Custom pottery work in progress

There’s a lot going on in the studio since I’ve been working towards the summer break and getting custom orders completed has been a priority. I’ve been working on a few unusual ones, experimenting with prototype pieces is also quite a lot of fun. Maybe you don’t get it quite right first time but that’s the joy of handmade.

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Making paper rosette fans

I’ve been so busy lately getting ready for Woolfest which is looming fast at the end of June, part of all this prep work is getting pieces together that’ll create an attractive stand.

If you’ve never been to Woolfest before it’s in a cattle market so anything that’ll help to ‘pretty up’ the space is a major bonus!

To make a paper fan I used; a pack of pastel A3 card, a piece of long wooden dowel but you could use a ruler, sharp scissors, a stapler and some string. You can of course use A4 sheets of card to create your fans I just had A3 to hand.
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Process: Making ceramic yarn bowls

I’ve been really busy making yarn bowls for the last couple of months in the buildup to Woolfest in June. I thought it might be interesting to take a more in depth look at the process of making yarn bowls as they’re one of my most popular items.

Little Star yarn bowls are a relatively new addition to the shop – in the making their main characteristic is the inner sweeping curve that cups the ball of yarn as it rolls around inside.
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The Christmas rush

There’s been a lot going on in the studio the last week or two in the run up to Christmas. I’ve been working on custom orders, glazing and packing pieces up to send off to their new homes.

Pottery tools

The end of the year always brings a time of reflection. A moment to pause and look back at the 12 months that have passed and where the next 12 will take you. For me it’s been a year of firsts, my first major show and I’ve seen things become increasingly busy.
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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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Making glass paperweights

My great grandfather was a glass blower for the Pyrex factory and because of this I’ve always wanted to learn more about glass. I never met my grandparents but I think through craft you can in some small way connect with your past, it becomes a very immediate physical link since making glass hasn’t changed for centuries.
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Sweet treats for Christmas

Yes, I just used the big C word. I know its only just the end of August but writing published articles pushes you into a schedule thats a month or two ahead of everyone else.

Since I got back there’s been so much going on and taking time to catch up is proving a little more difficult than I’d first thought. As part of my growing to do list I’ve been in the process of writing a new article for UK handmade.
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