Where does the time go? I can’t believe its 25 years since I joined a pottery evening class at my school but ceramics is the thread that holds my life together and since that first moment on the potter’s wheel, I’ve been hooked.
It’s not easy running a creative business at the best of times but I am lucky enough to meet and work with all sorts of amazing, interesting and talented people and you all keep me going. Sometimes its good to look back and see how far you’ve come and so many times I feel like I am still at the beginning.
This week I’m delighted to have an exhibition starting in Hay-on-Wye at the Haymakers Gallery and I’m also showing at Burwash Art at Burwash Manor Farm in Cambridgeshire. Comins Tea House are showing their British Made teaware at the Best Of Brittania Show in Clerkenwell, London at the beginning of October and I am thrilled to be making some new pieces for their new collection. I’m also working on some really lovely new things for the Country Living Spring Fair in London next March!
Evening classes start again on Monday 15th September and there are a couple of spaces and I’m delighted that Jayne Clough will be running the Thursday day time ceramics class which starts on September 18th 10-12noon. Please email me if you would like to join! info
September 11, 2014 No Comments
Happy nearly Spring! It didn’t go quiet after Christmas this year and I’m busy in the workshop making some lovely things for another restaurant, pictures to follow soon…..
The spring classes are all on my Courses page and I’m happy to make pots to order and will be busily building up my stock on these rainy winter days, perfect throwing weather! I’m bringing out some new work this year and happy to hear from potential new stockists or interesting ideas for collaborations.
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January 30, 2014 No Comments
Where did the year go? I feel like I just got started and here I am about to invite you to the Christmas shows! There’s lots happening over the next few weeks and behind the scenes I am getting ready to launch a new collection in January. So if you’d like a civilised Christmas shopping event this year then there is a wonderful show in Cambridge at the Unitarian Church hall on November 25th, Burwash Art will be holding a gorgeous exhibition through December and I am having a Christmas open studios every Saturday from November 30th with workshops, coffee and mince pies! If you aren’t local then check out my worldwide stockists or buy online using the links on the left hand side of the website!
Monday 25th November 1-8.30pm Cambridge Christmas ‘13 at the Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria street, Cambridge, CB1 1JW (free admission). A wonderful Christmas show with 16 makers in a central cambridge location www.CambridgeChristmas.co.uk
Burwash Winter Show @Burwash Art, Burwash Manor Farm, Barton Cambridge from November 29th to December 29th 10-5 everyday. A beautiful selection of paintings, jewellery and ceramics in the gallery at Burwash Farm. www.burwashart.com
November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st 10-1pm Christmas open studios at 29 Kidman’s Yard, Primrose St, Cambridge. There will be an exhibition of work by my ceramics students and the jewellery class with lovely work for sale by the Cyrenians pottery group (supporting Homeless people in Cambridge), ceramics by Jayne Clough, jewellery by Bek Genery, textiles by Lucy Carlson and ceramics by Rachel Dormor. We will also be hosting workshops in ceramics, textiles and jewellery each Saturday which are £3 per person and bookable in advance-
December 13th 6-9pm Christmas fair at Chesterton School, Gilbert Road Cambridge
The evening classes start again w/c 20th January but places are limited so I am offering more weekend classes. There is also an early bird jewellery class with Bek Genery, starting subject to numbers, Wednesday January 22nd 5-7pm (£130 per term plus silver) and a Thursday daytime ceramics class run by Jayne Clough starting Thursday 23rd January 10-12pm (£135 per term inc basic materials).
Are you thinking of starting a business in the new year? I’m running a series of workshops for creative business and also offering mentoring support for people ready to take the next step. Subjects include: pricing your work, selling and marketing, trade fairs and shows, cash flow and cost modelling- details below!
Here’s a taster of the spring workshops….
Writing a business plan January 18th 10-12.30 £35
Decal workshop for evening class students Sat 25th January 2-5pm £45 includes A3 sheet of decals for your own ceramics.
Decal workshop, design and print your own ceramic decals. Sunday January 26th 10-4 and Feb 8th 10-12.30 £110 includes a bowl, plate, mug and A3 sheet of decals from your own designs.
