Monday, 27 March 2017
I recently reached the point with our last order when all I could do
was wait for the kiln to cool down.
Which gave me the chance to clean down the workshop and sort out my
It's always nice to get ready for a new start.
Marion does all of the packaging, she enjoys making sure they
will survive their journey.
It's a lot of packing most pots are 4 to a box and this time we delivered
170 boxes !
We are so lucky that we can work well as a team
we certainly put the hours in when it's necessary .
And our good friends Martin and Wendy lend us one of their vans.
some of our other friends send us pictures of our pots on display
at National Trust properties.
So it's time to start making more stock for the showroom and building
up pots for our three big shows this year.
I saw this and thought how simple is that ?
And here is something I was taught when I was in sales
in sales talk they basically say
your only as good as your last sale!
in pottery terms your only as good
as your last pot!
I put this one in because since the Pottery Throw Down
has been on the television I've had a number of people telling me
they want to be potters, and this would be a part of my advice.
I would add that you do actually need some talent !
I am pleased to report that we are sticking to our plans
for playing as hard as we work !
mixed with a little R & R
and the odd afternoon tea.
I liked this!
and the two Pancheons in this picture should be in
New York by lunchtime .
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
I made this tall jug for the auction at the Barrington Boar
in aid of the local St Margaret's Hospice
We were thrilled when it fetched £170.00
in Total they raised over £3,200. Well done to all involved.
not forgetting our friend Jess from the smokery who made the night such a success
with his brilliant auctioneering.
A new year and our new colours are proving to be big hit.
I must admit it's proving to be hard work keeping the showroom
well stocked, but on the other hand it's a great problem to have.
We are both so motivated at the moment
and I'm determined to spread the love.
The next of our National Trust orders is being delivered next week
this exclusive new colour is proving to be bang on trend.
here they are in production in our workshop
In keeping with our plan of working hard but also giving ourselves
time for some fun
we set off on Valentines day at 8am with the roof down
for a trip up on Ham hill and the Prince of Wales pub for breakfast!
we found out later that the actual Prince of Wales
( Prince Charles )
turned up at the same pub for lunch only 2 hours after we left
how weird is that ?
all we saw was this chocolate labrador!
these pots were in previous posts so I thought I would show
the finished pots.
This bowl was an idea I had whilst I was being sold some old pancheons
that the glaze was falling off in my hands,
the idea came to me at that moment
so I handed them back and walked away.
this one has already sold, the guy said it just spoke to him as soon as they walked in.
so this year we are making new designs
but also making sure we keep plenty of stock of best selling pots.
who would have thought that making such simple pots could be so rewarding ?
Friday, 17 February 2017
The Christmas break was well earned this year.
We took time out to rest and enjoyed going for walks
in and around the village.
in the New Year we were offered the chance to stay at a friends
house in Cornwall.
Which gave us chance to go exploring.
including a little visit to Wenford Bridge, I had never been here before
and it would appear that it's days are numbered!
So we came back to the workshop refreshed and ready for action.
While in Cornwall I had secured an order for 200
pots for a restaurant in Cologne.
which I set about making on my first day back
it was a great way to start the year.
it helps to build up your confidence for larger pieces
its been relatively mild and the sunlight in the showroom
has been a joy.
Walking to work has been a pleasure
the order progressed nicely .
at the start of the year we planned out the shows wanted to attend
and applied for them .
We are pleased to say we were accepted by all of them .
the order came out okay and we shipped 6 boxes
we are still making time to spend with our friends, we have lost a few
recently that were way too young to go and it's made
us thankful .
with that very much in mind I finally sorted out Marion's
Birthday present !
and here is my Granddaughter Lily
looks like she's going to be trouble !!
Friday, 30 December 2016
If You Know Me
You will know that I am a very positive and cheerful person.
But what 2016 has thrown at us has literally taken me to the edge
of the cliff.
I peered over the edge and didn't like what I saw.
I started the Year with a Double Heart Attack
which landed me in Hospital and lead to this picture of my legs
in by hospital bedside gown. which caused quite a stir at the time.
I had a number of comments about them.
It took the wind from my sails and I felt as if I was drifting
without a rudder for a while.
For me the only way to get back on track was to start making my basic core pots.
It took me a lot longer to feel at ease again on the wheel
mainly because it took me around 6 months of juggling my medication
around before I felt I was in full control again.
So I've been trying to get the balance between working and resting.
I pulled out of a number of shows we were due to attend to take the pressure off.
I pulled out of a number of shows we were due to attend to take the pressure off.
So now I'm trying to rest up but it just doesn't seem to be happening.
Sales seemed to fall off a cliff once the whole Brexit campaign trail
started rolling and we had major problems with the kilns
on the run up to our First Major show of the year at
Earth and Fire at Rufford Abbey.
which meant we had to re fire the big kiln two days before
the show started. so we had to open the kiln at 4am
when it was 220 degrees. load them in the car
and we finally arrived at the show 45 minutes before it started.
It proved to be the day the vote was announced
I just could not believe it!
It had a huge affect on our sales and it proved to be our worst show ever!
Luckily for us we had a Holiday planned at our friends villa in Spain.
It couldn't have come soon enough
we were both totally exhausted
and we actually did nothing for the whole week.
But we came back with renewed vigor and set about making some changes.
a new colour I had been thinking about for a long time
and we cracked on with a National Trust order
which was going to make up for the lack of sales in the showroom
and at the show.
Thank God we took this on this year, we would never have survived without it.
( I put this bit in for all the purist's out there that think if you make pots for big orders
you are selling out in some way. I know one thing, making this amount of pots
has actually made me a better potter ).
"It's not selling out its called survival in a very difficult trading year".
Luckily we have great friends who give us encouragement.
and we have taken out more time from the workshop
to spend relaxing with them.
We also lost our Best friend Cadbury who's heart also failed him this year.
It's been hard to take
and even harder to start writing about it!
So we move on.
and we look to the future.
I have plans to start reusing my Gas Kiln in the back garden at home
So I've decided to build myself a new workshop
at Home. we started with dismantling the old shed.
and so far that's as far as I've got. but watch this space in 2017.
It would appear my new colour is spot on trend for 2017
and we hope to be able to show them off well at
Not everything in 2016 has been all bad
My Youngest Daughter Sarah gave us our first beautiful Granddaughter
into the Family to go with the 4 boys from Marion's Children
so that's been the highlight of the year!
Our National Trust order has enabled us to replace one of
our oldest kilns with a brand new one.
We Now have 3 fully working kilns. for now!
So for us it's been a strange year full of mixed emotions
highs and lows
and all we have done is keep our heads down and got on with it.
the past few months have been crazy busy and we are now
taking some time out to re charge our batteries for 2017
I Wish You All a Very Happy New Year.
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