Inspired Spiritual Sculptural

Welcome to VanillaKiln where you can buy porcelain jewellery and ceramics from me, Jude Winnall. Popular items sell out quickly but will restocked as soon as possible. 

VanillaKiln ceramics include peace, spiritual and freeform themes and have been described as “very zen” because the collections include candle and incense holders, feather and heart pendants, peace doves, love spoons and offering hand bowls. These light, contemporary and elegant ceramics fit in with modern interiors. 

The freeform ceramics are sculptural one offs with random folds of clay - sometimes with fabric impressions and quirky button feet. I have an affinity with beautiful fabrics (after years of dressmaking) and this inspired the linen, lace and ruched collections. 

Other designs draw upon my graphics background or started 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. The lily and hand collections evolved this way.

The 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. Etsy recently featured Collected No9 necklace in a trend setting jewellery blog and the latest ruched collection is also a response to modern geometric styles.

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, my ceramics are suitable for vegans. The porcelain I prefer 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 fired designs are tried and tested. Sometimes there may be small areas of rough or sharp edges on the fired ceramics so the final step in the process is filing these down so everything feels wonderful to handle.

BACKGROUND
I live in Llandudno, North Wales. I graduated at Manchester Polytechnic in the 80's, lived and worked in London for 20 years and have studied figurative sculpture and ceramics part time at several colleges. 

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

BIO
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.

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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.

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