14 Nov 11

The Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate

If you’ve met me in person over the last five months you probably haven’t managed to avoid talking about the Knitting and Stitching Show. It’s one of the biggest textile fairs in Europe and the largest event I’ve attended so far, its been quite a long road to get here but next week it’s finally happening.

knitting and stitching show

To be honest even though its only a week away it doesn’t yet feel ‘real’ but I am seriously excited about it, getting out there and meeting people is the best way to discover what others think of my work.

Back in January I applied as part of Craft Guerrilla’s ‘New Designer Makers Competition’ to win a stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show. It was my personal aim for this year to get together enough money to buy a new larger capacity kiln so I decided to apply to try and fulfill my target. After three rounds of judging and lots of nervous waiting I succeeded along with five other finalists who’ll all be exhibiting there too.

It’s the first time I’ve ever really had to think about a stand design beyond a table since this time I get walls! The other serious problem I had was trying to meet the inventory demands of four days of selling, I’ve never done a fair that’s lasted any more than a day before and only having four months is a pretty short time – in pottery terms anyway!

If you drop by you can find me at stand E27, the show is open daily between the 24th – 27th of November from 10 until 5:30 at Harrogate International Center. As part of the show you’ll find lots of other crafters, supplies and workshops including an upcycling lab where you can have one of your old t-shirts transformed into something new.

17 Oct 11

Shakespeare’s country – Stratford Upon Avon

If you’ve been following me over on Twitter you might have noticed that over the weekend I was over in Stratford Upon Avon for a little break. I had been before but not for about 7 years or more, surprisingly the atmosphere of the place hadn’t really changed.

I found it’s streets and canals welcoming, I spent time feeding the swans and geese by the river! We visited my favourite of the Shakespeare properties, Mary Arden’s House which is about 10 minutes or so on the train in Wilmcote.

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15 Sep 11

Making glass paperweights

My great grandfather was a glass blower for the Pyrex factory and because of this I’ve always wanted to learn more about glass. I never met my grandparents but I think through craft you can in some small way connect with your past, it becomes a very immediate physical link since making glass hasn’t changed for centuries.
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22 Aug 11

Handmade in Italy

Last week I was away spending some time off with my family in sunny Italy! Did you miss me? It was the first time I’d ever been to Italy and somehow I think it won’t be my last.

We visited the beautiful and historic city of Rome before traveling down to Naples and the site of Pompeii.

I’ve always found ancient pottery to be quite fascinating and there was plenty dug out from the rubble of Pompeii. I’d never visited a ruined city before that felt like it was still a real bustling place with it’s distinctive deep streets and tourists peering into shops and homes.

I found these pointed carriers quite fascinating and when I asked about their unusual shape apparently they were made this way to fit inside a wooden frame and stored inside the ship’s cargo hold to make them easier to transport. It was amazing to see such a variety of bottle shapes, handles and bottle necks!
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