Last Christmas, we filled the Gallery with an extended range of Christmas gifts from our Shop, including furniture from local furniture school Rycotewood. This year, we wanted to expand on last year's exhibition, showing more work from designer-makers with a real focus on their making process. We wanted to show you not only some beautifully designed handmade products, but to explain what makes them unique and different from gifts you could pick up from any high street store.
So, to introduce our first exhibitor...
Kina Gorska is the lady behind contemporary ceramics brand, Kina Ceramic Design. Kina is based in Yarnton, a small village just north of Oxford, where she creates a range of quirky and modern tableware and home accessories with her partner Darek. Kina's designs aim to bring an element of the unusual to everyday objects, making something useful and practical but with a fun twist.
Kina works in porcelain, which is what gives her pieces such a clean, crisp finish. To create a piece, she firstly forms a clay model from her initial sketches to give a 3D form. This model is then recreated in plaster, which then provides the template for the plaster mould. Liquid porcelain is then poured into this mould before being left to dry. Once dry, the porcelain goes through three firings to harden it and to fix any decoration that has been applied.