September 11, 2019

The End of the Summer!

Well this all seems very far away already! I got back from my end of summer hols at the weekend and it definitely feels very like autumn- grey rainy day here today. I did do some work whilst I was away, editing and uploading lots of product pictures to my website which is now nearly fully loaded with lots of goodies and it’s OPEN.  #spain #summerholiday #torrox #nerja #backtowork

October 20, 2018

Musings about glazing

One of the most magical and, on occasion, most frustrating part of the making process for me is glazing. I test, practice and play to know the glazes I use inside and out and yet I still hold my breath when I open the kiln. Will they have worked as I expected and wanted? Or will or some odd reason they not quite be what I thought, although sometimes this could mean better!

I posted a few photographs on my Facebook and Instagram pages to show the before and after the firing process. Three kiln shelves full to the brim of my glazed ceramic pieces that I had made for my jewellery. I was quite surprised with the response, I think I’d become a bit blasé to the process. It IS amazing to see the difference in the pictures.  It’s fascinating to witness the chemical changes that have occurred because of heat.

The glazes I decorate my work with are rarely the colour they will end up after firing - in fact, most seem to be tones of grey! The turquoise glaze is a grey tinged with blue, the purple is just dark grey, the green is grey- all very grey! Since posting the photos I’ve been asked how do I keep a track of what glazes I’ve used where, the simple answer is I take lots of notes and record everything. I also have become pretty good at recognising the variations in the shades of grey of the glazes that I use and try my hardest to be methodical when glazing my work.

So, here I am waiting to open the kiln tomorrow and, even though I’m fairly confident everything will come out as I want, I can guarantee that when the kiln is cool enough to open I will be holding my breath. And, I’ll still do a little jig and clap in celebration if everything does come out ok!


December 01, 2016

Winter Blog

 My stall at The Art Market, Holmfirth Last weekend I completed the last of my selling shows before Christmas. I had a great day at The Art Market in Holmfirth on Sunday, and there were lots of people buying gifts, so you never know what lovely handmade present could be in your stocking this year! To top off my day I won the Best Presented Stand Award with £100 to spend at the Market. Yippee! I treated myself to a gorgeous Charlotte Whitmore silver bangle.









Best Presented Stall Award at The Art Market, Holmfirth

Best Presented Stall Award at The Art Market, Holmfirth


BCTF LondonThis year has been a busy one for me, lots of shows and getting out and about, and after a successful British Craft Trade Fair in London, lots of new stockists too (check out my Stockists page for one near you).  I’ll be adding new pieces of work on my website right the way through December, so there’s plenty of time to buy a lovely handmade piece of work before Christmas. Last first class post will be Tuesday 21st December. I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year Katy x

April 28, 2016

Spring Blog

A couple of wBritish Craft Trade Fair stand 2016eeks ago I was showing for my third time at the British Craft Trade Fair over in Harrogate.  It was a busy three days reconnecting with other makers and some of my current stockists, as well as meeting and chatting to lots of new gallery and shop owners.  I’ve got a busy couple of months ahead making and will keep updating my stockist list as the orders wing their way to their new homes.

June will send me and my work off around the country.  I will be at Potfest at the Palace in Perth, on the 10-12th of June, followed by Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair at Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire a couple of weeks later on the 24-26th of June. Both these events take place in beautiful surroundings and are well worth a visit if you are in the area. Best wishes Katy x

October 24, 2015

Summer shows

Well I have to say I’ve been a little bit rubbish at keeping up to date with my blog! I’ve just realised that I’ve not written anything since just after the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) way back in April! So much has happened since then that I think I might have to do a quick round up before another post about what’s coming up in the future.

I was busily making away, fulfilling the orders from shops and galleries straight after BCTF with work being sent throughout the UK, from The Tayberry Gallery in Perth, Scotland down to The Dutch House Gallery in Crayke, Yorkshire and over to The Doghouse Gallery in Comber, Northern Ireland to name a few. I have also had a steady number of orders throughout the year and my stockist list is growing nicely. Have a peek to see if there’s one near you and if you have any suggestions of lovely galleries or shops that you think would suit my work, let me know.

The summer was full of making and exhibiting at selling shows including Potfest at the Palace, Earth and Fire, and Potfest in the Pens. Potfest in the Palace was at the beautiful Scone Palace in Perth; it was quite a trek to get there but the setting more than made up for the jourMagnificent tree in the grounds of Rufford Abbeyney. It was my first experienceWrap pot in its new home of a three day selling event and I’m pleased to say it was a great first experience. It’s always good to talk to customers about my work, have discussions about techniques or inspiration and I loved receiving some pictures of my pots in their new homes. A few weeks later it was off to Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire for Earth and Fire, another beautiful location and very successful show. At Earth and Fire all the stalls are in the open air throughout the ruins, mine was on the Abbey Top and I My stall in the Abbey Top, Earth and Fire 2015had an open window behind me with a view of the most magnificent tree, and luckily the weather was kind to us. The middle of summer took me to Penrith and to Potfest in the Pens, a ceramic show I have visited many times. It always amazes me how the cattle pens are transformed by each potter to My stall at Potfest in the Pens 2015display their work. This year it was my turn to take part and I was very pleased with how my pen looked after much tweaking of my display. It was a great show, more wonderful customers and my fellow potters made the three days fly by.

