Unique handcrafted ceramics and illustration

Bristol, England | 121 Sales


Unique handcrafted ceramics and illustration

Bristol, England 121 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (31)
Pipistrelle Design

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Pipistrelle Design


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What's Pipistrelle all about then?

I am a Bristol based Welsh designer maker of unique and decorative but functional ceramic homeware and one of a kind porcelain jewellery. I also create patterned ink drawings with watercolour that I sell as limited edition prints. I love to combine these two disciplines by printing my illustrations on decal paper and hand applying them to ceramic forms.

I work from my Bristol home (when my cat hasn't claimed the surface areas!) and at the fantastic Maze Studios Pottery in Bristol. I have a fine art background with a specialism in printmaking, but find I can express my love of all things weird and wonderful in nature better through illustration and ceramics.

I re-kindled my love of playing with clay by attending classes at Maze Studios in Bristol and 5 years later I'm still hooked! I enjoy using clay as it's so tactile with infinite possibilities, there's always something new to learn! I make most of my work from porcelain as I love the creamy glassy texture of it once it's fired. I use traditional pottery techniques such as hand building, sculpting and throwing on the potters wheel to create decorative and functional artworks, and finish using a variety of glazes, oxides and lustres.

Inspired by natural history illustration and museum collections, as well as ornate and decorative artwork such as Indian miniature painting, I draw the creatures in nature that fascinate me. Often focusing on underwater life, I create intricate and realistic but highly patterned and stylized pen and watercolour illustrations, sometimes with a fantastical edge!

And why you ask, am I called Pipistrelle? No it's not my real name, it's actually a family nickname! Due to my miniature stature, I have become Pipistrelle from the tiny Pipistrelle bat!

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed making it!

Please get in touch for enquiries about customised pieces, commissions and illustrative design work.

Shop members

  • Pipistrelle

    Owner, Designer

    I am a maker of patterned illustrations and ceramic entities to wear or to use or just to gaze at, inspired by nature's most weird and wonderful. I draw the creatures that fascinate me and create functional illustrative or sculptural ceramic forms.

Shop policies

Last updated on 15 December, 2016
Thank you for your interest in my work! If you buy an original artwork by Pipistrelle you are investing not just in unique and handcrafted art, but also in hours of development, experiments, sketching and learning, and you can be proud as you are supporting the local UK artisan industry.

I hope you enjoy your item as much as I enjoyed handcrafting it!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Be aware that each monitor has different settings so colours might differ slightly.
Please contact me if you have any problems or issues with your item and I will do what I can to resolve.
The following items are non-refundable: customised, commissioned and made to order pieces.
Paypal and major credit cards
All items will be posted 3-5 days from the day of purchase apart from custom or commissioned pieces.
All items are packed carefully with love (and lots of bubble wrap) to ensure a safe delivery. Prints are posted in sturdy card tubes. Flat packing of prints can be arranged by request although will incur an additional charge.
Items are packed with recycled packing & shipping supplies where possible.
Additional policies and FAQs
All shop content, including written material, images, artwork and designs are the intellectual property of Pipistrelle Design and Rhian Jarman. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
All artwork is © Copyright Pipistrelle Design and Rhian Jarman.

If you have a request for a customised piece or commission please do get in touch and I'll see what I can do to accommodate.

More information

Last updated on 08 Mar, 2017
Seller details
Rhian Jarman
Maze Studios, Unit 23
Barton Hill Trading Estate, Maze Street
BRISTOL, Bristol BS5 9TQ
United Kingdom