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Unique Star Student

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There is not another student like her! Our Sue Mylott really does dance to the beat of her own drum!

Each piece is unique and often goes through a transformation or even two.

I’ve stopped asking, what are you making Sue as often she is not sure until the final touches!

 

Sue spends time in Cornwall each year and you can easily see the influence of the sea in her work

This is Sue’s 13th term! She has a very special place in my heart because she was my Ettington studio’s first student!

We had a lovely few sessions together in 2014 before others joined, she was great company and she helped spread the word.

I am so grateful to all of those early people who helped us get up and running. It was such a gamble moving up here to Warwickshire. I don’t mind admitting I was terrified for a while I d done the wrong thing.

It seems like a dream now when we are so full.


I asked Sue what she likes most about the classes,

‘ It s time to relax during the week. ‘ says Sue.

And what are you working on now, do you know?

‘A coil pot, probably with swimmers and maybe sea themed ….’ she laughs.

Sue likes to use slips and underglazes mostly, sometimes adding a bit of glaze as a highlight.

Coiling is Sue’s favorite technique, she calls it ‘therapy’!

I love it when she applies images in relief on the surface, very effective!

I am intrigued as to which piece she will choose for the student exhibition in October….?

 

 

Applause for a Pause

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End of term staff meeting

Summer!! I am sitting at my kitchen table writing this, it s 7am. This when I think best. We are half way through our Summer Break and I am feeling a bit reflective. For me, these pauses between terms are essential. To the outside it may seem crazy when we are in such demand to close down, and I truly have questioned it myself.

Working in cycles as possibly become ingrained in me. Since I went and re-trained in Ceramics in 2000 my year has been divided in to three terms. Straight after Uni I was technician and teacher in two collages, and have been until I set up my own business in 2011. I guess you could argue it s habit, it s a habit that suits me.

When I was at Brighton Uni. one of the continual contentious arguments was when do the Technicians get student free time to do maintenance, many believe you need uninterrupted time and space to do this efficiently. The smelly sink trap being the most notorious example!

Up to my eyes in it!

When students are washing their tools in the sinks they have no idea that that sediment will need be scooped my hand in to a bucket and disposed of. It s not a pleasant job, as I said, clay gets a little bit smelly after sitting around for a month or two. Ceramics particularly requires a break, because it s such a drawn out process – a conveyor belt …. it takes planning to cease production, wind up and clear the decks.

Ask Louisa to see her jobs list, poor girl, not what she signed up for! For me one of the essentials is a deep clean, I am sure you know the health risks of a dirty studio. Dust clouds are created every time you move something – this is a danger to anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the space – ie. me! I am determined to keep potting & yogic breathing until I leave this spinning play ground, so I am hot on house-keeping.

 

Creativity immersion….

On a less practical: and for me an even more important note, creatively. I really believe in keeping a rhythm going. If life becomes one long monotone note I loose the will to create. I do love running my own business but it is actually the setting up that excites me. In my previous life in Pasty retail, I set up and managed Franchisees for a while, I really kinda loved it….. but I began to resent setting up other peoples dreams so decided to get a Pasty Shop of my own. To keep the story short, after the initial couple of years getting it established it did because a long boring slog and with very little break. A gift in many ways because it gave me the determination to pursue a different way of life.

My Colombia range, my latest passion!

So yes, when Louisa and I are on our knees scooping the goo, I have to remember this was my biggest dream : )

Every break I make sure I do get creative time in between seeing friends and family and cleaning my kitchen cupboards. Time to wander as a cloud.

Fill the well quote

Yesterday was a fantastic day, Russell Collins of Hook Norton Pottery fame and mastery came and spent the day with Rhian and I. A real privilege to be taught by this man, he has more knowledge of ceramics that the internet, it s mind blowing. Rhian concentrated on throwing large moon jars and I focused on perfecting my teapots.

The Master Class – Russell Collins

It s challenging for me to be taught by anyone. I have never been a natural learner, I find it quite stressful! This may be what helps me be a patient teacher? I think it s really healthy to put myself in that position from time to time to keep me fresh and remember what my poor student go through. I believe this is a reason why Louisa is such a perfect compliment to our team because she has been through the beginning challenge more recently and is better tuned in to the initially hopes and fears of a typical Ceramics Studio student.

We are working hard to keep your studio a sanctuary of peace and delight, we are looking forward to unavailing it again on the 1st of September when the wonderful Jane Adams runs her Animal Workshop again.

TTFN xx

2016 – highs n lows and there you go!

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Life happens here at The Ceramics Studio….

2016 went by so quickly! So here is a brief zip though what has passed ….

Our most senior potter : )

A place to get things of your ‘bucket list’…..

Our pottery family

A place to make new friends : )

Ghost Pottery Moment

This year I lived out my dream and ran a ‘Ghost’ themed valentines night,

a good way to start the year!

Pottery experience

Ghost Pottery Moment

And it ended with candle making – a way to pimp your old pottery and

feel all christmassy with it!

