April 18, 2018

Overview of BCTF 2018

BCTF Preparations I think I thought I was crazy at the time, but last December I booked a spur of the moment space in the newcomers gallery at BCTF with only 4 months to go until the fair. I like to think I am very organised, so my to-do list (which was never ending most […]

April 5, 2018

On my way to BCTF 2018…

Today I am celebrating an achievement 🙂 I only initially thought about attending BCTF in November 2017, and didn’t actually bite the bullet to book until early December 2017. Once Christmas was out of the way, it wasn’t until January 2018 that I really started planning for my first ever trade fair at BCTF in […]

April 4, 2018

How it’s made: Large Botanical Vessel

There is a routine to making many of my slab-built pieces. This involves a process of firstly rolling out sheets of clay to a desired thickness, and to do this I use a slab roller, then finish rolling a bit thinner by hand with a rolling pin. The sheets or ‘slabs’ of clay are then […]

March 11, 2018

Botanical Blooms Collection

New for Spring 2018 Last but not least, the final new collection that I will showcasing at BCTF in April 2018 is ‘Botanical Blooms‘. After undergoing some market research, this collection turned out to be the most popular. People were drawn to the colours, in particular the ‘pop’ of blue. Botanical Blooms Collection Customer Research […]

March 5, 2018

COMMISSION: Ceramic floral heart hanging using funeral flowers

I was recently commissioned to make a memorial heart plaque in memory of a lost loved one. Being asked to make specific pieces is my favourite thing, but I love it even more when I am asked to make such a special keepsake with a story behind it, and felt very honored to make this […]

March 1, 2018

Red Berries Collection

New for Spring 2018 Another of my new collections to be showcased at BCTF in April 2018 is ‘Red Berries‘. This is my personal favourite design, I love the sense of fun in the simple red glaze dots, contrasted against the beautifully delicate organic stems. Red Berries Collection Market Research I asked a number of […]

February 20, 2018

Dandelion Collection

New for Spring 2018 Another of my collections to be launched at BCTF in April 2018 is ‘Dandelions’. I have played around with this design in my work for some time now, and have decided to turn it into a coherent collection as I think this design works well on pieces in a group. The […]

February 15, 2018

DIY: How to Make a Pallet Wall

I was so excited to start this project in the new year. We had had the red, black & grey dandelion wallpaper up for a few years now (what were we thinking?!), and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. The best bit is you don’t need to spend time steaming off the wallpaper, […]

February 8, 2018

Sea Line Collection

New for Spring 2018 One of my new collections for 2018, and to be showcased at BCTF this April, is ‘Sea Line‘. This collection of one-off ceramic pieces features a blend of smooth elegant white, contrasted with flowing waves of texture formed using engobes, and thin delicate lines. Cobalt blue & ash grey are key to […]

January 31, 2018

Northamptonshire Ceramic Designer/Maker Showcases Blooming Marvellous New Product Collections

I will be travelling to Harrogate for the first time to exhibit my exciting new ceramic collections at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) 8-10th April 2018. Stand Number N56A. The collections will focus on floral blooms in perfect timing for spring. ‘Red Berries’, ‘Dandelions’, ‘Botanical Blooms’ and ‘Sea Line’ are the four new designs […]

January 29, 2018

Bride’s Wedding Bouquet Transformed into Ceramic Wall Art Tile

Want to keep your wedding bouquet forever? You can! Flowers make a gorgeous imprint in clay, and since I’m always using natural foliage and plants to create natural designs in my work I thought I would try my wedding flowers for a floral look. The results are breathtaking and it is an ideal way to […]

January 17, 2018

My Word of 2018

Dream Plan Do This year I am taking part in a motivational 12 month journey with the help of a planner-journal designed by Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust, called ‘Dream Plan Do‘. It is a thought-provoking, goal setting, problem solving, creative and strategic journal that guides you to delve deep down into […]