Ceramics Studio Set-up

by Minnie-Mae Stott Studio in Margate, Kent, United Kingdom

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Launching a new ceramics studio in Margate. Exploring exciting coastal inspired projects, including using local seaweed to make glazes

by Minnie-Mae Stott Studio in Margate, Kent, United Kingdom

Getting Into Ceramics

My childhood was spent growing up in Hackney, East London, where I was born in the late 1980s. Both my mother and grandmother (seamstresses and set designers) played an instrumental role in encouraging my interests and developments within the world of arts and culture. 

After graduating from Loughborough in 2011 studying Printed Textiles, I worked as studio manager for Cressida Bell, granddaughter of the Bloomsbury group’s Vanessa Bell. 

After the birth of our son Vincent in 2017, I decided to revisit my love of design and began to attend the drop-in classes at Clayspace ceramics studio. I found my calling and instantly began to spend every hour I could there. Working with clay is a wonderfully mindful and therapeutic escapism that allowed me to find a little bit of time for myself among family life.

Growing

My enthusiasm hasn't waned and I spend most of my free time creating ceramics from inspiration and explorations. Gradually I've grown my business, and in 2020, whilst pregnant with my second child (Chester), I decided to make it my full time job and set up a website selling my wares. Since taking the plunge I've been fortunate enough that two prestigious institutions have asked to stock my ceramics, The Turner Contemporary and the newly refurbished Courtauld Gallery.

I have reached a stage where working out of my dining room is no longer practical, and I need a professional space in which to create. Very excitingly, I have taken a lease on a studio space. It's a wonderful space, full of light and a second room to be used as a kiln and drying area.

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Step by Step

I will be carrying out most of the renovations myself but there are some essential items I will need to purchase including a kiln, tools, equipment, a water heater. I will also have to employ an electrician to wire in the kiln.

Gifts

For those of you generous enough to help support me on my journey, donations will be rewarded with limited edition ceramics, prints, gifts & merchandise should you choose. Donations of any value are very welcome and will all go towards helping me on this exciting journey and development.

Raffle entry to Win Large Swan Lamp - £5

One raffle ticket to win the very first in a small edition of large ceramic swan lamps. The swan will be glazed then fired in the new kiln purchased as a result of this Crowdfunder, allowing you, the patron, to see the results of your valued support. 

A winner will be chosen and notified at the end of March.

45cm x 30cm

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Raffle entry to Win Large Vase - £5

The vase will be glazed then fired in the new kiln purchased as a result of this Crowdfunder, allowing you, the patron, to see the results of your valued support. A winner will be chosen and notified at the end of March.

35cm x 20cm

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The Pinch Greetings Card pack of 5 - £10

Pack of five greetings cards featuring 'The Pinch’. My ode to motherhood in all its delights and dramas.
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Single Oyster Pinch Pot - £30

Handmade ceramic single oyster shell pinch pots. Designed to hold your seasonings of choice. Each hand formed making every one uniqueeaturing real 24ct gold and mother of pearl lustre.
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Forget-Me-Not-Never T-shirt - £32

Organic cotton t-shirt featuring my forget-me-not design.

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Dionysus Sweatshirt (Black or Light Blue) - £42

Cotton sweatshirt featuring my Dionysus design. God of grape-harvest, winemaking, orchard, fruit, vegetation, fertility, insanity & ritual madness. I feel you Dionysus you cheeky soul!

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Ceramic Charging Shellf (Shell Shelf) - £54

I struggle with the aesthetic of modern technology incorporated into my home. So, I decided to embrace it and make something to accommodate my phone, that also fits with my decoration style.

20cm x 14cm x 8cm

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Ceramic Bathroom Shellf (Shell Shelf) - £54

Whilst looking for something to hold bathroom items, I came to a halt. This was the answer, so here it is. Olive and cream shell design.

20cm x 12.5cm x 8cm

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Lego I Love You A3 Gicleé Print - £55

My son Vincent drew this for his Dad for Christmas, it’s based on a song he made up about Lego. I love his use of bold primary colours and has done so well for a four year old. When I showed him my Crowdfunder video, he smiled and said “mummy you look so happy in your studio”. He asked if he could help too, so we agreed that we could make some prints from his Lego drawing.
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I’ll bring you flowers A2 Gicleé Print - £70

A2 giclee print edition of 50. Painting background by my great grandmother Minnie-Monge. With text over the top by me.
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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Raffle entry to Win Large Swan Lamp

One raffle ticket to win the very first in a small edition of large ceramic swan lamps. I am in the process of making a series of large ceramic swan lamps and so very excited to be raffling off the first one. Serene, calm, elegant swans that glide across ponds and down rivers. I’m obsessed with their majesty and presence, so I’ve embarked on a body of work exploring them. A winner will be chosen and notified at the end of March.

£5 or more

Raffle entry to Win Big Ceramic Vase

One raffle ticket to win the very first in a small edition of large ceramic vases. A winner will be chosen and notified at the end of March.

£10 or more

The Pinch Greetings Card pack of 5

Pack of five greetings cards featuring 'The Pinch' print

£30 or more

13 of 30 claimed

Single Oyster Pinch Pot

Be the first to get your hands on the single ceramic Oyster shell pinch pots. Hand formed and glazed, featuring mother of pearl and real gold lustre. Each one totally unique as cut and formed free hand.

£32 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Forget-Me-Not-Never T-shirt

Organic cotton t-shirt featuring my forget-me-not design.

£42 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Dionysus Sweatshirt

Cotton sweatshirt featuring my Dionysus design. God of grape-harvest, winemaking, orchard, fruit, vegetation, fertility, insanity & ritual madness. I feel you Dionysus you cheeky soul!

£54 or more

Ceramic Charging Shellf (Shell Shelf)

I struggle with the aesthetic of modern technology incorporated into my home. So, I decided to embrace it and make something to accommodate my phone, that also fits with my decoration style. 20cm x 14cm x 8cm

£54 or more

Ceramic Bathroom Shellf (Shell Shelf)

Whilst looking for something to hold bathroom items, I came to a halt. This was the answer, so here it is. Olive and cream shell design. 20cm x 12.5cm x 8cm

£55 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Lego I Love You A3 Gicleé Print

My son Vincent drew this for his Dad for Christmas, it’s based on a song he made up about Lego. I love his use of bold primary colours and has done so well for a four year old. When I showed him my Crowdfunder video, he smiled and said “mummy you look so happy in your studio”. He asked if he could help too, so we agreed that we could make some prints from his Lego drawing.

£70 or more

0 of 50 claimed

I’ll bring you flowers A2 Gicleé Print

A2 giclee print edition of 50. Painting background by my great grandmother Minnie-Monge. With text over the top by me.

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