 

Christmas candle making social

Candle Making

Karen’s birthday – where else would she go!?

Lots of celebrating happens here.

2016 was the year we sold every bit of You Thom’s work!

Yo Thom Pottery

We also had beautiful prints by Tammy Woodrow of

Tammy Woodrow visits The Ceramics Studio

https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/festival/2016/tammy-woodrow

Team Building with Mark Making

The fabulous Mark Making of Chipping Norton came and had a

Throw Down style Team Building day.

They are used to more clean creativity http://www.mark-making.com/

http://www.sampadagurung.com/

Sampada – our website genius runs her very own paper-clay jewellery session!

Our very own Sampada ran a gorgeous little jewellery workshop

Tim Collard at The Ceramics Studio

The very lovely Timothy Collard started helping out in between making

his wonderful creations http://timcollard.wixsite.com/fineartist

Chloe sleeping in a bucket of towels – there s sausage involved in this story.

In November we said goodbye to Chloe the dog, her sofa snoozing

and bag inspecting days are done : (

Jodie had a beautiful baby girl called Fearn and we did her foot prints : )

https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/festival/2016/susan-ogrady

Susan O’Grady joins us for Raku

Artist Susan O’Grady joined us for Raku and made these beautiful birds

Not only did Holly get all our admin under control,

she made these wonderful nest of bowls!

http://wigwamceramics.com/

Leyla takes a leaf out of Rhian’s book and hits the production line!

http://wigwamceramics.com/ gets a re-vamp for 2017

Chilling out with my favorite pottery and Downton Abbey.

Despite all that, here is always some precious down time and it includes

at teapot by Akiko and a plate from Dylan

http://www.akikohiraiceramics.com/

http://www.akikohiraiceramics.com/

Happy New Year! Leyla xx

What a year!! So far ……

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Just having a quick reminisce before I go of on holiday…..

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Our lovely Pottery has been in business for TWO whole years! Unbelievable!

What a year it has been. Last years Open Studios brought so much interest,

only to be followed by the Great British Throw Down. We have been flying!

At this point I must mentioned that none of this would have been possible with out our lovely team.

Rhian Malin, Sampada Gurung, Katherine Barker & Holly Summers.

We could not have made it without your help!

 

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I just scrolled through my photo gallery to see what delighted me.

Last week Anna & I did a cheeky little Raku firing ready for her new

Niece to be photographed in her own belly cast.

 

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Geek Workshops, I really love talking about the sciencey bit : )

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The aforementioned team building – a great afternoon!

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Chloe the Dog – she has been through some poorly days but still with us : )

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Jodie, one of our very first students brought little Fearn in to meet us ….

snapped up her foot-prints while she was here : )

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Holly NAILED throwing & decorating!! Lovely bowls Holly! So proud!

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Sir Lancelot, our fabulous new Northern Kilns addition : )

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Lovely Yo Thom’s work was a joy to have in the gallery!


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We did A LOT of this!!!!!!!

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I realized a dream and we ran a Ghost themed Valentines evening : )

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There was lots of bonding and friends made : )

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I made some work!

I could go on but it is time to wrap up for now….. back in September for Part 2

Hugs xx Leyla

Babes in the Woods

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My snow drop and the snow-drops : )

We ve been busy busy but not too busy for our lunchtime snuffle in the woods : )

Open Access Session

Open Access Days are filling up, we have some very keen new members.

We have started the flexible sessions on Saturday too.

Sue does it again : )

But not to forget the originals!

Sue pulls another wondrous creation out of the bag ; )

Penny's Pots

and her sister showed up for a go ….

bit of a contrast, she was a speed junky!!

Catherine, always happy when she potting!

Catherine has found her niche,

she a slabber and is busy rolling along with a grin on her face!

Hannah's Wall Piece

So many beautiful ideas taking shape now that

people are getting more comfortable with the material.

Amsterdam by Jodie : )

The photo doesn’t do this justice … it s stunning.

Inspired by Jodie’s Dutch artist friend.

Paul Young Ceramics

We are all very sad to see the beautiful work of Paul Young

go back…. off to http://www.ysp.co.uk/

Our new exhibition coming soon ….

Hotting up in the snow

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The Ceramics Studio

Ahhh…. look how pretty the studio looked on Tuesday morning!

So nice to drive past all this beautiful frozen countryside

and then come in to the cozy studio.

Ceramics Studio

The week classes have filled up! It has been really lovely

to have a good bunch of people together…. a really nice

mixture of back grounds all united in a love of the sticky stuff : )

Pottery Class

Fiona runs a river cruise boat company in beautiful

Stratford and she s a wonderful photographer.

http://www.bancroftcruisers.co.uk/

She s taking photo s for the new look website by

http://www.elizabott.co.uk/Ceramics Studio Classes

Everyone is happily working on their own independent projects.

