Behind the scenes in my studio for my next exhibition
February has been such a busy month. I've been working on several commissions and am excited to reveal that I'm going to showcase some new work that has been in production for several months!
Along with 14 other ceramic artists from the Midland Potters Association I am going to be exhibiting at the venue where they filmed the BBC's 'The Throw Down', in conjunction with the Barewall Gallery. It's at the Prince's Studios and gallery at Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, from 19th March to 24th March.
The nice thing is that this venue is also a visitor centre so you can learn all about the traditional blue and white Burleigh Ware produced at Middleport Pottery, and explore its history by viewing the historic mould collection and the Pottery’s huge bottle kiln, a reminder of the Stoke's great industrial heritage.
There will be meet the artist opportunities and a few hands-on demonstrations/workshops if you want to get your hands dirty. It's so nice to see a big revival in the interest in clay, especially after the airing of The Throw Down. And if you can't make the exhibition there are opportunities to buy on-line too. So no-one gets to miss out.
For those of you who are new to me. I host a hashtag on Instagram with Kate, from @aplayfulday and we encourage makers to post pictures of their work-in-progress, alongside seasonal flowers or plants as a way of pausing, reflecting and celebrating the making process.
For this exhibition I'm submitting a couple of pieces from my coastal collection as well as some new additions to this range. So my personal #wipsandblooms for the exhibition looks a bit like this... but I'm saving a few surprises for the exhibition itself (and am waiting on a future kiln firing too!)
Spring workshop opportunity
I mentioned that there was some interesting news for ceramic lovers who want to have a play with clay... I'm opening up my studio in Kings Heath, Birmingham on April 14th for a 2 hour porcelain workshop from 10.15-12.15. Beginners will get the chance to make small flat jewellery items or hanging decorations; whilst those more experienced can make a pinch pot and decorate it with some newly bought pastel underglaze colours. The cost will be £30 and will include refreshments and postage/packaging of items made on the day which need to be fired. To book please email me on: Katie.Robbins@zen.co.uk.
And last, but by no means least, I wanted to share with you a few of my favourites from this month's #wipsandblooms gallery. Our theme this month was to include bulbs, or houseplants in your images. I loved seeing all the extra greenery in your images, and without realising I've picked images with a more subdued palette - I guess that's February for you!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined in. We will be announcing the winner of this month's lovely linen tea-towel from @windramdesign on Monday, as well as revealling March's theme and spotlight on our next independent maker.
Goodbye February roll on spring and March.