Natko Ceramics: hump day happiness

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Happy hump day friends! Today’s dose of happiness is being delivered by the woman who is responsible for the most beautiful ceramic pot that I own. The lovely Sarah from Geo Heaven posted this picture of her triangle ceramic pot on her Instagram and I just fell in love with it. I had to buy one of my own (I really did have to). Here is my magnificent geometric pot and its equally magnificent maker:

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

Hello I’m Nat and I am chief designer and maker (and everything else!) at Natko ceramics. I make unique ceramic pots and jewellery full of colour and graphic patterns.
  1. How/where/why did NATKO Ceramics begin?

5It began in 2015. I had always wanted to do a ceramics course and was looking for something to take my mind off work in the evening. I did a ceramic sculpture course for 6 months and fell in love with the process. It’s amazing what can be made from a lump of dirt! I decided I wanted to buy my own kiln and start making at home with the aim of selling my work online and at craft fairs. I bought my kiln in July 2016 and started selling four months later.
  1. What inspires your designs?

I’m inspired by Scandinavian interiors as well as Japanese culture and basically whatever random ideas pop into my head! I get colour inspiration from fashion trends and I’m currently obsessed with all things pastel.
  1. Who inspires you?

Lots of other ceramic artists such as Atelier Stella whose work inspired me to take up ceramics in the first place. Her work is so fun, unique and instantly recognisable.
  1. What tools do you use to create your designs?

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My main tool is a rolling pin as all my work is hand built which means I don’t use a pottery wheel. I have lots of carving tools and trimming tools to make my pots look as neat as possible. Obviously, I couldn’t make anything without my trusty little kiln which lives in my parents’ garage.

  1. What is your favourite item to make?

At the minute I love making beads. They are so quick to make compared to pots so there’s an instant gratification! I’m currently working on some new bead shapes so I’m excited to see how they turn out.
  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

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To celebrate the imperfections of my work. When I started I was concerned that no one would like what I made as a lot of my pots have lumps and bumps due to the nature of the hand building process. I thought people only liked ‘perfect’ pottery. Apparently not!! 🙂

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