Pottery Class

Evgenia is an amazing illustrator. Visit her website blog

and get your free calendar… it s so cute!

http://www.evgeniagolubeva.com/Home.html

Stratford upon Avon

She s a real pro-active net-worker and organized

a super Creative Breakfast this week.  It was a real

treat to get out of the studio and meet more local artists….

looking forward to next months : )

Winter Wonderland Workshops

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Ceramic Christmas decorations

After being open for three months we are proud to say we are very busy!!

Making Christmas decorations

It is a great time of year!

We had 16 people making Christmas decorations last night!!

Rosemary's Sculpture

Rosemary has been working hard this term on her dog Meg.

It s looking great,

so convincing in fact that Chloe got out of bed to bark at it!!

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Ladies potting afternoon

A few lovely local ladies came down to make pots for a worthy charity

event on 21st Feb 2015.

They are planning a bowl raffle and soup lunch at Whichford Pottery.

Of course we donating and we will be helping people make their own donations.

Ladies Potting Afternoon

The Charities are Shipston Home Nursing and SMA

– Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

We will be posting more about this in the new year.

Artist Gabrielle just received  pots in the post.

Look how happy people are to get their own hand made bowls!

Ettington Park

We still don forget to take a bit of time out and

stay tuned in to our beautiful surroundings ; )

Winter walk

 

Gone in a FLASH!

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Seriously! Where has the time gone?? Next week is the end of NOVEMBER!

So much has happened, here is a brief update:

Rhian Malin

Rhian Malin is now artist in residence. She works so hard, she has raised the bar here!

http://www.rhianmalin.co.uk/hand-held-vesselss

Tara Osborne took time out from building her gorgeous new website.

Pottery is a good antidote to time on the computer. http://shop.taraosbornejewellery.co.uk/

Not on the sofa!!!

Brock sneaked in for a snooze,

how can you tell him off  when he is so handsome??

EFX Commision

EFX are so busy they have spread in to the studio.

Nice to see the results of the models I made : )

Tagine-tastic!

My tagine challenge continues …

Spooky!

Bruno made a pumpkin on the wheel for Halloween ; $

Tanya Gomez

We are thoroughly excited about our Christmas Exhibition, it is filled with our heroes!

http://www.tgceramics.co.uk/

http://www.ian-gregory.co.uk/

http://www.ben-brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk/

http://www.spwoodfiredceramics.co.uk/

Madame Coco

Chloe, still not impressed…..

Up and running!

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Official Open Day, 28th August, 2014.

Alderminster Electric Family Throwing : )

What a great time we had! Everyone came a had a go, including our neighbours http://alderminstergroup.co.uk/

The EFX ladies

Designers from http://www.awardefx.co.uk/ … perfectionists ; )

Dani Throwing

Bruno’s daughter got stuck in, she is familiar with all this from the good old days of the gallery and pottery festivals.

Dani's The Teacher

True to form she was teaching before we knew it!!

First student pots!

The results were fabulous! And the pots are on their way for firing…..

Lovely pallet for the pots : )

Hopefully the artists will be back to glaze them!

Bruno's Demo

Of course we had to show off for the http://www.fourshires.co.uk/

Leyla's Demo

Chloe has seen it all before……

Cheeky Charles

Well, here is something we have not seen before! Charles, that is nothing to be proud off !! LOL!!

 

Pastures New! – what happened in the lost months…

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busystudioRemember this like it was yesterday? Me too! It was hard to leave and we ve all missed it sorely!

But good always comes out of bad and I thought you d like to know what s been happening.

Ceramics studio ettington

 

 

I have opted for a quieter life!  I am sure many of you will remember my retreat fantasy?

… and my search for slow?

It s starting to manifest : ) http://theceramicsstudio.co.uk/retreats/

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Here is my new studio view!

But don’t worry for those who get dizzy in fresh air, Anna and sister have set up in sunny Bermondsey!

http://www.ceramicsstudio.coop/

Ceramics Studio warwickshire

 

Chloe is very happy, she is beginning to get over her anxiety and we have found a really nice dog sitter!

bruno and leyla

 

I married my prince in July!  Bruno and I had a really beautiful and small wedding at Gretna Green.

Fast, I know but you haven’t tasted his cooking ; )

Wigwam Cearmics

 

We are still making WIGWAM Ceramics together : )  http://wigwamceramics.com/

Ceramics Studio warwickshire

 

We even got incorporated!

Ceramics Studio warwickshire

 

And the studio is coming together in between all this! It s an old granary and its so lovely, it has great energy.

 

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And windows!!!!!!!!!! BLISS!

Ceramics Studio warwickshire

We are on a very small business estate at the back of

http://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/ettington-park-hotel/

 this means we can just nip through the woods and walk around the grounds whenever we need a break : )

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Ceramics Studio warwickshireBruno has been buying up e bay and refurbishing wheels as a hobby. We now have 8!!

Ceramics Studio warwickshire

 

But don’t worry we are not going to change our small class teaching philosophy.

It s still all about quality and experience : )

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