It’s been a great week at CHC headquarters! I’ve been busy planning and organising for some exciting new things ahead. The weather has been up and down but we have still had our fair share of sunshine peering through the clouds. I’m on a mission to make 3 vases a day at the moment… so far so good!
I paid a visit to one of my local stockists yesterday at The Hayrack Gallery in Upper Stowe, such a charming little shopping village with a barn restaurant and farm animals. The gallery is looking lovely inside, it had been about a year since my last visit, so it was nice to see fresh work from new artists. It was time I replenished my stock for the gallery, so I took along lots of new pieces and even helped set up a new display of my work. It was great fun!
We used one of the window sills just as you enter the gallery, so at the moment you will be greeted by my work as soon as you enter. I think the rustic brick window sill really complimented my work with the natural tones.
Various bowls of all different shapes and sizes are on display, along with a couple of clocks, framed pieces and some ceramic planters.
There is also a second display of my work inside the main room of the gallery, where you will find a selection of vases, more bowls, plant markers, and mini art on easels (see below).
Just outside the gallery there is a beautiful display of turquoise planters that look really stunning. I would quite like one of the hanging cones myself!
It’s been an eventful week over at CHC. Yesterday I was exhibiting at the Weedon Craft Market, which was nice to see some friendly faces of local stall holders and chat to customers. One lovely lady called me up after the market and asked if she could come and collect a bowl that she had fallen in love with. My customers always put a smile on my face
From behind the scenes of my stall… I had the view of lots of delicious cupcakes all day!
Last bank holiday Monday I went to a show jumping ground and jumped a clear round on Dizzy. She was amazing, as were all of the other horses that we took in the lorry, and the weather was perfect. I can’t wait to attend a proper judged show now that I know what to expect, although the atmosphere will no doubt be a lot more nerve wracking!
Last week I also went to my first barbecue of the year, it was lovely sitting outside til late at night while the air was still warm, eating homemade burgers (and drinking wine, of course!)
Some new ceramic bunting and garlands have been added to my website this week – I hope you like them. They can be hung outside in the garden, and also look really pretty draped across a window.
I’m preparing a selection of new stock for the Hayrack Gallery in Upper Stowe to deliver some time this week, so I’ll have that to show you very soon.
Hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy your week! x
Browsing images of inspiration in my Pinterest Boards, a few recent ‘pins’ have really stood out and caught my eye. I use these images to develop surface design/decoration ideas onto the surface of clay when making.
Can you believe the above image is of rust? It’s amazing how something so old and weathered can appear so beautiful. I love the colours.
This fantastic piece above is by artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser, I recently came across her work and has trouble choosing which image to share… Each of her individual dimensional paper collages are stunning. Check out her website for more inspirational pieces.
Another image that truly inspires me is this beach snapshot above. I love the contrasting light and dark colours, amongst layers of texture and linear patterns. I think this would make a stunning wall piece.
I’ve named these ‘mushroom shaped bowls‘ as they have always reminded me of mushrooms. With the little pool of melted glass in the centre of the bases, it is almost like finding hidden treasure when peering inside.
Each bowl is hand-formed using the pinch pot technique, and then evolved into individual unique pieces by altering the wall thickness, overall diameter, and form of the rim. I have a lot of fun making these and enjoy decorating each bowl differently.
When I look at the group of bowls together they also remind me of flower heads, all growing happily in the sunshine.
You can view my full selection of handmade bowls and dishes over at my shop.
On Saturday I took a trip to Brackley to visit my new stockist: ‘All Things Clay’, located at The Courtyard Mews in the Market Place. Situated in between Oxford and Northampton, Brackley is historically a market town and over time has been known for wool and lace-making. It’s such a lovely place with lots of nice little shops.
Currently alongside my work, ‘All Things Clay‘ shows the work of ceramicists Sally Rowan and Pam Foley. Sally’s work is based on images of people; facial representations mostly in black or black and grey, using the plain fired bisque as her canvas. While Pam’s work consists of a range of different bowls that have been smoke fired, creating a beautiful finish to the surface.
The aim of the shop is to showcase and sell a diverse range of different ceramic pieces from different ceramic artists with completely different styles.
If you are in the area or passing by, I definitely recommend The Courtyard Mews in Brackley a place to stop and have a look around. Inside you’ll find the most gorgeous smelling flower shop, along with other gift shops and galleries, and also the Information Bureau.
One of my favourite things was the cobbled pathways… easily pleased!
Last night I took part in a Macmillan fundraising charity event at Long Buckby Health Centre, Northants. If you hadn’t heard about it, people all over the country were organising their own individual ways of raising money from a girls night in, to large public events called ‘a really good night in‘.
Upstairs at the gym in Long Buckby we had around 12 craft stalls amongst other entertainment and other things going on throughout the evening.
I was lucky enough to borrow a glass cabinet which was displayed alongside my stall and looked great. Once the evening got into full swing I enjoyed chatting to customers and received some lovely compliments.
Altogether a total of £500 was raised for Macmillan from the event, it was amazing hearing the news this morning! Thanks to everyone who took part in organising and supporting the event, I had a great time x
On Friday 26 April, something exciting is happening. You don’t have to run or get sweaty. Just get together with the people you love being with to raise money for Macmillan. People all over the country will be getting together this spring Friday evening to take part in organised fundraising events. Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics will be at Long Buckby Gym in Northamptonshire (1 High St. NN6 7RE) along with other handmade craft stalls, cakes and wine, raffles and tombola, spa treatments, and loads more from 7-10pm. Come along and join in the fun to help raise money for Macmillan…
Your really good night in starts here!
On my birthday last week I ran a special offer on my Facebook page Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics (where you’ll always find plenty of offers, prizes and giveaways!), all orders placed on my birthday would receive a special treat: one of my handmade ceramic magnets, a brooch AND a card! I was overwhelmed by the response and spent most of Friday morning packing up complimentary goodies to send out with orders. Yay!
My birthday was a lovely sunny spring day where I visited my favourite local farm shop with friends and enjoyed toasted hot cross buns with hot chocolate, and plenty of cream! My friends baby, Ellie, joined us and we had lots of fun watching the free range chickens.
I really don’t feel 26!
I also spent the morning riding Dizzy – a new addition to my life at the moment. Isn’t she gorgeous? She’s always full of energy, keeping me on my toes!
More new work will be underway very soon, but until then, have you seen the latest collection in my online shop? Happy browsing!
Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!
Since the clocks went forward on Saturday it seems as though spring has finally arrived. It’s so nice to see some sunshine, even if it is several weeks overdue! My wind chimes, tea light holders, plant markers and little bud vases have been popular over the last couple of weeks – I’m wondering if people are prepping their gardens and decorating ready for summer?
CHC has had a busy month with exhibitions in Manchester, Oxfordshire & Derbyshire, as well as supplying stock to new and existing shops and galleries. It was nice to finally have a breather over the long bank holiday weekend, with some horse riding, visiting country shows, making cakes and a spot of shopping.
The change in seasons and the lighter evenings have inspired some new work – coming soon!
A selection of 12 of my mini ceramic landscape art pieces are currently on show at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Derbyshire, 2nd March – 14th April 2013.
This exhibition brings together five artists telescoping the eye in order to draw out the intricacies of our existence.
“Matt Clarke, Ann Goddard and Serena Smith explore the microscopic and the cellular, the world inside; while Edward Jeavons and Charlotte Hupfield take the external world and reduce to its representation in our mind’s eye – the miniature landscape that speaks of memory and longing.”