I am very excited to now be showing a selection of my work at the Claire Danielle Sherriff Gallery in Cotesbach, Leicestershire.
CDS Gallery & Studio is situated within the rural setting of the Cotesbach Estate Stable Yard and is part of a creative business community.
The CDS Gallery was founded in 2013 by Claire Sherriff, where she displays and sells handmade art and crafts by designer-makers, and also her own jewellery. The gallery also consists of Claire’s silversmithing studio, where you can watch her create one-off pieces of jewellery and metalwork.
CDS Gallery currently stocks some beautiful pieces by very talented designer makers. A few of my favourites are…
Alex Shimwell Ceramics:
Jamie Parks Ceramic Jewellery:
Lucy Large Paper Artist:
Helen Russell Ceramic Creations:
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!
What an exciting exhibition!
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ will be running from 7th March – 26th April 2014 at the Victoria Fearne Gallery in Cardiff, with an open evening being held on Friday 7th March to kick things off.
There will be wine and nibbles to enjoy whilst you browse the fantastic selection of paintings, art and gifts on show- perfect with Mother’s Day and Easter in mind.
There will be a selection of my colourful flower pod bowls for sale, along with fun ceramic hot air balloon wall hangings and a large vase. Each piece is a unique one-off so once their gone, their gone!
Take home something beautiful, handmade with love.
You can now find a selection of my work for sale at Nice Things at the Harbour Parade in Ramsgate, Kent.
In the above picture you can spot my countryside clock, tall spattered vase, organic heart hangings, flower pod bowl and lily pond vessel all to the left.
If you are ever in the area, pop in for a browse!
It’s great to be back behind the work bench, getting covered in clay and creating some brand new work. I can often ‘just pop out for ten minutes’ to fiddle with something and then end up staying out here for hours! With a constant supply of tea, of course
Some new pieces are finally taking shape and I’m so excited to get everything finalised ready for firing. Lots of work is being specially made for galleries and exhibitions coming up, but don’t panic – there will be plenty of new stock items going into my shop too.
The line of clay cottages is growing fast… I am currently waiting for these to dry out a little more before decorating. With the weather being quite cold, clay isn’t drying out with a great deal of speed which is ideal for me at the moment as it means I don’t need to rush. It’s me waiting for the clay for a change! A slow drying time also means cracks are less likely to be formed.
I’ve been beavering away until it gets dark lately… Thank goodness for the extension lead giving me access to light and heat!
Remember the magazine features I was included in last week? Here’s another one to add to the list… I’m in the current issue of Ceramic Review magazine – wowee!
That’s my vase and a letter to the readers published on page 80
This year I’m in the online public vote for the 2014 craft&design Selected Maker Awards!
The vote is open until 31st March 2014 and I would be extremely grateful if you were able to support me…
Voting is free – All you need to do is click on the logo above, and then click the voting banner at the bottom of my page. Once you have entered your details you will need to verify your vote by clicking a link in an email that you will receive from craft&design.
Family, friends, and friends-of-friends can vote too, please help to spread the word!
Thank you so much!
I hope that wherever you are in the world, all of this rain we are currently experiencing has not affected you or your family. We sure are in desperate need of some sunshine!
Despite all of the sogginess going on, I’m still managing a smile every day because things can’t seem to get any better at the moment.
I have been a little quiet lately as I am so busy trying to juggle my ceramics on top of horse riding, I took up kick boxing in the new year, and I am also in the process of buying my first house!! I don’t want to say too much just yet as it is still early days but the whole process is very exciting, and also quite stressful. It will all be worth it in the end though. I can’t wait to set up my new studio once we are settled in.
Some other good news includes my double page spread feature in Village Connect magazine ~ I’m so happy with this . . .
. . . and I also had a little feature in the current issue of Craft Focus magazine (below). My biggest and most exciting recent feature is yet to come – I will also be in the current edition of Ceramic Review magazine! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Although it’s wet outside, it hasn’t stopped me from venturing out into the workshop. As it is such a small space, it soon warms up in there. I have loved getting my hands stuck into some clay over the last few weeks and trying out new ideas. As the clay houses I made last year proved to be popular, I’ve decided to broaden the range of these and make lots more.
I am now making personalised ceramic houses!
Do you have a quirky little cottage, a house with lots of character, a beach hut, or a house number/name that you’d like to see transformed into clay?
It doesn’t have to be a home – it could be a shop that you love, a farm, bakery, church, any building at all really!
All I would need from you is a good quality photograph of the proposed building and any key features that you would like to be included or exaggerated.
Please contact me for further details and to discuss pricing
Gallery stockists are slowly being re-stocked for the new year, and I also have details of a few new stockists to announce very soon.
So many exciting events and goings-on are happening this year – my diary is filling up fast!
See you soon with some updates from the workshop x
Since it’s a new year and a new start, I’ve jumped onto the ‘healthy eating’ regime and want to cook tasty new meal ideas. I saw this recipe for turkey patties on the TV the other day and thought I’d give it a go last night.
