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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Christmas is coming…

Wow, what a year… since my last post which was inexcusably long ago, As the Crow Flies has been very, very busy! New outlets at the Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery, 20/21 Gallery in Scunthorpe, Platform in Cleethorpes and Found in Dunbar have kept me very busy with my order books, add to that the crescendo of Christmas market madness over the past month and computer-related work outwith the studio has been at a bare minimum.

I’m looking forward to two final markets in ATCF’s Bristol hometown – first up is this Saturday, 12th December, 10am-5pm, for Christmas at the Orangery. Pleased to see this shot of my doilyware being used as a promotional piece:

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Hand coloured Porcelain Doilyware

A really lovely selection of fine local makers at one of Bristol’s best known Christmas fairs – Christmas at the Orangery is taking place in Henleaze at the Bradbury Hall. Very excited to be taking part for the first time, and to see the Doilyware range featuring in a lot of local publicity:

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The Bristol Magazine, December 2015.

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Henleaze and Westbury Voice, November 2015

Hope to see lots of local Bristolites there! Or if you can’t make that one then our final date will be Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market on Saturday December 19th from 9-2pm. Have a wonderful festive season!

Stroud Goodwill

This winter in Stroud has been a lovely one – ATCF has been gracing the main square at the Farmers’ Market over a few dates in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in last weekend at the Goodwill Evening on Friday 4th and the Produce Market on Sat 5th. Thanks to the market team and all my lovely customers in Stroud – it’s been well worth the effort of foraying out from Bristol.

Had an entertaining moment at the Goodwill Evening when a photographer from Stroud News and Journal stopped by to comment on how unusual the wares were and feature me in his pictorial of the evening. Thanks to photographer Simon Pizzey who took the time to stop for this shot:

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As the Crow Flies will be back up in Stroud for some markets later on in 2016.

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.

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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Hand Painted Porcelain Cufflinks

Introducing a fine new range of rather jaunty hand made and hand painted porcelain and antiqued brass cufflinks…

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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

Summer Market Season 2014

Come along to a summer fair and meet the artist, see all the lovely As the Crow Flies ceramics and home wares for yourself! Find out where:

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Markets this season…

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It is, dare I say it, only about 6 weeks until Christmas…. An immensely busy time for makers all over, and it wouldn’t be worth it without getting out into the world to sell our products.   Continue reading

Doily ware – handbuilt porcelain

I’m really getting a positive response from people on  my handbuilt porcelain ware.  I use ‘slab-building’ for this (although you could hardly call the sheets of porcelain that I roll out as ‘slabs!’) and press moulding for the bowls.  The techniques, with really thin fine porcelain produce slightly warped pieces – all uniquely shaped but with a strong design which ties them together. The imprinted design, using a vintage lace doily which is first bisque-fired, is hand painted using a variety of oxides and underglazes before firing again with a transparent glaze to create a really vibrant colourful piece… The range is expanding; it’s gone from jugs through teapot stands all the way to limited edition jewel caskets!

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