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Jan 11, 2016

by Kina Gorska

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Hello! My name is Kina Gorska, and I live in Oxford, England. Together with my partner Darek, I run a small ceramics studio, where I design and produce a line of home goods called Kina Ceramic Design.

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As a kid, I spent a lot of time doing creative activities — painting, making collages, learning embroidery, and making clothing for my dolls. I had my first experience with clay when I was six, while staying with my grandparents in Poland’s Mazury Lake District. My dad discovered a small clay deposit near our cottage, and along with my sister and brother, we started making simple figurines and dishes. With time, I developed a more conscious interest in creative activities, and I went on to study Ceramic Design at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland.

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During my third year at the Academy, I went for a student apprenticeship in a porcelain factory in Ćmielów, Poland, and the experience absolutely changed my approach to creating ceramics. Porcelain clicked with me immediately, and I understood that — unlike any other material I had used before — it completed my aesthetic and added grace and elegance to my work. And the knowledge of industrial production I gained there, watching the factory technicians at work, was priceless.

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After graduation, I opened a studio and gallery in Wroclaw with two of my colleagues, but I was away from the studio often, traveling between Poland and Scotland to visit my partner. Around the same time, I discovered Etsy; during my absences from the studio, I was able to focus on reading and watching Etsy tutorials, taking photos of my projects, and gradually creating Kina Ceramic Design shop. After a few months, it paid off — my work started selling. Eventually, it became too difficult to combine traveling and working in the studio, so together with my partner, we decided to move to Oxford. There, we found a beautiful space with a garden and apple trees, and set up a new ceramics studio from scratch.

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Each of my projects has a different story behind it, and it is very important to me that my designs engage and create emotion. Over the last couple of years, I have been inspired by natural processes like deformation, melting, or dripping, which I try to recreate or reflect on in my designs. As a maker, my intention is to create a perfect cup or mug, free of faults; however, bone china porcelain has a natural tendency to deformation. My Alice Tea Set was inspired by this observation — I thought, if this is something natural to porcelain, why should I reject it? So I designed a classic tea set with distorted and deformed surfaces and rims decorated with gold that “accidentally” drips down the side.

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When I’m designing, sketches always come first. Sometimes a drawing for an idea will stay in a sketchbook for years before I decide to create it. Once I’m ready to begin, I make more sketches for different variations of the object. Then I make a clay model to give the idea its initial physical presence. The second model is made in plaster and is much more precise; sometimes there’s a need to make another one in silicone. Those models are the most precious items in my studio, as they are basis for my plaster molds.

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The complexity of the shape of a design determines the number of plaster mould parts I’ll need; the most complicated mold I’ve made — for the handle of my Braided Mug — consists of seven parts. Once I’ve completed the plaster molds, I can begin the slip-casting process, pouring in layers of silky, liquid bone china porcelain. When the porcelain reaches the desired thickness, approximately 2-3mm, I empty the mold; what remains inside is the shape of my creation. When the object is completely dry, I start retouching and polishing it, perhaps painting it with gold or platinum or adding ceramic transfers that I’ve designed myself. After three firings, all of the designs are permanently fixed in place.

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At the moment, I am involved with every stage of my production process. In the future, I would like to focus more on designing new products and making prototypes. I would also like my projects to be recognizable — and, one day, become a part of the history of design.

