Festive Gift Guide

Festive Gift Guide

Looking for inspiration for some new and unusual gift ideas this festive season? Well, I’m here to help with my festive gift guide, perfect for anyone who loves arts, crafts and hand made😁  Love handmade and unique, then buying from local makers is a great way...

My book about creativity

Well, the book about creativity I’ve been saying I’m going to write has finally started to take shape!  It’s working title is So you can’t draw…?  I’ve written the intro and thought I’d share here and see what you think 😊 So,...

Comparing hand creams

We all know that clay dries out the skin on your hands and I always recommend people have hand cream on hand when starting out in clay but I haven’t really tried out different brands to see what I think is best….so I thought doing a blog comparing hand...
What is hand building?

What is hand building?

As we start a new year and a new term I’m concentrating on getting my new courses up and running, especially my beginners courses and with this, I’m reminded of a question I get asked regularly when people are just starting out.  “What is hand...

Approaching a new make

When people first begin learning to make in clay, one of the questions I get asked quite often is “how do I go about approaching a new make?” This is a great question!  It’s especially great for ceramics because often we are taught how to make in...

An art business

A couple of times recently I’ve been asked how much of my time do I spend making my art and both times my reply has been a surprise.  This got me to thinking…the reality or running an art business is obviously not as ‘glamourous’ as it may...
Commissioning an artist

Commissioning an artist

Looking for a piece of art but can’t find exactly what you want?  Have you considered commissioning an artist? Not all artists accept commissions but sometimes this can be the solution to finding just the right piece for that special place or person.  It’s...

Wellbeing and clay

The many positive contributions making in clay has on wellbeing. I have always been a passionate believer in the wellbeing benefits of making in clay (well, making in general but particularly in clay😁). The number of times participants say something like “this...

Gifting an experience

Have you thought about gifting an experience rather than an object to keep? As we near the festive season I’m working on getting my online shop in the best shape it can be and it prompted a conversation with colleagues the other day about gift vouchers and...

Creative butterfly or evolutionary?

Are you a creative butterfly or evolutionary? Or something in between? As I’ve been preparing for my show this weekend I’ve been choosing what pieces to take with me to create the best display I can and it’s been interesting to chat with members...