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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31 Oct 11

Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe

I love Cheesecake from chocolate to vanilla, we go way back. Cheesecake was always my ‘go to’ dessert when I was younger and we used to go to restaurants more often. I’ve always preferred the baked variety, I just love it’s dense texture and rich flavour.

cheesecake yum

When I first visited New York a few years ago I think I ate a slice of Cheesecake with just about every meal having heard about the reputation of the dessert in the Big Apple. Yet I’ve never made one before, until now.
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24 Oct 11

Pumpkin for Halloween

A few months ago I introduced a new seasonal glaze into the range, an autumnal pumpkin orange. So far it’s had mixed reactions at craft fairs, personally I like it but it isn’t the sort of shade that’s to everyones taste.

bowls

I was really pleased when this custom order came through for a set of six place settings and pumpkin was one of the chosen colours. I think it goes really nicely in with the other softer glaze colours I currently stock.
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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.

sheep

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