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Nerikomi – coloured clay

Nerikomi – coloured clay

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Just surfaced from the pottery studio after about 8 hours of play! Like a mole coming out of its hole! Where does the time go?! I think that when you find your passion, you transcend time. It’s like turning inwards, creating a kind of shield around yourself which blocks out time. That’s how it is for me with pottery. I am very fortunate to have a husband who gets me. Last week in class…

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Clean Grunge and Wabi Sabi.

Clean Grunge and Wabi Sabi.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Want to shine a little light on the new and very arty grunge stamps I shall be showcasing on The Craftstore TV this coming Friday at 9am and 1pm. There are so many fabulous elements in these sets! You don’t realise until you start playing with them. Lucy, one of our clever in-house artists, designed these beauties. She’s definitely got the eye for what works well! And we will also be launching new backdrop…

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Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Had to chuckle yesterday, when I turned my attention to turning Terracotta on the wheel. Many of you had been commenting about how the lino cutting took you back to your school days. Well, with the terracotta clay session in the afternoon, all I could think of was trying to wash our Mark’s team rugby kits after a particularly rainy day a few seasons ago, when he played for Crowborough. Can you spot him?…

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Upstairs Downstairs…

Upstairs Downstairs…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Remember the original Upstairs Downstairs TV Series? Back in the 70’s it was on a Sunday evening as I recall. …it was always on in our house! Mum loved it! Well, Upstairs Downstairs has taken on a whole new meaning here in our little house! Either I’m upstairs in the garage – SHAC SHAC – the Clarity Studio, or I’m Downstairs in the garage – the Pottery Studio! And today I’ve been up and…

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Best Birthday pressie EVER!

Best Birthday pressie EVER!

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Thought I’d just pop in this evening before I sign off for a week or so. If I’m going to switch off, take a break, then I hope you understand that the blog will go quiet too. Just a week. Blogs take a lot of time to prepare and write too. I do them daily, and I do them gladly. One day at a time they are a big part of my daily routine….

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Passionate about Pottery

Passionate about Pottery

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Kiln finally cool enough to open and inspect the latest offerings. This was a real trying things out load, a proper R&D on glazes and tiles – so I wasn’t holding my breath. All in the name of FTO. Figuring Things Out. But I have to tell you a secret. Lean in a little closer, so I don’t yell at you… I AM SOOOO CHUFFED!!!!!!!!! The tiles are flat and not pitted, which was…

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New Grids and Ribbons

New Grids and Ribbons

Hi there Thanks for popping in. First Clarity TV shows of the New Year today on HOCHANDA! Here are the times: 2-4pm, then 6-7pm and 8-9pm. Tomorrow bright and early again at 8-9am. 12-1pm and 4-5pm. And don’t forget, there’s a cheeky little SHAC-Shac LIVE on Facebook squeezed in there at 10am. All set for a busy couple of hours this afternoon! I hope you like the new Happy Alphabet stamps and Groovi. What’s not to like though! Let’s take…

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Attention to detail.

Attention to detail.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Been thinking about attention to detail. Paying attention to detail when you craft. When you stop thinking about what you are producing, what it will be like when it’s finished, and instead you get absorbed in the detail, in the minutiae – that’s when you are IN the process, IN the art. And that’s the bit I love the best. Sometimes I will spend hours doing something so seemingly insignificant in the bigger picture…

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What’s the point…..

What’s the point…..

Happy Boxing Day! Thanks for popping in. Made the fatal mistake of waking up to the Radio 4 News at 7am. Don’t know which was worse: setting the alarm to go off at stupid o’clock when a lie in would have worked too, or tuning in to the catastrophic state of global affairs before I’d even had a cuppa or brushed my teeth! Either way, my path to happy destiny was way off kilter by the time I got downstairs….

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When Clay meets Clarity….

When Clay meets Clarity….

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Been playing in the Pottalot Studio pretty much all day. It’s been a learning day. Figuring things out, so I can decorate the virgin batch which came out of the kin last weekend! First thing I did was mix up hugs batches of glaze in big buckets. Just whites and clears. They have to sit for a day now, so tomorrow I can crack on with glazing. I did paint some Botz ready mixed…

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