September & October

02 October 2013

This month's blog is a combination of September and October, Septober if you will!

Let's go back for a moment to those long, hot summer days....they were sometimes so good, so hot, that I felt I was in one of those little potteries you stumble across in France, high on a hilltop or snuggled away in a narrow street in Greece.

Using the garden as my workshop, I was able to glaze in the sunlight and each coat dried in minutes, ready for the next, unlike glazing in the winter months, when I tend to rest work on the radiators to help them dry!

I didn't want to think of the summer ending, we've had such long and dreary winters recently, but I think the transition is almost done and with holidays behind us, and  children back to school, it's time to focus on the job in hand, which is making for the Christmas season. I have been sketching a couple of new decoration ideas for this year and so am excited to add them to the mix!

Now is also the time to apply to the many and various Christmas fairs. I have recently sent off my first application to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells, a huge and popular event, with many applicants, we shall have to wait and see! But, I have been selected to be part of the Cardiff Arts Collectives Christmas Fairs, Cardiff in November and Penarth in December. (Details on post it note!).

My Stone Hens Ceramics Facebook and Twitter followers are growing, (Thank You!), and I have made some lovely and creative new friends through my regular posts.There are lots of photos of ceramics, natural fauna and flora and the occasional bit of baking, so please take a look!

I was very happy to undertake work for The Welsh Gift Shop, and also a very large order indeed for FelinFach Welsh Textiles, where amongst other things, I was commissioned to design a range of children's buttons in porcelain. I was kept extremely busy and enjoyed the process very much! Thank you Ann and Karen!

So, here we are in the season of apple crumbles and flickering candles, autumn leaves and bonfires, it's not so bad really! Enjoy!