Category Archives: handmade homewares
Following on from my previous post about uses for ceramic bowls and dishes, here is the next post in the sequence, showing examples of how and where my ceramic vessels, vases and pots can be used.
It’s nice to have fresh flowers in the house, but when you don’t have any, how about displaying dried sticks or artificial flowers in a vase?
Many of my sculptural pots and vessels make great eye catching garden features for ornamental use. They also look nice as planters.
Taken from inside my workshop (below) ~ I use a few old vases for storing my tools and brushes.
I also found some other examples below, showing vessels used as ceramic lanterns and more storage pots for tools.
Would you use handmade art as a functional item, or would/do you prefer to leave it empty to admire on it’s own?
It’s been a busy few weeks for the start of the new year. I’ve been busy making gifts for Valentines & Mothers Day, as well as a few custom orders – I’ll show you what I’ve been working on in my next post soon. My personalised heart plaques have been popular so I have lots of these drying out at the moment, ready to fire at the end of the month and send out in time for Valentines Day.
Valentines Day must have come early for me this week as I received these beautiful rainbow tulips that look stunning in one of my organic vessels on the kitchen windowsill, and also in one of my elegant dandelion vases. I wonder if I’ll still get flowers on Valentines Day too?
The workshop has been pretty cold to say the least, with clay freezing and pieces not drying out it has been a bit of a nightmare. But it soon gets nice and toasty with the heater on, and I’ve brought some bits inside to dry and defrost!
It has been snowing all morning here today, and we are expecting 5 – 10 inches by this afternoon so I doubt I’ll be doing much in the workshop this weekend – I think sledging is on the agenda!
Although it’s still winter and there’s lots of talk of snow, here’s something completely contrasting… I’ve been making some new beach huts and seaside inspired pieces. Can’t wait for the sun to shine again.
From 2nd March – 14th April 2013, twelve of my mini ceramic landscapes on easels will be featured in an exhibition at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Derbyshire, called ‘Miniature Magnified‘. Here are three of the twelve below. They all have individual names and will be for sale during the exhibition. I have more available on my website here.
Below: ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Frosty Puddle’ & ‘In The Countryside’.
NEW to my website this month are a variety of new bowls. They are all similar in shape and form but each one was made slightly differently, making them unique with their own little quirky features. Each bowl is also decorated with different textures and colours. They have a few different names including mushroom bowls and flower pod bowls. Feel free to browse my website to have a look at the new bowl range. Which is your favourite and what would you use it for?
I have one of these bowls at home that I like to put small pieces of jewellery in, but I also like to display them on their own to admire the colour in the bases. They also make great tea light holders.
Lastly, thought I would share this lovely photo from a customer of one of my vases settled in its new home.
Think thats all for now, I’m off to the post office to post this weeks orders before the snow gets worse. Have a great snowy weekend!
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……
It was an exciting day opening the kiln last week, I couldn’t wait to see how my new glazes had turned out. As well as some new coloured glazes I also now have a new transparent top coat glaze which gives a lovely shiny look and feel.
I like playing around with contrasting surfaces – Such as the textured & matt leaves against the smooth & shiny body of this new Tall Glimmer Vase with Raised Leaves.
I am completely in love with this new dandelion vase… So much so that I haven’t brought myself to sell it as yet. I think I’ll keep this one for myself and try out some others soon. Just need someone to buy me some flowers to put in it though!
There have been lots of new additions to the bowls section on my website. Feel free to have a browse and see if there’s anything you like. As well as making fresh new additions to the home, all of my ceramic pieces make ideal gifts for birthdays, weddings and house warming presents.
With the dedicated garden section on my website, your garden won’t feel left out this summer. From plant markers, wall planters, ornamental pots and hanging decorations, you are sure to find something to add a bit of character to your garden. These two wind chimes above are new to my website this week.
You will find lots of new vase designs added to my range too, including the popular Sea Line and Sky Line designs above.
My favourite of the new bowls is the Seaside Bowl above, with impressed shell designs and a striking pool of melted blue glass in the base it makes a very attractive piece.
Which is your favourite?
Have you seen the new framed ceramic art pieces on my website? If you are a ‘liker’ of my Facebook page you may have noticed these new pieces being introduced yesterday. I love making these, it’s fun laying out the ceramic bits and bobs deciding where to position them.
This one below is my favourite – ‘Lily Pond, Dandelion & Butterfly‘.
The decorative ceramic pieces are individually mounted in natural box frames suitable for hanging, in a variety of different sizes. These unique pictures would make great gifts and are perfect gift ideas for house warmings and weddings.