So three very different shows, all with different ways of exhibiting: in a marquee with two 6ft tables, on an open air market stall style table in the ruins of an abbey and in a pen of a cattle market. My box of ‘things I may just need when I’m at a show’ definitely got bigger this summer and I learnt above all to be adaptable to the space and the environment of my allocated spot.

April 19, 2015

British Craft Trade Fair 2015

This time last week I’d just been treated to a very welcome Sunday dinner at my brother’s house in Otley after a busy first day at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in Harrogate. This was my second year exhibiting BCTF, which is in its 21st year. It is an amazing showcase of British craft, a truly inspiring place to exhibit and it’s a great place to network with other makers.

There’s a lot to consider in the run up to the trade fair: planning the space (lots of graph paper), working out the best way to display the work, making plinths and discovering your inner wood working skills, designing and making new lines of work that you want to launch, researching galleries and shops to send invites to and designing and ordering new marketing material to name just a few. And of course making, making, making! My little kiln has been on non-stop for over a month and I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed it didn’t break down (kilns have a nasty habit of knowing the precise worst moment to stop working).

Last Saturday the car was full to the brim with boxes of work, plinths, lighting, step ladders and a hundred and one other things that I might just need to put up my display. Oh, and my mum of course! (It’s always good to have another pair of hands and opinion). My space was 1m by 2m in the same spot as last year, just near the main reception, and it took about 4 hours to finish the display, with a constant supply of coffee and cake (thanks mum!) to get me through. The graph paper planning worked! I got everything in, and I was very pleased with how it looked, all those lists of ‘what I would do differently’ I’d made last year had paid off.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were busy days talking to galleries and shops about my work. This was the first time I had displayed my wrap pots at BCTF and I had new bowls and wall plaques made in the same style on display too. I’m very pleased with the response I had to my ceramic jewellery and my new work, I’m going to be a busy bee fulfilling the orders. The gallery and shop owners I spoke to were lovely, really supportive and enthusiastic, and I look forward to working with them through the year. I will be introducing a stockists list on my website very soon and will be updating it as work goes winging off all over the UK in the next month. Keep an eye on it for a stockist near you!

So all in all I had a great BCTF and that Sunday dinner was just the start of three days of being thoroughly looked after my brother and his family… I wonder if they will mind if I stay again next year?

January 20, 2015

Dreaming of warmer days ahead
















Well, it’s forecast to dollop a load of snow here tonight so I thought I’d write and do an update of up-coming events for the diary that will be taking place when they weather is less artic! I think I’m particularly feeling the cold this week having enjoyed a very relaxing two weeks in southern Spain over the New Year - I can thoroughly recommend Nerja if you want to visit Andalucía, it’s a brilliant town, lots of sun and tapas.

When I got back, I received the great news I’d been accepted to show at Potfest in Scotland at the very beautiful Scone Palace in Perth. The show runs for the 12th, 13th and 14th June 2015 and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.

Two weeks after Potfest Scotland, I’ll be heading down to Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire for Earth and Fire International Ceramics Festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th June 2015. This event is in its 21st year and I’m very excited to be accepted to sell my work there.

At the end of July it’s a quick journey up the M6 to Penrith to show at Potfest in the Pens, 31st July, 1st and 2nd August. I’ve visited this event for many years and this year I’ll be selling too! One of three Bolton potters there- Muffin Ceramics, LMG Ceramics and me - so watch out!

Before all of these great events in the summer, I will once again being showing at the British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate in April. This is one of the premier craft trade shows in the UK so the next few months I’ll be developing new lines of work, both my jewellery and my vessels, to exhibit there. I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures between now and then so keep an eye on my website , my twitter account @KONceramics or my Facebook account .

These are just some of the summer highlights (I’m dreaming of warmer weather!) but there are many other things in the pipeline to watch out for which I will write about another time.

November 06, 2014

Markets, galleries and Christmas present opportunities

It’s the start of November and my thoughts are turning towards a busy couple of months in the run up to Christmas. I’ve been booking myself in to craft fairs, making lots of new work and packaging pots and jewellery up to send to galleries. Two weeks ago I visited the wonderful Kunsthuis Gallery at the Dutch House in Crayke, near York, to deliver my wrap pots and a selection of ceramic jewellery for their Christmas exhibition which opens on the 7th November. It’s a beautiful gallery in a great setting; there are gardens to visit, a café and lots of events over the Christmas period - well worth a visit. For more information visit .

