15 Mar 11

The Leach Pottery, St Ives

You might have noticed that last week there was no blog post because I was away living it up in St Ives.

Cornwall is famous for scrumpy cider, pasties, fish and chips, long stretches of beautiful coastline and if your a potter its a mecca thanks to Bernard Leach. Who set up a pottery with Shoji Hamada in 1920, ever since its attracted other potters and artists to its golden shores.

I was there for four days to do some throwing and learn some new techniques. It was great to meet the Leach Pottery gang – Peter, Ella, Gordon, Kat and Midori.

It was really quite an inspiring trip for me that’s made me realise perhaps my throwing isn’t so bad! Probably the best thing I took away from the tuition was how to make plates.
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7 Dec 10

Guisborough craft fair

Update! – Unfortunately this weekends craft fair has been canceled due to the weather, sorry!

This coming Saturday you can find me at Guisborough craft fair, held at the town’s community hall from 10am to 4pm. If you’ve never been to Guisborough its a pretty market town on the edge of North Yorkshire.

The town also boasts a priory, which is now just a ruin but also Guisborough Hall a Victorian mansion built in a Jacobean style. Saturday is also market day with many other local producers selling fresh produce in the town so if you live in the area I’d love to meet you!
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14 Sep 10

Adventures in Florida

You might of noticed that I’ve recently been a bit quiet online, well thats due to me being away the last couple of weeks in sunny Florida!

It was my first family holiday in four years so it was quite a big deal. We all had a great time and I was kinda sad to come away but unless you win the lottery all good things must at some point end.


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21 Jul 10

North Yorkshire craft fair in Yarm

If you keep up with my tweets you’ll know that I participated in Yarm craft fair on Sunday, it was great to meet so many new shoppers and sellers from my local area!

The event was held at the lovely Preston Hall which I later found out was also a museum, it was in some lovely parkland that was great to explore on foot.



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12 Jul 10

Finland has it all!

So its been a week or so since I last posted, yes I’m still here!

I was away last week in beautiful Finland. I went there last year and loved it so much I just had to go back.

This time we were mostly based in the Helsinki area where we visited the excellent Design Museum which was having a retrospective of Oiva Toikka’s work. Oiva is most famous for creating glass birds and starting the company Iittala, ceramics and glass share design aspects even if the making process is radically different.
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