Based in: Tallinn
Hello there, my name is Kira and I’m hands behind the Kira Ni Ceramics. I am originally from Latvia but have started my pottery journey in London, UK.
For years I’ve been working in office jobs but was always searching for something creative. I don’t really know how it happened exactly, but one day in Jan 2014 I signed up for an evening pottery workshop in my local college. That was when everything changed. It was like it ignited a spark inside me. I spent the next ten months attending the workshop as well as different classes. I started planning my brand and practising my skills. In October 2014 I signed up for a 3 months BTEC level in order to learn the most important basics of ceramics. The rest happened very quickly: I left my job and basically put my old corporate career on hold in the hope of creating something I could feel mine and Kira Ni Ceramics was launched in Feb 2015.
After my relocation to a small Mediterranean island called Malta, I pursued hand-building. It was that time when pottery became my full-time 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. Just before my next move to Tallinn, Estonia, I have started experimenting with coloured porcelain. My current work consists of vases and sculptures as well a new range of slip-casted porcelain objects.
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.
I sketch a lot, but not necessary for the upcoming projects. Sketchbook allows me to come back to my previous designs rework them and see if they fit with my current project. I now work on a project that I have sketched a few years back.
Clean lines, Delicate, Tactile
Patience and repetition.
Don't buy a big kiln. This advise was given to me by a technician when I was doing my BTEC level. Till today it is still the best advice I was ever given.
Walks by the sea
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