15 Apr 10

Etsy showcase – Lazygiraffe

It’s been a while since I last featured another seller on my blog so I’d like to introduce Lazygiraffe who I mentioned in my last post.

Based in Cambridge she produces elegant jewelery made from vintage beads, charms, silver, brass and gold. Since many of the beads featured in pieces are often small run vintage beads many of the pieces are unique and one of a kind.

I’ve often had problems with my hands turning green from jewelery but thankfully Lazy’s is nickel free which is great.

Often the pieces for sale have a modern vintage look, particularly the earrings. As well as a retro inspiration many of the earrings echo nature such as the rainfall necklace or cute dainty flowers.


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9 Apr 10

Glazing ceramics basics

So those mugs I talked about the other day which were getting ready for their biscuit firing in the kiln. Well they’ve been fired and the next stage is glazing.

I’m going to pretend that you know literally nothing about ceramics when talking about glazes.

hand thrown mugs white glazed ceramic mugs blue pottery mugs

When a pot is biscuit fired in the kiln it means that it becomes heated to 1000 degrees. This removes all the water from the body of the pot making it very porous.
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1 Apr 10

Happy Easter! – Simnel Muffins

This coming weekend is Easter. I was in a baking mood and looking for something Easter related to make, I’m not much of a fruit cake fan so simnel cake was pretty much out. However I came across a recipe on the BBC good food website for simnel muffins.

I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter until it came to the marzipan. Since I’d bought a whole pack of marzipan and it doesn’t often get used in our house I decided I’d go crazy and use the whole thing. Unfortunately it was a bit too much.

I think if I was to use the recipe again I’d replace the marzipan with chocolate just because I love chocolate and in a way its kinda Easter related isn’t it?

muffins! they were tasty! blue hand thrown bowl
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23 Mar 10

Hand thrown mugs a work in progress

Last week on the blog there wasn’t a great deal of detail about some of the things I’ve been throwing recently.

About a week ago I started working on some wheel thrown cylinder and bulb shaped mugs. Most of these have now been turned and their handles put on, they’re ready to go into the kiln for their biscuit firing.

little wren pottery work in progress
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16 Mar 10

Chocolate and Apricot Crispy Cake

This last week I’ve been working on a variety of mugs, I’ve been hoping to have a whole kiln load of mugs. They’ll probably end up getting glazed in blue, white and black. They’ll eventually make their way on to the little wren pottery shop if you’d like one!

chocolate crispy cake chocolate crispy cake chocolate crispy cake

A few weeks ago I got a craving for some rice crispy squares, now I used to buy these at the supermarket. The last time I got one I found it horribly unsatisfying and so I decided after trawling the internet for a recipe I’d make my own.
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