Inspired • Spiritual • Sculptural

Welcome to VanillaKiln where you can buy porcelain jewellery and ceramics from me, Jude Winnall. I produce work in small batches from my home studio in Llandudno, North Wales. It has been described as "very zen" and includes spiral lily, peace dove, feather and hand themes which are contemporary, light and elegant. The freeform collection are sculptural one offs with random folds of clay - sometimes with fabric impressions and added button feet. The spiral collection are also individually formed in rolled porcelain and coloured with gorgeous glazes. The jewellery has a similar sensitivity with exquisite porcelain and on trend elements.  All of the evolving collections can be previewed on Instagram and here on the website.

I have an affinity with beautiful fabrics (after years of dressmaking) and this inspired the linen and lace collections. Other ceramics draw upon my design background or are inspired by forms found in nature – living in beautiful North Wales is a rich source of visual material.

Some of my work has been created by engaging with the clay on a spiritual level where intervention and serendipity is in careful balance. A perfect form is likely to be the result of both concentration and a happy accident – for example, gravity making its mark. During the making process I like to be free of outside disturbances, internal worries and anxieties (if only for a few hours) until the process is complete. I hope that good vibes are evident in the work I create. I also offer ceramics that have a spiritual function or message. For example, candle holders used for prayer and rituals, offering bowls, feather jewellery to remind us of loved ones, or a simple soap dish making those daily routines more pleasing.

A lot of the ceramics are completely unique and made without using moulds. The sculptural freeform collection has random folds of clay - sometimes impressed with fabric textures and added quirky button feet. Other designs are more controlled and start their life in paper. Techniques like cutting, folding, shaping and gluing can be applied to clay. So a new idea is often developed in paper first, and if viable, will be progressed into a hand built clay prototype. I utilise many different modelling styles for the porcelain components of the jewellery. The exquisite snowdrops are precise and realistic but the linen impressed pieces are more freeform and expressive. Jewellery aesthetics are predominantly about craftsmanship and less about intrinsic value.

Originally from China, porcelain is now manufactured by hundreds of companies around the world. Porcelain is well known for its white, translucent quality and is the main component of parian porcelain, china, fine china, English china and bone china. Bone china is whiter than most clays but contains animal bones from unknown sources and, because I don't use it, my porcelain is suitable for vegans. It is made in England and loved by sculptors because of its wonderful malleability. 
When clay is prepared to the right consistency it can be impressed with textures, draped like fabric, ruffled like lace and curved like card. When it is leather hard it can be assembled, carved and refined. Work needs to dry out completely for a week or so before it can be glazed. I fire everything in my kiln at 1220ºC to achieve vitrification.

Oriel Mostyn Gallery Shop
12 Vaughan Street
LL30 1AB
Telephone 01492 879201
Open Tuesday - Sunday
10:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Free entry


1977 Graduated with an upper BA honours degree in graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic
1988 - 1990 Studying clay sculpture, Mary Ward Centre, Russel Square, London. Tutor: Abigail Downer
1993 Carving sculptural forms, Battersea College, London 
1996 Figurative clay modelling from life, Elmers End Art Centre, Bromley. Tutor: Kate Denton 
1997 Modelling a portrait in clay from life, Elmers End Art Centre, Bromley. Tutor: Caroline Mayow 
2001 - 2004 City & Guilds Ceramics Course, Part 1. Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea
2005 Lifelong Learning class: Portrait & figurative sculpture, Reichel Studio, Bangor University. Tutor: Marged Pendrel 
2006 Lifelong Learning class: Portrait & figurative sculpture, Reichel Studio, Bangor University. Tutor: Marged Pendrel
2010 Silver Clay Jewellery Course, West Cheshire College, Chester
2010 Registered with Edinburgh Hallmark Assay Office
2011 Opened VanillaKiln online shop
Craft fairs since 2011: The Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, Cheshire, Shropshire, Anglesey, North Wales and Wakefield.

Jude Winnall is a member of and supports the work of ACID (Anti Copying in Design). All the intellectual property rights in the designs and products (including the images, text, packaging and marketing material) are and will remain the property of Jude Winnall. Any infringements will be taken seriously

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