Handmade ceramic curiosities; moons, creatures and faces.
Dóttir Studio is my small ceramics studio. I make whimsical, storytelling and emotive ceramic pieces to bring a smile, sense of wonder and imagination to your home.
Dóttir is Icelandic for 'daughter' as I set up my studio after my daughter was born. Iceland is a special place for my family, it's a place where we believe magic exists. It is this magic that inspires my work.
Everything is made in small batches, by hand from start to finish. This means no two pieces are the same, making your item unique and full of personality. I work from my home studio in the garden, with the company of my pug, Talula.
I build my pieces by hand; either by coiling shapes or building with slabs. Then I hand paint, glaze and finish with gold lustre. There is a lot of care and attention that goes into every piece which I hope means you love your piece as much as I enjoyed making it.
Handmade ceramics, from start to finish.
I work with various clays; earthenware, white stoneware and various speckled stonewares (which are my favourite!). I build most of my pieces using coils, then sculpt features and faces by hand. Once the clay has dried, I paint features and fur with velvet underglazes, the pots are then fired to 1000c in a bisque fire.
The next stage is glazing; I use a glossy glaze to paint the insides, eyes and lips. On my animal pieces I leave the velvet underglaze unglazed on the outsides as it has a lovely soft fur-like texture with a matt finish. The next firing does up to 1250c. Once they have come through that, if the design has it, I paint on the final stage, which is the gold lustre cheeks or constellations. This is the third and final firing. Opening the kiln after this stage is my favourite part of the process!
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