Wednesday, 12 February 2014

We are still here!

Despite not having posted for nearly a year we are still very much around and busy painting pottery. Please check out our website for details at
Here are some of the recent things our customers have painted

bubble frogs

bubble technique after firing

bubble technique before firing

using snowfall on bobble hat

wipe off technique

Friday, 1 March 2013

It's been so long!

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. Needless to say we have been pretty busy.
But we are still here and going strong. Don't forget to check our our website ( and our News and Events page for local pottery events starting with an Easter Fair on 1st April in Priory Gardens in Orpington, Kent.

In the meantime here are some photos of pieces painted at parties and groups we have done recently.


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

We have a new QR code for our website

Apologies again for not posting recently, we have been busy bees and have done 9 local fetes since May, despite the bad weather! To make it easier for people to contact our website we have created a QR (Quick Response) Code for our website. Technology is unbelievable these days. So, if you have a smartphone or iPad/iPhone you can scan the picture with the barcode scanner and it will take you straight to our website...if you would like to know more about these codes and how to create your own check out this useful information site What is a QR code?

Friday, 1 June 2012

Crochet bunting just in time for the Jubilee

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of my first crochet triangle for my Jubilee bunting. Here it is just to remind you.....

And here is the finished bunting, just in time for the Jubilee weekend.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Happy Birthday plate and Patriotic plate ideas (before and after)

It is easy to take for granted the amazing difference the firing process makes. When you are painting, glazing and firing on a regular basis you get used to the transformation. So I thought I would take some time to record how things look before they are fired in the kiln and then how shiny and pretty they look when they come out of the kiln after 8 hours at 1000 degrees!

This is a cupcake bisque plate from Duncan which has the cupcake design embossed onto the surface already so no design work needed. Just start painting straightaway!

I started by painting the cupcake case in Mayco Stroke and Coat Blue Yonder (SC11) and Toad i lily Green (SC52). The icing is painted in Pink-a-Dot (SC70) and highlighted in Rosey Posey(SC18). The candle is these three colours SC70,11 and 52) in stripes and the candle is Orange-a-peel (SC75) and Sunkissed (SC06). I just added a couple of straight lines aroung the flame to add some detail.

For the rim I diluted some more Pink-a-Dot (SC70) and used a sponge brush to cover. I gave this a good three coats so as not to see any brush marks. Using carbon paper and EZ Stroke I added the text and then dots and swirls with my Kemper tools. Just to finish off I put a small row of Sunkissed dots around the inner edge of the rim. And all done....

So this is how it looked prior to glazing and firing. I use Hobby Colorobbia glaze as it never lets me down so dipped the plate in that and fired at Cone 06 for about 8 hours.

And this is the finished result........ Ta Da!

This particular plate will be used as our demo piece and will be displayed in Catering Compliments in Maidstone as part of the Art Trail along with a couple of other pieces however it can be personalised and ordered as a commission piece at any time. If you would like to order one just get in touch.

Below is another example that my Mum painted. She started with a plain bisque heart plate from Country Love ceramics and marked it up in felt pen (which burns off in the kiln) with the Union Jack pattern. Then using a Rubber Tapestry Poinsettia stamp and Potters Pads in red and blue she stamped the pattern in alternate colours on the plate.

Again the plate was dipped in Hobby Colorobbia clear dipping glaze and fired at Cone 06 for 8 hours and came out like this. A pretty, floral interpretation of the Union Jack. Just right for the Jubilee celebrations.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Flash Fiction

A colleague at work has just introduced me to something called flash fiction and although it is different to what I normally blog about, I was so amazed by it I thought I would share the information.

Flash fiction is 'a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as three hundred words, while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction'.

'It can be whatever you want it to be. A moment in time, a conversation, a flit between different memories, times or places... Or simply one narrator's brief experience'.

This makes flash fiction sound terribly boring but here are some examples that will help to demonstrate how powerful this form of writing can be..................

'Black Hole'

by Daniel Carpenter

There is a black hole above her house.

This swirling cosmic nothingness, ever expanding, tendrils reaching out across the sky. She does not know how it got there. She knows it's taking her things. She does not remember last Saturday. When she tries to explain it she can't. She wants to say, "There's a black hole above my house and it's stealing every memory I have ever treasured," but it is not the kind of sentence people understand.

The black hole expands, time collapses in on itself.

She discovers her twelve year old self in her attic.


'The Worst Head in the World'

by Angela Readman

Liam gave me his mother's head. I guess he was sick of carrying it around.

'It's just for a while,' he said, placing the jar on the drawers. In the dark, lips made budgie-like kissing sounds. We had a reason to screw loud.

Come morning, the head tutted, 'I WANT a doily.'

It frowned if I wasted chicken bones, or didn't ask Liam if he'd washed his hands.

When he went, Liam left the head behind. It wavers in the water, tells me I'm not good enough, nods when I iron seams in jeans.


I think these two are the most thought-provoking though, this one by Jenny Adamthwaite

'New Shoes'

Dad wanted trainers.

"I'd like to know I could run away," he said.

When the hospital bed lay empty, it gave us a moment's hope.


and this one by Ernest Hemingway using only 6 words, incredible!

For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Rachel Carter describes flash fiction as making her feel 'breathless  thoughtful and wondering what just happened'.

I agree with her and really enjoy rereading them and feeling the impact sink in.

If you would like to read more on Flash fiction this is the site that the examples above came from

and they are running a competition just for today at The Write -In

so if this is your thing, have a go at this amazing style of writing.

Also, if you like the flash fiction above some of the authors have their work free to download to Kindle just for today.

Go to for your free download but only available today.

If you take part, leave a comment and let me know who you downloaded and what you think

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Jeremy Houghton at The Grove

Thanks to the generosity of my brother and his wife, we stayed at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday this weekend. We had a wonderful time in the beautiful surroundings (despite the weather!) and made full use of the superb facilities including the decadent buffet in The Glasshouse Restaurant. As you can probably guess these photos were not taken this weekend!

As we approached the hotel from the road, we noticed a number of sculptures in the gardens around the hotel and discovered that this was the second year they have used the 300 acre estate as a 'gallery' for the 'Sculpture at The Grove' Exhibition. Guests can walk through the gardens and view the sculputures from 1st May - 30 September and there are children's sculpture work shops in June, July and August with Stephen Charlton. The sculputures are also for sale.

This year's sculptural work can be viewed on The Grove Hotel website but I found the British contemporary artist, Jeremy Houghton's, paintings (displayed inside of course!) particularly inspiring. They are beautiful watercolour studies of man and nature but particularly human relationships with water.

The paintings are just incredible and he uses photographic negatives as a starting point for his work. The pictures have a stunning way of reflecting light and many are related to this year's Olympics as he is also an official BT artist for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

I think these two are my favourites


 Just amazing!