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!

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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!

The great majority of you thought that a mix of both approaches would be best - the Creature Events worked well because there's a set date and time when the creatures will be available to adopt, but because they're very popular, there's such a rugby scrum at the start that many people end up being disappointed. Quite a few enjoyed the random listings, but they work best for those who are on Facebook a lot.

So, going forward, I'm going to do a mix of both approaches, in that I will continue to do Random Creature Listings throughout the month, and I will also hold regular Creature Events - but with a twist! They will now be called Super Secret Quernus Events (or SSQEs (squeees!) for short), and I'm going to make these "ticket only" events, with all the ticket sales going to a nominated charity for that month :) Shortly before each SSQE, I will add a listing to my main shop for tickets to that SSQEs, and I will only sell as many tickets as there will be creatures to buy, so everyone who buys a ticket will be guaranteed a chance to buy a wee creature. The only rule is that if you buy a ticket, you can only buy one creature - it's the fairest way to go for everyone who buys a ticket for one of these events. (If you buy more than one, I'll cancel the second sale - fair's fair, after all.)

Once all tickets have been sold, I will contact everyone by email with details of the date, time and location of the SSQE. I need to keep everything firmly under wraps to keep to the "one ticket = one creature" rule.

I'll create a separate album for the SSQE events on my Facebook page, and all photos of creatures available for these events will have the above watermark. There will also be a monthly album for the creatures available to buy randomly as and when I list them.

Everyone who buys a ticket will be contacted by email with the date, time and location of the event (I've set up a super secret online shop just for these events!) However, the very first event (which I'm preparing for now) will be by invitation only for those who haven't been able to adopt a wee creature during the previous Creature Events (you know who you are!)

I've set out in detail the two ways in which you can adopt a wee creature on my How to Buy page - I'll keep an eye on things as we go forward, and constructive feedback is always welcome (but do remember that there's only me making the wee creatures, dealing with emails, updating my shop, etc, so I can only do so much!)

Thanks again to everyone who is a fan of the wee creatures - I have so many ideas I want to make, and hopefully this new way of working will mean that more people will have a chance to adopt their own wee creature.

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.

How to make miniature knitting

Little Knitting Mice

7th March 2015

It really is starting to feel like Spring in Leeds - the wind has lost its biting chill for the first time, and the snowdrops and crocuses are coming out in force! But even though it's warming up, the creatures have been having a lot of fun with trying their hand at knitting!

Happy Valentine's Day!

7th February 2015

Well, no sooner has Christmas disappeared from sight than Valentine's Day is on the horizon ;) Of course, this has been a lot of fun for me, as I've been playing around with new creature designs for the big day itself.