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Boss Lady MIA

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It has been a busy start to the year at The Ceramics Studio.  The year started with the boss lady, Leyla, 5,000 miles away, on the other side of the world in Colombia.  Lindsey was also away in the USA.  This left the super team, Holly, Gaye, Rhian and me (Louisa), to hold the fort for the start of the term.  It was a little nerve racking for me but I loved looking after the Tuesday and Thursday classes and it was a brilliant opportunity to get to know our lovely regulars better and for them to get to know me.   Holly, Gaye and Rhian were also superstars running the studio and helping me with the classes.

Leyla hiking in Santander, Colombia


Leyla in Bogota, Colombia


Thursday Morning class photo sent to Leyla on her travels

Anyway, the Studio survived but it was great having Leyla back and she was really missed by the staff and students!  A lot has happened since Leyla got back from her travels.  I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of February already!  Only five weeks of our regular classes left too.  Many of our classes are booked up and all our beginners’ classes are fully booked until July.  We have just released dates for a porcelain hand building workshop with Rhian Malin, coiling ceramics, slab pots and a pottery decorating focus day.  These are filling up really quickly, which is great!

We launched The Ceramics Studio Photo Competition on social media in December.  We asked for photos of our bags in interesting locations and had loads of great entries.  Leyla was feeling particularly generous on her return from Colombia and decided to give 3 runner up prizes of £10 Ceramics Studio vouchers as well as the main prize of a £50 voucher.  Below is the winning photo taken by Rachel Young in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.  All the staff picked our favourite photos from all our entries and then drew the winner and runners up out of a hat, to make it fair.

Our runners up all winning a £10 voucher were Laura Francioso-Hehir – Snowman photo, Sue Skelding – Beach bag with family and Helen Murphy – Gorilla Statue

Rachel Young’s winning photo from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for more competitions.

We have been keeping busy with our intermediate and beginner classes and also our workshops.  Already this year we have had a press moulding workshop, a pottery geeks and hand building porcelain with Rhian Malin workshop.

Leyla teaching an intermediate class, Sat 27th January


Decorating plates with decorating slips at our Press Moulding workshop


Stunning porcelain pot made by Amanda at the hand building with Rhian Malin workshop

We were very lucky to be joined by the super talented Jane Adams who makes wonderful animal sculptures from her gallery in St Just in far West Cornwall. It was a very successful day with Jane’s help and expertise.  We had to dry out the animals REALLY slowly as they were solid and we did not want them to crack.  The animals were unloaded from the kiln last week and I think you will agree that they look great!  Jane Adams will be back later in the year for another workshop so keep an eye on our website and newsletters for details.

Handbuilding animals with Jane Adams Workshop


Fresh from the kiln!  Wonderful animals from the Jane Adams Workshop

Our ‘Free Love Social’ on Valentine’s Day was a lovely evening and it was great to just hang out and eat nibbles.  Looking forward to our next social – ‘Colombia Night’, Wed 21st March at 4pm where we will have more drinks and nibbles and hear about all Leyla’s adventures in Colombia.


Free Love Social, Valentine’s Day

Sunny Summer Summery

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What a crazy year so far! It s been SO busy here!

An abundance of people have been in touch to come and try pottery after the success

of  The Great British Throwdown on BBC2.

We had fun trying Jonnie Vagas’ one minute tea pot

Warwickshire Open Studios came around again quickly!

I had great pleasure in showing off my very own Recycled Bone necklace made by Lindsey Archer.

That’s her beautiful Boro stitch painting in the back ground!

This woman can take anything and make it beautiful again, see here!

Rhian Malin & Lindsey discovered they were a home decor match made in heaven : )

I made a come back with Wigwam Ceramics‘ joyful new look : )

Wendy Campbell-Briggs kindly joined us again, some lucky visitors

snapped up some of her older pieces at fabulous prices.

We were very proud to be able to use the little garden we have.

Several wonderful souls have contributed to make it the gorgeous tranquil space it has become ….

One of the most thrilling things for me was visiting students past & present who have set up at home or elsewhere… I am so proud!  Several have taken advantage of my Geeks One workshop – ‘How to Set Up at Home‘.

These include, my dearest buddy, Polly-Anna Ceramics.

Nina Bale took time out from her very successful Ginger Print business to give

being a potter a go for a while. Her studio was an inspiration! All done from pallets!


And of course there were lots of workshops and plenty of delicious lunches ; )……..




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

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

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

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 : )

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!

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

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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2015-07-16 12.44.43 - Copy Ceramics Studio Job

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:


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.


Knowledge/experience of:

WordPress websites.

Social media, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram



Basic IT skills, documents and spreadsheets.


Knowledge/experience of:

Pottery making

Firing Ceramics

Health & Safety in Ceramic Workshop

Kilns & firing

Knowledge/experience of:


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:


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.


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.


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


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.



Attending markets/shows/fairs

Stock taking

Posting work


Dog sitting & walking.


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:,

copied to

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.

porcelain bottles Rhian’s Bottles

animal bowl workshop Evgenia’s Little Bear Bowl

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

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

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!!

The Ceramics Studio - Warwickshire

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

Sophie & Carla glazing their pots

The lovely EFX designers 

popped back in to glaze their wares : )