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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
Funny Monster Figurine, Quirky Monster, Porcelain Figurine, Christmas gifts
Funny Monster Figurine, Quirky Monster, Porcelain Figurine, Christmas gifts
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
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
Porcelain Badge with Heart, Love Brooch, Double Heart Brooch, Valentines Gift
Porcelain Badge with Heart, Love Brooch, Double Heart Brooch, Valentines Gift
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Figurines, Figurines of Monsters, Modern Kawaii Figurines, Set of Five
Ceramic Figurines, Figurines of Monsters, Modern Kawaii Figurines, Set of Five
KinaCeramics
$114.99 USD
Funny Monsters Ceramic Figurines, Porcelain Figurines Set of three, Modern Kawaii Figurines
Funny Monsters Ceramic Figurines, Porcelain Figurines Set of three, Modern Kawaii Figurines
KinaCeramics
$69.99 USD
Ceramic Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
Ceramic Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Cute Unicorn Figurine, White Unicorn, Porcelain Unicorn
Cute Unicorn Figurine, White Unicorn, Porcelain Unicorn
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Modern Porcelain Candleholders, White Candleholders, Funny Tealight Holders, Tabletop Christmas Decoration
Modern Porcelain Candleholders, White Candleholders, Funny Tealight Holders, Tabletop Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$28.99 USD
Porcelain Teacup With Pin Up Girl, Retro Coffee Cup, Handmade Ceramic Cup
Porcelain Teacup With Pin Up Girl, Retro Coffee Cup, Handmade Ceramic Cup
KinaCeramics
$44.99 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
Quirky Bowl with Toes, Snack Bowl, Small Porcelain Bowl
Quirky Bowl with Toes, Snack Bowl, Small Porcelain Bowl
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
White Ceramic Tumbler with Gold Rim, Porcelain Beaker, Smoothie Mug, Porcelain Vase
White Ceramic Tumbler with Gold Rim, Porcelain Beaker, Smoothie Mug, Porcelain Vase
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Quirky Ceramic Bowl with Asparagus, Funny Bowl, Nibbles Bowl
Quirky Ceramic Bowl with Asparagus, Funny Bowl, Nibbles Bowl
KinaCeramics
$36.99 USD
Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd 'Venus', White Porcelain Yerba Mate Mug, Yerba Mate Cup
Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd 'Venus', White Porcelain Yerba Mate Mug, Yerba Mate Cup
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Funny Ceramic Badge with Fly, Porcelain Handmade Brooch, Funny Pin Badge
Funny Ceramic Badge with Fly, Porcelain Handmade Brooch, Funny Pin Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Speech Bubble Bowl and Plate, Porcelain Dishes, Quirky Dinnerware, Modern Tableware
Speech Bubble Bowl and Plate, Porcelain Dishes, Quirky Dinnerware, Modern Tableware
KinaCeramics
$72.99 USD
Ceramic Cup with Moose, Handmade Porcelain Coffee Mug with Funny Moose
Ceramic Cup with Moose, Handmade Porcelain Coffee Mug with Funny Moose
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Pine Cone Cup, Ceramic Mug, Handmade Coffee Mug with Tree Cone Drawing
Pine Cone Cup, Ceramic Mug, Handmade Coffee Mug with Tree Cone Drawing
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Emoji Christmas Ornament, Minimalist Christmas Bauble , Funny Christmas Ornament
Emoji Christmas Ornament, Minimalist Christmas Bauble , Funny Christmas Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Cute Christmas Ornament with Japanese Emoticon, Minimalist Christmas Bauble, Modern Porcelain Ornament
Cute Christmas Ornament with Japanese Emoticon, Minimalist Christmas Bauble, Modern Porcelain Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Japanese Emoticon Christmas Ornament, Modern Christmas Decoration, Kawaii Porcelain Ornament
Japanese Emoticon Christmas Ornament, Modern Christmas Decoration, Kawaii Porcelain Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Pot holders  - Kitchen mitts set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Baking Gloves set of two
Pot holders - Kitchen mitts set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Baking Gloves set of two
KinaCeramics
$47.99 USD
Big Ceramic Ornament with Dragonfly, White Chrismas Bauble, Modern Christmas Decoration
Big Ceramic Ornament with Dragonfly, White Chrismas Bauble, Modern Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Cute Panda Mug, Panda Bear Mug, Breakfast Cup, Kids Cup
Cute Panda Mug, Panda Bear Mug, Breakfast Cup, Kids Cup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Salt and Pepper Shakers, White Porcelain Shakers, Modern Housewarming Gift
Salt and Pepper Shakers, White Porcelain Shakers, Modern Housewarming Gift
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Minimalist Badge with Sun, Porcelain Badge with Sun, Forecast Symbol Badge
Minimalist Badge with Sun, Porcelain Badge with Sun, Forecast Symbol Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Small Badge with Tree, Botanical Pin Badge, Minimalist Ceramic Brooch, White Brooch
Small Badge with Tree, Botanical Pin Badge, Minimalist Ceramic Brooch, White Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Psychodelic Monster Badge, Funny Ceramic Brooch with Dragon, Minimalist Dragon Badge
Psychodelic Monster Badge, Funny Ceramic Brooch with Dragon, Minimalist Dragon Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Cup with Kiwi Birds, White Porcelain Mug Decorated with Kiwis , Funny Mug
