Volcanic Yellow

I’ve been inspired for a while to try and create a sulphurous yellow glaze as I am a bit mad for yellow at the moment. I’ve also been working hard at throwing porcelain for my illustrated range – but felt it was time to try something a little different that relies simply on the surface effects and colour of the vessels in relation to the thrown shapes and the qualities of the material.

I completed a small body of work using some new glazes before going on sabbatical earlier this year and felt really pleased with how they came out of the kiln:

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Volcanic Yellow collection in the studio.

I took the pots to Frome artisan market this month, selling out before I’d even had a chance to take any proper product shots! I must admit I was quite surprised at the level of positivity to them. Here are a few shots of them before they went:

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Volcanic Yellow on display a the Frome Independent market.

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Logo-ed base of Volcanic Yellow mug

I’m really looking forward to getting back into the studio now and developing this range further – I’ve already thrown a new shape of jug to play with. Shown below, they are just now drying out ready for bisque firing. Maybe it will be part of the new Volcanic Yellow range, or maybe an illustrated piece, I will be test-firing a few different ideas:

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Adventures in Porcelain

January and February…the fairs are over, the festivities finished and the earth is hibernating and readying itself for germination. Much the same stage has been reflected here at As the Crow Flies. A really valuable period of reflective thought, sketching ideas, drawing on the ideas touch on in 2015 and pushing them further.

I’ve really enjoyed the chance to process carefully the throwing aims I’ve had, working towards cleaner shapes in porcelain, practising the motions of throwing and enjoying the smooth clean feel of porcelain after working in terracotta for so long. First out of the initial test firing was a Wild Pea serving bowl:

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Seeing the initial effects coming out on a few pieces enabled me to refine and progress the ideas…gradually more things came out of the kiln, building the bones of a new range of Dandelion and Wild Pea shapes; some of which are pictured below:

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I’m also pleased to have produced more satisfying wine tumblers and the first forays into vase production, but photos of these will have to come later. The final thing I played with was transposing my popular Nasturtium design from terracotta to porcelain – in tea cup form. Looking very Art Deco with it’s conical shape, I particularly like this example:

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All in all, I feel ready for this year…although I’ll have to put my anticipation on hold for a little while as I am taking a sabbatical from mid-March to mid-July to walk through Mustang in the Himalayas and then cycle the through the Pamirs in Tajikistan up into Kyrgyzstan. I’m sure the inspiration will be myriad so I look forward to posting when I get back.

BCTF Harrogate

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Well, what an amazing week it’s been – so much to learn and so much inspiration gained from the British Craft Trade Fair last weekend. I’ll be posting up more fully about all the other ceramicists I had the chance to meet and chat to. For now, though, here are a couple of shots of my stand at the show. As the Crow Flies was in the Newcomers Gallery, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the other traders there and making friends with people producing everything from contemporary jewellery to beautiful knitted textiles. 

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So many thanks to all the team at BCTF for creating such a great event, and to Angieof Craft&Design magazine for sponsoring the Newcomers’ Gallery and giving such a good talk and advice at the traders’ breakfast club.

Partridges in a Pear Tree…

So, shortly I’ll be unveiling some new designs at the British Craft Trade Fair event in Harrogate next month. My partridges are now busy getting sampled as tea towels and new mug transfers, which I’ll hope to be firing onto some bone china just in time to pack them off! Here is a sneaky peak at what they will be looking like…

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Above are two sets of mug designs – English partridges under a pear tree, and french partridges in a chorus line, how apt.  Tea towels will be in a two-colour screenprint in vibrant burnt orange and viridian, while the mugs I’m sampling in a retro ochre palette and a more jubilant magenta palette. We shall see what hits the spot when they’re ready in a week or two…

Acer Bowl in Ceramic Review

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So excited to see my acer serving bowl gracing the page of Ceramic Review this issue. Such a shock I nearly dropped my coffee! It’s featured in an advertorial for the British Craft Trade Fair which I’m taking part in next month. So pleased, it’s a new design in my hand painted and sgraffito decorated earthenware range.

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British Craft Trade Fair

Exciting news! As the Crow Flies will be attending the British Craft Trade Fair this April with a stand in the Newcomers’ Gallery. Here’s a screengrab of As the Crow Flies’ online catalogue page:

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It’ll be the first trade-specific event ATCF has been to, so lots of development work is underway… Some new designs in the pipeline as well as research going into laser-cutting some original ATCF illustrations to bring a new dimension to the slab built porcelain range.

Looking forward to this event so much!

New Market Dates this Winter

I’m delighted to confirm that on Saturday and Sunday 15th-16th November As the Crow Flies will be at The Front Room Arts Trail, Totterdown, Bristol showing at Gaines Greengrocers, 198 Wells Rd, BS4 2AX. Looking forward to revealing some new pieces specially produced for the show.

Excited to be attending a fair in one of my favourite places in Bristol on Sunday 30th November 10am-4pm: Arnos Vale Christmas Fayre, Spielman Centre at Arnos Vale Cemetary, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3AW.

On Friday December 12th 9am-3pm I’ll be attending Blandford Christmas Market, in the Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum, Dorset. Pastures new!

From now until Christmas there will be As the Crow Flies cards, mugs, tea towels and cufflinks at Room 212 shop and gallery on the Gloucester Road, Bristol.

Click on the blue links above to find out more about each market and shop.

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Brand New Doily Ware

Particularly pleased with the treasure I found in the kiln this morning…

new doily bowlThis is a new colourway and vintage lace design that I’ve been trialling for my ever-popular Doily Ware range.  The tactile smooth porcelain with it’s warped curves goes beautifully with the intricacy of this hand made lace. Colours include pure cobalt and copper oxides as well as a limited palette of carefully chosen underglaze colours. Shown below is the doily mug and large bowl, with a cobalt blue doily jug using the classic striking vintage lace pattern. I think they complement well.new doily ware 1 Continue reading

New Products: Nasturtium Soap Dishes

As the Crow Flies studio has been busy of late after some frustrating time off with a slipped disc…image-1 Continue reading

India Inspired

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Ahhh, India… I’ve wanted to come to this country for 20 years, and 2014 finally brought home the goods – a month in Rajasthan. Such a joyous riot of colour and pattern and vibrant living, a mass of inspiration. Here are just a very few of my favourite images from a yet-to-be-sifted haul of photos. Continue reading