5 Dec 11

The cafe collection

It’s been such a long time since I’ve had a ‘normal’ blog post and I’ve been wanting to formally introduce some new items into the shop. There’s something very comforting about a good mug, as you cup it in your hands it warms your fingers and while very sturdy they sometimes lack a little sophistication.

Cafe collection

I’ve wanted to add something just a little chic to the shop for a while now. Something for those days when unexpected guests arrive for coffee, cake and gossip. The cafe collection has more formal feel than anything I’ve created before with it’s short round cappuccino cups, espresso cups and tall latte mugs.
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28 Nov 11

Hello Harrogate

Last week was the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show, if you met us there I’d just like to say thanks for dropping by! It was lovely to meet so many folks who stopped to chat and buy my work.

Knitting and stitching show

It was really interesting to see how many people who’d already heard of Little Wren Pottery and even a few who already had yarn bowls! I love the idea that my pieces start new lives with their owners and develop stories of their own along the way.
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21 Nov 11

Calling time for Christmas orders

Blue yarn bowl

Christmas seems to be creeping up on me quietly this year and with that in mind I’m no longer taking custom orders for Christmas gifts, they just won’t get completed in time. As an alternative you can of course get a gift card which can be redeemed for both items in stock and custom orders. Check out what I’ve currently got in stock over on Etsy, Folksy or Dawanda.
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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.

7 Nov 11

Heritage Crafts Association

heritage crafts association

A few months ago I was interviewed as part of the generational crafting issue of UK Handmade, as I’ve said before the passing on of skills from one person to another is something I’m quite passionate about.

From that interview I was invited to join the Heritage Crafts Association, they’re a UK based charity who’s patron is the HRH Prince of Wales. They focus on working with the government to try and prevent the loss of traditional skills before they’re lost in some cases forever.
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