Beautiful new porcelain ware

Well, I never thought I’d do this, but I’m adding another new string to the bow – to get around the problem of creating greater intricacy on my illustrated pieces I have started to produce hand-applied transfer ware in my studio.  It’s a revelation to have perfect reproductions (or at least when the firings work…!) of my drawings and paintings on porcelain. It works on both stock porcelain and handthrown ware, I have found. So, it can have a more handcrafted feel incorporating hand painting and throwing or a more conventional feel which has its own appeal.




Branching out…

multi peacock towel

Well, much as I am enamoured of the ceramics world… I’ve taken a step into the unknown and started a collection of illustrated tea towels, carrying my original designs, in time for the Christmas market season.

Very excited about this – my stock is due to arrive from Bryan Franks next week and then I will be getting busy packaging them in the pretty wrappers I’ve been designing ready for the first market of the winter – Stroud Farmers’ market on the 1st November.  Going to have to find some suitably placed aga and do a photo shoot of my new products when they get in… hoping they live up to my expectations!

Below are jpegs of the 3 designs currently in production: Peacock Textile; Harvest Swifts and Squirrels and What the Blackbird Saw… all designs ©As the Crow Flies.
harvest teatowel lores blackbird teatowel text

All ready for market…

Everything ready to go for the market on Saturday… flights of wall swallows; owls and owlets; snowflakes and Japanese waterlilies…. click a snap to start the slideshow.

And yes, it’s all for sale!

A bit of a catch up…

So, As the Crow Flies had a fairly busy year for stalls – I say busy, that only means about 5 since last Christmas season but here are a few pics of the past year, as I haven’t posted anything new for while…

Above: Redland Green Christmas fair.  Below:  Windmill Hill Farm Fair.

I’m excited about the new owl brooches!! They sold really well over summer so busy trying to make more before I miss the Christmas bus 🙂

Above: mini stall at Montpelier summer fair.  Below: workspace in my studio at home.

Nouvelles Objets (ish)

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A belated post of a load of fun winter market stock by As The Crow Flies industries… Speaking of industrious – I just went to the Watershed to see the incredible early Russian film ‘Turksib‘ with a live score by Bronnt Industries Kapital.  Absolutely mesmerising and beautiful.  Everything is rendered so clear and pure in black and white; it gives far more space to simply observe and engage with what’s going on.

Paintworks Spring Art Market

Well, the sun shone brightly on the day of the market – possibly for the first time with any true gusto this spring, which could account for the slow trickle of art and craft lovers milling through…. However, there were lots of lovely make and do-ers there to meet and peruse.  Here’s how my bike-powered stall was looking in early March…  Soon might be trying to tout my wares at the Bristol Vintage Velo ride fete and perhaps even Colston Hall’s ‘Made in Bristol’ market later this month.  Must admit I’d almost rather be taking part in the vintage dress-up country bike tour rather than trying to sell things!



Checkout Market

Checkout at Central Reservation – 6th June 2010

Took part in the rather wondrous art market Checkout at a great temporary contemporary art space (Central Reservation) in Stokes Croft a couple of weeks back.

Really inspiring to be at a market with so many other diverse artists and makers.  Good space… Checkout my stall…

buttons buttons…

browsing through some photos of buttons and things, thought i would post up a range of different styles:

bicycle basket markets… better than your average car boot

hurray…its here the new way of selling and buying and exchanging…and all via pedal power

… my porcelain buttons and brooches and things, appearing for one afternoon only during a small window of sunshine, at the island, bridewell


Sunday 18th April….  a lovely day really, sat in the intense sunshine next to my bike, printing and sewing stuff.  Got up this morning and made bicycle-sized bunting to hang cards and buttons off around my bike, borrowed Rozzie’s bike basket and had a thoroughly vintage stall with all my new button stock etc.  Didn’t sell a great deal but fun to hang out and make connections with other makers and hear about other markets and opportunities.  All in all pretty nice and hopefully have some pics of it up soon.