Posts Tagged: ceramic

bird on a wire :: featured artist round up #1

Draw Me a LionRice Babies_A Cagey Bee_ Jen Ellishoney canadagabriEllephant Design - credit [stu-di-o] by jeanieGot Craft? and Bird on a Wire Creations will be hosting a special event featuring the works of 13 Got Craft? vendors. To celebrate these artists, we will be highlighting a sample of their work in two round ups leading up to the event. Make sure to mark your calendars for April 4th and come by to say hello to your favourite artists! Light refreshments will be served.

vendors pictured from top to bottom: Draw Me a Lion | The Rice Babies | A Cagey Bee | jen ellis designs | honey canada | gabriEllephant Design (photo credit: [stu-dio] by jeanie).

When: Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-9:30pm
Where: Bird on a Wire Creations – 2535 Main Street, Vancouver

featured artist :: heyday design

from the archives: 08.02.10

name: Claire Madill
company: heyday design
links: | shop

What do you make?
I work in ceramics – I make molds of found, mostly vintage, forms and translate them into fine porcelain objects. These are currently taking the form of vintage canning jars. Also, I make countless variations of earrings and brooches from the positive and negative patterns on the bottom of vintage glass pickle dishes. I am also currently working on a series of porcelain lights…

What or who inspires you?
I definitely get inspired when I go thrift-store shopping – seeing what I can find and how I can use these found snippets of information and translate it into something else. I am super-inspired by the people I know who are successfully make their living creating things with their hands.

How did you get started?
Before going to Emily Carr, I took some ceramics classes at a community centre in Ottawa. While studying at Emily Carr, I found a fantastic community of people; it was easy to be completely immersed in ceramics. Participating in the annual student show + sale was great experience for making and selling my work.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love the translucency of porcelain, of course. But I’d also have to say plaster is a favourite – I can’t believe I’m writing that, but it’s actually true now. It’s the material I need to make my molds so that I’m able to make what I make. It helps that i’ve gotten waaaaay better at mold-making so it’s not the disastrous chore it used to be!

I kind of have a thing for platinum lustre, too – it adds a bit of glamorous detail to the situation.

What is the hardest and most favourite part of crafting?
Hardest: the long hours and how physically hard on my body my work can be. Favourite part: meticulous fine details really satisfy the obsessive/compulsive part of my personality…


In love with these ceramic polaroid coastes by JustNoey. Aren’t they the best? I met Parul at the Crafty Fox Pop Up Market back in April and got to see her amazing creations in person. An illustrator, designer and photographer from London, Parul creates and designs unique illustrated ceramics and tableware. You can check out more of her work on her blog here or visit her etsy shop here.

all images by Justnoey