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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

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Job Vacancy – Assistant for Pottery Studio & Gallery

Assist with all aspects or running our thriving little pottery and gallery.

Duties will include, administration, technician work, sales, marketing and house keeping.

Pay £7.50 per hour for 3 month trail and training period. £8.50 after.

20 – 30 hours a week. Days, hours and times are negotiable for the right candidate. Once agreed a contract will be draw up.

This position would be ideal for someone seeking an apprenticeship as a potter / ceramics designer maker. Between my husband and I we have a wealth of knowledge to share in ceramics field. You would become part of our pottery family and we are supportive and passionate about all things ceramic especially nurturing young talent.

We are a small but rapidly growing company and there is opportunity for progression with this position.

What we are looking for:

Essential:

The successful applicant must be honest, organized, self-motivated, reliable & a good time keeper.

Also, cheerful, optimistic, flexible, comfortable working and communicating with a small team and the public.

Comfortable with a variety of people, as an arts establishment, we have and do attract

characters and interesting personalities. You need to be personable and open at all times.

Willing to do mundane work.

Have an interest in arts and crafts.

Experience and qualifications are desirable but an interest in the business and pottery are much more important. Full training will be given.

Desirable:

Knowledge/experience of:

WordPress websites.

Social media, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Gmail.

Etsy

Basic IT skills, documents and spreadsheets.

Photoshop

Knowledge/experience of:

Pottery making

Firing Ceramics

Health & Safety in Ceramic Workshop

Kilns & firing

Knowledge/experience of:

Sales

Exhibiting work

Displaying work

Online marketing

Full list of duties.

This is an over-whelming list of things that happen in the studio beside making & teaching. You would not be expected to do all of this in 20-30 hours, however the suitable candidate should be willing to do/learn to do the following jobs:

Gallery.

Keeping display, clean and fresh and labels maintained.

Dusting valuable and fragile ceramics.

Welcoming visitors including making tea & coffee.

Telling them about the artists and the work.

Selling work, wrapping, taking payment, giving invoices and keeping records.

Helping at private views and events, approximately 3-4 a year which may be help at evenings and weekends.

Packing work for events.

Watering plants.

Keeping floor/ table/sofa clean.

Shopping for tea, coffee, flowers and cleaning materials.

Marketing.

Helping with online marketing. Organising regular newsletters on WordPress.

Writing blog posts on WordPress.

Advertising courses, workshops and exhibitions. Also helping to promote Wigwam Ceramics and our Artist in Residence.

Using social media to keep in touch with customers and promote the business.

Also sharing relevant interesting events and posts.

Taking photographs in the studio of classes and events.

Sharing the above via Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram.

Administration

Regular e mail and phone checking.

Following up enquiries and bookings

Recording booking and payments

Technician Duties

Packing kilns.

Glazing work.

Preparing materials.

Maintaining materials.

Checking stock levels

Kiln maintenance

Grinding & cleaning kiln shelves

Unloading deliveries

Lifting 12.5kg bags of clay

Teaching

Occasional supporting in classes and workshops

Cleaning. (This is at times 25% of the job!)

Hoovering, mopping and steam cleaning the floor. Cleaning and tidying tools.

Washing ware boards and services.

Washing up. Cleaning fridge and surfaces. Cleaning the toilets.

Enforcing and adhering to health and safety standards. (Full training given.)

Putting bins out.

Recycling.

Occasional:

Attending markets/shows/fairs

Stock taking

Posting work

Banking

Dog sitting & walking.

Benefits

Share all the knowledge we have regarding making and selling ceramics.

Support developing your own work if appropriate.

Free pottery classes and studio time.

Training from our Web support in using our WordPress websites.

Working in a very friendly and supportive environment.

Flexible days and hours.

Percentage of admin work can be done from home if it suits.

Challenging Points to be aware of:

A big percentage of work is mundane like cleaning and recycling.

Dusty environment. We work to keep this to a minimum.

Dog hairs and dogs. Need to be a dog lover.

How to apply.

Please read all the above carefully before responding and follow the instructions below.

If this is the perfect job for you please send an e mail to: peoplespottery@gmail.com,

copied to olivetree2@hotmail.com

and titled CERAMICS STUDIO ASSISTANT in capitals.

Please answer the following 3 questions, please be concise:

Why is this the perfect job for you?

Is your ideal job, temporary or long term? Why?

What has been your favourite job so far and why?

Please include:

A phone number and best time to call.

Other information you feel is relevant, such as CV, website, images of art work (small jpegs only).

If we invite you for an interview we will require 3 references, one from employment, one character and one from a friend.

Closing Date. November 20th 2015

 

Warwickshire Open Studios 2015

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open studio summer exhibition Three Girl Summer Show!

Warwickshire Open Studios inspired us to put together and exhibition.

http://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/

porcelain bottles Rhian’s Bottles

http://www.rhianmalin.co.uk/

animal bowl workshop Evgenia’s Little Bear Bowl

https://evgeniagolubeva.wordpress.com/

2015-07-03 13.33.02 Ah-ha! Wall piece by myself, Leyla Folwell

http://www.leyla-folwell.co.uk/

2015-07-03 13.31.11 Evgenia’s Illustrations

A three Woman Show, to celebrate all the good

making times we have been having here : )

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Bruno did a beautiful job of hanging as usual, and we were

blown away by the amount of visitors we had!

We are definitely up for next year!

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Rhian gets the party started ; )

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 ….

Rhian Malin Ceramics

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I am Artist in Residence, Rhian Malin……

157101-10039555-_DSC0312photoshopped2_jpgAnd I am….”
making thrown and altered porcelain vessels with hand painted decoration
seeing improvement in my making everyday
visiting Whichford pottery this week as it’s where the Empty Bowl Charity event is being held next month.
listening to Serial – a podcast following the murder trial of a convicted murdered
reading The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead & How to build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
inspired by design processes which create the same object over and over again but each one with small indivualities
experimenting with different shapes for decorative vessels and nesting bowls.
learning how to make a teapot
working with very very lovely people at The Ceramic Studio. Thank you Leyla and bruno for having me. I love it here!
 
Rhian drawing her projected images Rhian helping with our Christmas Workshop Rhian glazing Production line!

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

 

One Month In!

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Hard to believe we have only been open a month!

Catherine's birthday throwing session

It has flown by! We have had some wonderful people through….

Like Catherine who came for a Birthday session!

the ceramics studio voucher

She received one of our pretty vouchers from her friend Jodie

Jodie's first thrown pot!

Whom I suspect enjoyed it as much as she did ; )

Rosemary sculpting her dog Tess

Our very first student, Rosemary has embarked on her second project!

Tim Collard working with paperclay

 

Our current artist in residence has discovered Paper-clay

http://www.scarva.com/en/Scarva-FLAX-Paper-Clay-ES600-Porcelain/m-72.aspx

Sophie & Carla glazing their pots

The lovely EFX designers http://www.awardefx.co.uk/ 

popped back in to glaze their wares : )

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/

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We even got incorporated!

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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!

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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!!

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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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