Craft Fayre dates.

Hello followers.
A list if dates are now available to come and see my work. Some of these craft fayres are going to be monthly events but there are some big shows planned during the year.  Like anything new it’s a bit of a learning curve with some products selling better in some areas than others so hopefully there will be some positives and the pottery well received.  As you will be able to see  I shall be a regular at Abergavenny Markets on the second Thursday of most months and also the second Sunday of the same at the beautiful City of Bath.  If you are around do pay a visit and I’ll explain my work.

Jon

A downloadable PDF is available here on my homepage:

http://www.gwaelodpottery.com

Work has begun again on Lighthouse Mark in order to raise money towards Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth.  My Lighthousemaker website will be updated soon so that people can donate components such as bricks and windows and see its growth.
Here is the latest set of photo’s.

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New Year & New products

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Happy New Year to all my followers and hope that you have enjoyed the festivities of late?  I’ve had a great time over the holidays to clear my head of pending orders and spent time developing my new ideas going into 2016. Many of my ideas have been around for some time but in my quieter times been able to hone them in my mind before I go ahead and produce them. One of the newest entries into the product list are the lettered wares which were well received at the last craft fayre of the year 2015 at the Mochyn Ddu public house at Sofia Gardens.  As you may have guessed its a very Welsh themed pub where many of the Welsh speaking enjoy a pint of ale speaking the oldest language of Europe.  Of course the new lettered wares are not only available in Welsh but of any language! I don’t profess to know every word for various crockery wording but this year I am sure all the major languages will be available to purchase.
The last few craft fayres were very successful with my ‘Wind and Wuthering theme and could have sold much more had I made more available to sell.  This pleased me no end because many times I have designed things which didnt sell very well but its so refreshing to feel that something I’m passionate about is felt by others. As my slogan suggests I am ‘Inspired by nature’ and its going to be fun producing special pieces of which five have already been made for decoration. One of these pieces will be the gates of Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey which are so wonderfully made and reflect the magic of the place.

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Website will be updated fully soon  with the new lettered wares so watch this space,

Jon

Stoke pilgrimage

It’s always nice to come to Stoke on Trent to pick up raw materials for the pottery but even more of a pleasure to see the palette of colours when you have fresh ideas for future projects. Sometimes new ideas arrive when making these visits to the potteries.  Today is no different and will be looking at samples of engobes for producing plates with Llanwddyn Island scenes taken from my photo images a few years ago.  I now own a celtic font to use in their production.  The beautiful carved gates on the island are such a wonderful feature and if given the chance when on Ynys Mon you must pay a visit to this spiritual place.

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The splendid gates of Llanwddyn Island.

Royal Welsh Winter Fayre.

Despite the atrocious weather many people braved it to get some Christmas shopping done.  This was my first big show since going full time back in early October.  It’s always nice to show ones work and the warm comments are very encouraging especially with my Wind and Wuthering pieces! Experience has shown me that despite the desire to follow ones heart with inspiration on a subject they don’t always turn into the publics view of the same and in consequence sales however I’m happy to report that the tree work was well received and wished there had been time to produce more for the show.  I’m really looking forward to getting in the Workshop and getting stuck into making more special pieces to include large jugs, lidded jars and lamp bases.  The testing samples have finished now so it’s full steam ahead.

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First news blog of Gwaelod Pottery

Hello friends and followers of Gwaelod Pottery.
Now that I am full time pottering around I thought I would share my activities in the workshop studio with all who are interested in the craft. On this blog will bring to you my newest creations, ideas, thoughts and inspirations behind them. Many people love watching crafters going about their work and pottery is probably the oldest of them all! Vessels have been made for thousands of years and its likely that reed baskets that were lined with clay were discarded on the fire which in turn fired the clay hard and the ash from the fire gave a form of glaze and made them not only appealing but practical too as it made the pots water tight.
Perhaps I can write more about the origins in future blogs and also the techniques used to achieve various tasks.

Recently I have been busy creating boxes so that I can transport them around to various craft fayre’s and also use them for stall props and inventory control.  20151029_113440

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Bowls freshly turned and banded with red and black slip.

Here are a few dates where I shall be exhibiting my work for sale:

14th & 15th November 2015 – Gwaelod Y Garth Arts & Craft Fayre 2015  Gwaelod Y Garth Village Hall.

26th November 2015 –  Tongwynlais Christmas evening – Tongwynlais Village Hall (Doors open 1800hrs)

30th November & December 1st –  RWS Winter Fayre 2015 (Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd,Builth Wells
http://www.rwas.wales/winter-fair/