2 Jan 12

Vanilla cream

I hope you’ve had a great new year and a fabulous festive season! There’s so much potential to be had in the year ahead, January is always a strange month sometimes full of the winter blues.

Vanilla cream

So far its been quite a mild winter but my thoughts already wander to the heady days of spring, when the mornings start to become lighter once again. I’m already working on some new glazes to come into the shop for the new season.
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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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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.

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