You need (to make 4 medium sized patties):
- 250g Turkey mince
- 6 Chopped spring onions
- 1 shredded courgette
- 2 Garlic cloves
- Handful of chopped coriander
- 1tsp Cumin powder
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 egg
What I loved about this recipe is it is so quick and easy, and tasty too!
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and then bind together into a sticky mixture using the egg.
This is the fun part… Using your hands, form round flat shapes into any size you like and then place into a hot pan with a little melted butter. Turn over once browned on the outside, and repeat on the other side. Then place the patties onto a baking tray and into a pre-heated oven until cooked thoroughly, until still juicy but not dry.
Serve on a bed of rocket and enjoy!
I enjoyed my patties with a selection of salad and avocado – delicious!
They could also be turned into turkey burgers with a bread bun, and mini patties make great party food too. I’ll definitely be using this recipe a lot in the future!
What a year!
Firstly a huge thank you goes to everyone who has supported me this past year. It’s such a great feeling being able to enjoy doing what I love, knowing that so many people like the work that I create.
I was published in a few magazines & newspapers in 2013, including:
- Gift Focus
- Village Connect
- Craft & Design
- Herald & Post
- Simply Homemade
This was extremely exciting and is even more exciting knowing that I have more features to come in the New Year, which include the likes of Ceramic Review magazine!!
I didn’t get as much ‘making time’ as usual throughout 2013, due to other important things going on, but when I was busying myself in the workshop I created a new product line for CHC – Ceramic Houses. (All sold out – more to come in 2014!)
I attended six craft fairs and took part in the following exhibitions;
- Miniature Magnified at The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Derbyshire.
- Fired at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
- Spring Pop-Up at West Ox Arts Gallery, Oxfordshire.
I gained five new stockists in the UK;
Mango Juice Gallery in Worcester.
The Gift Box in Warkton, Northamptonshire.
All Things Clay in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
The Blossom Shop in Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire.
Calladoodles in Surrey, London.
My display and overall appearance of my work was improved with some wooden crates. So simple, yet so effective – I don’t know what I’d do without them now.
I took part in a special collaboration project to help design a wedding horseshoe with some of my ceramic charms.
I was invited to the second SBS winners event and saw Theo Paphitis again, where I enjoyed networking and experiencing a very exciting and motivational day.
Some new designs were introduced to my range of vases;
As always I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. A new year, a new start. There are already lots of exciting things planned for 2014, my diary is filling up fast.
Happy New Year!
I would like to say a huge thank you to every single customer who has bought from me this year. Whether you have purchased my work via my website, at a craft fair, or come to collect, every single one of you count and make a difference. I also cannot thank my family and friends enough for their help and support throughout my ongoing journey.
I am very happy to say that the run up to this Christmas has been my busiest yet. It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that lots of people all over the UK will be opening CHC gifts on Christmas day. Would love to be able to see them all being opened!
2013 has for sure been a whirlwind of an adventure for me and I have loved every part of it.
My last craft fair of the year was at Warkton village hall in Northamptonshire last Saturday. It was sad news hearing that it was the last ever craft market to be held in the quaint little village of Warkton, but it is safe to say the last market went out with a bang! It was a chilly winters day but that didn’t stop customers popping in throughout the day.
I have a huge list of new things to make in the new year and can’t wait to get stuck in, especially to experiment with new designs from my Thailand inspiration. But first things first, the workshop needs sorting and organising!
I’ve just about caught up with packing and sending orders, but you still have until 3pm tomorrow (Friday) to order any last minute pieces from my shop. Then it will be time to wrap my own gifts, and eat mince pies of course!
If you made it this far, wherever you are in the world… Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Earlier this week I received this photo from a customer of my mini ceramic heart bunting hanging in their home. I love it! I was particularly drawn to the shadows, which has led to this weeks Folksy Friday theme…
Check out these shops below, some really lovely items on offer, and perhaps even just enough time to find a last minute Christmas gift.
Lampshade by Peppered Moth
Walker: Original ink painting by siansburys
Sleeping Chapel black & white photograph by Sam Webster Photography
Shadow Flower by Tupelo Tree
…..Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Brown paper parcels have been flying out left, right and center this week! There’s just something about brown paper parcels wrapped up with string… definitely one of my favourite things
So many people are going to be opening my ceramic plant markers on Christmas day, I’m almost running out! Lots of new stock is queuing to be made in the new year.
Our tree went up on Sunday, so I’m starting to get into the Christmas spirit now. I’ll feel even more Christmassy once I’ve made my festive batch of home made sausage rolls and mince pies. Yum! I love the smell of the house at Christmas time.
There is just over one week left to order from my website to guarantee items will be delivered in time for Christmas. Do your bit, and support small handmade businesses…
* Shop handmade this Christmas! *
As well as shopping handmade, why not make handmade too? Check out this wooden Christmas tree idea I found from My Desired Home – 30 different wooden Christmas tree ideas. I want to make one!