Saturday, 10 December 2011

Penwortham Christmas Market!

Penwortham Christmas Market
is on this week Wednesday 14th December 2011!

The market will be on Liverpool Road, Penwortham, open 6pm till 9pm. Stalls will be set out on the pavements both sides of the road from The Fleece Pub up to Royal Bank of Scotland. I will have a stand set up outside Johnson Cleaners.

There will be a visit from Penwortham Primary School Choir and Lostock Hall Memorial Band, a fairground at The Fleece and lots of places to eat.

Hope you can make it, would be lovely to see some familiar faces.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Nothern Potters AGM 2011

I have just got round to looking through the photos from Northern Potters AGM at York Art Gallery. There was a great demonstration by Roger Lewis who hand builds Ceramics, he has found a way of trapping air inside slabs of clay to give them a cushioned effect and incorporating this technique with the use of texture making the pieces very tactile.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Craft Fair this weekend!

Sunday 30th Oct 2011

Exhibition Hall,

Open: 10am-4.30pm

Its a one day selling event. I am all packed up and ready to go. I am taking a range of pots to sell from some of my earlier slip cast pots and my degree show work to the more recent Salt & Soda and Earthenware pots. The fair is organised by The Creative Crafts Association for more information about future craft fairs:

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Last day at Glebe!

Wow doesn't time fly when your having fun!

I first arrived at Glebe in September 2010. I stayed for just under two weeks, to get an idea of what it would be like to work here as an apprentice and to see if I would want to live and work here for 6 months and gain experience from Margaret Gardiner ( ). Within that time we prepared, packed and fired her small salt and soda kiln. I hardly knew anything about this type of firing so it was a great experience!

So at the end of January 2011 I started my 6 month apprenticeship! The 6 months ended in Aug and we organised another month in September where Frauke Abel ( and myself would come and work together for a month to swap knowledge and discuss our plans for setting up workshops and starting our businesses.

Tuesday morning I will set off home and the next adventure of becoming a potter will start! I have booked a stand with Creative Crafts Association to be part of a craft fair at the Reebok Stadium on the 30th October 2011. It is a one day selling event, opens 10am - 4.30pm. I am going to apply for an exhibition called 'Young Artist of the Year Award' at the Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle. Most importantly I will be practising my throwing and experimenting with slips and glazes until I find something I can produce with my electric kiln that I am happy with.

A massive thank you to Maggy! I'm so grateful for the opportunity she gave me to gain experience from working with her. I have learnt so much over this past year and had such a brilliant time. THANK YOU!!

There will be lots more posts to follow so you can see what I have been getting up to...!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Two weeks down, two to go!

Well these first two weeks have raced by, Maggy's opening day of her solo exhibition at the Bircham Gallery in Holt,staying on the Dutch Barge which was lovely, Pancakes for dinner and breakfast looking out to sea! Great music, with guest performance by Peter Lemer and Reuben Lemer:
YOU TUBE - Pete and Reuben Lemer

Then the first week back working in the pottery and getting ready to fire Maggy's small kiln on the 16th Sept. The second week working busily in the pottery and also getting ready for Ceramics in the City ceramic fair, Maggy set up her stand on the Wednesday and then the preview opened on Thursday evening (22nd Sept 2011). Ceramics in the City is open 22nd-25th September, at the Geffrye Museum, London. Frauke and myself are going to visit the show tomorrow and also get a chance to visit other museums and galleries around London.

Half way through the month now, the next two weeks are going to fly! Will be very sad to leave the Glebe pottery, Maggy and her family. I will have to hit the ground running when I get back home, lots of craft fairs and galleries to apply to. As well as more organising of my workshop and more slip and glaze experiments to test!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Only one more month at Glebe

Came home at the beginning of August and brought back two crates full of the pots I have made over the past 6 months down south.

Just starting to organise my studio and get it into a working state, making lists of tools and materials I need.

Back down south on the 9th September, going to the Bircham Gallery in Holt, North Norfolk to attend the opening night of Margaret Gardiner's Solo Exhibition! Very excited about staying on a Dutch barge.

Only one more month left of my work experience with Margaret Gardiner, Frauke Abel is also going to be at Glebe House for a month, so I get the added bonus of working with her and finding out more about her apprenticeship in Germany and working with other potters in England. She has written an article about her recent experiences, which is in the current Ceramic Review (Issue 251 Sept/Oct 2011).

The Craft Open Exhibition is still on at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe until the 1st Oct. Its a great show, work from lots of talented people, definitely worth a visit if you haven't been yet.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Platform Gallery - Craft Open Exhibition 2011

I have had a successful application to exhibit some of my work at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, in the Craft Open Exhibition running from Sat 23rd July till the 1st Oct. The Gallery is open Tues to Sat 10am - 4.30pm (closed bank holidays). Throughout the exhibition the public will be able to vote for their favourite exhibit, to be awarded the 'People's choice' prize.

I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Teapot Bodies with lids.

Teapots with lids, spouts and handles attached, ready to be decorated.