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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Recent work – a selection of custom orders

Summer always seems to bring custom orders as people prepare for birthdays or anniversaries. While I can’t always say ‘yes’ to all custom orders I always try to accommodate requests.

As a potter and a designer they stretch my skills and while I don’t always get it right first time these suggestions often hit on great new shapes. One of my favourites was this set of elephant pieces, the combination of the glaze colour and elephant makes me think of African Safari’s.
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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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Process: Making handmade pottery plates

It’s been a while since I last talked shop with all these projects going on! Lately I’ve been making a lot of plates, products seem to go in cycles during the seasons and I think in spring people really start to think about their summer entertaining.

Plates are a big part of eating and the style and colour of a dish can really spark off a meal. Just think about the difference between an office canteen and a Michelin starred restaurant! I like to think that the kinds of plates I produce have a kind of rustic charm to them for a cozy look.
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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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Heritage Crafts Association

heritage crafts association

A few months ago I was interviewed as part of the generational crafting issue of UK Handmade, as I’ve said before the passing on of skills from one person to another is something I’m quite passionate about.

From that interview I was invited to join the Heritage Crafts Association, they’re a UK based charity who’s patron is the HRH Prince of Wales. They focus on working with the government to try and prevent the loss of traditional skills before they’re lost in some cases forever.
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Pumpkin for Halloween

A few months ago I introduced a new seasonal glaze into the range, an autumnal pumpkin orange. So far it’s had mixed reactions at craft fairs, personally I like it but it isn’t the sort of shade that’s to everyones taste.

bowls

I was really pleased when this custom order came through for a set of six place settings and pumpkin was one of the chosen colours. I think it goes really nicely in with the other softer glaze colours I currently stock.
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Thoughts from a spinning pottery wheel

As you know I like to mix things up every now and again with the kinds of blog posts that I make. This one is definitely more of a personal nature – I’ll be unveiling some new additions to the shop next week so be sure to check back!

I’ve done quite a few interviews for both blogs and e-zines now and I quite often get asked the question ‘how did you get into pottery?’ After all it’s not a very common hobby for the average 20 something!

working at the wheel

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Introducing gift cards!

A few months ago I was emailed with a request for a gift card, unfortunately I wasn’t offering them at the time and I thought why not? Pottery can make a great gift especially since its something practical to give, from the mug you have at your desk to plates for the newlyweds but people’s home spaces are so individual.

pottery gift card

What you might like may not be what someone else really wants and thats the dilemma of buying gifts!
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