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Black Handmade Cup Decorated with Gold, Luxury Espresso Cup, Minimalist Teacup for Him
Black Handmade Cup Decorated with Gold, Luxury Espresso Cup, Minimalist Teacup for Him
KinaCeramics
$47.99 USD
Funny Mug with Fingers, Coffee Mug with Fingers, Big Ceramic Mug, Quirky Mug, Finger Mug
Funny Mug with Fingers, Coffee Mug with Fingers, Big Ceramic Mug, Quirky Mug, Finger Mug
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Black and Gold Candle Holder Set, Modern Ceramic Candlesticks, Dripping Gold Candleholders, Halloween Decor
Black and Gold Candle Holder Set, Modern Ceramic Candlesticks, Dripping Gold Candleholders, Halloween Decor
KinaCeramics
$38.99 USD
Black Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Black Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
Black Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Black Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Porcelain Teacup with Gold or Platinum Drips, Quirky Teacup
Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Porcelain Teacup with Gold or Platinum Drips, Quirky Teacup
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Personalized Plate, White Porcelain Plate, Speech Bubble Plate, Customized Plate
Personalized Plate, White Porcelain Plate, Speech Bubble Plate, Customized Plate
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Porcelain Candleholder with Winter Twig, Minimalist Coffee Cup, Ceramic Espresso Cup, Porcelain Candleholder
Porcelain Candleholder with Winter Twig, Minimalist Coffee Cup, Ceramic Espresso Cup, Porcelain Candleholder
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Quirky Sugar Bowl, Ceramic Sugar Bowl Decorated with Gold, Madhatters Tea Party Sugar Bowl
Quirky Sugar Bowl, Ceramic Sugar Bowl Decorated with Gold, Madhatters Tea Party Sugar Bowl
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Black Coffee Cup and Saucer, Espresso Cup with Pineapple Texture, Black Espresso Set for him
Black Coffee Cup and Saucer, Espresso Cup with Pineapple Texture, Black Espresso Set for him
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Minimalist Black Ceramic Teacup, Handmade Ceramic Coffee Cup, Elagant Man Gift
Minimalist Black Ceramic Teacup, Handmade Ceramic Coffee Cup, Elagant Man Gift
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Charcoal Black Ceramic Teacup, Elegant Espresso Cup, Man Gift, Minimalist Black Coffee Cup with Gold or Platinum Rim
Charcoal Black Ceramic Teacup, Elegant Espresso Cup, Man Gift, Minimalist Black Coffee Cup with Gold or Platinum Rim
KinaCeramics
$36.99 USD
Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd in Green Mat, Handmade Mug for Yerba Mate, Ceramic Mate Gourd
Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd in Green Mat, Handmade Mug for Yerba Mate, Ceramic Mate Gourd
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Pastel Pink or Blue Teacup with Gold Rim, Ceramic Coffee Cup, Minimalist Teacup, Pink or Blue Porcelain Teacup
Pastel Pink or Blue Teacup with Gold Rim, Ceramic Coffee Cup, Minimalist Teacup, Pink or Blue Porcelain Teacup
KinaCeramics
$36.99 USD
Christmas Ornament with Vintage Mushroom Drawing, Woodland Themed Christmas Bauble with botanical drawing
Christmas Ornament with Vintage Mushroom Drawing, Woodland Themed Christmas Bauble with botanical drawing
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
White Porcelain Teacup with Flowers, White Decorative Teacup with Gold Handle, Ornamental Ceramic Teacup and Saucer
White Porcelain Teacup with Flowers, White Decorative Teacup with Gold Handle, Ornamental Ceramic Teacup and Saucer
KinaCeramics
$54.99 USD
Modern Teacup with Gold or Platinum Handle, White Ceramic Coffee Cup, Minimalist Teacup
Modern Teacup with Gold or Platinum Handle, White Ceramic Coffee Cup, Minimalist Teacup
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Egg Cup, Porcelain Egg holder, Egg Cup Pillow
Egg Cup, Porcelain Egg holder, Egg Cup Pillow
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Bowl with Peacock and Gold Rim, Decorative Porcelain Bowl, White Ribbed Bowl
Ceramic Bowl with Peacock and Gold Rim, Decorative Porcelain Bowl, White Ribbed Bowl
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Tall Candleholder, Modern Bud Vase, White Candleholder, Modern Candlestick
