ceramics and artisan

i am always looking for  beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. I love the bold designs of Silvia K. i also like the simplicity of the creamer jug from another country.  love the colourful blue jugs by reiko kaneko  – jugs are something i can’t resist and i have jugs in all sizes and colours, some old, some new!

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another of my favourite ceramicists is Jacqui Roche,  who makes lovely cream porcelain ware, including this lovely porcelain rose.  Jacqui also runs workshops for adults and children, learning to use the wheel and glazing pots – she’s inspirational.  Fliff Carr is also a brilliant ceramics and teacher – her fine delicate pieces make lovely gifts. 

there seem to be very few artisan shops left in london, i find that its essential to touch and feel the things that i want to buy and especially the scale – you lose all the beauty in a photograph online.  fortunately there are a few shops remaining that still show interesting hand made ceramics – my favourites are listed.

My new discovery is Kobo in a little alley in Norwich, beautifully presented, and more rustic and earthy coloured pots, you can’t leave without purchasing something. mint is an inspiring shop selling beautiful ceramics and artisan products.    egg is another source of inspiration,  no website, but worth the journey.  igigi in brighton is another favourite place of mine – and definitely makes going to brighton worth it. merci in paris is another shop worth all the travelling to – its got to be a must on your list of paris shopping – merci also gives its profits to charity.Eclectic is typically japanese , very white, minimal, very delicate in style but like a breath of fresh air, it stands out amongst the usual chain shops around town.  of course there is frank in whitstable,  abigail aherne in islington has an unusual choice of ceramics.  native and co have lovely selection of Japanese gifts and homewares and momosan near London Fields also is a lovely shop to visit for gifts. 

unite and type

for something unique and individual as a gift, for say a child or even for fun for an adult, unite & type can just about put anything onto a plate or cup.  the lettering is simple and clean and can be done in any colour.  always lovely to put the child’s name onto a plate for a new born baby gift.   or why not put a favourite saying or quote onto a plate for someone special.   there are also 1 day courses and workshops in letterpress – would love to do this myself.

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fliff carr

have always loved  fliff’s beautiful pots, so its such a pleasure to be learning ceramics with her.  she is so knowledgeable, but gentle and nurturing, so there is no pressure to achieve, just time to experiment and discover.  her classes run in 6 week blocks, usually there are just 2 of you, and you learn everything from hand forming,  decorating, making moulds and i even had a go at the wheel – which i must admit was much harder to control than i envisaged.   its such a joy to see your work progress from a lump of clay to a useable pot or plate.  you need a lot of patience but its very therapeutic and meditative and such a surprise to see how your pieces progress as they go through all the drying, firing, glazing processes.  here are my first couple of pieces that i made.

if you are interested in trying out a session of pottery, then see ‘Hey Clay’, from 7- 9th April, run by the crafts council.  one of my favourite pottery shops is in marylebone – gallery eclectic – such beautiful pieces.

 

hand made ceramics

i love anything hand made – especially ceramics.  i picked these little saucers up in our village vejer de la fronterra –  in what was the old post office shop – el antiguo correo and is now a lovely shop selling crafts from all around the world.  with all this cold weather, i can’t wait to get to spain.

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here are a couple of pieces that i made when i joined a ceramic class a year ago, i have always meant to rejoin, but somehow time seems to slip by……

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ceramic restoration

have you ever chipped or cracked your favourite vase or ceramic piece or even dropped them?  then dont worry, bouke de vries is a ceramic artist, but also a trained restorer, specialising in porcelain and antique restoration, he is just amazing.   he just repaired 2 of my special vases and you can’t even see where the faults were to begin with.

i love michele’s collection of vases

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pottery classes

did a short course at the working mens college in beginners ceramics – much harder than you think, you need lots of patience and there are lots of stages and then once you  have made the item, you  go and ruin it with the colour glazing.   there is a new pottery workshop in kentish town, mary’s family factory – you can go and decorate a plate or jug – lovely thing to do with your children or your girlfriend – can you really see my husband doing that?

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ceramics and artisan

i am always looking for  beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. i also like the simplicity of the creamer jug from another country.  love this colourful blue jug by reiko kaneko  – jugs are something i can’t resist and i have jugs in all sizes and colours, some old, some new!

jug_0080 jugs_0075 jugs_0071

another of my favourite ceramicists is Jacqui Roche,  who makes lovely cream porcelain ware, including this lovely porcelain rose.  Jacqui also runs workshops for adults and children, learning to use the wheel and glazing pots – she’s inspirational.

there seem to be very few artisan shops left in london, i find that its essential to touch and feel the things that i want to buy and especially the scale – you lose all the beauty in a photograph online.  fortunately there are a few shops remaining that still show interesting hand made ceramics – my favourites are listed.

mint is an inspiring shop selling beautiful ceramics and artisan products.    egg is another source of inspiration,  no website, but worth the journey.  igigi in brighton is another favourite place of mine – and definitely makes going to brighton worth it. merci in paris is another shop worth all the travelling to – its got to be a must on your list of paris shopping – merci also gives its profits to charity.Eclectic is typically japanese , very white, minimal, very delicate in style but like a breath of fresh air, it stands out amongst the usual chain shops around town.  of course there is frank in whitstable,  abigail aherne in islington has an unusual choice of ceramics, including this very cute vessel with a face on it, perfect for an odd stem o flower.

abigail  also runs one day workshops on how to practically style, dress and create the coolest seasonal home – her unique, but covetable style provides a wonderful, fun and inspirational day full of tips and innovative ideas.