03 June 2013

The garden is in full "sprout", bright new leaves unfurling everywhere I look. Now is the time that they are at their best and so this month I shall be concentrating on making my little leaf Pin Trays.

Decorative on their own or in a small group, the Pin Trays are practical too for keeping small items together such as rings, earrings or cufflinks.

If you are a knitter, I am pleased to tell you about a new stockist of my ceramic buttons. It is a new wool shop in Lampeter, Ceredigion, called Red Apple Yarn and has been setup by a mother and daughter team with a passion for British wool and fibres. Worth a visit!

With this better weather I am able to enjoy moving out of the shed and using the garden as my studio, letting the sun dry clay a little before I use it, glazing at the garden table or sewing finished buttons onto cards for sale under the shade of the parasol, bliss!

I have also been reading an excellent book if you are interested in ceramics, called Techniques Using Slips by John Mathieson. It  explores the use of slip (liquid clay), as decoration and the varied techniques possible. It features many potters and their work, with beautiful images to inspire. Years ago I made bowls masked with paper designs and coloured with slip, then glazed, simple stuff but great results!

Whatever your passion is, I hope it's even more enjoyable in the sunshine!