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 unique, handformed pieces that are made with love and inspiration from the natural world. We are eco aware and strive to make our home and business as sustainable as possible. Our home and studio is run with solar power, we recycle our clay, we harvest rainwater to use in the studio, we scavenge and find used packaging to send out our orders in, so although you may find your parcel comes say with something like bubblewrap, it will always have been rescued from going to landfill. Any of our local deliveries and trips to the post office will be made by our electric car.
My work is free forming and open, I believe there is nothing more authentic than handmade art 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, surface marking with natural materials and saggar.
I offer beginners courses in handbuilding, raku experiences and workshops. I also offer small batch items such as soapdishes, bowls, salt and pepper sets. Please message for details.