Painting Pottery
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MY STORY & PHILOSOPHY

Welcome, we are Cara and Andrew Fitzmaurice, we live in `West Cornwall, a rural county in the Southwest of the UK. Our studio is located at home, which also happens to be the home of several sparrow families who return to nest every year, hence our homes name 'Sparrows Nest'. 

In a world of mass produced objects we create space for the joy of unique, hand formed pieces that are made with love and inspiration from nature and with a folklore influence.

Our work is free forming and open, believing there is nothing more authentic than handmade pieces where imperfections connect the product to the makers, creating an organic and unique look.  Many of our 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. Often our inspiration comes from the natural world around us 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 creativity and slow living are at the heart of our core values. We are mainly self taught having previously had careers in nursing and finance, we absolutely love sharing the therapeutic nature of clay with others through our workshops, courses and our pottery at home boxes.  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.  Each of our pieces are made with an abundance of love and gratitude, I hope the joy I have in making them translates to our customers.  

You can buy our work online on the this website; Etsy; Not On The High Street (also available through other small independent businesses). 

In store - Pebble and Salt Fowey, Cornwall. The St. Ives Co, St Ives Cornwall. Artyzan, Redruth, Cornwall. 

 

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