Throwing for beginners February 2nd 10-4 £100 (3 places only)
Cash flow forecasting, pricing and cost modelling February 9th 10-12.30 £35
Throwing weekend March 1st and 2nd 10-4 £200 (3 places only)
Porcelain handbuilding day- jugs and vases March 8th 10-4pm £70
Make your own wedding favours in porcelain March 9th 10-4pm £70
Selling and marketing, trade fairs and shows March 16th 10-12.30 £35
Mould making workshop- making plaster moulds for slip casting and press moulding March 30th 10-4pm £70
Slip casting with porcelain April 26th 10-4pm £70
Sketchbook booster session, make and fill a sketchbook in a day May 3rd 10-4pm £70
Pottery parties and one to one/ two to one tuition available all year round Saturdays 10-30-12.30 or 2-4pm, Sundays by arrangement.
November 14, 2013 No Comments
I love this time of year, perfect for making pots as its not too hot and dry but not so cold that pots never dry out! I’m busy making stock now for my forthcoming spring open studios, a pop up shop and summer open studios!
Please come along on May 4th and 5th 10-4pm for our spring open studios. Bek Genery has a beautiful new jewellery collection and Jayne Clough has a gorgeous range of ceramics, as well as my new collection of ceramics and textiles!
In June I have a pop up shop in Cambridgeshire- more details to follow very soon…….
July sees the return of Cambridge Open Studios and my workshop will be open every weekend in July 11-6pm.
If you aren’t local to Cambridge, my work is showing in the lovely Made in Britain pop up shop in Bristol, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus until June 16th and I’m delighted to tell you about Comins Tea House in Sturminster Newton in Dorset- sublime tea drinking experience and I was thrilled to be asked to make the ceramics for the tea house!
My new work will be available from the on-line shops and my network of amazing stockists very soon but come along to the studio in May if you want to be the first to see it and to sign up for spring and summer workshops!
Upcoming courses, please visit the Courses page for full details
Silver earrings making workshop Saturday 11th May 10-4pm £70 plus a small charge towards the silver at cost. Taught by Bek Genery.
Porcelain Handbuilding workshop 10-4pm Sunday 19th May £70
Throwing day workshop for beginners Saturday 25th May 10-4pm £90
Throwing with porcelain (intermediate) Sunday 26th May 10-4pm £100
Designing with Decals Day 1 10-4pm 17th August, day 2 10-12.30pm 31st August £95
Sundays in the studio September 1/8/15 & 22nd 10-1 Ceramics, 2-5pm Textiles £25 per 3 hour session or £80 for four
April 25, 2013 No Comments
The daffodils are trying to flower outside and I have been beavering away in the studio trying to find time to make some lovely new work. It’s nearly ready and I’ll be sending a mail-shot out soon so sign up to the mailing list now if you want to be the first to hear about it!
The evening courses are full and I will take bookings for next term from the beginning of April where there are places available. There are spaces on the one day weekend courses and the next one is Sunday March 3rd, Porcelain Hand-building. Bek Genery will be running a silver bangle making workshop on Sunday March 17th, this is a lovely course and would make a great present, email me to book places.
My next show will be A Most Curious Wedding Fair, at St Andrews Hall in Norwich on 23rd March. I’ll be showcasing some new work as well as lots of lovely wedding themed pieces such as table decorations, wedding favours and great hen party workshops at my studio. For more details have a look at www.amostcuriousweddingfair.co.uk
Roll on springtime!
February 25, 2013 No Comments
Just to let you know that the studio will be open on Saturday 22nd December 10-12, for picking op work from the evening classes, booking courses and last minute Christmas shopping. Bek Genery will have a selection of lovely jewellery for sale and Jayne Clough will have her new heart printed ceramics for sale.
White breakfast cups, white or blue salt pots and blue colanders are still in stock! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
To see Bek’s jewellery go here >www.bekgeneryjeweller.com>
And to buy Jayne’s work online go here:>www.etsy.com/shop/CloughCeramics>
December 17, 2012 No Comments
Oh how quickly the years go round these days. Last weekend I was exhibiting at the Selvedge Magazine Winter fair, which was so lovely and now I only have two more shows left this year!
Monday 26th November 4-8.30pm Cambridge Christmas 12 at the Unitarian Church Hall in Cambridge. A feast of lovely hand made arts and crafts, see the website for more information http://cambridgechristmas.co.uk
Saturday 1st December and 2nd December 11-6 Christmas Open studio at my studio in Cambridge. 29 Kidman’s Yard, Primrose St, Cambridge CB4 3DY. As well as my ceramics and cards, Rebekah Genery will be showcasing her lovely jewellery and my assistant Jayne Clough has some beautiful new ceramics for sale. We are all happy to make to order and the collecting day is Saturday 22nd December 10-12pm.
