I’m excited to be sending this selection of pieces up to Down To Earth Gallery in Shropshire today, for the Craft & Design Month exhibition in May. The focus of the exhibition is ceramics, where galleries & artists all do their own thing for Craft & Design Month across the country.
If you are in the area from 1st – 31st May, pop into Down To Earth Gallery to have a look at the other wonderful pieces on show.
I was excited to receive the handmade bunting I ordered from Hollie Lollie on folksy today, and have put it up in the garden already! I wanted some happy cheery bunting to brighten up the garden for summer.
I thought I would share a few of the latest pieces that were fired in the kiln last week…
I am in love with these new Lily Heart Coasters, they would be perfect for the table in the garden with their spring green colours. I only made one set so for now these coasters are *limited edition!*
Do you remember the huge pile of ceramic plant markers that I was busy smoothing in the garden a couple of weekends ago? Here are the fired results above, each set of 4 neatly tied with glossy ribbon. My previous sets of plant markers have been tied with string but I thought I would change it to ribbon to add a bit of colour. My full range of plant markers can be found on my website here.
Here are some more coasters with a fresh spring feel to them. These are the Green Leaf Coasters that are now back in stock.
And finally here are some new Fungi Vases that are fresh from the kiln last week. I haven’t decided whether to add these to my website or pack them up with a selection of other pieces for the 2 upcoming exhibitions I am taking part in this summer. (details to follow soon!)
We are so lucky to have a stretch of the canal only ten minutes walk from our house. We only discovered it yesterday while out exploring, after living here well over a month now. We knew it was here somewhere, but couldn’t find it last time we were out walking…
I was so impatient waiting for the kiln to cool on Thursday! Even when the kiln was opened, I couldn’t see them until everything else had been unloaded because they were right at the bottom. I’m very pleased with the results and can’t wait to make more and develop the designs.
Here is the little bonsai tree that initially inspired these new designs…
These two *limited edition* bonsai bowls are currently available in my folksy shop. They would each look stunning displayed in the centre of a coffee or dining table, and would also make ideal soap dishes. The bowls are also suitable for outdoor display or function.
I would love to hear your thoughts!
Do you like my new flower pot?
This photo was taken last weekend when we had just planted the flowers – they are much more in bloom now and they look stunning. I wanted to add a bit more colour to the garden so this is what we came back with from the garden centre.
You can just about see one of the lily bulbs sprouting up in the smaller pot next to it. I can’t wait for these lilies to flower, they are going to be bright orange!
The hanging basket of sweet pea seeds that we planted a few weeks ago are doing well. Now that they’ve started growing they don’t seem to stop. The dahlia’s that we have had from seeds on the kitchen window sill eventually got too big for the pot, so we planted them in another big pot out in the garden now that the weather is getting warmer. It will be exciting to see what colours they are going to be.
Molly is loving playing outside in the garden at the new house. She has been sunbathing a lot too!
It’s been lovely out in the workshop over the past few days, with the sun beaming in through the door and the sound of the birds singing outside, it definitely puts me in the mood to keep moving and make lots of new work!
Today I’m taking a break from making while the kiln is ‘cooking’ all of my latest pieces. The kiln has been on over night so it’s nice and toasty out there in the workshop, I can’t help popping in to tidy up or pretend I need to get something, it’s very cosy when it’s warm!
There are a few custom orders in there at the moment, with a massive new selection of plant markers that I showed you the other day, as well as some new stock items and some new bowl designs…
Above you will see the initial stage of a custom plaque. These have been quite popular lately – I can engrave any names or words onto the plaques, and they don’t necessarily have to be heart shaped. They make perfect gifts for newly wed couples! Please feel free to get in touch if I can help you with a personalised item of your choice.
Hope you are all having a great week! x
This has got to be the hottest day of the year so far! We’ve had a fantastic weekend out in the sunshine. Yesterday was spent visiting the lambs, having a pic nic, playing cards on blankets at the park, and having a ‘kick around’ with a football with friends which was fun. On the way home we stopped for a drink in a beer garden.
Today I don’t think I’ve been inside the house much at all, definitely caught a tan! I’ve been smoothing the edges of these plant markers outside in the sun, beats sitting in the workshop in the cold! There are still lots more plant markers to be made.
It’s my birthday tomorrow so I’m looking forward to more relaxation out in the sun (hopefully), and maybe also some surprises!
Hope you have had an enjoyable weekend with lots of sunshine wherever you are
These are the flowers I bought my Mum for Mother’s Day, some beautiful Iris’s. They were all in buds when I bought them but now that they have all opened they look even more stunning. My Mum has put them in one of my handmade ceramic vases that she owns, I think the iris’s really compliment the vase, even if the stems are a little long!