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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
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
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
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
Weathercock Badge, Porcelain Badge with Weathercock, Wind Symbol Badge
Weathercock Badge, Porcelain Badge with Weathercock, Wind Symbol Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Lucky Clover Ceramic Brooch, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, Porcelain Lucky Clover Brooch
Lucky Clover Ceramic Brooch, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, Porcelain Lucky Clover Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Japanese Emoji Pin Badge, Ceramic Emoticon Badge, Modern Kawaii Badge
Japanese Emoji Pin Badge, Ceramic Emoticon Badge, Modern Kawaii Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Minimal Brooch with Clown Fish, Quirky Badge with Tropical Fish, Backpack Badge
Minimal Brooch with Clown Fish, Quirky Badge with Tropical Fish, Backpack Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
White Porcelain Yogurt Pot with Gold Carriage, Ceramic Mug, Baby Shower Gift
White Porcelain Yogurt Pot with Gold Carriage, Ceramic Mug, Baby Shower Gift
KinaCeramics
$31.99 USD
Funny Emoji Badge, Small Porcelain Brooch, Modern Kawaii Pin
Funny Emoji Badge, Small Porcelain Brooch, Modern Kawaii Pin
KinaCeramics
$6.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Wildflower, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch with Wild Flower
Ceramic Brooch with Wildflower, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch with Wild Flower
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Vintage Chamomile Drawing, Handmade Christmas Bauble with botanical drawing
Minimalist Christmas Bauble with Vintage Chamomile Drawing, Handmade Christmas Bauble with botanical drawing
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Christmas Ornament with Bear Emoticon, Handmade Christmas Bauble, Kaomoji Ornament
Christmas Ornament with Bear Emoticon, Handmade Christmas Bauble, Kaomoji Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Handmade Brooch with Jellyfish, Funny Animal Badge, Ceramic Jewellery with Sea Creature
Handmade Brooch with Jellyfish, Funny Animal Badge, Ceramic Jewellery with Sea Creature
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Lizard, Badge with Gecko, Handmade Animal Badge
Ceramic Brooch with Lizard, Badge with Gecko, Handmade Animal Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Oxford Skyline Mug, White Ceramic Tumbler with Oxford Skyline
Oxford Skyline Mug, White Ceramic Tumbler with Oxford Skyline
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Christmas Bauble with Cute Panda Bear, Big White Christmas Ornament, Porcelain Bauble
Christmas Bauble with Cute Panda Bear, Big White Christmas Ornament, Porcelain Bauble
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Handmade Christmas Ornament with Heart, Minimalist Christmas Bauble, Christmas Tree Decoration
Handmade Christmas Ornament with Heart, Minimalist Christmas Bauble, Christmas Tree Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Alice in Wonderland Tea Set, Madhatters Tea Party Set, Fine Bone China Tea Set
Alice in Wonderland Tea Set, Madhatters Tea Party Set, Fine Bone China Tea Set
KinaCeramics
$219.99 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
Yerba Mate Mug with Spikes, Dark Metallic Ceramic Mate Mug, Free Shipping
Yerba Mate Mug with Spikes, Dark Metallic Ceramic Mate Mug, Free Shipping
KinaCeramics
$59.99 USD
Modern White Candle Holders with Faux-Dripping Wax Decorated with Gold, White Candleholders, Valentines Day Decoration
Modern White Candle Holders with Faux-Dripping Wax Decorated with Gold, White Candleholders, Valentines Day Decoration
KinaCeramics
$38.99 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
Ceramic Brooch with Bamboo, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch Bamboo
Ceramic Brooch with Bamboo, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch Bamboo
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Lucky Frog Brooch, Quirky Badge with Frog, Square Shaped Ceramic Brooch
Lucky Frog Brooch, Quirky Badge with Frog, Square Shaped Ceramic Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Badge with Vinatge Plane, Porcelain Brooch with Plane, Traveler Gift
Ceramic Badge with Vinatge Plane, Porcelain Brooch with Plane, Traveler Gift
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Rat, Quirky Badge with Crazy Rat, White Ceramic Pin
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Rat, Quirky Badge with Crazy Rat, White Ceramic Pin
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Colibri Badge, Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Colibri, Square White Brooch
Colibri Badge, Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Colibri, Square White Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Mug with Bike, White Porcelain Mug with Vintage Bicycle, Bike Lovers Gift, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
Mug with Bike, White Porcelain Mug with Vintage Bicycle, Bike Lovers Gift, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
White Porcelain Mug with Elephants, Handmade Ceramic Cup for Kids, Funny Mug
