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.

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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