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HALLO Ceramics was a venture founded by Heather in 2020, formed amidst a nationwide lockdown out of an honest, cross-city love story with her other half, Sam. This, mixed with a joyous venture to learn a new artistic craft in ceramics, had Heather develop a line of products she felt proud to share with the world.
These works present a wide range of handmade earrings and homewares that explore an array of enticing colours and playful shapes. Using both bold and subtle colours paired with intricate design, HALLO allow you to explore expression through statement jewellery and with homewares that inject character and flare into your space. Heather is proudly self-taught.
This inspiration stems from Heather’s deep love for colour and for working in 3D form. Both the aesthetic and the science behind how different colours work with one another and the emotions a certain piece of work can evoke, have forever intrigued Heather; she hopes that within her work you are able ignite or feed an already burning flame for your inner child, express your absolute best self or simply fall in love with a piece that is unapologetically you.
Once our pieces have been crafted from a clay body, it is time for them to go in the kiln. The kiln is a furnace which heats up to a target temperature usually over 12 hours, then reduces back down again. The first firing is call the 'Bisque' fire, reaching around 950°c. During the firing, the heat causes the water to escape from the clay, turning it into Ceramic.
Once the pieces have gone through their first firing, they are now ready for glazing. The clay would have changed colour during the Bisque fire, usually leaving you with white or beige pieces depending on what clay has been used. It is through the glazing process in which we achieve our bright and beautiful colours. There are many ways you can glaze ceramics, however we mainly brush our glazes on, or dip our pieces into the glaze. Then, we are ready for our second firing in the kiln. The temperatures here reach anything between 1020°c - 1300°c. Yikes!
Finally, after what feels like a lifetime of eagerly waiting for the temperatures to drop to be safe enough for the kiln to be opened, we are left with the results! It is important to say that not everything goes smoothly the first time. Ceramics is very much a craft of trial and error, but my gosh when you get it right, it is ever so rewarding. We then photograph our pieces ready for sale, list them online and then the rest is up to you!
If you would like to know more about our processes, please do not hesitate to get in touch.