Tall Candleholder, Modern Bud Vase, White Candleholder, Modern Candlestick
KinaCeramics
$86.99 USD
Ceramic Bowl with Tree Cone and Gold Rim, Nibbles Bowl, Serving Bowl, Ceramic Bowl
Ceramic Bowl with Tree Cone and Gold Rim, Nibbles Bowl, Serving Bowl, Ceramic Bowl
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Minimalist Flower Vase, Modern Porcelain Vase, Small White Bud Vase
Minimalist Flower Vase, Modern Porcelain Vase, Small White Bud Vase
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Ceramic Monster, Quirky Monster Figurine, Christmas Gift
Ceramic Monster, Quirky Monster Figurine, Christmas Gift
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Yerba Mate Gourd, Rainbow Metallic Mug, Ceramic Gourd for Yerba Mate Mug, Moon Mug
Yerba Mate Gourd, Rainbow Metallic Mug, Ceramic Gourd for Yerba Mate Mug, Moon Mug
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Love Script, Christmas Porcelain Ornament for Lovers, Christmas Gift
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Love Script, Christmas Porcelain Ornament for Lovers, Christmas Gift
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Big Christmas Bauble with Christmas Tree, Porcelain Christmas Ornament, Christmas Gift
Big Christmas Bauble with Christmas Tree, Porcelain Christmas Ornament, Christmas Gift
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Black Coffee Cup and Saucer with Gold Interior, Pineapple Espresso Cup, Charcoal Black Ceramic Cup
Black Coffee Cup and Saucer with Gold Interior, Pineapple Espresso Cup, Charcoal Black Ceramic Cup
KinaCeramics
$59.99 USD
Ceramic Teacup with Winter Twig, Small Porcelain Coffee Cup, Espresso Cup
Ceramic Teacup with Winter Twig, Small Porcelain Coffee Cup, Espresso Cup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Cute Unicorn Figurine, Rainbow Unicorn, Blue Unicorn, Quirky Ceramic Monster Toy
Cute Unicorn Figurine, Rainbow Unicorn, Blue Unicorn, Quirky Ceramic Monster Toy
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Pot Holder in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw - Oven Mitt - Housewarming Gift by Kina Ceramic Design
Pot Holder in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw - Oven Mitt - Housewarming Gift by Kina Ceramic Design
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Happy Emoji Face Ceramic Planter, Modern Ceramic Plant Pot, Funny Planter
Happy Emoji Face Ceramic Planter, Modern Ceramic Plant Pot, Funny Planter
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Modern Ceramic Planter, Funny Plant Holder, Emoji Face Planter
Modern Ceramic Planter, Funny Plant Holder, Emoji Face Planter
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Olive Oil Bread Dipping Plate, Olive Oil Plate, Decorative Plate, Ceramic Plate with Maze
Olive Oil Bread Dipping Plate, Olive Oil Plate, Decorative Plate, Ceramic Plate with Maze
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Cute Monster Toy, Quirky Ceramic Sculpture, Funny Monster Figurine
Cute Monster Toy, Quirky Ceramic Sculpture, Funny Monster Figurine
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Pot Holder, Bear Paw Oven Mitt, Kitchen Glove
Pot Holder, Bear Paw Oven Mitt, Kitchen Glove
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Mug with Spikes, Quirky  Ceramic Tumbler for Tea or Coffee, Tea or Coffee Mug with Spikes, Quirky Mug, Spiky Mug
Ceramic Mug with Spikes, Quirky Ceramic Tumbler for Tea or Coffee, Tea or Coffee Mug with Spikes, Quirky Mug, Spiky Mug
KinaCeramics
$59.99 USD
Funny Bowl with Message, Quirky Bowl with Text, Speech Bubble Bowl
Funny Bowl with Message, Quirky Bowl with Text, Speech Bubble Bowl
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Modern Porcelain Decanter, Contemporary Porcelain Vase, Wedding Centerpiece, Ceramic Sculpture
Modern Porcelain Decanter, Contemporary Porcelain Vase, Wedding Centerpiece, Ceramic Sculpture
KinaCeramics
$275.00 USD
Quirky Bowl with Tap, Funny Porcelain Bowl, Ceramic Nibbles Bowl
Quirky Bowl with Tap, Funny Porcelain Bowl, Ceramic Nibbles Bowl
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
White Porcelain Yerba Mate Gourd with Gold Spikes, Luxury Yerba Mate Mug
White Porcelain Yerba Mate Gourd with Gold Spikes, Luxury Yerba Mate Mug
KinaCeramics
$69.99 USD
Pastel Pink Bowl with Gold Rim, Pink Ceramic Bowl
