Deep & Crisp & Even the sun shone

A very enjoyable morning at Rowlands Castle Craft Market, organised by Sylvia Tomkinson, herself a skilled jeweller.  Minus 2 degrees when I left home, but sunny and crisp.  The hall was toasty with the radiators at full blast.  Sylvia’s mulled wine and mince pies added to the glow.   David, who runs Candle Cavern based in Petersfield, had the adjoining stall, and helped me to sort out the problem of my smokey oil lamps. He uses beeswax and soy wax for his candles, and works with a keen environmental awareness. Kate Steed, who keeps a flock of Jacob sheep at nearby Northwood Farm, had her usual cosy display of winter warmers – sheepskin rugs, wool, and knitwear.

I was delighted to be welcomed back  by several customers from last year. As always, I had several most interesting and useful chats with people on subjects as diverse as ski-ing,  barn owls and the EU. Between times I sold a few ceramics, Xmas decorations and soap dishes being top sellers again.

This is my last Market for 2011. I’m already pencilling-in up to Xmas next year, but the main event to begin with will be the Emsworth Arts Trail, 5 days in May when my studio in Woodmancote will be open to the public. More of that in a later post.

Rowlands Castle Craft Fair

This super  local craft market is this Saturday, 10th December, 10 ’til 1 in the Parish Hall. Click here for full details.

Last Saturday I was at the Emsworth Craft Market, another good one, and I had my highest takings of all time (even going back to when I used to  sell wooden toys & puzzles there, 25 years ago). My little ceramic Xmas decorations sold well, as did the new soap dishes with their hand-carved bamboo supports for the soap. To find out more about Emsworth Craft Market and to see the work of other exhibitors, click here.

Pots, Poetry and Prattle

Here we go, dipping a toe                                                                                                    Into the world of Blogging                                                                                                         If the world ignores my pearls                                                                                                   A dead horse I shall be flogging.

Well, ‘pottery’ is a near-anagram of poetry…..

Enough of this drivel. Let’s be serious. This blog will be used to let you know what’s going on in the studio – successes and failures, new lines and  abandoned dreams. For a start, the new stoneware is going down a treat. A rich, deep, dark tenmoku complements a subtle satin-matte white, and where they overlap there is the most amazing random mottling.

 Here is a sample on a small wall plaque:

To date I have used this for mugs, jugs, large round and square plates, vases and dishes.  I am also using the white on  its own, and in combination with a denim blue.