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.
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.
Day 15: Bouquet. Love that big leaf at the back.
Day 16: Silhouettes, ploughed fields & harvested hay bales.
Day 17: Stopping to rest at the old oak tree.
Day 18: A walk along the tow path.
Day 19: Tree bark
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
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…
Here I am caught unaware painting in the garden yesterday!
I have to admit I am struggling a little to keep up with producing a drawing every day for a whole month as part of our sketchbook project, but I’m glad we set such a tough challenge. It is a great motivation task!
If you are a creative person I would recommend a similar challenge for yourself… even though it is sometimes a struggle, I have produced a tonne of imagery for my work that I would not normally have created every day.
Here are last weeks drawings:
Day 8: Line drawing of daisies with a few watercolour pompoms thrown in.
Day 9: Four sketched cottage studies in my favourite style of drawing: loose, quick and free.
Day 10: I produced a few different studies on this day. You can read my post At the allotment to see them
Day 11: Magnified plant cells using mixed media. Wax resist at the top left is going to be experimented on the ceramic surface. I love circles so this one was a lot of fun!
Day 12: Simple line drawing of wild flowers on grey paper, this was actually an envelope I received in the post – hence the crease! I do love a bit of recycling
Day 13: Lunch along the canal on a muggy summers afternoon, watching the boats drift by…
Day 14: I had a go at drawing chickens from the same local pub along the canal. These ladies are so full of character, and were a lot of fun to draw.
As part of our sketchbook project (see first post here), we are aiming to meet up once a week to focus on some drawing in different locations. Our first meet up was at a local allotment on Wednesday last week.
It was such a refreshing change to be out and about surrounded by inspirational shapes, patterns and compositions. We were spoilt for choice with so many things to draw!
It was great to do some ‘loose’ drawing where the marks on paper are quick and free. I found that I got some better results using this method of drawing, rather than focusing on small tight details.
I loved everything about this distressed wooden shed door below… It’s colour, texture, linear patterns, holes, peeling paint.
Vegetables were fun to draw. This has given me some new ideas for surface decoration onto clay.
We are going to develop some of our drawings into greeting cards which is very exciting!
Stay tuned for more drawings coming up soon.
Following on from my trip to New Designers, I mentioned that myself and Megan Ashwell Designs were going to be challenging ourselves with a new project (if you missed that post, you can view it here).
Our plan for the project is to chose a theme to work with, and produce at least one drawing a day based on that theme for a whole month. The idea behind this is to come up with some new imagery in our drawings to use for developing new work, for instance recreating a drawing onto the ceramic surface.
The theme we have chosen is Garden/Nature/Outdoors – Quite an obvious theme for us both and it is very loose which can relate to a wide range of different smaller themes, but I wanted to start in my comfort zone ready to branch out and focus on a much more challenging theme in the next project, all being well!
Megan has chosen to focus on motif’s which is much more apt to her style of work. Although she has mentioned that she doesn’t want to focus solely on flowers so I will be keeping a close eye on her sketchbook and making sure she sticks to her goal It’s great being able to meet up with another creative person and bounce ideas off one another.
We have agreed to meet up once a week if we can, and visit a local area to just sit and draw.
We started last Monday, so here are my daily drawings from last week:
Day 1: Looking at a hanging basket, gorgeous blue flowers and some honey suckle that my Nan gave me, growing up a trellis in my garden. I wanted to leave this drawing ‘unfinished’, with only some areas painted with colour.
Day 2: From down low… Looking up at tall spindly trees. This one was a lot of fun and will look great recreated onto clay!
Day 3: Pencil drawing – Horse in a cow parsley field. (lucky thing!)
Day 4: Pen & Ink countryside scene.
Day 5: Watercolour reflections and patterns on the surface of water, finished off with Karisma pencils and shiny tin foil collage. I’m already imagining this design on a vase…
Day 6: Tulip studies. I love this form, and it works well as a repeat pattern.
Day 7: Focusing on leaves from the peace lily plant in my living room while watching tv
I have been posting each drawing on my Facebook page daily, so if you’re interested in keeping up with our project be sure to like my page to see what I’ve been up to.
Check out Megan’s Facebook page where you will find her daily drawings too!
We are off out for a drawing session Wednesday evening… watch this space
Last Sunday I was in Caldecott Park in Rugby for ‘Art in the Park’, a celebration of local artists surrounded by beautiful trees. This was my first ever experience of having a stall outside being completely uncovered, so we were really lucky to have the sun shining all day. It was great to get some of my latest pieces fresh from the kiln out and about, especially my new vase range which received some lovely comments.
Being surrounded by trees and nature, I was in my element and was glad I took my sketchbook to create a few doodles and design ideas.
Strawberry picking was on the agenda again last weekend! You can’t beat the freshly picked strawberries from our local orchards – so much better than shop bought. When I wasn’t munching on them straight from the fridge, I found another tasty use for some of the strawberries… They went down very nicely in a glass of fizzy rosé after I’d unpacked at home from art in the park.
This pair of hanging blue hearts were recently requested by a customer and delivered last week
And my new ceramic heart clock has made it into the press this week! Firstly being featured in Home Living magazine…
…and also featured as ‘Editor Loves’ on the Your East Anglian Wedding magazine website.
So that has made me very happy indeed
To top off my week so far, I enjoyed a fun evening out cross country schooling with Dizzy on Wednesday. She was so good, I put all of my trust in her and I think she could sense it. Bombing through the water making big splashes was the best bit!
I have been doing some drawing every day this week as part of an exciting new sketchbook project I am working on. Details will follow in my next post so be sure to pop back on Monday to have a gander through my sketchbook.
Wishing you a great weekend! x