Karen Kench, Designer/Maker at Kettle of Fish designs

Kettle of Fish Designs

YARM, North Yorkshire

Hi, I'm Karen and I'm the sole pair of hands behind Kettle of Fish Designs.

My work has a distinctive style - it's made for homes which have a personality that develops over time and doesn't necessarily follow trends. Many of the materials I use are recycled, reclaimed, repurposed or upcycled and this enhances the distinctive character that you only get from handmade.

I combine vintage imagery with a rustic aesthetic, so my pieces really suit environments that combine inherited pieces, quirky collections and secondhand finds.

The story behind the business
Meet kettle of fish designs

I'm Karen Kench, the Designer/Maker behind the company. Originally from Sheffield, I now live and work in the small town of Yarm in the north-east. I’m a Fine Art graduate and have worked as a proofreader and database manager, which has all given me a different perspective on design and has helped hone my eye for detail.

Kettle of Fish Designs started by accident in 2009 when I was making unusual jewellery for myself and began to get custom enquiries. My ideas developed into designs for interiors and I now have a diverse product range that includes both. I love being able to spend my days being creative and providing customers with beautiful and unusual things to suit their own style.

I’m lucky to be able to work from a home studio and workshop that combines all the space I need to design, make and photograph products.

founder Credentials

  • 50s Plus Founder
  • Female Founded Business
Karen Kench portrait in studio


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