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Lydia Hardwick CeramicsBy Lydia Hardwick Ceramics
First created
Lydia Hardwick CeramicsBy Lydia Hardwick Ceramics
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£2,547
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About

INLAID stoneware plate, in peach, green and ochre
INLAID stoneware plate, in peach, green and ochre

After a lovely decade together, my little old kiln and I have parted ways! 

As a ceramicist and artist educator, my work is dependent on the use of a kiln. My lovely little kiln has supported me through a long journey of making. It recently came to the end of its life. Through the good times and the bad times, it has enabled me to develop my work and has additionally fired the work of over 500 adults and children that I have taught over the years. Can you help me to replace it?

A new kiln will cost me £2400. I couldn't ask for you kind people to raise funds for the entire thing, so I am asking for help towards 50% of the costs of the kiln plus £100 towards getting an electrical supply installed. For contributions of £10 or more, you will have the opportunity to own a piece of my work, learn more about clay or give your children a clay party!

The development of my own practice as a ceramicist has fed directly into my career as an artist educator. Through exciting developments and big mistakes, I have learned a lot about clay, and nothing gives me more pleasure than to share this knowledge with others. Over the last 10 years, I have taught over 2500 people how to use clay - from school children who have never touched the stuff before, through to adults making their artistic practice a central part of their lives. 

My mission to share my work and knowledge with others will become impossible without access to this essential piece of equipment. No kiln, no ceramics!

For more information on my work as an artist educator or to see projects that I have been involved in, please visit my website by clicking HERE.

Family Day clay workshop at the Whitechapel Gallery
Family Day clay workshop at the Whitechapel Gallery

WHAT CAN YOU GET IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR HELP?

A Collaged Clay Decoration  

Collaged Clay Decorations... take a lucky dip!
Collaged Clay Decorations... take a lucky dip!

I stain clay different colours using oxides, and then inlay the colours into the surface of another sheet of clay. These decorations could be made up of varying colour combinations, sometimes they will be glazed, sometimes unglazed, so it is a bit of a lucky-dip!


A Small, Medium or Large GUSTS plate 

GUSTS plate
GUSTS plate

These GUSTS plates are hand-rolled and cut from terracotta clay. They are dried and bisque fired to 1050 degrees celsius. I brush on a white glossy glaze, and paint a black pattern using a combination of stain and glaze. The plate is then fired a second time, making the glaze turn molten before cooling. The plates are available in 3 different sizes: 15cm, 23cm and 29cm. They are hand-wash only. Patterns and sizes may vary slightly from the picture above.


Patterned Numbers

Patterned Numbers
Patterned Numbers

Choose either one or two numbers to place on your mantlepiece or to hang on a door. These numbers are made from terracotta clay with a white glaze and a hand painted pattern in cobalt oxide blue. They are approximately 15cm tall. You can choose to have small holes in your number to tack it to a door with little nails. Ideal for celebrating someone's birthday! I will contact you directly after the Kickstarter has ended. Please note that the shape, pattern and sizes may naturally vary slightly, but if you order a pair then I will make sure that they match!


Medium or Large INLAID Stoneware plate (2 colourways available)

INLAID stoneware plates (blue, orange and navy)
INLAID stoneware plates (blue, orange and navy)

These inlaid stoneware plates can be used for food or for decorative purposes. I have some hanging on the wall at home! You will have the choice of two colour ways - blue, orange and navy (as seen directly above, glazed) or peach, green and ochre (as seen at the top of this page, this example is unglazed). To make the pattern, I stain clay different colours using oxides, and then inlay the colours into the surface of another sheet of clay. I then cut out the shape of the plate, and form the edges. The plate is carefully dried and bisque fired to 1000 degrees celsius. You can also choose whether you would like this to be glazed (for use with all foodstuffs), or unglazed (for decorative or non-oily foodstuffs use). Either way, the plate is then fired for a second time up to 1230 degrees. I will contact you directly regarding your selected design.


Bespoke Platter (up to 35cm diameter)

Your bespoke platter can be any colour, pattern or technique...
Your bespoke platter can be any colour, pattern or technique...

