Monday, 20 April 2015

Bowland Birds

Two of the Stonechats back from the Creativity Within Beauty Exhibition at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe which included work based on the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. 

More info on the AONB can be found here

I have had another go at a curlew which a birder has said isn't bad as at least he recognised it. It's less of a character than the King of the Cats Curlews which have a cheeky glint in their eye and is actually,  near life size. There was another but I am not sure of that one. and maybe the legs need to be longer. I think I may play with it before putting them on my web shop though how on earth am I going to courier them?!

I actually love the Lapwings even if they gave me palpitations on the way to the kiln with their head feathers I need to refine them a little but we shall see I also now think on reflection the tail feathers need to balance more but I was working to approximate sizes and to be honest I still love them a positive step etc.
But my favourites are the Snipes.....

There is a Lapwing and Stonechats along side some Long Tailed Tits on exhibition at the Art Room Gallery in Garstang till May 12th 2015 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

a good day had by all - Workshop Taster Day

So last Saturday we had a Workshop Taster Day at the mill. We all came together to help promote those who were interested in running workshops here at Higherford Mill. We set up little workstations and had small projects to play with. I set up a tile making one with the more adventurous making a tea light holder. I must admit it was good fun and lots of lovely people came to say hello and explored their creative side.

They are now in the kiln ready for collection this Saturday I will post the pics of them as well. 

If anyone wants to come on a course there are still spaces this Saturday on the Beginners Porcelain, details below :-)

Beginners/intermediate Porcelain 11th April at Higherford Mill
Guidelines to the day 
9.30 - 10 am introductions tea, coffee etc
10-12 noon Demonstrations of how to roll out porcelain, join clay to clay etc refresher
Create textured clay to use in construction of tealights, vases etc  
12-1pm lunch 
1-4 pm construction of vases and vessels in porcelain 
Decorate with underglazes etc

Suitable for beginners and intermediate to explore porcelain and its uses 
developing your skills furthering your creativity.
All workshop materials and fining, refreshments are included in the price £95 per person per workshop. 
Full payment secures place which are limited to 6 per day to give a better teacher/participant ratio. Workshops will only run if 3 places or more are booked for that day. Ages from 16+
Workshops will take place in the workshop room at Higherford Mill,
Gisburn Road, Barrowford, Lancashire, BB9 6JH
Please bring along: sketchbook if you have one, apron to protect clothing, a packed lunch and enthusiasm. warm clothing, thick socks etc are recommended as we are in a weaving shed. 
Click on the form on the right hand side of this blog and email or post to me for booking and securing a place on any of the workshops. Alternatively go to my online shop
to book through my website.
Right I think that's it but if i have missed anything then email me or facebook me and I will endeavor to fill in the gaps and post it on here too. 
Come on and get your hands dirty :-)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Porcelain Jewellery now in the shop

So I have now put my jewellery in my web shop I might just need a mystery shopper
if anyone wants to volunteer but I'm not sure how to put a choice or option on the pendants so a bit more research before I can get them on there.
But watch this space. 

link to purple daisies

link to hearts in the shop

link to small hearts in the shop
Please feel free to leave any comments as to colourways, designs etc I am open to ideas etc. I have been playing as I have been told my shop doesn't have any smaller items under £20 besides the cards. 
All findings are sterling silver too.

New in my Etsy shop

I am currently uploading work into my Etsy shop as my laptop has died after water damage and I can't access the back end of my website...