MY STORY & PHILOSOPHY
I'm Cara Fitzmaurice, I live in Cornwall, a rural county in the Southwest of the UK. My studio is located at my home, which also happens to be the home of several sparrow families who return to nest every year, hence my homes name 'Sparrows Nest'.
In a world of mass produced objects I create space for the joy of unique, hand formed pieces that are made with love and inspiration from nature and folklore.
My work is free forming and open, I believe there is nothing more authentic than handmade pieces where imperfections connect the product to the makers, creating an organic and unique look. Many of my pieces are made using primitive techniques such as raku techniques of smoke firing, saggar and surface marking with natural materials that I forage locally such as seedheads and seaweed. I am inspired my the natural world around me here in West Cornwall, whether that's the earthy heathlands, the enchanting woodlands, the calm south coast or rugged north coast.
By harvesting the sun and rainwater, mainly making to order, recycling our clay, embracing electric travel, living a vegan lifestyle and using eco friendly packaging we aim to reduce our carbon footprint on this wonderful planet Earth.
Freedom to express my creativity and slow living are at the heart of my core values and as a result I followed my heart to live a gentle life, one where I can notice the everyday and the ever changing world around me. January 2020 saw me leave my career in nursing after 22 years to run Sparrows Nest Ceramics full time. Each of my pieces are made with an abundance of love and gratitude, I hope the joy I have in making them translates to my customers.
My husband Andrew and I share dreams of slow, creativity and sustainable living, May 2021 saw Andrew join Sparrows Nest Ceramics full time, ditching his grey suit and desk and replacing them with a heavy duty apron and raku fire pit.
We run beginners courses in handbuilding, raku experiences and workshops.
We also offer small batch items to shops such as soapdishes, bowls, salt and pepper sets.
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