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 ceramics are sculptural one offs with random folds of clay - sometimes with fabric impressions and quirky button feet. The spiral lilies are also individually formed in rolled porcelain and coloured with a luxurious glaze. 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 VanillaKiln.co.uk 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 concentration and a happy accident – for example, gravity making its mark creating folds in the clay. I like to be "in the zone" until the process is complete and hope that good feelings are evident in my work. 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.
Most of my ceramics are unique – they have been individually formed without using moulds. Other designs are more controlled and start their life in paper or card. 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 clay prototype.
I use different sculptural styles for the porcelain jewellery. The exquisite snowdrops are precise and realistic but the linen impressed pieces are more freeform and expressive. However all VanillaKiln jewellery is predominantly about craftsmanship and less about intrinsic value.
PORCELAIN AND THE CERAMIC PROCESS
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 ceramics are suitable for vegans. The porcelain I prefer is made in England and loved by sculptors because of its wonderful malleability and strength.
As mentioned earlier I make work in small batches and typically it takes 3 - 5 weeks to make enough work to fill the kiln. I work at home so porcelain work tends to gather on my dining room table and in the utility room waiting for a glaze or to be fired. My glazes are known as Cone 6 and they match the firing temperature of the porcelain. After glazing more drying time is needed then the work is fired at 1220ºC. A firing cycle takes about 21 hours. Then I photograph new pieces, create shop listings and take packed orders to the post office.
Oriel Mostyn Gallery Shop
12 Vaughan Street
Telephone 01492 879201
Open Tuesday - Sunday
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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
Since 2011: Craft fairs at The Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, Cheshire, Shropshire, Anglesey, North Wales and Wakefield.
Copyright and Designright Jude Winnall 2018.
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.