Kinska’s hand-painted ceramics are pretty high on our Christmas wish lists this year. Based in London, this ceramic and mixed media artist works away in her Brixton studio producing the magical monochrome pots, planters, sculptures and miniature busts that we’ve fallen for. Some of Kinska’s pieces are one-of-a-kind and all are made with lead-free materials so sipping your squash, or gin, from them is not discouraged in the slightest. We tend to think they’re rather too lovely for this (we’ll stick to our charity shop mugs) so suggest planting up your green friends to brighten a dreary crap-laden desk.

They’ve got a lot of pizzazz, these folksy mime-esque characters, and we’re beset by a very real love for them. Reminiscent of Venetian masks, the ghosts of folktales and the protagonists of modernist novels, the pieces in Kinska’s Esty shop are inspiring. If a pop of colour is more up your street, a trip to this artist’s website proffers a peek at a considerable collection of ceramic brooches in varying shades of blue, yellow and green, and a host of characters to choose from.

Kinska’s ceramics have us dreaming of urban adventures and spiritual encounters filled with cat’s eyes and geometric patterns, faces in moons and circus regalia. Perhaps we have her Argentinian roots to thank for the great narratives in her amazing creations, or maybe it’s London, in all it’s mystery and multiplicity that’s the inspiration for each of these marvellous little pieces. Whatever Kinska’s big influences may be, we know one thing for sure: we’re utterly bewitched by each and every piece in her collection.


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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth