I love this time of year in the studio… The halogen heater is on full whack, set to rotate mode to radiate the warmth around the room. It also helps with the drying process of the clay which is always a little slower than usual in autumn. I have the radio on, bopping away to songs while making, engraving, glazing and decorating at my work benches. Not forgetting the odd cups of tea thrown in!
I’m working on some special custom orders at the moment, as well as some new goodies and stocking up on other things ready for the festive craft fair season.
My new ceramic star decorations have been popular so far. I have sent some to Florida and Australia, and ‘m looking forward to introducing them to the crowds at upcoming events. Each star is impressed with a lace texture, and can have names or other wording engraved for that special decoration to add to your tree.
I currently only have one Glo Cone left, but don’t panic! A Glo Cone army is in production
Don’t tell anyone, but I kept a Glo Cone for myself. We have it lit most evenings. The patterns that the light creates from the holes makes the room feel snug and wintery.
If you see anything you like or have any ideas for a custom piece I could make for you, please feel free to get in touch. I love a challenge and my aim is to make customers happy with special pieces to suit their requirements.
I’m really pleased with the launch of my ceramic plant pot decorations, they have been flying out this week. So much so that I am already making more in preparation for when I run out. I’ve decided to make some to display next to my Nan’s grave. It’s not a very nice thing to think about, but I think it will add a really nice touch.
Come and visit me this weekend!
I will be selling a range of pieces in Rugby at The Benn Hall this Sunday… Postcode CV21 2LN. Hope to see you there!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I was really pleased with the flow of people through the door all day. The cake eating area was always full!
Our craft stalls were a nice attraction for visitors to do a bit of shopping after their tea and cake.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
We ventured out of the country lanes to Salcombe – a quaint little seaside town with boutique style gift shops and cafes.
‘Love The Sea Gallery‘ in Salcombe had the most amazing large clocks made from recycled materials. I really wanted this one!
Banthem Beach was another stop (below).
We finished off our trip with a barbecue on the beach and sat on the sand until the sun went down. Bliss!
Is it too early to mention the ‘C’ word?
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…
New for Christmas 2014 will be these tall cone shaped tea lights. Can’t wait to see them lit up with candles inside.
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!
The kiln has had it’s hoovering, and is ready to be loaded with new work this week. Always an exciting time!
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.
More houses are in progress, and I’m also working on some more ceramic placemats…
And some more house themed hanging decorations are coming soon:
Watch this space
It’s been a good week for Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics in the press!
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
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.
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.
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!
Saturday 20th September 2014
Newnham Village Hall, Daventry, Northamptonshire.
10am – 2pm
‘Help Conquer Cancer with Crafts, Coffee & Cake’
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
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:
Day 22: ‘Iris Mania’. I think this is one of my favourites so far.
Day 23: Sketches of organic objects from the woods, looking at form.
Day 24: Simple but effective linear trees. Great ideas for surface pattern on ceramics.
Day 25: Honey bee in it’s hive.
Day 26: Colourful landscape.
Day 27: Sunset Shadows.
Day 28: Blackberries from the woods.
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…!
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.”
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
Gladioli are starting to flower next to one of my ceramic sculptures in the garden…
I love summer!
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!
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.