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New Planters

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New product range: bold and colourful planters that will make you smile everyday and all day…

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Available in three sizes, four colours (orange, blue, yellow and red) and five designs. Look for us at The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market.

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They compliment our range of dishes and wearables.

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Clay: It’s the Good Stuff

potter-marksMake your mark: Clare comes to regular sessions at the studio & is now practicing her throwing. Recently we chatted a bit about sustainability and the responsibilities we have as makers. It’s a tough one. There’s been a lot of talk about plastic recently & there’s always talk about stuff and wether we really need it – particularly on the run up to Christmas. People have formed clay for 20,000 years & a lot of what we know about our past can be learnt through these artefacts. We’re moulded & capacious, it’s moulded & giving: perhaps that’s why so many people connect with it. It records stories: cultural, social, material, social, economic etc… I know I’d rather have something that tells a story, any story. I think making and buying things that asks something of you is affirming. Producing also involves risk. Learning to let go is important. I know I’d rather have opportunities to fail & reflect on my life. There’s plenty of opportunity for that in ceramics. It’s my best friend.

Also… we’ve needed to start using stamps for ages. I’d intended to do this when I first started Sunken Studio but forgot! They’re now more important than ever. There’s a lot of work going through the kiln & these will help optimise loads.

Throw for Free: Voucher Giveaway!

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To say a big thank you for supporting Sunken Studio we’re giving away a workshop behind the wheel.

To enter visit us on:

Instagram: follow us, tag a friend in the relevant post & signup to our newsletter.

Facebook: like/follow our page on Facebook, share the relevant post & signup to our newsletter.

Enter before 5pm on Thursday 8th November, 2018. A winner will be announced shortly after.

Good luck!

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Spotted at Colours May Vary

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Colours May Vary is based in Leeds and is an independent shop stocking a range of beautiful, useful and inspirational wares. They were the first shop in Leeds to focus on design publications.

Their main focus is graphic art and design, typography, illustration, and product design. They stock a range of books, journals, prints, cards, gifts, wrap, homeware and stationery. Their collection is sourced  both locally and internationally from a mix of established and up-and-coming producers. They support fellow independents in the City and strive to bring new things to Leeds

Colours May Vary stock our products & you can also buy from CMV online.

Here’s our stuff spotted in the wild! Providing a colourful backdrop for Studio Arhoj.

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MADE at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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MADE is Yorkshire Sculpture Park Shop’s changing programme of contemporary craft and applied arts. It showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, designers and makers.

Sunken Studio will be showcasing a selection of of our jewellery and dishes as part of their makers spotlight programme.

The winter dates are 5th November to 24th February.

All works are for sale, with Own Art available on purchases from £100–£2,000.

Visit YSP Centre to view the whole range and to buy in store.

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The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market

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‘One of Britain’s best Christmas markets’ The Guardian

The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market has quickly established itself as one of Yorkshire’s top Christmas shopping destinations and will this year take place over two weekends.

23 – 25 Nov + 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018, 10am – 5pm
Entry: £1 / Free for Members & Under 16s

Sunken studio is going to be there on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November. We’ll be selling our Throwing Experience Voucher PacksPottery Vouchers for One and our handmade ceramic jewellery and homewares.

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Photo Journal: materiality, colour, surface

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A bit of old rope… Here are a few of the pictures that I took while on Lewis, Scotland. It’s a small showcase of materials, techniques, colour & surface combinations that sum up some of the poetic bleakness, simplicity, tenacity and determination of the place. Things that get me excited. The next step is to explore how to use these observations. I’ll just leave them floating around & let serendipity help things along.

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Introducing Becca Macdonald

the-team-becca-maccdonald-portfolioIntroducing Becca Macdonald: Becca is joining us as our new studio assistant.