I would love to hear your comments… Which is your favourite?
All we seem to be getting weather-wise lately is rain, rain and more rain. But at least the garden will be kept happy. I’ve left it a little late this year but I can’t wait to start tending to my flower pots and plants.
Brand NEW to my website this week ~ a Garden Section where you will find all ceramic pieces relating to the garden in one place.
From wall planters to pots, wind chimes to plant markers… If you are looking for a unique gift for a garden lover, or even large sculptural vessel statement pieces, you are in the right place!
A few weeks ago I showed you some photos of a few ‘panels’ in progress (if you missed that post you can revisit it here). I have finally gotten around to glazing and firing one of the panels, which is this ‘Cowslip Meadow’ Decorative Panel ~ What do you think? I love the defined engraved markings and I think the little speckles of glass really finish this piece off. It would look stunning displayed in any room of the house as a feature piece, or even on a window sill. The panel comes complete with a clear acrylic display stand to enable it to be displayed standing up. I couldn’t decide whether or not to keep this piece for myself as it is so pretty and it is also one of the first I have made! I’m looking forward to seeing how the other panel will turn out. I might try a different glaze effect to see how the two contrasting panels look side by side. This Cowslip Meadow panel is available on my website (link above), and like many of my pieces, it is a unique one-off so there is only one!
These coasters would make a great wedding gift for the bride and groom, or even displayed on the tables as tabletop accessories at a wedding or party.
The ‘Beside The Sea’ Ceramic Bowl above is my favourite item fresh out of the kiln this week. The colours are so vivid and it reminds me of the seaside.
Dandelion Mini Ceramic Art. This mini art complete with easel is another pretty piece. The seeds from the dandelion are being blown away with the wind…
The texture of this Blue Decorative Mini Vessel was created by rolling the soft clay onto a mould of tree bark.
And last but not least ~ Meadow of Dandelions Round Cream Bowl
I hope you have enjoyed my latest collection. All of these new pieces are available on my website. Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear what you think!
My name is Claire White and my business name is Hancon White, I was born a Hancon and married a White so it seemed an obvious choice for the brand. Currently I make cushions, aprons and peg-bags, with a range of appliquéd tote bags coming soon.
How long have you been making your work and how did it all begin?
My mum has always sewn and her mum is a knitter so I suppose it was always in my blood. I did a textiles GCSE (many years ago!) but I didn’t think at the time that it was something I could make a living from. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday last year and I got the bug again. Since having the girls, I’m spending a lot more time at home and by chatting to other Mums, I realised that the products we wanted weren’t available in the fabrics / colourways we wanted – so, with help from my mum, I dusted off my skills and set to making!
What processes and techniques do you use in your work?
It’s me and my sewing machine so I’m quite low maintenance in that respect – I’ve been playing around with appliqué recently so expect to see some appliquéd items in the shop soon…
What are you inspired by?
I tend to work backwards – I will find a fabric that I cannot resist and then find something to make with it. I’ve quite a collection building up and am brimming with ideas for it all…I just need to remember to write them all down…
Do you have a workspace or studio?
I’d love to say that I have a light and airy converted loft space for my studio (a girl can dream!) – in reality, however, it’s my sewing machine on the dining table when the kids aren’t around!
Where can people buy your work?
I set up my shop (www.hanconwhite.folksy.com) on Folksy in November 2010. I also plan to hold mini-shopping events at my home in the future.
How do you promote your work?
To be honest, not well enough at the moment! I’m on Twitter (@hanconwhite) and have my own website (www.hanconwhite.com) and you can sometimes find me on the forums on Folksy. I have some lovely business cards that languish in my handbag as I’m very bad at handing them out! Something for me to work on in 2011…
What goals do you have for the future?
Once my youngest starts school I’ll have a lot more time for sewing and I’d love to expand my range further. I’d like to design and print my own fabrics eventually and to have a retail space would be amazing!
What advice would you offer to someone thinking about turning their craft/art into a business?
I don’t feel particularly qualified to answer this one as I’m still a bit of a new girl myself but I think the most important thing is to promote yourself as much as you can and not sell yourself short. Ultimately – go for it!
A few of your favourites… (just for fun!)
Person: I’m going to cheat and say my 2 girls
Food: At the moment butternut squash risotto but this changes daily!
Thank you for taking part in my interviews Claire, I love the subtle fabrics you use in your work. Looking forward to seeing your new range of tote bags soon!