*New* Ceramic Planter Decorations

My new ceramic decorations are frost proof so are suitable for outdoor display in the garden as well as inside the home. They also make a lovely addition for brightening up graves.

Each decoration is attached to a long green coloured strong wire stem, which can be cut to any desired length. The wire pushes easily into soil and can be hidden among leaves.

Display in groups together, or separate them into different pots around your home or garden.

Ideal gifts, perfect for hanging baskets, plant pots, garden bedding or to plant among shrubbery.

Please note that each set is unique so may differ slightly from the photographs. Order here :)

heart and leaf ceramic plant pot decorations

ceramic garden decorations

garden ornaments

ceramic planter decorations

ceramic hearts in plant pot

decorative plant pot leaves

ceramic garden bedding decorations

ceramic shrubbery decoration

circular grow garden ornaments

frost proof ceramic planter decorations

frost proof ceramic leaves

ceramic grow decoration

Recent work

Some of my latest pieces…

Please visit my shop to browse my full collection or click on the images below.

Happy browsing! x

Personalised ceramic lily bowl

3D ceramic rose plaque

personalised ceramic heart plaque

Whats been happening . . .

I had some very exciting news last week… There is a 3 page feature about my work in the current Oct 2014 issue of Casa Creative magazine. It’s in Italian, but who cares?! I love the layout of images that the editor has created.

Casa Creative Page 1

Casa Creative Page 2

Casa Creative Page 3

My set of three seaside inspired ceramic panels are popular this month, as not only are they included in the 3 page feature of Casa Creative, but they also appear on the tile page of View Magazine.

View Magazine Oct 2014

Among all of that excitement, I was at The Hayrack Gallery in Upper Stowe during their open evening a few weeks ago. A group of ladies from the Silverstone Womens Institute came along to do some shopping, take part in a gallery quiz, eat cakes, drink wine/tea and watch me working.

It was a fantastic evening, and I hope to be back in the gallery again soon.

charlotte at open evening

Me and Dizzy are getting ready for our first ever Hunter Trial this weekend. We have been practicing some of the bigger jumps, and have had lots of fun! She really is an amazing horse.

hunter trial foxhill

Pics from the Hunter Trial to follow, as long as I don’t fall off!

We got home from a little holiday away in Fueteventura last week. The weather and beaches were beautiful, and it was lovely to come home feeling refreshed after a week of relaxing. My highlight of the holiday was riding a camel, one of the things I’d always wanted to do! The camel was called Philippe, he felt quite different to a horse :)

camel

I took some new inspiration images on the beach too… some of the patterns created by nature in the sand are just pure art. Amazing! This will no doubt influence some new work soon.

sand art

Macmillan Coffee Morning Success

On Saturday 20th September our coffee morning took place at Newnham Village Hall near Daventry.

After weeks of planning and organising, collecting donated raffle prizes, cakes and vouchers from local businesses, it was such a relief when everything finally took shape on the day. People came from all different areas to visit our event where we had 12 craft stalls, a pop-up photography booth where prints could be taken home on the day, and a clay making area.

Macmillan money raised

I was really pleased with the flow of people through the door all day. The cake eating area was always full!

Macmillan coffee morning

Our craft stalls were a nice attraction for visitors to do a bit of shopping after their tea and cake.

craft fair at Macmillan coffee morning

I would like to say a huge thank you to every single person who made cakes. We had a fantastic selection of different flavoured victoria sponges, chocolate cakes, brownies, banana cake, coffee and walnut, carrot cake, scones with clotted cream and jam, flapjacks, rice crispie cakes, homemade biscuits and more. Yummy!

scones with clotted cream and jam

homemade cake

The road signs did well advertising the event a few days before. We even had the Daventry Express turn up who photographed me and Megan with our cups of coffee, and put a little write up about the event in the local newspaper.

Macmillan road signs

The raffle was definitely the highlight of the day. We raised between £300-£400 just on raffle tickets alone, which is all thanks to the businesses and people who donated such amazing prizes. Our raffle display looked really impressive… some visitors even wanted to buy some of the prizes.

Macmillan raffle tickets

raffle prizes

I was pleased with the amount of new local customers I gained from my stall, but have to say I don’t think I could have a stall if I ever organised a coffee morning again. It was a bit too much having to greet people, check everything was running smoothly, and serve my customers too.

