15 year celebrations down at Higherford Mill June 3rd

So how did that happen???? 15 years wow. 
It's actually 20 years next year since I started my business but 2 years of that was spent on the North West Arts Setting Up Scheme at Drumcroon Education Arts Centre in Wigan including a year in Abraham Guest High School in Wigan and 6 month potter in residence at Giggleswick School.  Then on to Barrowford with 3 months in the Malt Kiln and the rest in the stables at  Pendle Heritage Centre.  Phew that was a journey. I moved in to the mill on the 2nd June well I got the keys on the 1st and the lovely Wilf & Pete helped move everything from the stable block to the mill and my mum and I moved it all in on the Saturday, at last a final studio space which what I thought was a couple of years! We opened a bottle of champagne and drank a glass to celebrate and left the cork in the water feature! Well we all used to watch Ground Force didn't we back then. We went home to watch the Queens Golden Jubilee celebrations with my nan and drank…

Workshop dates for the 3rd Saturday in the month

Julie Miles Ceramics
New Workshop 2017 programme

All workshops are held in the workshop room at Higherford Mill
Julie is an experienced teacher in ceramics with a degree in Design Craft and an MA in Ceramics. She has taught since graduating in 1998 in various settings from art galleries to a disused quarry, all ages and abilities. Bring an apron and some enthusiasm and you will be able to achieve with step by step tuition some amazing creations. Go on, have a go and get creative. There will be coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival whilst going through housekeeping and health and safety for each workshop.
Maximum 6 per workshop age 16 + All abilities catered for.
May 20th Moon gazing hares in stoneware 2-4.30pm Come and have a play in stoneware to create your own mini hare. In this workshop you will learn basic modelling techniques in clay with underglaze, slips and oxides for decoration. £45 Price includes materials and firing
June 17th Birds hand built in stoneware 2-4.30pm Come and have a play i…

Next Workshop

So my next workshop has 2 places left if you would like to make a mini hare click the link below  March Workshop

Come and have a play in stoneware to create your own mini hare, cat, dog or other creature you would like to make. In this short workshop you will learn how to model your very own mini stylised animal in stoneware using traditional techniques in clay with underglaze, slips and oxides for decoration.
2 hours 2-4pm March 18th at Higherford Mill. Bring an apron and your imagination :-) £40 each ages: 16 + max places 5
After March I am putting up the prices for the workshops to £45 and adding an extra 30 minutes for finishing. The next workshop will be an extra special one..... Mothers Day Special Mini hare Workshop March 26th 2017
Come and have a play in clay to create your own mini hare with your 'Mum'* for mothers day.  We will have tea and cake and a small posy of flowers to begin the workshop & you will learn together how to model your very own mini st…

Workshop dates early 2017

So I am running a few half day workshops 2-4pm on Saturdays in the next few months gaining ideas and also interest in maybe an evening class too. The first one in January is full which is great it's a mini hare workshop so I have scheduled another one in March. Some people asked if they could make something else so I have said and 'other creatures' if you give me an idea of something you would like to make then I can have a think before hand.  Here are a few photos from the last mini hare workshop they were very quiet concentrating really hard to achieve their hare and they all fired really well too. I put the whiskers in after the firing and all were pleased with their hare and couldn't believe they survived! Oh yee of little faith! 

So there are a few of places left on the Mini Hare and other creatures workshop on  March 18th 2-4pm at Higherford Mill, Gisburn Road, Barrowford, Lancashire, BB9 6JH  you can pay on the day or click the link below but you need to contac…

Happy New Year 2016 Review (in pics of course)

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all survived the festivities well and are raring to go this new year. Well it is customary for me to do a review of the last year so here goes it's been a mixed one I can tell you.  So we started with a few new pieces including Alan the Bluetit above.  There's been a good few new pieces of work made this year I have had fun to be honest.  Weasels, cows, nuthatches and treecreepers and a good range of  new porcelain too including vases and earrings.

There was a few dogs in there too including Monteeeee who went to his forever home at Christmas bless him and is now called Rufus! 
We had a sad April as our beloved Charlie dog left us after only 5 years. He was a rescue and we were his 3rd and final home. He was loved, adored and spoilt rotten too. We were so proud and honoured to be in his pack.

We then had a few schools projects, good fun was had (I'm trying not to be sad at this point so I am chivving myself on)
The BFG landed in a s…

Autumn Updates

Well it's been a little bit hectic here lately.
I am currently working on 'A Stirring Tale' with the  National Crafts Officer for the WI Claire Spender dipping spoons in porcelain for an exhibition at Salisbury Museum next year.

working on a number of commissions some I can't show you yet but this one has been delivered to a very pleased customer

running a couple of workshops the next one Porcelain Christmas Decorations is on 3rd Dec booking details are here - Book now
 making sample dragons for a Myths and Legends workshop this January with Y3 

and off to a weekend fair at Lytham Hall with Hopeful & Glorious click here for details 

but in the middle of all that running about..... today I am looking after our new family member Shannon! 

She is a rescue from the RSPCA East Lancashire branch. Her mum is a cruelty case which was just concluded with the previous owner getting a prison sentence. She was rescued with her 9 wk old pups, Shannon and Tommy her brother wh…