A few custom orders in the studio

Every now and then I get custom order requests, its nice to work on more unusual pieces which I get to collaborate on with the person who’s buying it. I thought I’d take this opportunity to showcase a few of these.

The thing about handmade is that you can mix and match dinnerware and there’s just something fun about this set of pasta bowls and plates. Each one is glazed in a different colour and texture but somehow they all work well together! Sometimes when dealing with the textures of glazes I often get asked what the difference is, gloss glazes have a high shine and matt glazes have a satin finish due to the lower levels of sand or silica in the glaze. These properties are part of the glaze mixture itself and once made up it can’t really be changed.
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Introducing two new glazes; Red Jasper and Midnight Blue

After saying goodbye to ruby red a couple of weeks ago I already had a new replacement glaze lined up, red is such a popular glaze choice I didn’t want to leave it out of the pallet.

I posted a picture of the new glaze when it came out of the kiln last week and I hadn’t chosen a name for it. I got inundated with suggestions on Twitter and Facebook from hot shades of ‘lava’ and ‘volcano’ to stoney ‘red granite’.
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Catch 20% off in the Summer Sale

Every year Etsy has it’s annual Christmas In July sale, I love to participate in this sale and it’s usually my last round of discounts before the autumn and winter season.

This year you can get 20% off selected items in my sale section, in it you can find jugs vases and bowls at bargain prices. The sale ends next week on the 25th of July, so you’d better be quick to catch yourself a great deal.

In other news this week you can find an interview with me over on the Charlotte Hupfield blog where I talk about how I create my work and my favourite food! yum yum!

I’ll also be having a very special giveaway at the start of August so keep your eyes peeled for news of how you can enter in a couple of weeks.

Pottery giveaway! – stacking bowls and tealight holder

It feels like its been ages since I last had a giveaway, in fact I think it was in July last year. So I think its about time I had another one, this time I’m giving away £25 worth of pottery.

You could win this set of two olive coloured stacking bowls, great for sofa side nibbles on a Friday night. They feature a hand painted half circle on the side and distinctive blunt foot rings.

To go with it I’ll also be giving away a small white tealight holder and candle which has been hand carved with swirling free form curves and circles.

To win all you have to do is fill out the quick survey below. There are only 8 questions and the replies I get will help me in delivering a better service to you!
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale

Here in the UK ‘Black Friday’ is a pretty new event, its known here as the most depressing day of the year when everyone feels at their lowest. Having not yet started the preparations for christmas and the dark nights continuing to loom in.

In the US Black Friday is typically the first Friday after thanksgiving and has a history of depressing, weird events taking place – just take a look at the wikipedia page.

That means that this coming Friday the 26th is Black Friday, I’ll be taking part in the weekend sale on Etsy.com extending until Cyber Monday on the 29th.

Items that didn’t get sold at this weekends craft fair will be making their way into the sale and new items will be added daily. I’ll be adding 10% to 20% off selected items so be sure to keep an eye on my sale section for some bargains!

When things go wrong

There are plenty posts out there on the internet about the charmed life of crafts and handmade. Very rarely though do they talk about the frustrations of being an artisan, what could be the flip side.

I know its not often openly admitted but making things is hard, it requires co-ordination between our hands and brains. Quite often what you set out to make isn’t achieved and you’ve got to try again.
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