Moving from dreaming to doing...
It’s time. After dedicating my life to my family since 2000, it’s time to create that business of my own.
The vision for Navah Pottery exists at the intersection of home, hospitality and charm. "Navah" means to beautify or adorn, in the context of skilled craft and items for the home or for worship. For me it's also an expression of the centred-ness we draw from particular items; items we use and come to cherish as part of our everyday lives and routines.
Whether in your moments of quiet solitude, in your favourite spot, clutching your favourite coffee mug...
...giving someone special a personalised and poignant gift...
…or making a room ready for awaited house guests, filling the room with beautiful scent from oil burners or purposely placing flowers for aesthetic effect in a hand-made vase...
…or serving dear friends at dinner, from plush platters to plates that provoke admiring remarks.
A unique perspective on life...
I'm Nikki. Wife and mother to 4 teenagers (yes... I know).
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the US and have always held the beauty of Washington State in my heart: the elegant tall firs, the Puget Sound’s deep blue-greens and the dramatic snow-topped Olympic and Cascades mountain ranges.
Raising a large family has given me unique insight into what makes certain moments of our lives precious. Whether that’s making the most of quiet times, or facilitating loud, laughter-filled, heart-warming gatherings.
I'd love for Navah's items of beauty to become a part of your cherished moments... so I can't wait to reward you for helping me to adorn cherished moments for others.
And don't worry, they'll arrive with you in one piece! I've been shipping ceramic objects all over the world without so much as a crack :-)
What will it take for you to adorn those cherished moments, Nikki?
I've been interning at a pottery studio over the last 12 months under a wonderful mentor, learning the in's and out's of the business as well as the craft itself. I've already acquired a top-class wheel, glazes and clay - the image to the right is what the car looked like when we picked it all up! So there are now 2 important elements that need further capital: The Kiln and The Cabin Studio.
We have a space in our house that is perfect for a kiln – a 160x135cm “office” that I’m commandeering from my husband… it’s OK, he’s all for it ;-) In a busy house-hold, home-working isn't very straightforward! The initial funding target includes the purchase and installation of the kiln - and all electrical work to make it super safe.
The log-cabin studio comprises 4x4m of delicious creative space. The 77cm logs and insulation to regulate temperatures, double-glazing, a power source, shelving and work benches. It will be ample enough for you to enjoy a pottery lesson, or house 5 children safely for a hand-building birthday party. It will include a water source, a sink for washing-up and facilities for recycling clay from waste-water.
The Navah Pottery studio will be positioned conveniently at the end of our garden (which has separate access) so friends, neighbours and customers can join me for a coffee to discuss their commissions, enjoy a pottery lesson or view new stock.
So, what do you make Nikki?
Thanks for asking :-) I make a variety of items inspired by the Pacific North West that you can see below - but to make sure there's more options to enjoy, we also offer Annual Studio Memberships (£1,200), 2hr Wheel-Craft and Hand-Building Sessions with me (£85 and £65 respectively), and Children's Parties ...
** Please speak to me if you'd like to discuss different glazing options on the items below...
Dinner Plates (Hand-built) - in sets of 4 (£150), 6 (£225) or 8 (£300); or available as...
Side Plates (Hand-built) - in sets of 4 (£120), 6 (£180) or 8 (£240)
Pool Bowls - Shallow (£25) - Breakfast (£35) - Ramen (£35 with steep sides)
"But First Coffee..." Mug (£40) - you can choose your own morning message!
Ridged Mug with Thumb Hold (£35)
Large Natural Ridged Mug (£35) This is Nikki's favourite to use in the morning!
Small Platters (Hand-built) (£20 each)
Swallows Oil Burner (£40)
Midnight Oil Burner (£40)
"Love" Ring Plate (Hand-built) (£10)
"Natural" Oil Burners and Tea Light Holder Set (£90) - £100 if sold separately
Tea Light Holder (£20)
Hanging Planter - Cobalt (£50)
Sgraffito - Narrow Vase (£40) - Wider Vase (£50) - Bowl (£55) - Planter (£65)
Natural Shallow Planter (£40) - Also available with different glazing options.
Dip Dish - Small (Pictured) (£55) - Large (£85) - Glazing options open to you :-)
Bathroom Dish (Hand-built) (£40) - speak to Nikki about any glazing requirements!