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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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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 Holders, Modern Ceramic Candlesticks, Dripping Gold Candleholders, Halloween Decor
Black and Gold Candle Holders, 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
Personalized Christmas Ornament with Name, Customized Bauble, Customised Christmas Decoration
Personalized Christmas Ornament with Name, Customized Bauble, Customised Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers with Braille, Black and White Salt and Pepper Pots, Modern Salt and Pepper Shakers
Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers with Braille, Black and White Salt and Pepper Pots, Modern Salt and Pepper Shakers
KinaCeramics
$49.99 USD
Pineapple Mug with Gold Handle, Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Gold Handle, White Ceramic Mug
Pineapple Mug with Gold Handle, Coffee Mug with Pineapple Pattern and Gold Handle, White Ceramic Mug
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Pineapple Tumbler Mug, Juice Mug, Milkshake Mug, Smoothie Mug
Pineapple Tumbler Mug, Juice Mug, Milkshake Mug, Smoothie Mug
KinaCeramics
$39.99 USD
Pink Porcelain Teapot, Alice In Wonderland Teapot, Pink Whimsical Teapot
Pink Porcelain Teapot, Alice In Wonderland Teapot, Pink Whimsical Teapot
KinaCeramics
$109.99 USD
Ceramic Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
Ceramic Monster Figurine, Designers Toy, Cute Monster, Quirky Octopus
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Christmas Ornament with Pin Up Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Ornament
Christmas Ornament with Pin Up Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Gold Filled Teacup, Minimalist Gold Teacup, Pink Porcelain Espresso Cup, Baby Blue Ceramic Cup
Gold Filled Teacup, Minimalist Gold Teacup, Pink Porcelain Espresso Cup, Baby Blue Ceramic Cup
KinaCeramics
$54.99 USD
Ceramic Brooch with Balloon, Porcelain Badge with Balloon, Ceramic Jewellery
Ceramic Brooch with Balloon, Porcelain Badge with Balloon, Ceramic Jewellery
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Small Badge with Tree, Botanical Pin Badge, Ceramic Brooch, White Minimalist Brooch
Small Badge with Tree, Botanical Pin Badge, Ceramic Brooch, White Minimalist Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Mug with Prawn, Shrimp Mug, Handmade Porcelain Cup with Animal Design
Mug with Prawn, Shrimp Mug, Handmade Porcelain Cup with Animal Design
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
White Porcelain Snack Bowl, Organic Shape Porcelain Bowl, Decorative Bowl
White Porcelain Snack Bowl, Organic Shape Porcelain Bowl, Decorative Bowl
KinaCeramics
$26.99 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 and Saucer, Hot Chocolate Cup, Espresso Cup, Coffee Cup, Porcelain Teacup
Minimalist Teacup and Saucer, Hot Chocolate Cup, Espresso Cup, Coffee Cup, Porcelain Teacup
KinaCeramics
$36.99 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
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
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
Kids Mug with Sea Horses, Nautical Cup, Ceramic Mug, Porcelain Mug
Kids Mug with Sea Horses, Nautical Cup, Ceramic Mug, Porcelain Mug
KinaCeramics
$29.99 USD
Bunny and Chick Figurines, Set of two porcelain figurines, Designer Toys,  Christmas gifts
Bunny and Chick Figurines, Set of two porcelain figurines, Designer Toys, Christmas gifts
KinaCeramics
$49.99 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
Modern Ceramic Plate, Porcelain Plate, Funny Plate, Speech Bubble Plate
Modern Ceramic Plate, Porcelain Plate, Funny Plate, Speech Bubble Plate
KinaCeramics
$34.99 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
Ceramic Ornament with PinUp Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Ornament
Ceramic Ornament with PinUp Girl, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Ornament
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Hygge Christmas Bauble, White Christmas Ornament, Unique misshapen Christmas decoration
Hygge Christmas Bauble, White Christmas Ornament, Unique misshapen Christmas decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
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
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
$38.99 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
Quirky Ceramic Bowl with Asparagus, Funny Bowl, Nibbles Bowl
Quirky Ceramic Bowl with Asparagus, Funny Bowl, Nibbles Bowl
KinaCeramics
$36.99 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
Black Yerba Mate Gourd, Ceramic Yerba Mate Cup, Man Gift
Black Yerba Mate Gourd, Ceramic Yerba Mate Cup, Man Gift
KinaCeramics
$34.99 USD
Kitchen Mitts  - Oven Gloves set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Pot Holders set of two
Kitchen Mitts - Oven Gloves set in a Funny Form of Teddy Bear Paw- Pot Holders set of two
KinaCeramics
$47.99 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
Funny Porcelain Brooch with Shark, Quirky Badge with Shark, Ceramic Brooch
Funny Porcelain Brooch with Shark, Quirky Badge with Shark, Ceramic Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Minimalist Brooch with TV, Porcelain Badge with TV Symbol, Tech Lover Badge
Minimalist Brooch with TV, Porcelain Badge with TV Symbol, Tech Lover Badge
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Funny Octopus Brooch, Sea Life Brooch, Octopus Badge, White Ceramic Brooch
Funny Octopus Brooch, Sea Life Brooch, Octopus Badge, White Ceramic Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 USD
Porcelain Tea Set, Madhatters Tea Party Set, Alice in Wonderland Tea Set
Porcelain Tea Set, Madhatters Tea Party Set, Alice in Wonderland Tea Set
KinaCeramics
$279.99 USD
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Monster, Handmade Brooch
Porcelain Brooch with Funny Monster, Handmade Brooch
KinaCeramics
$9.99 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
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Cute Christmas Bauble, Funny Christmas
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Cute Christmas Bauble, Funny Christmas
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Emotikon Christmas Ornament , White Christams Bauble , Japanese Emoji Christmas Ornament
Emotikon Christmas Ornament , White Christams Bauble , Japanese Emoji Christmas 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
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
Handmade Christmas Ornament, Modern Christmas Ornament with  Peacock, Luxury Christmas Gift
Handmade Christmas Ornament, Modern Christmas Ornament with Peacock, Luxury Christmas Gift
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Christmas Bauble with Tree Cone, Christmas Ornament with Tree Cone, Christmas Present, Christmas Decor
Christmas Bauble with Tree Cone, Christmas Ornament with Tree Cone, Christmas Present, Christmas Decor
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Christmas Bauble with Balloon, Big White Ornament with Balloon, Ceramic Christmas Decoration
Christmas Bauble with Balloon, Big White Ornament with Balloon, Ceramic Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 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
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Quirky Christmas Bauble, White Ornament with Monster
Funny Christmas Ornament with Monster, Quirky Christmas Bauble, White Ornament with Monster
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Modern Christmas Ornament, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Decoration
Modern Christmas Ornament, White Christmas Bauble, Handmade Christmas Decoration
KinaCeramics
$24.99 USD
Ceramic Bowl with Pig, Porcelain Bowl with Gold Rim, Decorative Bowl with Vintage Drawing
Ceramic Bowl with Pig, Porcelain Bowl with Gold Rim, Decorative Bowl with Vintage Drawing
KinaCeramics
$44.99 USD
Customized Plate, Qurky Plate, Funny Plate, Personalised Plate Ceramic Plate
Customized Plate, Qurky Plate, Funny Plate, Personalised Plate Ceramic Plate
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
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

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