Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Barrington Pottery New Web Site is Launched August 2015

This major revamp of our web site
is the third since it was launched in 2008.
Such is the pace of developments in technology
 and most importantly peoples viewing habits that have
changed dramatically over the past few years.
So we have introduced a new format web site
that makes our site more mobile and tablet friendly.
we are still adding new products at the moment so keep checking back in.
here is the link.

and if your looking for a web site designer 
here is a link to Sam at EDSA who we have used right from the start.
Great job yet again Sam,
 must be time for another Sunday Roast!

Here at Barrington Pottery we love working with  food writers
and bloggers, especially the ones that just love our pots
and the way we do things here in our Pottery inSomerset.
here is a link to a feature about one of our friends
Regula Ysewijn
 that's available on line at the Guardian and also going to be featured
in the paper this weekend
Regula has taken a fantastic picture of our pots in use.
it looks like an old Master's Painting
Here is the link to the article about Regula Ysewijn

I'm so excited about having our pots shown in this way
and this is such a good picture.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Working flat out at the Pottery.

August has proved to be a full on Month here at the Pottery.
We have been making pots for a 300 pot order
from the National Trust.
It's taken up so much time
our showroom stock is at an all time low. 

Devon Jugs waiting to be glazed.

and here is one of the firings.

I've made all the 300 pots now
so we are now trying to build up stock for the showroom
these cereal bowls are in the biscuit firing tonight.

  The pastel shades look great when they are drying. 
 I finally Finished my order for two sinks.
I'm very happy with them, but I don't think I'll make any more!
 Marion has been decorating some of my larger Pancheons 
I love the simplicity of the design.
 and here's one I've done
Marion has spent the whole of August 
in the school room doing 
Play with clay.

September is looking to very busy as well
it looks like were not going to get a rest until

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Some People say Blogging is Dead! Mine's still Breathing at the Moment.

I've always been interested in Sales & Marketing
which is one of the reasons
I Love doing what I do.
I'm a Potter
But if your going to survive in this world
You have to get off your arse and sell what you make.
That's the bit I love
almost as much as the making.

 These are our new Tags for pots or Bags.

When I posted about them on Twitter.

a marketing lady in New York Favorited my Tweet
I was interested about this and followed up the link
I've attached it here
5 Digital Trends 
One of which is that the standard Blog is dead.

Make of it what you will
I was intrigued by the thought that people will have chips
put in their skin
so My computer would know when they walk into my store!
and I could then use this info to sell them stuff.
Luckily for me I operate on a much smaller scale and I can see them walk into 
my pottery and say Hi
and have a
with them and then I might just sell them a pot.
Moral of the story
"Keep it Small"!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Two New Pottery Videos and Ceramic Shows update.

Here is a link to our New Video
Shot and edited by Marion's Son Nathan

I've put the picture here of the jug featured in the video
when it came out of the glaze firing a week later.

While Nathan was here we also updated  our previous video
to make one for the lessons 
in the Pottery school.

Here is the link to the school video

The old workshop  it all started in 7 Years ago, is having an overhaul 
at the moment.

Not everything is going to plan
These 4 large pancheons made for a new customer
cracked in the biscuit firing.
It's a combination of me drying them out to fast
and the bottom of the kiln heating up to quickly
with deadly consequences.
Where the hell was He when I needed him?
After many years of me resisting the purchase of a rubber stamp
to print out own bags as suggested by Marion over two years ago
I finally gave in and let Marion order one.
I hold My hands up and bow to the superior Power
that is Marion Lewis
I love the new bags
and they have already proved a big hit with our customers.

The Day before we set off to the Earth & Fire show at Rufford Abbey
in Nottinghamshire, we had no idea what to do as a stall design.

We had been working so hard that I just hadn't had time to think about it!
So we went off to a coffee shop
it's much easier to think about stuff when you are away
from the workshop sometimes.
we drew up a sketch on a napkin
and designed a stall using stuff we had found in a skip earlier in the week>

This was the result
But in fact it didn't work to well, the top tray was too far back for customers
to reach the pots easily
and it proved to be our worst Rufford ever!
Back to the drawing board for the next show.

We at least gave our new tent an airing.

It's a stunning setting for camping and we do love the show.

We attended the Richard Godfrey Exhibition
in the art center.
It Proved to be a very emotional event, and made us all think about
our own mortality. 

The following day the event continued with the 
Potters Games.
always a great way to show the fun side of pottery.

and demonstrations
I especially liked watching Niek Hoogland's
he decorated this dish

and later that day when we were both clearing away
he wrote this on the back
and presented it to me.
Very Special.
in fact I was so over whelmed I had to have a nap in the shade.
Our banner proved to be a popular meeting place
for potters.
Our sales at Rufford were not great, but we both came away feeling
that we had enjoyed ourselves, learnt a lot
and were both very excited about what the future may still hold.
so in that respect it was a good event.

We were only back three days and then we were off again
 this time to Art in Clay
our first time as a stall holder.
and one of the boxes ticked on my Bucket list.
By the time we were set up we had behind us the moon rising

and in front of us the Sun setting.
New show = New Stand
We had learnt the lessons of our Rufford stall
This stall was all about letting people know who we are.

As a Kid I used to live in Stevenage which is only about
12 miles from Hatfield
and My old art teacher from The Nobel School
Mrs Thomas came to the show and wondered if she might see me.
I used to sell pots at pottery parties
when I was about 16 to fund my school and college pottery
Mrs Thomas still uses a pot she brought from me in 1978.

The one thing about being Me is that I do seem to be able
to say things to people and get away with it!
I'm told people are surprised I'm still alive with some of the 
stuff I've said to people, but my cheeky approach 
certainly paid off with my Cider beakers, 
I sold a lot to ladies that were looking at Them when I said
Up here there Gin Beakers!

We had a great show at Art In Clay,
My Demonstration on the Friday morning was well attended
and got rave reviews from those who attended
and it was very well attended.
To cap a great weekend Marion brought me this great book
from the Ceramic review book shop stall.

One Happy Potter
well Two Acually.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mixing Business with Pleasure

It's all systems go at the Pottery at the moment,
but it seems like it's been that way since January,
where have these past 5 months gone.

I love this picture
it's a screen grab from our latest workshop video
that will be live soon
so watch this space.

We are working so hard that we really need our day off
to unwind and relax a bit.
Last week we went to Bridport
to look at all the Antique shops,
This pic was taken whilst enjoying a piece of cake
and some builders tea from the red brick cafe.

We also popped down to West Bay
for a stroll along the sea front.

we came across our pots in the Old Custom house.

We have also been working on some exclusives 
for the National Trust
I'm liking this new Blue/ Grey colour.

Sales in our showroom are continuing to grow
with more visitors seeking us out
which is a really nice feeling, that people are
making a visit to our workshop a part of their holiday experience
and we hope we always make them feel like it was
worth it.
The Article in Country Homes & Interiors Magazine
really has been a great boost to us this year,
with visitors coming from as far away as Kent.

I was reading the latest copy of Ceramic Review this week
and spotted a small feature on ourselves. 
We ordered our third tonne of clay so far this year
last year we used 5 tonnes
looks like it's going to be six this year.

The new kiln is still firing a bit to high
but people seem to be loving the toasted look.

Me I'm not so sure!

I fired this very large jug in our old kiln just to make sure
it came out how I wanted it.

I've spoken to the kiln makers and I think I can sort it out.

This was a very dramatic sky over the workshop
the other day.
So over the next few weeks we shall be at Earth & Fire 2015
at Rufford Abbey Nottinghamshire
followed by
Art in Clay Hatfield House

We hope to see you there