Monday, 3 December 2012

Polygonal Musings


A while back I made these angled dishes but had no idea what to do with the surface. After many hours of browsing Pinterest and design blogs (yes, it's so much hard work), I was inspired by the current geometric trend - it's every where and I'm really liking it :)

So, armed with a roll of masking tape, a pair of scissors, my latest underglaze brights and the bowls; these are the result of my little experiment. And I must say, I think the bright colours and the bowl form work really well together, just in time for a festive summer?

Hope you like them too. These will be exclusively available at the I Heart Market on the 8th and 15th December. See you there.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Once in a blue moon

So I haven't blogged in a long while, and since it's a blue moon tonight I thought maybe this is the time to finally get round to it. Lol. It's been a very busy year, I've been developing some new products such as the ones you see below. The Token range has come a long way since 2008 at the very first I Heart Market.

Over the last year or so, I've introduced small little dishes - the heart-shaped, tulip-shaped, lace imprinted bowls and small pie-dishes. Each one is hand-made and hand-glazed by myself. Recently, I've sought to expand that range to include these two new designs.

These little dishes are slip-cast in white stoneware and impressed with stamp details, and some have been hand-drawn into the clay. So each piece is unique.

I'm totally loving the new colour glazes I've introduced: the rich coral, acid chartreuse, light turquoise, lemon yellow and a new denim blue.The flower stamped bowls have a lovely muted matte glaze on the outside which really contrasts wonderfully with vibrant  shine of the inside colours


Those of you that are regulars at my stall at the I Heart Market have probably noticed these little plates below. These are the perfect size to use as a soup dish, teabag holder, spoon rest or just for popping your jewellery into at bedtime. Each has a contrasting glaze on the back too.


Well, that's it from me, hopefully it won't be another blue moon until I update my blog.
Here's a quick snap I took of a orange blue moon over Durban tonight. See you at the market!

Friday, 4 May 2012

market fun


Here's a couple of photos of my stand and goodies at the last few markets. I'll be introducing some new designs over the next few I Heart Markets, but this month I've been concentrating on other projects so there will only be a few newbies to show.
Hope to see you there tomorrow. 


Thursday, 5 April 2012

new earrings

I’ve had such a busy year so far, this is my first blog post this year. With lecturing an extra day a week, I’m finding less and less time to do the little things, except maybe my Pinterest addiction (follow me here). I’ve also participated in the “All Fired Up” ceramics exhibition, still on at the Durban Art Gallery until April 24th. So January and most of February was taken up by frantically making work for the show. I guess I need to work on my time management skills!

Here are some photos of Token’s new earring stock I have just completed. They are available at Mooi, in Glenwood, and at the I Heart Market. All earrings are hand-made in porcelain, high-fired and painstakingly glazed (they are so fussy to glaze). So each pair has its own, unique character.
I've included some new glaze colours that are fresh and versatile.
And, of course, all earrings have sterling silver pins and push-ons (um, ‘butterflies’ to the rest of us in SA).
Hope to see you at the I Heart Market this Saturday, 7th April from 9 till 2pm at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
porcelain - small daisy round earrings
porcelain - various small daisy round earrings
porcelain - red, turquoise and charcoal round earrings
porcelain - red, turquoise and pale grey bird earrings
porcelain - black, bluebell and pink target round earrings
porcelain - various round earrings
porcelain - large pink, white and bluebell heart earrings
porcelain - large heart earrings

porcelain - small peacock heart earrings
porcelain - small heart earrings
porcelain - small mint star earrings 
porcelain - large star earrings
porcelain - various star earrings

Friday, 9 December 2011

wear a pendant close to your heart

Whilst going through my stock, preparing for tomorrow's I heart Market, I realised I have a lot of pendants. They come in many different shapes, sizes and glaze colours!

Here's some pics of some of the variety of pendants I make. All pendants are made from white stoneware clay fired to 1200 degrees and then hand-glazed. Each pendant comes on an adjustable cotton waxed cord, although this can be easily replaced with any other type of cord or chain you prefer.
A few people I know bought them for their cars to hang from the rear view mirror, great idea :)

Well, I'll be at the I heart Market tomorrow with these and all my other ranges of ceramic ware, so come and take a look.

Large heart pendants

round tag - imprint pendants

small heart pendants

small tag -imprint pendants

large star pendants

Friday, 2 December 2011

crazy for colour

I've been making these little bowls for a while now and I really enjoy their simplicity and smallness. To me they are just the right size for storing bits and bobs in. I use mine for just about anything, i.e. for storing rechargeable batteries (so you always know where they are), for chucking in loose change or those single buttons that one finds at the bottom of your washing machine and, of course, for jewellery on your nightstand.

Well, I've glazed a whole new batch in fun festive colours, don't they look charming?
These little gems are tougher than they look, they are made in white stoneware, fired to 1200 degrees celcius and then glazed, so they are durable. The bonus is they are priced under R80 so they also make wonderfully affordable gifts.

So hopefully the I heart Market tomorrow is as buzzing as last time and that the weather cooperates (please rain, stay away until later in the day).

collection of small bowls

ceramic flower-shaped bowls

ceramic heart-shaped bowls

This has got to be one of my all time favoutrite I heart Market posters, so joyful! Don't forget the market madness this December, there's 3 markets on before Christmas. Please concider the I heart Market for your gifting needs. Hope to see you there <3 :)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

new goodies

I've had an extremely busy month preparing work for an upcoming group show and making up orders. Token is very proud to be stocked in two new stores: one in Pietermaritzburg and one in Knysna, but more on that in a later post...

I heart market - 1 October 2011 - Moses Mabhida Stadium
 Saturday is our second market at the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium. We're moving to the lower level opposite Ninos, under the trees and sheltered from the worst of the wind. So look for us there. Underground parking is still free before 12.

Here's a hint of some new goodies:

 some of this month's new bounty
flying bird brooch - grey/green glaze

little forest creatures - stamped brooches - new mottled black and off-white glaze colours
scalloped edges - vintage inspired and stamped brooches
some new glaze colours that I'm enjoying - especially the lemon yellow and indigo purple