Last year was busy mainly getting all the tiles perfected and ready, setting my Etsy and Folksy shops, and supplying new gallery outlets. Oh, and I also had an article published about my work in Ceramic Review! (Issue 271 January/February 2015). Liz Mitchell has written an excellent piece about the two strands of my ceramic work: wood-fired pots and earthenware tiles. Pop over to the CR website if you would like to get yourself a copy.
Shows and Fairs
My main big event for me this year will be the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. This will be quite daunting as I'll be trying to persuade gallery owners to stock a selection of my work, and there will be over 500 other makers to compete with! Plans are already being drawn up for the stand design along with new designs and glaze finishes for my tiles.
As well as the BCTF, I'll be doing quite a few more public retail shows and fairs. I will be sending out a newsletter with a list of the fairs once they are confirmed.
I have been working on my own pattern designs for a while now, but as of yet I haven't made them a reality. Over the coming months I'll be transferring them from my sketchbook and onto my tiles. I'm pretty excited about this! Watch this space.
I have finally drawn up plans to fire my wood-kiln over the summer of this year. It had to be postponed from last year due to a variety of reasons, but I'm determined to get it fired up this year. I have a head-full of ideas as to what I want to make so will be furiously creating pots in between making tiles (and all the other jobs vying for my attention).
I'm also taking this year as an opportunity to run some workshops. Late last year I ran a workshop for Glossop Arts Project which was very well received by the participants. We made ceramic birds and fish which were decorated with colourful underglazes. This has spurred me on to do more workshops as I believe that working with clay can be very therapeutic and rewarding for participants.
The next workshop will be held at the Glossop Arts Project on Friday 20th February. I will be running a tile making workshop where I will be showing participants a variety of different decorating techniques including sgraffito, slip-trailing, inlay and other methods. I will be formally announcing the workshop along with the relevant details next week.
This year is going to be tough as I've set myself quite a few goals and there are only a finite amount of days to accomplish them, however, it's also going to be very very exciting!