Simple, Subtle, Timeless.
Handmade ceramics by Kristjan Klementi
Its nice to meet you here.
I am Kristjan Klementi
And I make pottery craft in my tiny home studio.
Read my journey from a corporate career to becoming a potter.
The design concept
Simple and functional objects complemented with subtle details, crafted with love and care.
Timeless and unobtrusive beauty enriching your everyday.
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Made with love, passion and care.
When the mind is free the body can create. Not only I do what I love, but also love what I do. Every time the clay is put on the potter’s wheel, I put a lot of care and attention to what I do.
For me art is not just creativity, but also mastery and skills of creating.
Every piece I make is my journey to mastery. Every little detail has its meaning and importance to bring them together into the final fine vessels in one integrity, so the final piece is not just nice, but pleasant to the eye and silky smooth to the hand to hold them. My work is made to be used with a hope they will withstand the test of time.
You look up and count the stars. How many did you get ?
When the odds become even during the firing process the glaze develops beautiful golden microcrystals. Sometimes covering the whole ware with golden hue and other times just few golden sparks like stars.
Latest blog writings
How the ice crackle treasure box is born
I’ve made a video how those treasure boxes with ice crackle glaze start their journey from a lump of clay into a final functional form.
VIDEO: How to brush glaze a bowl
Brushing glaze I have learned a trick – I use potter’s wheel to spin the bowl, a cheap large enough slip trailer to feed the brush with glaze and a fan brush to give an even finish.
Art created by the heat of the kiln
Not all is visible to our naked eye. There is totally another world when looking close to the things we can hold in our hands.
Not all comes out of kiln in one piece
This snowflake glazed (or ice crackle glazed) platter did not come out from the kiln in one piece. And honestly, I am happy it did not withstand the firing, it gave me another opportunity.
Tools of the trade
The main tools in the middle - those I carry with me always, wherever I go those come with me. Those do the main job and the rest just help them out – my two hands.
Honeypot from semi porcelain
Some say that potters are most unhappy people because they fail to get the expected results so often. I say potters are happiest people because every making and firing is full of surprises to be glad of.
Black stoneware vases with white contrast
Sometimes, instead of a jar I throw a vase as a warmup, and sometimes I make vases also deliberately, throw they are not my everyday forms to make.
Video: Final tuning of the lidded jar
I often say that lid and the body of a ceramic jar need to sing together. Every lid as its own tone what they make. In this 6-minute video I show how I make the final tuning to my lidded jars.
Black stoneware jars with white torn texture
The look resembles a tree trunk or a dried earth, which it actually is. The effect is achieved with drying the outside of the body rapidly with a help of sodium silicate and a torch. Made from the Spanish black stoneware clay and the texture is filled with white engobe
Web page has hatched
It has been a lot of screen hours behind the computer developing the web page and reflecting on my work and values. Finally I can open my new home for my ceramics and handcraft