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Ceramic artist's business left in pieces as burglars strike
HANDMADE pottery and jewellery worth thousands of pounds has been stolen from a new shop just hours after it opened.
Katie Coston, who owns Illyria Pottery in Walton Street, Oxford, said she was “devastated” after discovering it had been burgled on Monday night. Just hours earlier she opened the doors for the first time.
She said: “We had such a wonderful opening, with so much support from the local public, I can’t believe this has happened.
“We’re in total shock.”
Several ceramic pieces were stolen from the shop along with items of jewellery – all handmade by Mrs Coston.
She added: “They’ve stripped us bare of pottery and jewellery.
”It’s a very sad way to start life in Jericho, but people around here have been very nice and supportive so hopefully we can quickly bounce back.”
Mrs Coston moved to Oxford from South Carolina in the United States with her husband Micah who is an academic studying in Oxford.
They spent around £50,000 converting the former Port Meadow Designs store into a studio and showroom. They held a special grand opening evening on Friday, and opened for business on Monday.
She makes handmade crafts and arts in the studio where they are brought up for sale.
The business also offers courses on pottery-making.
She added: “It’s a very peculiar crime given that everything we sell is branded; it has either my name, ‘Katie Coston’ or Illyria Pottery on.”
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