Welcome to Quernus Crafts!

Here you’ll find all sorts of wee creatures, all made by hand from polymer clay from my studio in Leeds. No two are the same, and each one is filled with character, love and a sense of fun! From cute mice and perky penguins, through to miniature sculptures of your pet, there is a wee creature for everyone.

Here, you can find out how I work, get information about how to buy the wee creatures, and have all your burning questions answered on my FAQ page. Sign up for my newsletter to get regular updates about Creature Events and commissions, along with news of new designs, special discounts and offers, and you can also find out more about who I am. There's also the Creature Gallery if you want to see all the wee creatures I've made, and if you have any questions, please get in touch!

PS Why not come and join my 70,000+ fans on Facebook? And there's now a new Facebook group, Quernoholics Anonymouse, where you can share your photos of your wee creatures, chat with other fans, and get early notice of when more wee creatures are available to buy!

Quernus has a new home!

15th August 2016
After 7 years working from home, I've now moved into separate workshop studios. I've charted the whole process in pictures on Facebook, and I've also made a short video tour (about 1 min 30 seconds), which you can watch here.

I'm based in a turn-of-the-century factory in Rochdale (near Manchester), just north of the city centre. It's quite a landmark, even though I only have a very small section of it, buried in the ground floor next to the loading bay! But it's perfect for me and Zeus - there are plenty of lovely walks near by and I'm very much enjoying exploring a new part of the world again.

I have a purple front door! This tickles me no end :)

Part of cycle path 92 just next to my workshop. Gorgeous!

After a few weeks of unpacking and sorting things out, I'm now back in the swing of things, and tickets will be going on sale shortly for the next events (a Penguin Mini SQE on Tuesday 16th August and SSQE #7 on Monday 29th August, both at 9pm BST). I'm so inspired in my new space and I can't wait to get started! (For more information about how these events work, see the How to Buy page.)

And here are some of the first wee creatures to hatch in my new workshop - these Little Pastel Daisy Penguins appeared in my shop yesterday as Random Creature Listings, and were sold out in a few minutes! Just as well I have so many more ideas bubbling away for RCLs, as well as to the events ;)

I have created a separate photography studio in my workshop where I can take photos of the wee creatures using a Lightcase, which I've had for a few years since their crowdfunding campaign, but which I've never had the space to use before. It's wonderful, and with the natural daylight bulbs and IKEA worklamps, I now have the ideal set up!

And of course, my workshop wouldn't be my workshop without Zeus, who has been my constant companion for over two and a half years, and we're spending even more time together now, because there aren't any coffee shops nearby!

Quernoholics Anonymouse!

19th February 2016

Following the success of the secret Facebook group I have set up just for the Super Secret Quernus Events (see How to Buy for more details), I have now set up a larger Facebook group which anyone can join called Quernoholics Anonymouse :) This is a group for fans of the wee creatures, and is a great place to post pictures of your collections, display ideas, have a chat with fellow fans, ask me questions and make suggestions. At the time of writing, there are over 260 members and dozens of photos posted - it's a lovely place to hang out!

Creature Events - The Conclusion

18th January 2016
Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a relaxing time over the festive period, and you've kept safe and warm (or cool, depending on where in the world you are!)

After my last post, I've now had a chance to review how the Random Creature Listings worked in the run up to Christmas, compared to the Creature Events, and I've had some wonderful feedback from you all - thank you!

Creature Events - A Review

Jane Austen Mouse reviewing the Creature Events

18th November 2015

First of all, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has adopted a wee creature during these Events, and for making each of them a total sell out, usually within an hour of opening my shop. It really means a lot to me that you love the wee creatures as much as I do!

A chance to win the REAL Loch Ness Monster!

Loch Ness Monster spotted again!

29th August 2015

On 13th September 2015, a very special event is taking place in Loch Ness - a group of 6 swimmers will be swimming the full length of Loch Ness in relay, all 24 miles of it. One of those swimmers, Enrique Flores, is a good friend of mine, and he is raising money for COBI (Comunidad Y Biodiversidad AsociaciĆ³n Civil), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of marine biodiversity in coastal communities of Mexico. For more information about this amazing challenge, click here.