Creative courses start again in January, the evening classes tend to fill up very quickly so I am offering more one days workshops and half day craft sessions. Coming soon: Bangle making, earring workshop, quote rings workshop, ceramic decal making, throwing for beginners, mould making, crochet and printing on fabric!
Please get in touch by email for more information, I do try to answer all phone calls but I can’t answer the phone when I’m making pots!
November 18, 2012 No Comments
The studio will be open for courses, pot sales, collecting work, booking course places at the following times:
Saturday 14th July 1.30-3.30pm
Monday 16th July 10-1pm
Wednesday 18th July 10-3pm
Thursday 19th July 2-5pm
Friday 20th July 2-5pm
Monday 23rd July 2-5pm
Wednesday 25th Jul7 10-3pm
Sunday 29th July 11-2pm
Monday 30th July Summer course 10-4 subject to numbers
Tuesday 31st July Summer course 10-4 subject to numbers
Wednesday 1st August 10-3pm private group
Thursday 2nd August 10-4 summer course subject to numbers
July 14, 2012 No Comments
Where has the year gone! It’s time for my annual open studios and this year I will be having a big SALE! I’m also only opening for one weekend so I hope you can make it! My assistant Jayne is showing her ceramic work and Bek Genery will be exhibiting her beautiful rough luxe jewellery. Our neighbours, Artworks, will also be holding their open studios at the same time on Green’s Road. Free parking for customers outside my studio. We will be open Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July 11-6pm.
I’ve been working on some new pieces and there will be a selection of new work including decorated vessels, small creamers, and teapots! We are now taking bookings for the summer and autumn classes but the evening classes are filling up quickly so please contact me if you would like to join us next term.
I’m delighted to be offering some masterclasses this autumn including throwing with porcelain and a new decorating with decals course for people wishing to design their own transfers and print onto ceramic surfaces. New beginner workshops are: throwing days for beginners and decorating with colour (exploring slips). Come and visit us for open studios and see the studio to find out more! Please take a look at the ‘courses’ page for more details!
For those of you further afield I am pleased to announce new stockists in Lancaster, Hampstead, Tunbridge Wells, as well as lots of exhibitions around the country over the next few months. Also it’s been photoshoots aplenty recently thanks to my lovely online shops, www.madebyhandonline.com and www.notonthehighstreet.com so look out for my work in Country Living and Ideal Home.
Well, my teapots are ready for their handles to be stuck on now and the kiln is cooling down with table decorations for summer weddings. The studio will be on part time opening after open studios until the end of July but August courses are all running so book now to join in the fun!
June 29, 2012 No Comments
Well the pots are packed and my work will be exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate 15-17th April at the Great Yorkshire Showground. My stand number is 231a so if you are visiting the show please do come and say hello. I am launching a new range of greetings cards, a new printed range of ceramics and some lovely new pieces including batter bowls, teacups and small milk jugs. All new products will be listed on my online shops after the show so keep checking back!
I will be exhibiting in Brighton during May at the House of Newts for Brighton Open Houses and I will be having a summer open studios from my workshop in Cambridge July 7th & 8th 11-6.
Evening classes start again w/c 23rd April and the next few courses at the studio are:
Earring making workshop 28th April 10-4pm £70 plus a small cost for the silver used at cost. (with Bek Genery)
Craft club- granny squares! 2-4pm £25 includes a kit and tea and cakes. Saturday 19th May.
Sunday 20th. Coil pot day! 10-4pm £70
Silver bangle making workshop May 12th 10-4pm £70 plus a small charge towards the silver at cost.
JUNE Day classes
Craft Club- 9th June
10-12pm Crochet class-Tea, cakes and a crochet kit included in the price! £25
2-4pm Knitting class- Tea, cakes and a knitting kit included to get you started! £25
Summer ceramics course July 30/31/ 2 Aug 10-4 (not 1st Aug) with a half day glazing session to be arranged after the course £210
Porcelain day Sunday 5th August 10-4 £70
Summer taster workshops August 6/7/9/10th
April 12, 2012 No Comments