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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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Porcelain Earrings, White Stud Earrings, Doodle Earrings Wearable Art
Porcelain Earrings, White Stud Earrings, Doodle Earrings Wearable Art
KinaCeramics
$17.29 USD
Kintsugi Teacup, White and Gold Japanese Teacup, Kintsugi Candleholder
Kintsugi Teacup, White and Gold Japanese Teacup, Kintsugi Candleholder
KinaCeramics
$49.22 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
$47.89 USD
Modern Ceramic Candleholder, Minimalist Black Candleholder, Black Home Decoration, Halloween Decor
Modern Ceramic Candleholder, Minimalist Black Candleholder, Black Home Decoration, Halloween Decor
KinaCeramics
$33.25 USD
Black and Gold Candle Holders, Modern Ceramic Candlesticks, Dripping Gold Candleholders, Halloween Decor
Black and Gold Candle Holders, Modern Ceramic Candlesticks, Dripping Gold Candleholders, Halloween Decor
KinaCeramics
$41.23 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
$42.56 USD
Oven Mitt, Bear Paw Kitchen Glove, Funny Pot Holder
Oven Mitt, Bear Paw Kitchen Glove, Funny Pot Holder
KinaCeramics
$26.60 USD
Modern White Candle Holders with Faux-Dripping Wax Decorated with Gold, White Candleholders, Halloween Decoration
Modern White Candle Holders with Faux-Dripping Wax Decorated with Gold, White Candleholders, Halloween Decoration
KinaCeramics
$41.23 USD
Porcelain Candleholder with Winter Twig, Green Tea Teacup, Double Espresso Cup,
Porcelain Candleholder with Winter Twig, Green Tea Teacup, Double Espresso Cup,
KinaCeramics
$39.90 USD
Funny Dog Sculpture, Ceramic Monster Toy, Cute Doggie Monster
Funny Dog Sculpture, Ceramic Monster Toy, Cute Doggie Monster
KinaCeramics
$29.26 USD
Cute Monster Figurine, Funny Porcelain Figurine, Funny Monster Toy, Vampire Bunny
Cute Monster Figurine, Funny Porcelain Figurine, Funny Monster Toy, Vampire Bunny
KinaCeramics
$29.26 USD
Funny Emoji Planters, Minimalist Plant Holders with Japanese Emoticons, Quirky Planters Set
Funny Emoji Planters, Minimalist Plant Holders with Japanese Emoticons, Quirky Planters Set
KinaCeramics
$33.25 USD
Cute Unicorn Figurine, Rainbow Unicorn, Blue Unicorn, Quirky Ceramic Monster Toy
Cute Unicorn Figurine, Rainbow Unicorn, Blue Unicorn, Quirky Ceramic Monster Toy
KinaCeramics
$53.21 USD
Minimalist Christmas Ornament, Christmas Tree Decoration, Porcelain Christmas Bauble
Minimalist Christmas Ornament, Christmas Tree Decoration, Porcelain Christmas Bauble
KinaCeramics
$27.93 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
$39.90 USD
Kintsugi Cup, White and Gold Japanese Cup, Kintsugi Candleholder, Gold Joinery Cup
Kintsugi Cup, White and Gold Japanese Cup, Kintsugi Candleholder, Gold Joinery Cup
KinaCeramics
$49.22 USD
Gold Rimmed Porcelain Bowl, Stackable Serving Bowl,Elegant Ceramic Bowl
Gold Rimmed Porcelain Bowl, Stackable Serving Bowl,Elegant Ceramic Bowl
KinaCeramics
$46.55 USD
Turquoise Gourd, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd in Sea Blue, Yerba Mate Mug
Turquoise Gourd, Yerba Mate Ceramic Gourd in Sea Blue, Yerba Mate Mug
KinaCeramics
$39.90 USD
Gold Interior Teacup, Luxury Espresso Cup, Minimalist Teacup for Him
Gold Interior Teacup, Luxury Espresso Cup, Minimalist Teacup for Him
KinaCeramics
$59.86 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
$47.89 USD
Big Ceramic Ornament with Dragonfly, White Chrismas Bauble, Modern Christmas Decoration
Big Ceramic Ornament with Dragonfly, White Chrismas Bauble, Modern Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$30.59 USD
Big Christmas Ornament with Gingko Skeleton Leaf, White Christmas Tree Deroration, Minimalist Holiday Decor
Big Christmas Ornament with Gingko Skeleton Leaf, White Christmas Tree Deroration, Minimalist Holiday Decor
KinaCeramics
$30.59 USD
Pineapple Mug with Gold Handle, Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Silver Handle, White Ceramic Mug
Pineapple Mug with Gold Handle, Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Silver Handle, White Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$47.89 USD
Funny Monster Figurine, Quirky Monster, Porcelain Figurine, Christmas gifts
Funny Monster Figurine, Quirky Monster, Porcelain Figurine, Christmas gifts
KinaCeramics
$29.26 USD
Alice in Wonderland Teacup Gold Rimmed, Quirky Teacup, Pink Coffee Cup, Blue Wonky Teacup
Alice in Wonderland Teacup Gold Rimmed, Quirky Teacup, Pink Coffee Cup, Blue Wonky Teacup
KinaCeramics
$47.89 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
$45.22 USD
Cute Flying Elephant, Pink Elephant with Gold Wings, Quirky Pink Elephant