Ceramic Cup with Kiwi Birds, White Porcelain Mug Decorated with Kiwis , Funny Mug
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Dandelion, Big Christmas Ornament, White Christmas Ornament
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Dandelion, Big Christmas Ornament, White Christmas Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Modern Yellow Flower Vase, Pineapple Mug for Smoothies, Porcelain Mug
Modern Yellow Flower Vase, Pineapple Mug for Smoothies, Porcelain Mug
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Kitchen Glove - Oven Mitt in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw
Kitchen Glove - Oven Mitt in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Coffee Cup with Winter Twig, Porcelain Teacup, Ceramic Candle Holder, Minimalist Home Decor
Ceramic Coffee Cup with Winter Twig, Porcelain Teacup, Ceramic Candle Holder, Minimalist Home Decor
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Cute Monster Figurine, Funny Porcelain Figurine, Funny Monster Toy, Vampire Bunny
Cute Monster Figurine, Funny Porcelain Figurine, Funny Monster Toy, Vampire Bunny
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Small Ceramic Bowl with Bugs, Handmade Porcelain Bowl with Ants, Funny Bowl with Bugs
Small Ceramic Bowl with Bugs, Handmade Porcelain Bowl with Ants, Funny Bowl with Bugs
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Minimalist Japanese Style Teacup, White Porcleain Teacup, Minimalist Teacup, Ceramic Tea Cup
Minimalist Japanese Style Teacup, White Porcleain Teacup, Minimalist Teacup, Ceramic Tea Cup
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Pink Coffee Mug, Porcelain Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern, Ceramic Coffee Cup
Pink Coffee Mug, Porcelain Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern, Ceramic Coffee Cup
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Baby Blue Coffee Mug, Big Pineapple Mug, Blue Porcelain Mug
Baby Blue Coffee Mug, Big Pineapple Mug, Blue Porcelain Mug
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Porcelain Bunny Figurine, Grumpy Bunny, Designer Toy, White figurine
Porcelain Bunny Figurine, Grumpy Bunny, Designer Toy, White figurine
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Gold Coffee Cup, Ceramic Espresso Cup with Pineapple Pattern, Luxury Coffee Cup
Gold Coffee Cup, Ceramic Espresso Cup with Pineapple Pattern, Luxury Coffee Cup
KinaCeramics
$79.99 USD
Minimalist Kitchen Containers, White Kitchen Jars, Customizable Storage Containers, White Ceramic Coffee, Tea, Sugar Containers
Minimalist Kitchen Containers, White Kitchen Jars, Customizable Storage Containers, White Ceramic Coffee, Tea, Sugar Containers
KinaCeramics
$30.00 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
Teal Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd with Gold Rim, Elegant Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
Teal Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd with Gold Rim, Elegant Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Funny Dog Sculpture, Ceramic Monster Toy, Cute Doggie Monster
Funny Dog Sculpture, Ceramic Monster Toy, Cute Doggie Monster
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Funny Porcelain Figurine, Silly Chick, Designer Toy
Funny Porcelain Figurine, Silly Chick, Designer Toy
KinaCeramics
$25.99 USD
Christmas Ornament - White Christmas Bauble - Handmade Christmas Decoration
Christmas Ornament - White Christmas Bauble - Handmade Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Badge with Elephant, Lucky Elephant Brooch, Quirky Badge with Elephant
Ceramic Badge with Elephant, Lucky Elephant Brooch, Quirky Badge with Elephant
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Porcelain Brooch with Wasp, Square Shaped Badge with Wasp, Quirky Ceramic Badge
Porcelain Brooch with Wasp, Square Shaped Badge with Wasp, Quirky Ceramic Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Pschodelic Badge with Heart, Love Brooch, Heart Brooch, Valentines Gift
Pschodelic Badge with Heart, Love Brooch, Heart Brooch, Valentines Gift
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Quirky Badge with Snake, Porcelain Pin Brooch, Ceramic Pin Brooch
Quirky Badge with Snake, Porcelain Pin Brooch, Ceramic Pin Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Emoticon, Funny Pin with Emoji, Small Badge with Japanese Emoticon, Unisex Badge
Ceramic Brooch with Emoticon, Funny Pin with Emoji, Small Badge with Japanese Emoticon, Unisex Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Christmas Bauble with Gold Vintage Bicycle, Minimalist Christmas Ornament with High Wheeler, Christmas Gifts
Christmas Bauble with Gold Vintage Bicycle, Minimalist Christmas Ornament with High Wheeler, Christmas Gifts
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Customized Porcelain Bowl, Minimalist Bowl, Funny Bowl, Personalized Bowl
Customized Porcelain Bowl, Minimalist Bowl, Funny Bowl, Personalized Bowl
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Ornament with Gold Anchor, Christmas Ornament with Anchor, Christmas Gift for Fisherman or Sailor
Ornament with Gold Anchor, Christmas Ornament with Anchor, Christmas Gift for Fisherman or Sailor
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD

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