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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Egg Cup, Porcelain Egg holder, Egg Cup Pillow
Egg Cup, Porcelain Egg holder, Egg Cup Pillow
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
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
Badge with Flamingo, Flamingo Brooch, Summer Badge
Badge with Flamingo, Flamingo Brooch, Summer 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
Porcupine Fish Badge, Tropical Fish Brooch, Funny Black and White Ceramic Brooch
Porcupine Fish Badge, Tropical Fish Brooch, Funny Black and White Ceramic Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Rhino, Ceramic Brooch, Small Ceramic Badge
Ceramic Brooch with Rhino, Ceramic Brooch, Small Ceramic Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Yerba Mate Gourd, Yerba Mate Mug with Spikes, Big Ceramic Mug
Yerba Mate Gourd, Yerba Mate Mug with Spikes, Big Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$59.99 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
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
Bug Bowl, Ceramic Bowl with Ants and Bugs, Serving Bowl
Bug Bowl, Ceramic Bowl with Ants and Bugs, Serving Bowl
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
Alice in Wonderland Teapot, Quirky Porcelain Teapot, White Ceramic Teapot, Madhatters Tea Party
Alice in Wonderland Teapot, Quirky Porcelain Teapot, White Ceramic Teapot, Madhatters Tea Party
KinaCeramics
$99.99 USD
Palm Tree Cup, Holiday Beach Mug, Porcelain Juice Mug
Palm Tree Cup, Holiday Beach Mug, Porcelain Juice Mug
KinaCeramics
$29.99 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
Porcelain Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Pillow, Ring Bowl -  Yes I do
Porcelain Ring Holder, Wedding Ring Pillow, Ring Bowl - Yes I do
KinaCeramics
$31.99 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
Funny Porcelain Bowl, White Ceramic Bowl, Salad Bowl - YUMMY!
Funny Porcelain Bowl, White Ceramic Bowl, Salad Bowl - YUMMY!
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Funny Porcelain Bowl with Toe, Quirky Bowl, Porcelain Snack Bowl, Ceramic Decorative Bowl
Funny Porcelain Bowl with Toe, Quirky Bowl, Porcelain Snack Bowl, Ceramic Decorative Bowl
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Coffee Cup, White Porcelain Cup, Porcelain Cup Inspired with Mountain
Coffee Cup, White Porcelain Cup, Porcelain Cup Inspired with Mountain
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Porcelain Teacup and Saucer, Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Madhatters Tea Party Cup
Porcelain Teacup and Saucer, Alice in Wonderland Teacup, Madhatters Tea Party Cup
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Stingray Fish Badge, Handcrafted Porcelain Badge with Animal, Tropical Fish Brooch
Stingray Fish Badge, Handcrafted Porcelain Badge with Animal, Tropical Fish Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Mug with Funny Monsters, Quirky Mug with Monsters, Kids Cup, Kids Tableware
Mug with Funny Monsters, Quirky Mug with Monsters, Kids Cup, Kids Tableware
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Jelly Fish Mug, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
Jelly Fish Mug, Yogurt pot, Milkshake cup
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Ceramic Badge with Sheep, Lamb Brooch, Porcelain Pin with Lamb
Ceramic Badge with Sheep, Lamb Brooch, Porcelain Pin with Lamb
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
Minimalist Teacup with Gold Interior, Luxury Porcelain Cup, Modern Coffee Cup
Minimalist Teacup with Gold Interior, Luxury Porcelain Cup, Modern Coffee Cup
KinaCeramics
$47.99 USD
Coffee Set, Espresso Cup and Saucer, Modern Coffee Cup with Pineapple Pattern, White Coffee Cup
Coffee Set, Espresso Cup and Saucer, Modern Coffee Cup with Pineapple Pattern, White Coffee Cup
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Minimalist Planter, Funny Ceramic Plant Pot, Emoji Face Plant Holder
Minimalist Planter, Funny Ceramic Plant Pot, Emoji Face Plant Holder
KinaCeramics
$26.99 USD
Pink Coffee Cup with Gold Handle, Pineapple Cup, Espresso Cup and Saucer, Porcelain Coffee Set
Pink Coffee Cup with Gold Handle, Pineapple Cup, Espresso Cup and Saucer, Porcelain Coffee Set
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Baby Blue Coffee Cup with Pineapple Pattern, Porcelain Espresso Cup Decorated with Gold Handle, Textured Cup
Baby Blue Coffee Cup with Pineapple Pattern, Porcelain Espresso Cup Decorated with Gold Handle, Textured Cup
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Yellow Espresso Cup, Modern Coffee Cup with Textured Surface, Ceramic Coffee Set
Yellow Espresso Cup, Modern Coffee Cup with Textured Surface, Ceramic Coffee Set
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Bunny's Ears Bell, Whimsical Hand Bell, New Born Baby Keepsake Gift, Alice in Wonderland Bell
Bunny's Ears Bell, Whimsical Hand Bell, New Born Baby Keepsake Gift, Alice in Wonderland Bell
KinaCeramics
$21.99 USD
Funny Monster Brooch, Quirky Ceramic Badge with Monster, White Porcelain Badge
Funny Monster Brooch, Quirky Ceramic Badge with Monster, White Porcelain Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Funny Monster Badge, Quirky Badge with Cute Monster, White Ceramic Pin
Funny Monster Badge, Quirky Badge with Cute Monster, White Ceramic Pin
KinaCeramics
$9.99 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
Oil Burner, Porcelain Bowl with Fingers, Aromatherapy Bowl, Surrealistic Bowl, Quirky Bowl
Oil Burner, Porcelain Bowl with Fingers, Aromatherapy Bowl, Surrealistic Bowl, Quirky Bowl
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
Pin Up Girl Teacup, Funny Coffee Cup, Collectable Teacup with Girl
Pin Up Girl Teacup, Funny Coffee Cup, Collectable Teacup with Girl
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Black Porcelain Mug, Ceramic Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Gold Handle, Black Ceramic Mug
Black Porcelain Mug, Ceramic Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Gold Handle, Black Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Cute Flying Elephant, Ceramic Elephant, White Elephant, Quirky Monster Figurine
Cute Flying Elephant, Ceramic Elephant, White Elephant, Quirky Monster Figurine
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Shipping for Nihan
Shipping for Nihan
KinaCeramics
$115.00 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
Salt and Pepper Shakers, Porcelain Spice Container, Porcelain Phial for Spices, White Spice Tube
Salt and Pepper Shakers, Porcelain Spice Container, Porcelain Phial for Spices, White Spice Tube
KinaCeramics
$17.99 USD
Cute Monster Toy, Quirky Ceramic Sculpture, Funny Monster Figurine
Cute Monster Toy, Quirky Ceramic Sculpture, Funny Monster Figurine
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Pop Corn Bowl with Toadstool, Ceramic Serving Bowl with Gold Rim, Handmade Bowl with Vintage Drawing
Pop Corn Bowl with Toadstool, Ceramic Serving Bowl with Gold Rim, Handmade Bowl with Vintage Drawing
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD

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