Becca is a designer maker who has recently moved back to Saltaire after living in London. Becca’s background is in textile design: she specialised in knit at Chelsea College of Arts. While in London Becca worked in a range of design, interior and craft studios assisting and leading teams. She helped deliver projects that included furniture and surface design, immersive public experiences and architectonic textiles. She also assisted with the day-to-day operations of a pottery studio and has taught handbuilding workshops.

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Becca’s personal practice currently involves making jewellery that documents human traces and transience. She uses metal clay to produce fine silver jewellery. Her pieces record fluidity, movement, gesture, space and where hard meets soft.

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Becca’s interest in form, texture and the evidence of presence has driven experimentation with a range of materials and processes – textiles, porcelain, jesmonite, silver clay, resin. Becca’s material thirst and investigative attitude, combined with industry, educational and customer facing experience, really excites us. We’re so thrilled to welcome Becca to our team.

https://www.beccamacdonald.com/

Northern Craft Fair

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On Saturday 13 October 2018 we’ll be taking our wares to Sheffield Northern Craft Fair. Come and say hello, find out about our courses and events. I promise I won’t have a plate for a head. Not all of the time anyway.

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Review – Today at the Hepworth

made-by-today-reviewSearlait McCrea from Today stopped by our stand at the Hepworth Summer Fair and wrote this lovely review:

Sunken Studio’s display at markets and fairs is really one that I DARE you to try pass without stopping. The playful use of pattern and stripped back colour range really makes the products pop. Once you’re in (because like I said, I don’t know how you couldn’t stop for a proper snoop), it’s obvious these wares are the making of a master. The quality of work(wo)manship and obviously extremely considered, yet seemingly simple design is what really draws me to Sunken Studio products.

As well as beautiful handmade homewares and accessories, Sunken Studio run a dizzying amount of workshops, classes and events for both young and not so young people of any ability, so you too can have a go at your own ceramic creations!

Visit her blog for the full post and to see all of her top picks.

 

Vacancy – Studio Assistant

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Role: Studio Assistant – Ceramics (Freelance Contract)

Reporting to: Studio Director

Fixed Term: 70-100 hours (approx. 1 day per week) between Sept 2018 and Jan 2019

Rate: up to £10 per hour (depending on experience)

Hours: flexible, mainly weekdays plus some weekends and evenings

Deadline: Midnight Monday 10th September

POSITION CLOSED
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What We Did This Summer

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Following on from What We Did Last Summer, here are more multi-spouted vases. They were made in our six week beginner’s courses.

We pared down the brief and removed the requirement for them to be multi-tiered. Last year’s were impressive but simplifying the brief enabled us to focus attention on introductory techniques and do most of the refining and crafting within the workshop.

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These pots took two weeks and covered adjusting press moulded shapes, slab building, tube forming, and shaping and finishing using rasps and kidneys. In six weeks everyone made and glazed an average of 10 pots. If you’d like to be the first to hear when our next courses are published please sign-up to the newsletter.

Float Festival Manchester

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On Saturday 22nd September we’ll be taking part in Manchester’s first wellness festival. We’re delivering a short clay basics workshop at 5pm. Connect with the ground, use your hands and get proper messy in this one-hour class. Squeeze on, switch off, come home with a piece you’ll treasure forever.

Float is a one-day festival and brings together makers, foodies, ideas creators, mindfulness practitioners, business/personal development gurus and yoga teachers to open your eyes and quiet your mind. Head to Float to learn more and book tickets.

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10 Questions with Craft Agency

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I recently took part in Craft Agency’s 10 Questions series. Head to their blog to read the full conversation.

Craft Agency is creative and digital recruitment company, with a bespoke approach to finding the right fit. They bring creative people together in ways that build long-term value and fulfil exciting potential.

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A Day With Hallmark Creative

Yesterday we were treated to a day working with the very talented Rebecca from the @sunkenstudioleeds in Leeds. A day just to get the creative juices flowing and enjoying learning something new. Thank you Rebecca for the most fabulous day. Our designers and illustrators loved working with you.

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