White Porcelain Mug with Elephants, Handmade Ceramic Cup for Kids, Funny Mug
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Gold Rimmed Yerba Mate Gourd, White Ceramic Yerba Mate Mug, White Ceramic Gourd
Gold Rimmed Yerba Mate Gourd, White Ceramic Yerba Mate Mug, White Ceramic Gourd
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Handmade Brooch with Crab, Ceramic Brooch, Sea Creature Badge
Handmade Brooch with Crab, Ceramic Brooch, Sea Creature Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Kitchen Gloves  - Kitchen Mitts set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Potholders set of two
Kitchen Gloves - Kitchen Mitts set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Potholders set of two
KinaCeramics
$47.99 USD
Handmade Porcelain Mug, Breakfast Juice Mug, Ceramic Tumbler Mug
Handmade Porcelain Mug, Breakfast Juice Mug, Ceramic Tumbler Mug
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Baking Glove in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw - Pot Holder
Baking Glove in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw - Pot Holder
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Sun and Cloud, Minimalist Porcelain Badge with Sky, Weather Symbol Badge
Ceramic Brooch with Sun and Cloud, Minimalist Porcelain Badge with Sky, Weather Symbol Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Dandelion Brooch, Porcelain Badge with Wildflower, White Brooch with Wild Flower
Dandelion Brooch, Porcelain Badge with Wildflower, White Brooch with Wild Flower
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Dark Metallic Ceramic Yerba Mate Cup for Tea Lover, Rainbow Mug
Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Dark Metallic Ceramic Yerba Mate Cup for Tea Lover, Rainbow Mug
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Ceramic Mug with Artichoke, Mug with Botanical Drwing, Square Shape Ceramic Mug
Ceramic Mug with Artichoke, Mug with Botanical Drwing, Square Shape Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Jelly Fish Mug, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
Jelly Fish Mug, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Handmade Christmas Ornament with PinUp Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Ceramic Christmas Tree Decoration
Handmade Christmas Ornament with PinUp Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Ceramic Christmas Tree Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Porcelain Mug with Toadstool, Mug for Kombucha, Square Mug with Mushroom
Porcelain Mug with Toadstool, Mug for Kombucha, Square Mug with Mushroom
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Rhino, Ceramic Brooch, Small Ceramic Badge
Ceramic Brooch with Rhino, Ceramic Brooch, Small Ceramic Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Handmade Brooch with Hedgehog, Hedgehog Badge, Ceramic Brooch with Hedgehog
Handmade Brooch with Hedgehog, Hedgehog Badge, Ceramic Brooch with Hedgehog
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Big Porcelain Bowl with Fingers, Quirky Ceramic Bowl, Halloween Decoration, Surreal Fruit Bowl
Big Porcelain Bowl with Fingers, Quirky Ceramic Bowl, Halloween Decoration, Surreal Fruit Bowl
KinaCeramics
$54.99 USD
Badge with Snail, Funny Badge with Slug, Porcelain Brooch
Badge with Snail, Funny Badge with Slug, Porcelain Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Psychodelic Badge with Cloud, Porcelain Handmade Brooch  with Black Cloud, Forecast Badge
Psychodelic Badge with Cloud, Porcelain Handmade Brooch with Black Cloud, Forecast Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Porcelain Handmade Brooch with Moose, Cute Moose Badge, Stag Party Badge
Porcelain Handmade Brooch with Moose, Cute Moose Badge, Stag Party Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
White Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Quirky Ceramic Gourd with Ants, Funny Tea Mug
White Ceramic Yerba Mate Gourd, Quirky Ceramic Gourd with Ants, Funny Tea Mug
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
White Yerba Mate Gourd, Ceramic Yerba Mate Mug, White Yerba Mate Cup
White Yerba Mate Gourd, Ceramic Yerba Mate Mug, White Yerba Mate Cup
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
White Ceramic Bowl with  Gold Mushroom, Elegant Popcorn Bowl with Vintage Drawing of Mushroom and Gold Rim
White Ceramic Bowl with Gold Mushroom, Elegant Popcorn Bowl with Vintage Drawing of Mushroom and Gold Rim
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Black Yerba Mate Mug, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd with Gold Rim, Free Shipping
Black Yerba Mate Mug, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd with Gold Rim, Free Shipping
KinaCeramics
$44.99 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
Big Coffee Mug, Funny Man Mug with Faucet Handle, Quirky Toothbrush Holder
Big Coffee Mug, Funny Man Mug with Faucet Handle, Quirky Toothbrush Holder
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Personalized Bowl, White Porcelain Bowl, Funny Bowl, Customized Bowl with Message
Personalized Bowl, White Porcelain Bowl, Funny Bowl, Customized Bowl with Message
KinaCeramics
$44.99 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

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