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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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The Ceramics Studio Best Bits of 2015!

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Wow… What a year we’ve had! Thank you to everyone who’s supported us throughout the year and helped us grow into a thriving little pottery and gallery!

Here are some of our 2015 best bits!

Some of the truly beautiful work from our four full classes…

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and in our specialist workshops…

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Leyla, Rhian & Evgenia took part in our first Warwickshire Open Studios…

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We had some beautiful work arrive at the gallery for our Christmas Exhibition…

Ostinelli & Priest

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Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

Leyla & Bruno did new designs on their Wigwam Ceramics range…

The Ceramics Studio founder Leyla Folwell painting ceramics

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Rhian made herself at home and has now been with us for over a year…

The Ceramics Studio - Rhian Marlin decorating plate

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And we filled our job vacancy with not one but two lovely ladies – Katharine & Holly!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year…

We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

The Ceramics Studio Christmas Exhibition Vernissage

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended the vernissage this weekend! For everyone who hasn’t seen the exhibition yet, here is a sneak peek of all the fabulous work on display. The exhibition continues everyday 11am-5pm (thursdays until 8.30pm) until 30th January 2016…

Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

 

Wendy Campbell-Briggs wall piece and Dylan Bowen Ceramics

Wendy Campbell-Briggs wall piece and Dylan Bowen Ceramics

 

Yo Thom cabinet with Leyla Folwell sculpture on top

Yo Thom cabinet with Leyla Folwell sculpture on top

 

Jane Bowen & Wendy Campbell Briggs

Jane Bowen & Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Leyla Folwell Collage

Leyla Folwell Collage

 

Roxanne & Barney - Ostinelli & Priest

Roxanne & Barney – Ostinelli & Priest

 

Yo Thom

Yo Thom

 

Wendy Campbell Briggs

Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Dylan Bowen & John Higgins

Dylan Bowen & John Higgins

 

Leyla Folwell & Dylan Bowen

Leyla Folwell & Dylan Bowen

 

Ostinelli & Priest

Ostinelli & Priest

 

Diego Palasgo & Jane Bowen

Diego Palasgo & Jane Bowen

 

Dylan Bowen

Dylan Bowen

 

Wendy Campbell Briggs

Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Ostinelli & Priest

Ostinelli & Priest

 

 

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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:

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/

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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 ; )

Spot the Booby ….

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Rainbow Kiln! Rainbow Kiln!

Summer Term has begun and the week classes are FULL!!!

We are delighted!!

Hannah's beautiful picture Hannah’s beautiful picture

Many returning customers from last term is a good sign ; )

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Bringing their wonderful creative ideas : )

Elle and her press-mould plate Elle and her press-mould plate

Some new students are even doing homework!

Her own design! Her own design!

Go to the top of the class Elle!

Amy's bespoke plate Amy’s bespoke plate

Elle & Amy loved decorating their press mould plates.

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As usual Rhian is working her little socks off!!

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Two months work ready for two shows, one in Penshurst Place,

Kent and the other in Hatfield House, Hartfordshire.

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It s all happening here!!!

Leyla xx