping price will be determined by them - dispatch time is normally 5-7 days.

For orders from my Reigate base: Orders for delivery to UK addresses will usually be processed and dispatched within 2 working days. I generally use Royal Mail for postage and most orders will be with you within 7 days. Obviously Christmas, Easter and bank holidays are a bit more of a lottery! If I know there's a problem or a delay, I will contact you via email to let you know.

Overseas orders will take longer - sometimes much longer - and MAY be subject to customs and import duties that I know nothing about and am not responsible for. Please check with your local tax / import duty authorities if you are worried.

My postage and packing charges normally include tissue wrap, ribbon, and all other packaging and materials. Bracelets, earrings, pendants and other small items will be sent in a DoodlePippin gift box. Tableware and cutlery and other larger items will be gift wrapped and packaged securely but may not be in a gift box unless they're pictured in the listing.

Royal Mail postage includes insurance that is sufficient to cover most items should a parcel go missing or arrive damaged. However, if you are buying a more expensive item I would recommend paying for additional insurance... please contact me and I will get a quote.

Goods will be sent to the address given by you in your order, and I will wait for cleared payment in full before dispatch.
Additional policies and FAQs
Tile samples

I completely understand the need to see samples before buying tiles in any quantity - sadly, as all my tiles are handmade to order, it’s not possible to send out free samples.

However if you’d like to order samples for a project, you are very welcome to return any unused and undamaged tiles you don’t need.

I will happily refund the tile purchase price in full, but the initial postage and packing is non-refundable - and you’ll need to arrange for the tiles arrive back to me safely before I can refund you!
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewellery, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.

Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.

Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.

Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.

Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.

Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.

Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Ruth Winchester, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at Ruth [!at]

More information

Last updated on 03 Jul, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Bangle sizing advice

I use diameter in centimetres for bangle sizing. I consider a 6cm diameter bangle is a small-medium, a 6.5 is medium, and a 7 is large.

To work out what will fit:

1: Measure a well-fitting bangle you already own:

The measurement you're looking for is the internal diameter in centimetres. (This is a useful way of finding the right size for a gift for someone else!)

2. Measure your hand:

Pinch your fingers and thumb together to make your hand as small as possible. Wrap a piece of string snugly around the widest part (usually over or just below the first joint in your thumb) and then measure it. Or use a flexible tape measure. Measure the string or read the tape measure, and divide by 3.14 to get the approximate size.

Custom and personalised orders

I make many custom pieces and I'm happy to accept custom orders.

Contact me with an idea of what you'd like and we can discuss.

Please note: Custom orders usually take at least ten days to make and ship. If you need something sooner, please do ask...

Care instructions - polymer tableware

Most of my tableware and serving pieces are handmade polymer handles on stainless steel blades.

The stainless steel will scratch and mark if you're not careful / leave it knocking about in a drawer. This may bother you - or it may not!

The polymer handles are very tough. However, they're not indestructible - if you overheat them they will burn or melt, if you drop them on a hard surface they may bounce - or they may crack!

I strongly recommend handwashing your DoodlePippin pieces, drying with a tea towel and storing somewhere dry and protective.

However, if they end up in the dishwasher by accident after a raucous party when you're a bit, err, distracted, they should survive relatively unscathed - just don't make a habit of it!

Care instructions - ceramics

Most of my ceramic pieces (mugs, coasters, trivets and tiles) are heat printed with my designs.

Although the design is hard-wearing in normal use, and is microwave and dishwasher safe, it isn't as tough as a kiln-fired, glazed item.

That means that, if you take a wire scourer to the patterned surface, you will eventually damage it, either by scratching it, or by simply wearing it away.

The answer is to... errr.... NOT scrub away on any patterned surface!

Coasters and teapot stands / trivets should not be put in the dishwasher anyway because of the cork backing or rubber feet (whichever applies).

Wall mounted tiles like splashbacks are fine for normal bathroom and kitchen cleaning regimes.

Unwanted gifts...

I really want you to be delighted with your DoodlePippin piece, but I know how difficult it can be to buy the perfect gift!

If you've been given something you're not 100% delighted with, please do have a look and see if there's something else you'd prefer. I'm normally really happy to switch pieces. If you find something you'd like, let me know.

Worth bearing in mind that you'll be responsible for any difference in price as I don't issue partial refunds, and you'll have to pay for return postage of the 'returning piece' and for postage of the replacement.

If you can't find anything you'd prefer, I'm really happy to take unwanted pieces back, including original swing tags and packaging. Just contact me to let me know what's happening.

Do you supply wholesale?

As a solo designer-maker, my output of original pieces (things made directly from my polymer millefiori) is very limited, so I choose retail outlets carefully.

However much of my work is printed using my millefiori designs, and I'm very happy to make my range of reproducible items available for wholesale clients. Please ask for my wholesale catalogue.

I also license my original designs for use on other products.
Please contact me.

What’s the difference between “Original”, “Studio” and “Print” in your listings?

I make hundreds of unique clay designs every year, using polymer clay and the ancient glass working technique, millefiori.

Each of these designs is completely unique and they are impossible to recreate, so I use them in three different ways:

"DoodlePippin Original" pieces are handmade by me, in my studio, directly from the clay pattern or 'cane'. They are normally completely one-of-a-kind and non-reproducible so there will only be one or two ever made.

"DoodlePippin Studio" pieces are hand printed by me in my studio, often using blank items from trusted suppliers. They are usually reproductions of my original patterns.

"DoodlePippin Print" pieces use my original millefiori designs. Because I don't have the skills or equipment

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