A visit to Joker Keramik is a unique experience. In the gallery there’s lots to discover for those who appreciate handicraft. Here you can stroll around for a long time and discover Kerstin Zetterström’s ceramics, paintings and unique garments.
Kerstin explains that she has a constant drive forwards. She takes much of her inspiration from nature. She walks six kilometres every day in the rural surroundings around the farm outside Bettna in southern Sörmland. Kerstin also often visits museums and exhibitions to be inspired by the art of others.
“I really enjoy the combination of working and creating in solitude but also unwinding by getting out and meeting people.”
The shop is run by Kerstin together with her husband Johan. It is beautifully nestled in the Sörmland nature with the forest behind and open fields in front of the house.
“We are usually open every day, but if you want to be absolutely sure, it’s a good idea to call and check the opening hours before you come. We don’t have any extra staff so if we need to go away, the shop can be closed,” says Kerstin.
Kerstin creates both sculptural works and utility goods in stoneware and porcelain clay.
“We have many returning customers, and it’s so nice to hear when they tell us how a bowl they have bought has become a part of their everyday life. That it now stands on the kitchen table and gives them joy every day.”
If you want to try throwing or making something in clay yourself, you can book a hands-on session.
“Many people have dreamt of trying throwing themselves. I’ll be there to support and encourage you the whole time. If you’ve never thrown before, it’s difficult to create something all by yourself the first time, but if we help each other, you can make a nice little bowl to take home. And if you’d rather create something sculptural, that’s fine too.”
A hands-on session takes about three hours, and if you want, lost firing of the ceramics in the oven can be included. This is an activity that works well for a small group, up to six people works best.
“We had a hands-on session last week when one of the spontaneous reactions was ‘how fun pottery was, I always thought it would be mostly messy but it wasn’t.’ Our participants are usually very satisfied afterwards.”
“We had a hands-on session last week when one of the spontaneous reactions was ‘how fun pottery was, I always thought it would be mostly messy but it wasn’t.’ Our participants are usually very satisfied afterwards.” – Kerstin Zetterström
Unique clothes sewn in the studio
The shop also sells unique garments, sewn in the studio by Kerstin Zetterström.
“I start from a basic pattern with simple, straight lines. The clothes should be practical and comfortable.”
“The fabrics I buy are always of high quality and can be newly produced and old textiles. Strong colours and exciting patterns inspire me to new, unique designs.”
Next to the shop there is also a permanent exhibition of Kerstin Zetterström’s paintings in watercolour and acrylic. Here you can sit down and enjoy a coffee with a home-baked bun.