Hello and welcome if this is your first time reading this.
Although its titled #wipsandblooms June 2017, in this blog you'll find what I've been up to as a ceramic artist in the last month, some plans for the month ahead, as well as favourites from the tag and next month's theme too. I'll talk more about the tag in a bit....
June has been a funny month hasn't it? Not quite four seasons in one day - but we have had a few extremes in weather conditions. We've had intense summer heat, as well as cooler days when I've needed more hot tea, and snuggled under a blanket in the evening. But despite differences in temperature I've still been enjoying longer lighter days, the peonies have had their own hiatus, the wild grasses are in seed and there have been brighter colours blooming in my garden, in particular the roses.
I spent the first half of the month preparing for a local market with the Paperdolls Handmade. It took place on one of the hottest days, but there was a lovely ambiance with live music, lots of workshops and such a highly creative and talented mix of sellers. I had quite a few visitors who came to the market just to buy from me, either because they already follow me on IG or they had seen the blog post about my studio tour (see here) and that made me feel really quite privileged. For more of a flavour read this this review from Aliandher.com who said that " [my] hanging planters were one of [her] favourite items in the whole market'. Thanks, that's the best compliment I could ever hope for!
Since the market I had a little break from making my usual slip-cast work. But I've been making progress with my thrown work, as you will see from the top picture and I've had a couple of commissions for black porcelain, which I've been happy to experiment with, in both hand-building and throwing. So I'll let you know how those turn out once fired.
The theme for May's #wipsandblooms hashtag challenge was 'tools' and we have had such super entries (again). I love seeing how people interpret the different themes and you guys have given me some serious scissor envy this month too. My guest judge Kate from @graceandflora had such a challenge just picking four images to feature, however we both agreed on the winning entry.
Delicate, pink and grassy seem to sum up these lovely entries, which also talk about the process, the challenges that the maker is going through as they work through the development of each piece. I find these insights into what goes on in a makers' head really quite interesting.
And... the winning entry really took my breath away, not only for its natural beauty but for the love of flowers, leaves, rope work and quite frankly those legs (and especially the scissors! Ha! Ha!) Fanny Zedenius aka @createaholic has published her first book about macramé. Its packed full of inspirational photography, as well as simple and clear instructions for all the knot work, and I'm more than happy to recommend it, having already purchased it. Please go and give our favourites and our winner some #followfriday love.
For July you guys are in for a real treat as I can reveal that our next guest judge is photographer, blogger, lady with the most amazing tattoos and rock 'n roll background, Janice Issitt.
Janice, please tell us a little about yourself...
How has your blogging journey lead to you opening a shop?
I'm also going to be teaching an air-drying clay workshop at the same festival making textured leaves, feathers and coasters. So I'm also really looking forward to this weekend too. Would love to see you if you fancy joining us? For more details and how to book visit @takingamomentintime.
So, as usual - there is lots happening.
Hope you all have a good, creative and productive month.
So just a quick reminder, if you want to join in July's IG challenge, photograph any of your work in progress, from above, and try and get some blooms or greenery in the shot. I hope you find it a good excuse to have a moment of reflection on what you are making. The tag is #wipsandblooms_birdseye, and don't forget to tag myself and Janice (as it makes it easier to find your images).
Until next time!
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.