A glass of wine or two went down nicely after all the clearing up was finished :)

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics

My Mum, boyfriend, and so many of my friends did such a great job and were a massive help. Could not have done it without you!

macmillan-banner

Trip to Devon

I enjoyed a mini break down in Devon with friends earlier this week. We were so lucky with the weather, gorgeous sunshine every day. I am missing this beach now… But it won’t be long before I’ll be setting foot on another beach in under 2 weeks :)

Challaborough Bay beach

During our stay at Challaborough Bay holiday park we ate in the Waterfront Bar restaurant where a couple of pieces of my work are on display, overlooking the beach. Look at that view!

Ceramic Seaside Cottages curve

ceramic beach hut

We ventured out of the country lanes to Salcombe – a quaint little seaside town with boutique style gift shops and cafes.

Salcombe

Love The Sea Gallery‘ in Salcombe had the most amazing large clocks made from recycled materials. I really wanted this one!

Love The Sea Gallery

Banthem Beach was another stop (below).

Bantham Beach

Challaborough Bay

We finished off our trip with a barbecue on the beach and sat on the sand until the sun went down. Bliss!

BBQ on the beach

In The Studio

Is it too early to mention the ‘C’ word?

christmas stars

I’ve been preparing a few new Christmas designs ready for festive fairs later in the year, and am particularly pleased with one particular prototype of a ceramic Christmas house.

A customer who has purchased a few of my ceramic houses asked if I will be making Christmas themed houses this year. It wasn’t something I had planned, but thought I’d give it a go, using gingerbread houses as inspiration. The first house will be emerging from the kiln later this week…

ceramic christmas house

 New for Christmas 2014 will be these tall cone shaped tea lights. Can’t wait to see them lit up with candles inside.

ceramic tea lights

It’s not often I make something for myself, but since moving into my first bought house earlier this year, I wanted to add a personal touch to the garden. I have made four large leaf shaped ceramic stepping stones which will (hopefully) be cemented into the lawn, leaving a little pathway to the shed. Pictures to follow!

ceramic stepping stones

 The kiln has had it’s hoovering, and is ready to be loaded with new work this week. Always an exciting time!

hoovering out the kiln

 A few new things to keep an eye out for…

This new set of petal shaped dishes below will be fired and available to purchase from my website very soon. I have only made one set so far – more will be made after testing the water but I think they are already looking popular from the response I have had on my Facebook Page so far.

These bowls will be themed blue and cream… If you would like alternative colours please get in touch.

petal bowls

More houses are in progress, and I’m also working on some more ceramic placemats…

in the workshop

 And some more house themed hanging decorations are coming soon:

ceramic houses

 Watch this space :)

In the press

 It’s been a good week for Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics in the press!

Making magazine

Issue 51 of Making magazine came out yesterday, and I was lucky enough to be informed by one of the editors that my glossy green mushroom bowl was featured on the Lust List pages of the mag. So I dashed out in the rain to get my hands on a copy – what a great magazine with beautiful craft ideas for the home. I will be sitting with my feet up having a proper read through later :)

Making Magazine

My set of 4 green leaf ceramic coasters were featured in an East Gazette publication which is delivered free to households within the Carlisle area with a copy of News & Star.

Homestyle_July2014

 I also made a late trip to a local supermarket on Sunday evening to buy a copy of The Sunday Mirror where my lily pond heart ceramic coasters were featured on the food pages in Notebook magazine.

Notebook        Sunday Mirror

Notebook with The Sunday MirrorKnit Today logo

And finally, if you are a regular reader of Knit Today you may have noticed my ceramic heart brooches featured on the editors letter page.

I’m quite happy with that little lot!

Knit Today editors letter

 handmade ceramic brooches

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Saturday 20th September 2014

Newnham Village Hall, Daventry, Northamptonshire.

10am – 2pm

Macmillan coffee morning

‘Help Conquer Cancer with Crafts, Coffee & Cake’

Come along to a fun and friendly Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by myself Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics & Megan Ashwell Design with the help of family & friends.

We are keen to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan, a charity that is close to many peoples’ hearts.

We will be selling our handmade ceramics & textiles on the day, and plan to put together a display of our latest sketchbook project where you can choose your favourite designs as greetings cards.

There will also be other craft stalls, a raffle with tonnes of great prizes kindly donated by local businesses, plenty of tea, coffee, soft drinks & loads of homemade cakes, an area for making your own clay objects, a space hopper race, plus lots more fun & games.

Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier. Our aim is to create a fun and friendly atmosphere to raise money to help change the lives of people affected by cancer. Everyone knows somebody who is or has been affected by cancer, and we want to help make a difference.

