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What’s New From Kiln Fired Art?

We are still in the process of updating our house, unfortunately we don’t know when it will be finished as the oven and oak flooring are stuck on the high seas somewhere.

Making stock is pretty much on hold as I can barely get a foot in the studio but I am able to keep Flat Bottles UK up and running as I can access my kilns.

All of this has got me thinking that maybe shopping early for Christmas is probably wise. I will be looking for UK based handmade gifts that are in stock to avoid any complications.

I am adding stock to my shop as I had things made already but when it has gone my virtual shelves will be pretty empty. Unless I can get the studio up and running again, I do intend to have a raku firing soon as I had planned for it.

Here’s some of my latest additions to Kiln Fired Art on Etsy.

A shoal of small raku glazed fish, as well as larger ones like mackerel, or flat fish.

Other ceramic wall art includes raku leaves, and moon gazing hares and plant tiles.

There are botanical prints ready to frame, a few silk scarves and paper packs for crafting your own work of art.

Also recycled wine bottles which are always popular as gifts. There are bottle dishes and spoon rests which are going like hot cakes just now.

Hopefully I will be back in the the studio soon, I never thought back in June that things would take this long.

Are you a tortoise or a hare? I’m definitely a tortoise.

When I was out for my jog I decided to try a longer distance, the first 5k in ages. I took it slow and steady, and I got to the finish without having to resort to walking, I felt I had achieved something. The tortoise approach definitely works.

I’ve found being a tortoise is a good thing during lockdown. Slow and steady gets things done. This week I have been working on occasional custom orders, champagne bottles flattened and returned to their owners. I hear some interesting stories from my customers as to why they want their bottle flattened to hang on the wall as a memento of a special time in their lives.

champagne bottle flattened to hang on the wall

I am stocking my shop, I list something daily trying to keep stock levels up. I’ve slowed production down now, it’s not a time to get stressed with the workload. I still have more items to list over the next week or so. Here’s a couple of gift ideas that I added last week.

Ceramic soap dishes, I love the way this glaze breaks over the texture.


Recycled bottle spoon rest this one has gold sparkles to add a bit of bling to the kitchen.


Slowing production has given me more time for packing up parcels, time for jobs round the house and also most importantly a bit of ‘me’ time to get through this strange situation we find ourselves in. I’m trying to get out and enjoy nature, and burn off some sourdough calories, I’m knitting and reading and I have been working on my little ecoprinted book but that will be revealed later.

How are you coping with lockdown? Are you taking the ‘tortoise’ approach?

Five on Friday – 5 green bottles!


I have been busy painting the spare room so not much to show you today except some of my squashed bottles, 5 green bottles hanging on a wall….

These ones are going to France, the Beaujolais Nouveau melted bottle is very pretty.

An amazing Tanqueray gin bottle dish

An etched champagne bottle keepsake, with the names of bride and groom & date. flat champagne bottle

So that’s a quickie post from me today, hopefully there will be more next week when I get the decorating finished.

If you would like to see everyone participating in 5 on Friday click on the link on the right.

New coloured bottle dishes and iridised glass pendants

I have been absent from my blog for a while but sometimes there’s so much to do, and so little time to do it.

I have found time to add stock to my shop, I’ve recently updated Flat Bottles and Fired Art Jewellery with some new stock. I’m really pleased with how my shop is looking just now.

These bottle dishes, or trays came out of the kiln this morning, they should be listed soon. I love the colours and textures, a humble recycled empty wine bottle can become a thing of beauty, and these melted bottle dishes have a multitude of uses, I think they will look great with some tea lights, don’t you think?

bottle dishglass bottle tray

melted bottle dish

I have some fused glass pendants to list on Etsy too, a pretty, dainty dichro square pendant, so easy to wear, and a couple of iridised pendants which a cubic zirconia fused into the pendant. I love the way the glass cushions the little jewel. fused glass pendants