I really don’t know how these cute things keep finding me.
Minding my own business, I hear a little voice saying: “This has got your name written all over it.”
Investigating further, I see the piece that caught my eye was made by a UK artist. Again.
So much talent across the pond!
It’s time we had a good ceramics fix, and no one better to do just that than Katie Almond. You know me, I like charming and quirky.
Katie’s based in Rutland in the East Midlands. Rutland is the smallest historic county in England (18 miles N to S, 17 miles E to W). Tiny! It’s motto: “Much in Little.”
This sort of describes Katie’s work: she includes a lot of beautiful detail on each of her ceramic canvases, a blend of hand-painting + found vintage ephemera.
An honors graduate in Design Crafts from DeMontfort University in Leicester, she set up her studio in 2009 and has exhibited throughout the UK.
Favorite themes: Afternoon tea, the seaside, gardening and flowers, traditional blue and white pottery. See why I love her work? 🙂
Also, her decorative pieces are all unique one-offs, produced with a variety of slip-casting and hand-building techniques. The combination of her own drawings + transferred nostalgic imagery is a dynamite combination, like taking a fresh look at yesteryear.
Besides the applied handmade elements I love, like little hearts, birds, flowers, words, etc., you’ll find old bus tickets, news and magazine adverts, seed packets, and photographs on her porcelain jugs, cups, flower pots, teacups and saucers, teapots, cake stands, and brooches.
It’s like having a little story on each piece so artfully arranged.
Katie’s work has been featured in Period Living, Essential Living, and Homes & Antiques. Among the awards she’s received are the 2012 Homes & Antiques Magazine Award and Best New Business Award sponsored by Made by Hand online.
And don’t you just love how she also decorates the inside of her jugs and cups? 🙂
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