Please add the date to your diary and invite your family and friends! Hope to see you there :)

Macmillan

Blakesley Show

Blakesley Show Charlotte Hupfield

Dizzy did me so proud at Blakesley Show last Saturday :)

We have both come a long way!

Blakesley Show show jumping

Blakesley Show rosettes

in-hand showing

Sketchbook Project week 4

I can’t believe our 4 week sketchbook project has come to an end. Time has flown by since we have been under pressure to produce one drawing a day for a whole month, but it has been a really enjoyable experience.

I now have a whole sketchbook full of new imagery to use as surface design ideas for my ceramics, and am also going to make some cards from some of the designs.

I feel as though I was just starting to get into the project, so I’m looking forward to continuing with anther exciting project soon. Here are snippets from week 4:

iris painting

Day 22: ‘Iris Mania’. I think this is one of my favourites so far.

organic object sketches

Day 23: Sketches of organic objects from the woods, looking at form.

linear trees

Day 24: Simple but effective linear trees. Great ideas for surface pattern on ceramics.

honey bee

Day 25: Honey bee in it’s hive.

colourful landscape

Day 26: Colourful landscape.

shadows

Day 27: Sunset Shadows.

blackberries

Day 28: Blackberries from the woods.

If you missed the previous weeks from our sketchbook project you can view week 1, week 2 and week 3 by clicking these links.

We managed to squeeze in trips to a local allotment and also to the woods to create some of our drawings. Getting out and about really helped to generate ideas, being surrounded by inspiring things to draw.

If you’ve followed our progress along the way I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have been up to! I will be sure to post what I have done with some of the drawings, keep up to date with instant posts from my Facebook page where you’ll find loads going on.

Until the next project…!

This week

Hayrack Gallery CHC

I delivered a new collection of coastal inspired pieces to The Hayrack Gallery at The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre in Upper Stowe yesterday. Some of the hanging wall panels aren’t up yet, but I’m really happy with the display so far.

Robert & Kim, the gallery owners, said:

“We particularly like the houses which can take a tea light candle, and the beach hut hanging pieces. The seaside theme comes across in the colours she has used in the decoration, which means you can mix and match the pieces to make your own collection too.”

apples and blackberries

I ‘d had my eye on the apples growing on the apple tree in our garden for a few weeks, so I decided to make an apple & blackberry pie last night. I was worried that the apples might have tasted sour but it was delicious! I’ll be making that again :)

apple & blackberry pie

Gladioli are starting to flower next to one of my ceramic sculptures in the garden…

I love summer!

gladioli

Me and Dizzy have been practicing our show jumping ready for Blakesley Show this Saturday. We are entering a 2ft9 show jumping class and then a best in-hand coloured horse class which I’ve never done before, but am very excited. More on that to follow next week, but in the meantime, wish us luck!

show jumping

I have been working on some very special commissions lately, which are always a pleasure to make. If there is anything special I can make for you, please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements, I’ll be happy to help.

lily bowl

Bridesmaid vase

personalised heart plaque

Sketchbook Project week 3

Another week has passed which means 7 more drawings have been produced for the sketchbook project I am taking part in with Megan Ashwell Design.

Our drawings will be used as inspirational imagery and design ideas for creating new work, and we will also be producing some cards from various drawings.

You can view my album of drawings for the whole month and see how I am getting over on my Facebook page.

bouquet painting

Day 15: Bouquet. Love that big leaf at the back.

silhouettes

Day 16: Silhouettes, ploughed fields & harvested hay bales.

oak tree

Day 17: Stopping to rest at the old oak tree.

walk along the tow path sketch

Day 18: A walk along the tow path.

tree bark drawing

Day 19: Tree bark

tree bark drawing

drawing in the woods

Day 20: We took a trip to the woods to do our drawing on this day. It was great being surrounded by trees, one of my main sources of inspiration, but not so great getting eaten alive by all of the bugs! We didn’t realise until the next day how many bites we had.

Megan’s dog Alfie came along, keeping himself occupied by playing in the mud and then coming to check we were still at the same spot every now and then, leaving a little muddy nose print on our white sketchbook pages :)

Alfie

hydrangeas painting

Day 21: Painting hydrangeas in the garden. I’m not so sure about the pink in this one, but have started to use a painted coloured background to draw on which I’m finding is much better than a plain white page. You should notice more coloured backgrounds during week four coming up…

drawing in the garden

Here I am caught unaware painting in the garden yesterday!

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