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. 

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love the beautiful home accessories from native and co, especially the beaten copper jug – they make beautiful presents for the person who seems to have  everything.  a pile of small serving saucers, a couple of glasses or a jug – make an alternative to the usual bath stuff;  this year i have bought bowls from Jacqui Roche, lace plates from Fliff Carr, enamel jugs from cornercopia and glasses from labour and wait  – just need to sort out who gets what.

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xmas sale

save the date – our lovely friend Carolyn, who makes the gorgeous poms is hosting our next sale sunday 23rd November 2014 in her  home, just off the Portobello Road.  we will be having a selection of beautiful gifts for you to buy,  so why not pop in and have a glass of mulled wine and a home made mince pie.  11.30 to 4.30pm, parking is free on a sunday.

cw Lovely Merchants 2014

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!

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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.

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.

another country

always love ceramics;  have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. i also love the simplicity of this creamer jug from another country.

if you or your kids want to learn how to make beautiful ceramics,  you must contact Jacqui Roche – she  is amazingly talented, patient and creates these beautiful hand thrown pots.  she runs pottery classes for children from her studio in queens park, email: jroche2005@yahoo.co.uk.  you can also commission some lovely porcelain lanterns and sculptured flowers from her.    Jacqui  will also run kids pottery classes as part of a birthday party.

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adnams and pottery painting

recently visited my friend elli (she was my neighbour but moved to norfolk) and she always takes the girls to pottery painting – it seems that its ‘an ages activity’ that pleases all.  we visited adnams with its specialised home brewed ales and lovely kitchen accesories, and in the basement is the airy grapevine ceramics studio where you can paint at your hearts content anything from a bowl, to a platter.   pop next door to the mulberry for lunch or tea – its a great thing to do on a rainy day!  there used to be several ceramic painting places in london, but there seem to be less of them, i remember taking the little ones to art 4 fun in west hampstead.  maude did the bowl and i painted the jug at doodle pots.

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i am always looking for  beautiful ceramics – have a look at the delicate beakers and jugs by James and tilla waters. 

also gallery eclectic on marylebone high street has beautiful fine ceramics.

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

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