Hello there, my name is Kira and I’m hands behind the Kira Ni Ceramics. My clay journey began in a community ceramics class, back in January 2014 in London, UK. I remember my first encounter of stoneware clay – it was hand-building and wheel throwing in tandem. I loved it so much that I would sprint to the class after finishing the day job. Stoneware clay is a fantastic material to work with because it’s very strong as well as malleable. Its unique characteristics allow you to transform your wildest imagination into any shape or size. In the past, the majority of my work consisted of tableware and houseware. Each hand-built plate was irregular and distinct, and represented a modern rustic look; Each wheel-thrown bowl had a very tactile quality on the surface depending on the clay mix. The mugs made with grey clay had a stark contrast to the hand-built vases sporting the deepest hue of black. It was at that early stage which I made my signature piece; The Seagull Jug.
After my relocation to a small Mediterranean island called Malta, I pursued hand-building. It was that time when pottery became my career. Soon after I changed stoneware clay to porcelain, it took me almost 10 months just to understand porcelain, how it works, and mostly, how it shapes. Even the subtle temperature fluctuation in my hands affects porcelain behavior. It has a certain constraint on how quickly the work must be done. Porcelain has encouraged me to work more slowly. To me, it’s almost the yoga of pottery. The first collection made of porcelain is a series of vessels with spikes, it’s available on a display at the Valletta Contemporary gallery in Malta.
Just before my next move to Tallinn, Estonia, I have started experimenting with coloured porcelain. My current work consists of vases only, it comes in series of approximately 30 pieces per collection. The inspiration stems from Nordic lifestyle. However, the shapes are inspired by the still life paintings of the wonderful Italian painter Giorgio Morandi and industrial buildings such as the Battersea Power Station in London, UK. Parts of the second collection are on a display at The Otomys Gallery in Tetbury, UK.
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Kira Ni Ceramics.