Today I am excited to host a giveaway from Fulton & Co. Sarah Fulton is a ceramicist who makes beautiful handmade buttons and jewellery. Her buttons remind me of Lucie Rie’s early clay buttons and would make the perfect Christmas gift for any sewing or knitting enthusiast. They add a beautiful finish to handmade items as you can see on Wren and Fred’s Grandma-made cardigans!
What inspired you to start making buttons?
When I lived in New York City I was designing jewellery while simultaneously learning how to work with ceramics. I started incorporating it into a lot of my jewellery designs. When I moved from NYC to LA, I did not have plans to pick up ceramics anytime soon but it sort of found its way into my life again when a friend bought a kiln and encouraged me to use it to start a business. I decided to make buttons because the process is a little more simple than jewellery. Also, I love making my own clothes and creating buttons for the pieces I make is very satisfying.
What are your main influences?
My main influences are nature and architecture. I am really inspired by the vernacular architecture of Scandinavia, Europe, Persia and Morocco. And being a hopeless romantic, the more feminine and the more flowers, the better.
What materials and equipment do you use?
Right now I use a low fire ceramic clay and glazes, plus an ever-classic Cress kiln for firing. I use a rolling pin, a handful of favourite hand tools for cutting, carving and shaping, and a variety of paint brushes for glazing.
You’ve started making jewellery again – do you have any plans to expand into other items?
Yes! I took a break for a year but it seemed natural to add jewellery to my ceramic selection. I also have a small collection of cabinet knobs and would like to add other designs. My ultimate dream is to expand into tableware and decorative home items such as tiles and lighting, but those things require a larger studio space, more equipment and bigger kilns. All in due time!
Sarah is also offering all readers a 20% discount, valid until December 31st. Just enter the coupon code FUTURUSTIC20 at the Fulton & Co checkout.
The giveaway will be open for two weeks and I will pick a winner on Tuesday 17th December. Good luck!