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The Hepworth Wakefield Contemporary Ceramics Fair

5 May – 6 May 2018, 10am – 4pm

£1 / Members Free / Under 16s Free. Pay on the door, no booking required.

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We are excited to announce that we’ll be taking our colourful graphic petri dishes and oversized statement necklaces to The Hepworth Wakefield Contemporary Ceramics Fair.

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Colour Splash with Statement Ceramic Necklaces

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Our product ranges include statement accessories and homewares.  We like to keep things elementary – simple processes, geometric forms, functional surfaces, intense colours, wearable, useable.

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The Wheel

throwing-on-a-potters-wheel-demonstrationGreat news. We now offer tuition in using the Potter’s Wheel to throw pots. Come and spend time at our ceramics studio in Leeds. Learn how to centre, open, collar, pull, shape, finish and wire off your finished work. Visit our Gift and Gather pages for further details.

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Ceramic Petri Dishes

If you love colour, you might like these. I’m currently working on three sizes of ceramic petri-style dishes for The Hepworth Wakefield Contemporary Ceramics Fair in May. Available in red, yellow, orange and blue and diameters 10cm, 15cm and 20cm (approximately). These images are of work in progress. The colours look neon – they’ll still be bright when finished but not this bright…

Made at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Shop

5 March – 19 May 2018colourful-statement-necklaceOur ceramic necklaces are on display, and for sale, in the Made showcase at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Shop.

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

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Illustrative Slipware

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Matthew the Horse, Forward Always: Moon

I’ve finally finished a few odd jobs around the house. One of which was getting this print stretched. It’s by Matthew the Horse and last year he visited the studio to work on a few examples for our Ceramics Taster: Trail.

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Tulipieres: what we did last summer

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Coil pots to Tulipiere in 10 weeks of making. Look at that offset foot. Each part has one so each pot appears to hover above the table. Design details like that make me smile. This amazing Tulipiere stack was made by David during one of our six week evening classes. David has already completed our Beginner’s Bundle: Build and has progressed onto the next course. If you’re interested in learning basic pottery making techniques and processes visit Tasters, Courses and Events.

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Thimbles for Fairies

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In September I was asked to make some colourful ceramic thimbles for the ‘Fairy Lady’ Samantha Bryan. Samantha is inspired by Victorian gadgetry and invention and creates humorous suspended, wall mounted and free standing sculptures out of a combination of wire, leather, found objects & collected materials. These unusual sculptures depict everyday life in ‘fairyland’. Samantha species of fairies are beautifully crafted and each tells an endearing story built around ideas on what they need, the perils they face and how busy they are. Listen to Samantha talk about being an inventor and story teller in her film ‘Desire to Fly’.

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Tea Bowls and Tea Infusions

Melanie Hadida and I decided to get together for a collaborative workshop (Tea Bowls and Tea Blends: Brew) over a shared love of the book Herbarium. It’s a beautiful book conceived, written and illustrated by Here Design (Caz Hilderbrand).

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The Familiar and our Popup Ceramic Workspace and Shop

The popup shop at Carousel in Headingley was an opportunity to showcase our ceramic products – necklaces, brooches, bangles & spoons – alongside our clay workshops. The aim was to have a street presence where we could promote the studio and chat to passers by. The popup shop is smaller than our permanent ceramics studio in Roundhay. However, because it doesn’t contain all the tools & kit needed to operate a ceramics studio we were also able to invite bigger groups, more frequently, into the space. We hosted a range of introductory clay workshops in the Headingley space. The workshops covered coil building (Coil), spoon making (Whittle) festive bell making (Chime) and decorative ceramic Christmas decorations (Scatter). The larger space meant we could also accommodate larger private group bookings.

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Ceramic Advent

Follow our Advent Calendar on Instagram and or Facebook for daily offers, gifts and kindness.

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More than stencils, slip & cats with Jenna Lee Alldread

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Earlier this year I invited Jenna Lee Alldread to the studio to work on a few examples for a ceramics workshop I was developing – Ceramics Taster: Trail. The workshop is an introduction decorative techniques. It covers working with coloured slips and explores techniques in applying pattern and illustrations to flatware (clay plates and tiles). The techniques covered include stencilling, sgraffito and slip trailing with coloured slip.

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Pizza for Pizza Fella

We started planning our festive collaboration with Pizza Fella back in August. Helen came to us asking for some decorative pizza Christmas trees for their window display.

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Sunken Studio and Virgin Experiences

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We now sell our pottery making workshops through Virgin Experiences. Visit our Studio or one of our Ceramics Tasters at a partner venue in Leeds. Choose from a range of pottery making techniques and processes. Try your hand at making pinch pots, coil pots, press moulding, slab building or experiment with slips and decorative technique.

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Mauds-House_Illustration“Every card, sheet of wrapping paper, gift, print, book, cushion (the list is endless) purchased from your local indie shop, craft fair, design market, small online shop this season will contribute to a maker or business owners longevity, supporting their growth and stability for the year ahead. Whether it’s a little or a lot, show your support and together we can continue to make our high streets, towns and villages prosper.” Hattie Maud, Mauds House.

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Festive and Seasonal

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We have three festive and seasonal ceramics workshops taking place in Leeds and Skipton this year.

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