I’m so happy to say that 2014 has been a year to remember. When I look back on all of the different things I have achieved, I can’t stop smiling!
I am so so excited for what the future holds, and would like to thank everyone who has supported me, and continues to encourage me along my journey.
My biggest achievement of 2014 was buying my first home and setting up my studio in the garage. It was all 100% worth the wait and I couldn’t be happier right now!
All of the house excitement appeared to have made me go into a ‘house obsessed frenzy’ as I focused on perfecting my own style, adding to my collection of ceramic houses which began in 2013. These have been extremely popular and all unique one-offs were sold out!
My second biggest achievement of 2014 was organising and running a Macmillan Coffee Morning, and raising almost £800. A fantastic day that I’ll never forget!
I’m always grateful for my work to be seen out and about, so have loved having pieces displayed and sold in different galleries throughout the UK during exhibitions. Here are some of my favourite displays;
Spring Exhibition at Number Four Gallery
Seaside Collection at The Hayrack Gallery
Open Evening at The Hayrack Gallery
Showcase at Three Little Pigs
Best Made Local Makers Fair
Art Works Gallery in Olney
Roccabird, unique gift shop in Towcester
I was really pleased to be involved with two different school projects this year. I made these holly leaves as part of a children’s mosaic project for a school in Cardiff. The finished mosaic will be ready in the New Year, I’m so excited to see it.
My ceramic wind chime making technique was used as inspiration for a children’s school project in Moorhead, Minisota, USA earlier this year. You can read the full story here.
I challenged myself with a project of my own in the summer. A drawing a day for a whole month. This was a great way of expressing creativity on paper to help with surface decoration ideas for my ceramics. If you are a crafts person or maker I recommend doing this at some point!
2014 has got to be a year with the most custom orders and commissions. I have loved creating pieces to certain specifications…
…including my first ever order for ceramic wedding favors.
My work was published in a variety of magazines in 2014;
- Craft Focus
- Mollie Makes (Spanish version)
- Good Homes
- Home Living
- Making Magazine
- Knit Today
- View Magazine
- Your East Anglian Wedding
- The Notebook with The Sunday Mirror
- Village Connect
- Casaromantica Shabby Chic
- News & Star
- Sunday Express S Magazine (below)
- Casa Creative (below)
View the full features here.
Ceramic Planter Decorations
Sets of Petal Dishes
It’s been an amazing year… Bring on 2015!
On Christmas day I got engaged! Couldn’t have asked for a happier ending to 2014
If you are reading this I would like to thank you for being a part of CHC at some point throughout 2014. I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you – for purchasing pieces of work I have made or for generally just being a fan of my creations, I couldn’t do it without you.
2014 sure has been a busy one, a year to remember.
Wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. And if you are one of the many lucky ones unwrapping my work on Christmas day, I hope you like your gifts!
I’m feeling very festive this week – the mince pies are out, and Christmas shopping is well underway. Especially for my customers, it would appear! I love wrapping and packing orders, always imagining them being opened by the recipient.
We have decided to go for a real Christmas tree in our new house this year, I’m so excited to pick a tree and decorate it. I may use some of my handmade ceramic Christmas decorations.
More personalised ceramic stars are ready with another batch in progress. These have been taking over my studio over the past few weeks! They will look lovely hanging on a Christmas tree, and can also be hung anywhere around the house.
I’m very excited about these holly leaves I’ve been making for a special collaborative project. I can’t tell you what they are for yet, but I can tell you they are for a school project Details to follow soon!
Tomorrow evening I will be at The Courtyard Cafe at Bishops Court in Daventry with a selection of my latest pieces for sale. A few of the shops and boutiques will be staying open for a special indulgence evening… come and join us if you are local! I can’t wait for more mince pies and some mulled wine!
The studio is looking so exciting at the moment! With so many custom orders taking shape ready for Christmas, it’s all go
If there is anything special I can make for you, please get in touch. Due to the timescale of getting pieces made, decorated, fired, packaged and shipped, please get in touch with your custom orders by *December 1st 2014* to ensure your order is received in time for Christmas. After this date I will not be able to get orders to you until the New Year. Thank you for your support.
Here are a selection of pieces fresh from the kiln. Which is your favourite?
A customer sent this photo of two of my small ceramic tea light houses lit up in her kitchen below, don’t they look cosy? I think her plan is to collect a village along her windowsill!
This large dandelion vase below has sold, but the medium sized vase is currently still available. I almost kept the tall vase for myself, but glad it has gone to a good home.
It has been good getting back into the craft fair season with the opportunity to meet new customers, and show my latest pieces. I have a few very exciting events coming up over the next few weeks – keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.
Magnets and brooches have been popular online this week. I wonder if they have been purchased for stocking fillers? It’s such an encouraging feeling knowing that so many people will be unwrapping gifts on Christmas day that were handmade in my studio!
More stock is currently on it’s way to stockist MangoJuice Gallery in Worcester, including these organic ceramic hearts below, a selection of bud vases, and some bowls.
Something a little different to finish off this post… A four year old Max has had a go at being creative with clay
An update of work in progress from the studio will follow soon!
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 I’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!