Category Archives: ceramics
What a wonderful few weeks of sunshine we’ve been having! The weather has certainly made a change to a lot of things. It’s been lovely being able to wear summer clothes and chill out in the sunshine. I love summer
A few Saturdays ago I had a day out in Windsor where we visited the outskirts of Windsor Castle, strolled along the River Thames, and indulged in a spot of shopping (‘sale’ shopping may I add- which doesn’t make me feel so guilty!). It was amazing to see the old Windsor train stations that have now been turned into shops and restaurants; all of the original brickwork is still beautifully in place.
Aside from enjoying the summer weather, it’s been a busy few weeks for me in and out of the workshop. I’ve been delivering new stock to some of my existing gallery stockists, and also preparing work for a few new stockists around the UK which I am very excited about – details to follow soon!
Last Friday I went to an open evening at The Hayrack Gallery – one of my local stockists who stock a large collection of my work (some pieces shown below). They held an open evening with an artist making fabric-wrapped sculptures, a BBQ and other things going on. It was a lovely evening out and nice to see the ever changing display of my work.
Quite a lot has been going on on the making front… I’ve had a few special custom orders which I always enjoy. I love a challenge and having a go at something new, so when I was asked to make a clock made from ceramic roses I couldn’t wait to tackle it. I had to make a few roses before I got the hang of it, but now I’d say I’m pretty much a rose-making expert! They were also very therapeutic to make. Can’t wait to see these little beauties when they are fired, and assembled into the finished piece.
Another custom order was for an oil burner; I’m intrigued to see the finished results.
I’ve been stocking up on plant markers as they seem to be flying out at the moment. I’m turning into a plant marker making machine! Playing around with different plants in the clay has been fun, I think these are the pieces I’m most excited about seeing when I open the kiln – there are some lovely organic patterns to feast your eyes upon.
Glazing is usually my least favourite job, but last week I found it quite relaxing. Perhaps it was because I was drinking tea at the same time!
It’s still ‘busy busy busy’ here with a kiln load of work to get fired and more new work to be delivered to galleries and shops. I’d say that definitely deserves a treat, don’t you?
What a year 2012 was! It was for sure a year to remember. I’m thrilled with what I have achieved and would like to thank everyone who has supported Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics – from those who placed an order to those who simply ‘like’ my Facebook Page… it all counts! Thank you
- 2012 started off with the arrival of my new kiln which I have thoroughly enjoyed using. I wouldn’t have been able to complete a lot of the work that I achieved without it.
- In March I met BBC Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis and received my very own SBS (Small Business Sunday) certificate (hand signed by the man himself), and had my photograph taken with him – one of the highlights of my life as well as 2012! This was a super day, I’ll never forget it.
- I gained four new stockists;
Studio 61 Gallery
Pigeonhole Moot Hall
- I developed a range of new glazes that have been used to decorate many pieces of work.
- A screenshot of my website and a section about me and my work was published in a new book called ‘The Workshop Guide to Ceramics‘ by Quartz Publishing. I was extremely happy about this!
- I also had a photoshoot in my workshop with a photographer from the Daventry Express, where a feature about my work was published in the Daventry Express ‘etc’ magazine.
- I attended four seasonal craft fairs and took part in the following exhibitions;
‘Kitchen Garden’ at Bilston Craft Gallery from February to April
‘Wolds and Coasts’ at Gallery 49 from July to September
‘Postcard Patchwork’ at Worcester Arts Centre in November
‘Christmas Decorations’ at Thoresby Gallery from November to December
- 2012 was my best year yet for custom orders. I enjoyed every minute of creating special pieces to the requirements of my customers, even during the nerve-racking moments patiently waiting for them to be fired.
- A selection of my work was professionally photographed by Matt Debouge, including the image below. Matt’s photography has always captured my work really well and I was pleased with the group shots and different angles that were achieved this time around.
- I introduced a brand new card range to my website, with over fifteen different designs to chose from. The images on the cards are photographs of my work which adds a nice little accompanying touch for someone buying a gift.
- I also introduced my new ceramic wall planters for the garden which were a big hit last summer. More have been made in preparation for spring 2013…
- My leaf bowl range was refined and developed, creating a striking collection of different shapes and colours.
- Lastly my dandelion designs were a huge hit throughout the year, and were always the first pieces to run out at exhibitions, fairs and online. I also had so many custom orders for pieces with dandelions on them. Watch this space for developed dandelion designs throughout 2013!
I can’t wait to find out what 2013 holds……
Here’s a selection of items available in my shop.
This weekend only… receive a FREE ceramic magnet with all orders! If you see something you like please grab it now to avoid disappointment as each piece is a unique one-off, and I never make two pieces the same.
I’m still taking a few last minute orders before Christmas, if there is anything specific or personalised you are looking for I would love to hear from you.
A taster of what’s new on my website this week…
If you see something you like head over to my online shop to find out more information on these items. While you’re there feel free to browse my other handmade ceramic pieces ~ everything is completely unique and handmade with love!