I will work closely with you to design and make a bespoke plate or platter of up to 35cm in diameter. This can be based on any of the techniques and colours that I regularly use, and I will incorporate your own ideas into the design as much as possible. To get some ideas for your platter, and to see more of my work, please visit www.lydiahardwick.co.uk, or my Instagram - @lydia.hardwick.


A Clay Party for Children!

Children making coiled pots in one of my workshops
Children making coiled pots in one of my workshops

I will deliver a fun and exciting 2 hour clay-based party for up to 8 children of any age, at your home or a location of your choice (London zones 1-4 and south Essex only). From animal sculptures to pots, the children will have the chance to make 2 air-drying clay objects to proudly take home with them.


A Bespoke Ceramics Class for 2

Fancy trying a bit of ceramics? Need an introduction to clay? Or do you want some help expanding your knowledge? I will visit your home* and teach you and a friend all that I know! You can choose to learn a range of techniques - from making and using coloured clays to sgraffito and beyond! After making several experimental pieces, you can select a small object each (up to 15cm in diameter) that I will take home, glaze, fire and post to you. *London zones 1-4 and south Essex only

Stained clays ready for use
Stained clays ready for use

Bespoke Dinner Service

Work with me to create your own design!
Work with me to create your own design!

Dine in style! Work with me to design your own dinner service. 6 dinner plates and 6 matching side plates. You can choose for me to use any of the techniques and patterns that you can see on my website, and I will try my best to work with colours that fit to your taste. 

Risks and challenges

Making ceramics can be quite a painful process at times! In the last couple of years, my kiln has failed a few times and ruined a lot of work! So a new kiln would definitely improve this situation. Things don't always go to plan... working with clays, glazes and oxides is like alchemy. But with 12 years of making experience, things only tend to go wrong only when I am experimenting! I'm sure that with my new kiln, I'll be able to make your plates and get them delivered soon. As a worst case scenario, I have estimated the delivery by August, but they should be with you much sooner than this!

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    Please note that this product is hand-wash only, and that there may be natural variations in the sizes, colours and patterns.

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    Patterned Numbers - TWO NUMBERS

    TWO NUMBERS (see above for one number). Lovely numbers to place on your mantlepiece or to hang on a door. These numbers are made from terracotta clay with a white glaze and a hand painted pattern in cobalt oxide blue. You can choose to have small holes in your number to tack it to a door with little nails. Ideal for celebrating someone's birthday! I will contact you directly after the Kickstarter has ended.

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    I will post you a large INLAID stoneware plate/platter. The plate will be approximately 28cm in diameter. To make the pattern, I stain clay different colours using oxides, and then inlay the colours into the surface of another sheet of clay. You will have the choice of two colour ways (as seen in the images in the campaign section) - blue, orange and navy, or peach, green and ochre. You can also choose whether you would like this to be glazed (for use with all foodstuffs), or unglazed (for decorative or non-oily foodstuffs use). I will contact you directly regarding your selected design.

    Please note that this product is hand-wash only, and that there may be natural variations in the sizes, colours and patterns.

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    I will work closely with you to design and make a bespoke plate or platter of up to 35cm in diameter. This can be based on any of the techniques, patterns and colours that I regularly use, and I will incorporate your own ideas into the design as much as possible. To see more of my work, please visit www.lydiahardwick.co.uk.

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    Bespoke Ceramics Class for 2

    Fancy trying a bit of ceramics? Need an introduction to clay? Or do want some help expanding your knowledge? I will visit your home (London zones 1-4 and south Essex only) and teach you and a friend all that I know! You can choose to learn a range of techniques - from making and using coloured clays to sgraffito and beyond! After making several experimental pieces, you can select one object each (up to 15cm in diameter) that I will take home, glaze, fire and post to you.

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    Dine in style! Work with me to design your own dinner service. 6 dinner plates and 6 matching side plates. You can choose for me to use any of the techniques and patterns that you can see on my website, and I will try my best to work with colours that fit to your taste.

    Please note that I recommend hand washing my plates!

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