Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Reveal - A Christmas showcase of handmade craft: 25 - 28 November 2010 & 2-5 December 2010

Reveal starts from 5pm to 8pm this Thursday 25th November at The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ. This is the first of two shows and will continue to be open between 10am to 5pm from 25th to 28th November. 

Reveal showcases the work of 28 local artists, each producing quality handmade distinctive and bespoke Christmas gifts.

If you can't make the first show there will be a different range of equally high quality Christmas gifts for sale from 2nd to 5th December at the second show. Please join us for the private view of the second show between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 2nd December. There will be wine and nibbles as well as the opportunity to chat to the participating artists. 

All major credit and debit cards are accepted.  See www.revealshowcase.com for further information and a preview of the fabulous gifts that will be on sale. 

Friday, 19 November 2010

What a busy few months!

Life has been pretty hectic lately and there is no sign of it calming down any time soon. I suppose really I love this time of year and should make the most of being so busy. After Christmas we sure are going to need a holiday, unless the snow keeps us stuck at home again.

A month ago we went to visit some friends in Newquay and spend one night of luxury in at the Scarlet Hotel, in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. It's a luxury eco hotel for adults only, and luxury it was. On arrival you walk into a open foyer with an amazing view over the beach, as soon as we stepped in we knew we would love our stay.

The highlight of our stay has to be the wood fired hot tubs that over look the ocean. We watched the sun set tucked up in a seaweed scarlet hot tub for two with a bottle of champagne beer. Our room was lush, we had a view over the ocean and we had the best nights sleep ever.

The indoor and out door pools over looking the beach, bliss!

I could go on and on about how great the Scarlet was, lovely food, fabulous surroundings, great art and a wonderfully relaxing place to be. Check out their website and facebook page, they have a spa, natural outdoor pool, indoor pool, hot tubs for two, locally sourced food, a library and more. If there is one thing you should do in the next year it should be to visit the Scarlet.

While I drift in and out of the relaxing memories from The Scarlet I'm making new work like crazy. I sold loads at the South Hill Park craft fair last weekend and it's only 6 days until the first show of Reveal so I'm working day and night to get new pieces made. My little acorns were very popular, I'll be shaking the oak tree all weekend to get some more down.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Folksy Friday - Ceramic Christmas gifts

As Christmas is getting near I've been searching on Folksy for some gifts and realised what a wonderful range of lovely handmade items there are. I can't feature everyone who i would like and have chosen a ceramic theme of items to share with you. Click the links below to go direct to each shop.
Top row from left to right: Oil Decanter by JML Pottery, Waterlily Dish by Prince Design UK, Robot Mug by Julia Davey Ceramics.
Middle row: Plant Markers by Little Brick House, Wellie Boots by Caroline Nash Crafts,  Cupcake Tea Light Holders by Me/ Lauren Ceramics.
Bottom row: Gold Plated Ring made from Grandma’s old plate by I can't remember my gramdma's name,  'Mistletoe and Wine' Christmas Sign by Cherry Pie Lane, Raku Bowl by Jude Allman