VanillaKiln hand made porcelain jewellery and ceramics by Jude Winnall. Very zen.

I live in Llandudno, North Wales and make porcelain jewellery and hand built ceramics which have been sold online at VanillaKiln since 2010. Popular items sell out quickly but will restocked as soon as possible.

I am inspired by spiritual themes and sculptural forms. My light, contemporary and elegant designs have been described as "very zen" and include candle & incense holders, reed diffusers, dove wall vases, love spoons and hand shaped soap dishes & bowls. 

I have an affinity with fabric and have made ceramics using linen, lace and ruched satin. These freeform ceramics have random folds of clay often with fabric impressions and quirky button feet. 

Techniques like paper cutting, folding, shaping and gluing can be applied to clay. The lily and hand collections started their life in paper and are formed from cardboard templates.

My jewellery collections have a similar sensitivity with exquisite porcelain elements and contrasting sculptural styles. The snowdrops and feathers are precise and realistic while the heart pendants are freeform and expressive. And the ruched collection is a response to modern geometric styles.

My innovative jewellery and ceramics have been featured in blogs – the most recent being the Etsy Spring/ Summer 2019 What’s Trending Now, Marketplace Insights.

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 porcelain clays but contains animal bones from unknown sources and, because I don't use it, VanillaKiln ceramics are suitable for vegans. The porcelain is an Irish recipe, made in Stoke on Trent, England and is loved by sculptors because of its wonderful malleability and strength. 

My work is usually produced in small batches every 3 – 5 weeks. Most pieces are unique and hand formed individually without using moulds. I use cone 6 glazes which are formulated to match the firing temperature of the porcelain and a firing cycle takes at least 21 hours where it reaches 1220 ºC. Opening the kiln is always exciting and the results can be unpredictable even when the designs have been tried and tested. 

WORK RECENTLY SOLD AT:

Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Conwy
Contemporary Ceramics Fair, The Hepworth, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Bodnant Gardens Craft Centre, Tal y Cafn, Conwy
Open Culture Art & Craft Markets, Liverpool Cathedral
Originals@ Art Fair, Chester Town Hall
Llangollen Pavilion Gallery and Tourist Information Gallery
Mold Theatre Gallery, North Wales
Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey
The Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Etsy Pop up Shop London
Folksy online marketplace

QUALIFICATIONS

City & Guilds Ceramics Certificate
BA Honours Degree, Manchester 

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