Pastel Pink Bowl with Gold Rim, Pink Ceramic Bowl
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Porcelain Teacup and Saucer with Gold Splatter, Minimalist Tea Set with Gold Splash, Hygge Teacup
Porcelain Teacup and Saucer with Gold Splatter, Minimalist Tea Set with Gold Splash, Hygge Teacup
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Bug Bowl, Ceramic Bowl with Ants and Bugs, Serving Bowl
Bug Bowl, Ceramic Bowl with Ants and Bugs, Serving Bowl
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Turquoise Mate Gourd 'Venus', Green and Blue Ceramic Mate Mug for Yerba Mate Lover
Turquoise Mate Gourd 'Venus', Green and Blue Ceramic Mate Mug for Yerba Mate Lover
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Contemporary Chess Set, Handmade Porcelain Chess, Ceramic Chess Set, Wedding Gift
Contemporary Chess Set, Handmade Porcelain Chess, Ceramic Chess Set, Wedding Gift
KinaCeramics
$250.00 USD
Green Mate Gourd 'Venus', Green Ceramic Mate Mug for Yerba Mate Lover
Green Mate Gourd 'Venus', Green Ceramic Mate Mug for Yerba Mate Lover
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Porcelain Bowl with Bicycle, White Ceramic Bowl, Bike Lover Gift
Porcelain Bowl with Bicycle, White Ceramic Bowl, Bike Lover Gift
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Handmade Teacup With Pin Up Girl, Porcelain Coffee Cup, Handmade Ceramic Cup
Handmade Teacup With Pin Up Girl, Porcelain Coffee Cup, Handmade Ceramic Cup
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Modern Ceramic Candleholder, Minimalist Black Candleholder, Black Home Decoration, Halloween Decor
Modern Ceramic Candleholder, Minimalist Black Candleholder, Black Home Decoration, Halloween Decor
KinaCeramics
$28.99 USD
Oven Mitt - Bear Paw Kitchen Glove
Oven Mitt - Bear Paw Kitchen Glove
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Black Yerba Mate Gourd, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd with Silver Rim, Yerba Mate Mug
Black Yerba Mate Gourd, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd with Silver Rim, Yerba Mate Mug
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Ceramic Plate for Olive Oil, White Decorative Ceramic Plate, Tapas Plate
Ceramic Plate for Olive Oil, White Decorative Ceramic Plate, Tapas Plate
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Baby Blue Porcelain Teacup, Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Quirky Teacup
Baby Blue Porcelain Teacup, Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Quirky Teacup
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Big Ceramic Bowl in Organic Shape, Decorative Porcelain Bowl, Large Ceramic Bowl
Big Ceramic Bowl in Organic Shape, Decorative Porcelain Bowl, Large Ceramic Bowl
KinaCeramics
$59.99 USD
Penguins Salt and Pepper Shakers, Set of two figurines, Christmas Cake Decoration
Penguins Salt and Pepper Shakers, Set of two figurines, Christmas Cake Decoration
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Pastel Pink Mug, Pink Porcelain Beaker, Girly Mug, Romantic Tumbler
Pastel Pink Mug, Pink Porcelain Beaker, Girly Mug, Romantic Tumbler
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
White Ceramic Teacup, Small Coffee Cup Decorated with Gold or Platinum, Porcelain Teacup
White Ceramic Teacup, Small Coffee Cup Decorated with Gold or Platinum, Porcelain Teacup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Handmade Porcelain Sugar Bowl - Ceramic Sugar Pot Decorated with Real Gold
Handmade Porcelain Sugar Bowl - Ceramic Sugar Pot Decorated with Real Gold
KinaCeramics
$54.99 USD
Minimalist Dragon Badge, Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Dragon, Corporate Gift Idea
Minimalist Dragon Badge, Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Dragon, Corporate Gift Idea
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Monster Toy, Porcelain Figurine, Ceramic Figurine, Modern Kawaii Figurine, Collectable Figurine
Monster Toy, Porcelain Figurine, Ceramic Figurine, Modern Kawaii Figurine, Collectable Figurine
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Teacup With Vintage Pin Up Girl, Porcelain Teacup, Handmade Ceramic Cup with Girl
Teacup With Vintage Pin Up Girl, Porcelain Teacup, Handmade Ceramic Cup with Girl
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD

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