Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Some big changes afoot.

Some pretty big changes have been happening around here, the first and main one as you know is us moving into our new workshop, the Pigeon Club.  Its a big deal for us and makes this ceramics lark a bit more real and important in our lives.  And the other main one is that my partner/husband Bill the Beard has packed in his job as a cabinet maker to come and help me produce my clay creatures.  Its not to drastic though as he still has part time work for 3 days of the week and the rest of the time he's hunkered down at the Pigeon Club making moulds and photographing ceramics.  Here are some shots of the super light and airy pigeon club, a little bit dusty and cold but all ours!

Check out the amazing pallet table on wheels, made by Bill the Beard.  Wonderfully spacious and super manoeuvrable!
A little blue scraffitto beauty, should come out dark blue with whites lines after firing.
I love this little black stranger who is getting bolder every day, shes been appearing on a lot of my works lately.

Monday, 21 October 2013

A random ramble

It doesn't seem that long ago that we moved into our Butchers Row Shop, it is with a little sadness that we have now moved on from that place now, one of the perks of being there was meeting the lovely louise and jo of Golden Bear Belts.  What a revelation to meet master craftswomen at the top end of the fashion game, producing an amazing product in little old Bideford.  The sadness was short lived though as there was much clicking of heels and high fives on discovery of the Pigeon Club (yes it was actually a Pigeon Club).  A dream of a workshop for us to share and make lovely things.   Will post more photos once we're settled in.
                                                                Sorting glazes

I would just like to say a little something about Pinterest.  I bloomin love it.  You can have a look at what's inspiring me at the moment here.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What would you do if you joined the circus?

Has anyone ever heard of Giffords Circus?  If not then you have been missing out on a real treat for the eyes and ears.  I was lucky enough to be treated to a ticket for my birthday and i'm already planning on going back to see it again.  Its not like any circus I've seen before, it was more like a theatrical production from the start to the end it was an absolute delight of dancing gypsies, acrobats, clowns, magicians and bears.  Horses and ponies pranced with beautifully arched necks and light feet, a singing dog made a few appearances and the best performances of all came from the 2 clowns, Tweedy and Nancy Trotter-Landry, and the amazing live band that fiddled and drummed all the way through.  Fantastical costumes had been made, from the ring mistress down to the ladies that showed you the seats everyone and everything there was in keeping.  It was a little "Big Top" with everyone not being more than a few metres from the action and oh what a joy it was.  We all left that place thinking "What could I do if I joined the Circus?"

Small rearing horses have already started to appear in my work and 2 little cats called Bibi and Bichu have appeared on one of my bucket vases, will post when fired.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Hello Beautiful

3 Funny little jugs

I've just made 3 funny little coil pot jugs which I've dipped in some blue slip.  I've drawn some garden pictures on them with a needle so when they are fired the blue will be dark and the white clay underneath will show through as the line, this technique is called scraffitto and i'm hoping  I can get a more intense layering of colour on my pots this way. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

A broken dog and a tattoo lady

I'm in a good flow at the moment, making plates and letting them dry while I paint and fire other pieces.  My left hand dog mould is nearly ready so I will be able to make pairs very soon. 

My tattoo lady isn't quite finished but I'm feeling particularly pleased with her, it's very easy for me to go a little too far though so I'm taking a breather from her while I work out what I want to put around the base. 

This dear little girl was another failure in the kiln, her little front chest piece dropped completely off, she has been living on my windowsill for a long time with no glaze on her.  She is such a nice little shape I decided to make a feature of the broken piece.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Sausage Dog Workshop.

We're getting there, normally open on a Tuesday and Wednesday at the moment, but if you want to visit then please email me


Happy Plate Day!

I'm getting better, not so many breakages and running of the glaze, my last firing was pretty satisfactory even if I do say so myself. 

I've submitted these to an annual open exhibition in my town, so hopefully they'll get in.  I've just delivered an order down to Dartmouth to the Simon Drew Gallery so if you're in the area please go and have a look, foss street is a lovely mecca of gorgeous handmade gift shops, and Dartmouth is very beautiful too, I can thoroughly recommend a day out there.



Thursday, 13 June 2013

Bloomin Brilliant Bovey.

Hurrah, back home again at last and trying to stop buzzing from fun and frolics at Bovey, it was brilllliiaaaannnt.  Thank you Richard Foot for this lovely photo, and thank you Helen Foot for being a brilliant neighbour over the weekend.  Well the new work was well received so much so I've come away with a couple of big orders and lots of interest from galleries, so no sooner has the kiln cooled down it's gonna be back on again churning out the old cats and dogs.  I've just popped a few things in the Etsy shop so please have a look.  The shop is nearly done, so if you would like to visit then please send me an email or contact us on our facebook page to find out opening times. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Last minute prep

It's been a bit crazy lately, what with trying to open the shop and getting ready for bovey, unfortunately I had quite a few failures in the kiln but I think I have enough stuff for tomorrow, well its too late now anyway.  Hopefully the shop will be open next week, and please if you are visiting Bovey come and visit me on stand c21.

Monday, 13 May 2013

New workshop!

Finally we have a little workshop we've waited (very patiently) and at long last our dreams have become reality and we have a little place to have fun and make lovely things.  Please like our facebook page to keep up with all the happenings.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

More cats.

Big momma cat waiting for her biscuit firing (hopefully she'll come out in one piece).

Bill is going to make some press moulds out of these, so we can reproduce them and make them into brooches.
Baby cats waiting for a biscuit firing.

A mixture of fired and unfired pieces.

We will be moving into our little workshop in May!  I have a private view invite for the contemporary craft festival for June 6th 6 - 8pm if anyone would like it please email me at (Jeff, yours is in the post).