A good selection of my coiled pots and ceramic jewellery has also winged its way over to The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, for their Handmade for Christmas exhibition which opened on the 31st October and runs until 5th January. This one has been in the pipeline for many months after they saw my work at the British Craft Trade Fair way back in April. For more information visit

Two great vStalybridge Handmade Market 22nd Novemberenues for Yorkshire folk to visit! As for those over this side of the Pennines, I have lots of Christmas events coming up in the next couple of months. I attended my first Stalybridge Handmade market on 18th October - what a fabulous event! Full of artisans making beautiful art, craft and very tempting food, it was really busy and even in the middle of October people were starting to buy unique handmade gifts for presents. I’m really looking forward to being at the next one on 22nd November - which is the last one before Christmas. I’ll have my new purple winter ranges of ceramic jewellery for sale too, great for pressies.

I have many more events coming up; keep in touch by signing up to the newsletter on my website , following me on Twitter @KONceramics or Facebook at

July 02, 2014

Gallery Deliveries and Newspaper Articles

It’s been a while since I lasted posted so I thought it was time for a catch up.  The last few days have been spent getting my ceramic jewellery and pots packaged up and sent off to a variety of galleries.

The first delivery was to an exciting new gallery shop, ‘Fresh from the Studio’, that my business mentor Elizabeth White has opened in Littleborough, just in time for the Tour de France to whizz through on 7 July.  Liz is a fine art painter who has been acting as my mentor whilst I have been in the process of setting up my business, getting me through writing business plans and cash flow forecasts (lucky Liz!).  So if you are in Littleborough looking for an individual gift then pop in to ‘Fresh from the Studio’, 28 Church Street, right in the centre of town, to see a selection of my jewellery and pots.

The second delivery that is winging its way today is to The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds,  Caroline from the gallery approached me to be part of their summer exhibition after seeing my work at the British Craft Trade Fair back in April.  A good selection of my ceramic jewellery will be on display for the next three months as part of their selling exhibition, hopefully lots of Yorkshire folk will be enjoying and wearing it soon.

For those of you who missed it, there was a lovely article in the Bolton News last week about me, my business, my inspiration and how I got to where I am now after choosing to take voluntary redundancy in 2012.  In case you want to read it here’s a link ( Gerry Halpin, who organises the Bury Art Open Exhibition, read the article and invited me to exhibit a selection of pieces at the exhibition which opens on the 19 July and runs until 26 July in Bury Art Gallery.  Today I have been selecting and packaging the pots and jewellery I wish to exhibit and sending all the information through for the catalogue.  The open exhibition is part of Bury Arts Festival ( ) and any work that is sold also helps to support Bury Hospice - oh and there’s a People’s Choice Award, so if you are in Bury then pop in to the Art Gallery and vote for me!

April 29, 2014

Update After British Craft Trade Fair

It’s been a few weeks since I exhibited at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. I exhibited both ranges of work, the handmade ceramic jewellery and a number of my ceramic vessels. It was an incredibly hectic few days preparing my stand; organising banners, creating leaflets and arranging and re-arranging (and re-arranging!) the display, but it was all worth it. The three days spent in Harrogate were very busy, talking to buyers, gallery owners and interior designers - it was wonderful to be surrounded by such friendly and talented, inspirational makers.

Since the trade fair, a selection of my ceramic vessels have winged their way up to the Strathearn Gallery in Crieff, Scotland for their latest exhibition (these can now be viewed on their webpage ). The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds will be displaying a range of the jewellery pieces for three months from July, and both the vessels and jewellery are to be included in the ‘Handmade for Christmas’ sale at Museum Sheffield from November to January 2015. There has been lots of other interest and I’ll update you as and when there are further developments.

For those of you live in the Lancashire area, I will be selling my jewellery and vessels at Ceramics at the Mill 2014, Higherford Mill, Gisburn Road, Barrowford. You can visit the event Facebook page for more information here.

This event is a celebration of all things clay as is part of the national Craft and Design Month.

The preview evening is on Friday May 9th 6.30-9.30pm (which will include wine and nibbles) and it continues on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th 10am-5pm - it would be lovely to see you there, and share a chat and a brew.

I'll be spending my time running up to the Ceramics at the Mill event working on new designs for the ceramic vessels and responding to a commission designing and making gentlemen's cufflinks.

As ever it would be lovely to hear from you so feel free to get in touch with any comments about my work, or just for a chat. You can contact me directly here







Size Chart - Katy O'Neil Handmade Ceramic Jewellery

Katy O’Neil Handmade Ceramic Jewellery Sizing Chart

Please note that all sizes are approximate due the individually handmade nature of the pieces.

Wrap Pots

All sizes are indicated within the product description


All sizes are indicated within the product description

Wall Plaques

All sizes are indicated within the product description









23mm diameter

30mm diameter

40mm diameter




15mm x 30mm

22mm x 40 mm

32mm x 44mm




22mm x 22mm

30mm x 30mm

40mm x 40mm










6mm diameter

9mm diameter

12mm diameter

14mm diameter



6mm x 6mm

9mm x 9mm

12mm x 12mm

14mm x 14mm

Drop Earrings

The earloop and ceramic drop is approximately 55mm in length in total.









Expandable wrist






Expandable wrist





All are square – 37mm x 37mm

To give an idea of scales, four sizes of earrings are pictured with a five pence piece. (Apologies to non-UK customers!) Earring sizes