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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

Wigwam Gallery Coordinator- 3 month residency

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Wigwam Creative Collective – Artist Community

Wigwam Gallery is a creative artist run space at The Ceramics Studio in Ettington Park, Warwickshire.

Wigwam has a collective philosophy and is gathering momentum as it draws more local creative people to join in.

We are a mixture of full time artists, creative professionals and other passionate volunteers.

Our aim is to make art & craft in a communal and accessible environment, to show original work and to promote our open minded and collaborative approach to creativity.

https://www.facebook.com/wigwamcreativecollective/

Opportunity

A three month residency at The Ceramics Studio, days and terms negotiable.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to help build our community and gallery space.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with their own practice as the role includes displaying & promoting their own work along side the work of others.

There is also a small work space and access to all the ceramics facilities.

Other benifits include working in a beautiful enviroment with a very happy and positive team of people.

Duties Include:

Maintaining our small gallery area. Re-arranging, dusting, labelling.

Selling, taking payment and wrapping art work.

Finding and talking to other artists about what we offer.

Help to organise one social event per month, often in the evenings and occasionally on a Sunday.

Running the social media for Wigwam and communicating about promotion and events with other members.

Ideal Candidate would be…

Friendly and out-going.

Already have a regular art practice.

Be able to work on your own work in the studio at least once a week.

Be able to work one paid day per week on Wigwam duties listed above.

There will be further opportunities as the business grows.

 

To apply:

Answer these three questions, please keep your answers brief:

1. Why are you an ideal candidate for the job.

2. Are you looking for permanent or temporary work?

3. Tell us about your art practice, include links to website and/or social media.

Write to wigwamceramics@gmail.com copying in peoplespottery@gmail.com

Closing date 20 April 2018

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

Shiny New Pics for 2018

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We are currently updating our website with new images…watch this space.  Our new photos have been taken by the super talented Lucy Barriball

Our website designer is the equally talented and patient David Pearson

Leyla Folwell Throwing

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

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

Warwickshire Open Studios

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Thank you to everyone who visited our second Warwickshire Open Studios exhibition. It was so lovely to see familiar faces as well as meet lots of new ones!

Here are a few snaps from the work of the 6 local artists we had in our gallery – Leyla Folwell, Katharine Barker, Mila Rosinska, Peter Watson, Viv Hunt and Rhian Malin.

Same again next year 🙂

Paintings: Mila Rosinska, Ceramics: Rhian Malin, Glass Lamp: Viv Hunt

Coiled Ceramic Sculpture: Leyla Folwel

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Slab Build Ceramic Sculpture: Katharine Barker

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Watercolour Paintings: Peter Watson, Ceramics: Rhian Malin

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Origami: Leyla Folwell

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Jewellery: Mila Rosinska

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Glass Panel: Viv Hunt

Team Building Events at The Ceramics Studio

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We had Mark-Making, a creative agency based in Oxford, here at The Ceramics Studio for their team building event a few weeks ago – and what fun it was!

They were after a fun filled afternoon of challenges based around The Great Pottery Throw Down. We had  two teams of 7, The Mardy Mintons and The Wedgewood Wangers, who took it in turns to do each challenge and a winner was selected for each at the end by Leyla and Rhian.

Schedule for the day

First up was who could throw the tallest pot… it was most of their first times throwing, so this was no mean feat!

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Next, was who could throw the best pot blind folded!

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And finally each team had to create a tea-set for their office using the colours of their logo – 8 plates or bowls, 8 cups and 1 completed teapot each. They were able to hand build or use the wheel for this! And here are a just a few of the results from both teams…

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