Cute Flying Elephant, Pink Elephant with Gold Wings, Quirky Pink Elephant
KinaCeramics
$53.21 USD
Black Mate Gourd, Ceramic Mate Cup, Man Gift
Black Mate Gourd, Ceramic Mate Cup, Man Gift
KinaCeramics
$39.90 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
$42.56 USD
White Christmas Ornament with Cross Stitch Pattern, White Christmas Bauble, Ceramic Ornament
White Christmas Ornament with Cross Stitch Pattern, White Christmas Bauble, Ceramic Ornament
KinaCeramics
$30.59 USD
Ceramic Figurines, Figurines of Monsters, Modern Kawaii Figurines, Cute Monsters
Ceramic Figurines, Figurines of Monsters, Modern Kawaii Figurines, Cute Monsters
KinaCeramics
$75.82 USD
Porcelain Ring, White Doodle Ring, Satement Ring, Wearable Art
Porcelain Ring, White Doodle Ring, Satement Ring, Wearable Art
KinaCeramics
$26.60 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
$53.21 USD
Kawaii Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
Kawaii Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
KinaCeramics
$29.26 USD
Black Ceramic Mate Gourd, Black Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
Black Ceramic Mate Gourd, Black Yerba Mate Mug, Big Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$42.56 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
$42.56 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
$10.64 USD
Weathercock Badge, Porcelain Badge with Weathercock, Wind Symbol Badge
Weathercock Badge, Porcelain Badge with Weathercock, Wind Symbol Badge
KinaCeramics
$10.64 USD
Funny Zodiac Badge with Scorpio, Porcelain Scorpio Brooch, Ceramic Zodiac Brooch
Funny Zodiac Badge with Scorpio, Porcelain Scorpio Brooch, Ceramic Zodiac Brooch
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$33.25 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
$10.64 USD
Christmas Ornament with Bear Emoticon, Handmade Christmas Bauble, Kaomoji Ornament
Christmas Ornament with Bear Emoticon, Handmade Christmas Bauble, Kaomoji Ornament
KinaCeramics
$30.59 USD
Ceramic Badge with Vinatge Plane, Porcelain Brooch with Plane, Traveler Gift
Ceramic Badge with Vinatge Plane, Porcelain Brooch with Plane, Traveler Gift
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$10.64 USD
Ceramic Badge with Elephant, Lucky Elephant Brooch, Quirky Badge with Elephant
Ceramic Badge with Elephant, Lucky Elephant Brooch, Quirky Badge with Elephant
KinaCeramics
$10.64 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Colibri , Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Colibri, Square White Brooch
Ceramic Brooch with Colibri , Quirky Ceramic Brooch with Colibri, Square White Brooch
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$30.59 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Bamboo, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch Bamboo
Ceramic Brooch with Bamboo, Minimalist Botanical Porcelain Badge, White Brooch Bamboo
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$10.64 USD
Ceramic Chameleon Brooch, Quirky Chameleon Badge, Funny Pin with Chameleon
Ceramic Chameleon Brooch, Quirky Chameleon Badge, Funny Pin with Chameleon
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$10.64 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Chicken, Badge with Rooster, Funny Badge with Chick
Ceramic Brooch with Chicken, Badge with Rooster, Funny Badge with Chick
KinaCeramics
$10.64 USD
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Monster, Handmade Brooch
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Monster, Handmade Brooch
KinaCeramics
$10.64 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
$42.56 USD
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Cute Christmas Bauble, Funny Christmas
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Cute Christmas Bauble, Funny Christmas
KinaCeramics
$30.59 USD
Funny Monster Brooch, Quirky Ceramic Badge with Monster, White Porcelain Badge
Funny Monster Brooch, Quirky Ceramic Badge with Monster, White Porcelain Badge
KinaCeramics
$10.64 USD
Porcelain Finger with Gold Nail, Object of Curiosity, Body Part Porcelain Cast
Porcelain Finger with Gold Nail, Object of Curiosity, Body Part Porcelain Cast
KinaCeramics
$19.95 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
$63.85 USD
Black Ceramic Mug for Tea or Coffee, Tea or Coffee Mug with Spikes, Quirky gift, Spiky Mug
Black Ceramic Mug for Tea or Coffee, Tea or Coffee Mug with Spikes, Quirky gift, Spiky Mug
KinaCeramics
$63.85 USD
Funny Wolf Badge, Quirky Brooch with Wolf, White Porcelain Badge for Wildlife Lover
Funny Wolf Badge, Quirky Brooch with Wolf, White Porcelain Badge for Wildlife Lover
KinaCeramics
$10.64 USD

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