I have to admit that after I posted out my last order just before Christmas 2014, I breathed a huge sigh of relief and took a little longer of a break than originally intended. As you might have seen from my overview of 2014, I think the break was very well deserved!
January was a super busy month. There was a surprise 30th birthday party for my fiance, celebrating our engagement :), a bit of initial wedding planning, a city break to Amsterdam, a few renovations to our house, delivering new work to galleries, and time to catch up with friends.
Amsterdam – Such an inspiring city.
I’m very happy to be back out in the studio now, creating lots of new exciting work. It pleases me to see the production lines are back in full swing, and custom orders are flowing in which always makes me happy.
One thing that isn’t making me very happy right now is the cold weather. I’m bored of winter now! Roll on the summer when I won’t have to wear woolly hats and thermals while I’m out in the studio making.
I’m currently making lots of ceramic poppies for a local group of ladies who were involved with World War II and get together once a month. I love the idea of making someone an object that will act as a memory of a lost loved one, especially those who missed out on buying a poppy from the Tower of London installation.
Above: Before and after ceramic poppy bowls.
Above: On the Making List this week.
Above: Ceramic lace bud vases in progress, drying out on their own little shelf.
Below: Finished ceramic bud vases. (a lovely gift idea for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day)
One of the exciting commissions I am working on at the moment is this large ceramic rose wall hanging. It was inspired by the design from my ceramic rose clocks, but on a much larger scale. I find these roses really therapeutic to make.
I was over at my new stockist Roccabird in the beautiful town of Towcester a couple of weeks ago, restocking their shelves with a new collection. These pieces flow together as a whole quite elegantly. They also have a couple of my clocks and hanging plaques. With so many more gorgeous gifts and items for your home, Roccabird is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
One last update to share with you… A beautiful example of how my handmade ceramic buttons can be used below.
Thanks to Margaret at Knicker Drawer Notebooks for sending this image of one of her handmade journals, adorned by one of my buttons.