On the 3rd September we took our third slip casting workshop at Tory Bush Cottages situated at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. We had a full group with one lovely lady coming all the way from Austria to join in on the Creative Weekend.

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We began the morning session with an introduction to slip casting, explaining and demonstrating the industrial yet creative process that I use to create my work. We then all got to work on our own bottle casting into pre prepared moulds using fine bone china.

While the bottles remained in the moulds for a couple of hours we got started on another technique in which we used plaster and underglaze to create a unique bone china tile.

After a beautifully prepared lunch by Claire we were then able to take our bottles out of the moulds, and after a little cleaning and sponging, apply our own hand painted surface pattern.

Everyone did such an amazing job on their bottles and tiles, the results speak for themselves...

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The bottles and tiles have all been taken away to my studio where they will go through a bisc and glaze firing. The bottles can be used either as a functional flower vase, or milk jug or a lovely piece to remember your weekend at the Mournes!

Our next Creative Weekend in The Mournes is on the 15th October and spaces are filling up fast.

Info:

1 nights accommodation at Tory Bush Cottages
2 workshops (ceramics and print)
Home cooked meals for the duration of your stay
Refreshments during workshop
info@torybush.com
Ph Claire 07866928846 or David 02843724348
or message us at the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWeekendsMournes/

All of the above for just £185

We are completely over the moon to be shortlisted for the UK and Ireland Etsy Awards. The Etsy Awards celebrate the best of creativity in the UK and Ireland. Entrants have the chance to win up to £10,000 cash prize, product showcase at Tent London during London Design Festival, business support from The Design Trust, retail opportunities with John Lewis and more. With over 3000 entries Rebecca Killen Ceramics has reached the last 60 with the popular Floral Cobalt Bottle but now we need your help.... 

To win the people's choice award of a £10000 bursary (that could transform our small ceramic business) you need to vote and validate if using your email address. Click on link to vote if you like our handmade bone china bottles.

VOTE FOR REBECCA KILLEN CERAMICS

You can now also buy our handmade bottles from the etsy shop, click to check it out and purchase a piece of handcrafted bone china.

We were delighted to exhibit for second year at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, this time with a group of 8 designer/makers from Northern Ireland as successful participants on Craft NI's Export Development programme. Take a look at some images from the event including a few new additions to the collection. Please keep an eye on the stockist page to find out where to buy Rebecca Killen Ceramics.

We have a collection of vessels, t-lights and bottles on display in Adore Contemporary Boutique for their current exhibition 'A Contemporary Christmas'. Adore is based in the beautiful harbour town of Falmouth, Cornwall and showcases the best of British contemporary craft. Their annual Christmas exhibition sees our work exhibited alongside talented designers; Gemma Scully, Katy Luxton, Bryony Stanford and Fleur Grenier. 


Call into Belfast's best kept secret Coppermoon to see a new batch of Rebecca Killen Ceramics on the shelves including these cute Cobalt Milk & Sugar sets. Coppermoon, a beautiful art and design boutique, showcases collections of jewellery, home and gift products to discerning customers worldwide and supports both local and national designers. Coppermoon have been stocking our products for over a year and we are delighted to launch our new Cobalt Milk & Sugar Sets in store. A beautiful piece for the home or a great gift idea!

Ahh where to begin…Finally I am getting around to writing a blog, just a little something to keep you all up to date with what I am getting up to and hopefully an interesting insight into the life of a ceramic designer.

June has been a very exciting time for me as on the 5th my first ever solo show opened in the absolutely fabulous Atelier Design (www.atelier-design.co.uk). Atelier-Design is a dynamic and contemporary Design Studio based in the vibrant heart of Belfast City Centre specialising in Interior Design, Architecture and Mid Century Furniture. Atelier-Design is owned by the wonderful Architect and Interior Designer duo James Fairley and Victor Branco, who have recently opened up their beautiful top floor studio on Wellington Place to host monthly art exhibitions. They have had a range of exhibitions (photography, painting, print and my favourite ‘From Process to Pattern’ by Abigail*Ryan Homewares) mostly showcasing local talent.

My exhibition, ‘Letters from the East’ presents both new commercial products and exhibition pieces that share common themes of pattern, functionality and process. The pieces sit beautifully amongst the array of stunning mid-century furniture creating their own unique dialogue. The seductive dark walls along with the vibrancy of their carefully selected fabrics and vintage ornaments was the perfect backdrop for my signature blue and white, Bone-China vessels and wall mounted pieces.

"Letters from the East" explores the methods of combining traditional making and decorating processes with digital ceramic transfers on fine bone china while creating contemporary ceramics that are enriched with social and historical references.

The vessels both functional and dysfunctional, intend to question common values of the function of a form, enabling the viewer to alter their feelings on a particular object. The objects seek to narrate certain historical and social contexts through the use of imagery and text.

Vessels black, white and blue represent the three stages of the application of cobalt on clay as beautifully depicted in the Letters of Père d’Entrecolles. The French Priest, who was essentially practising industrial espionage, revealed details of China’s porcelain production in his letters written in 1712 and 1722. He described how the cobalt changed from a black powder to being buried by a white glaze and finally emerging from the kiln;

‘but the fire makes it appear in all its beauty, almost in the same way as the natural heat of the sun makes the most beautiful butterflies, with all their tints, come out of their eggs’

 The opening night was a great success, thank you to all who came along, it was so nice to get chatting with some interesting characters and receiving feedback on pieces that had never been shown before. Exhibiting at Atelier-Design has been such an amazing opportunity for me and a real highlight in my career, I am so thankful to James and Victor, who worked so hard to put the show together and promote my work throughout the month. Thank you guys, you are AMAZING!!!

'Letters from the East'  at Atelier-Design

'Letters from the East' at Atelier-Design


'Flower Bottles'

'Flower Bottles'

'Industrial Espionage'

Commercial Range

Commercial Range

'Belfast Clay'

'Belfast Clay'

First blog done!