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June, 2014

Good things come to those who wait!

Posted on: June 28th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Our new studio : )

Our new studio : )

Here is the front door of our new studio!  We are itching to get the keys and get started!

Grounds of Ettington Park

Grounds of Ettington Park

But we have to wait until Tuesday, so I went for a walk to chill out and try to relax about it……..

 

Our local walk

Our local walk

And I spent sometime fantasizing about all the wonderful WIGWAM pots we will make there and how perfect this will be for starting  pottery classes again http://theceramicsstudio.co.uk/retreats/ .

It s been good to have a pause to reflect on what we did in Bermondsey and rethink how to approach the business.  I ve been reading lots of inspiring business material from my online Guru http://christinekane.com/ .

Slowly does it : )

Slowly does it : )

And the best bit of advice I read was ‘slow down to speed up’.  I like this because I know sometimes I can be less efficient because I am trying to rush….. It s a habit I want to break, as Buddah said ‘There is much to be done, we must proceed slowly’.

 

 

Earth & Fire

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Earth & Fire 2014

Earth & Fire 2014

Earth & Fire is a prestigious Ceramics festival set in the beautiful grounds of Rufford Country Park.

http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/artsandculture/arts/earth-and-fire/

This annual event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to Rufford to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden planters and sculptures, to bowls, pie dishes, teapots, mugs, plates and egg cups.

Bruno & I met here so we are off there this weekend for a trip down memory lane and to catch up ith a few good friends and great potters!

 

Paul Young Ceramics

Paul Young Ceramics

http://www.paulyoungceramics.co.uk/

Ben Brierley Ceramics

Ben Brierley Ceramics

http://www.ben-brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk/

 

 

Polly & Gary Utterley

Polly & Gary Utterley

http://www.polliegarryceramics.co.uk/

Yo Thom Ceramics

Yo Thom Ceramics

 

http://www.lowfarm.net/Studio_One/Yo_Thom.html

 

 

Don’t forget to smell the roses!!!

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

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I did! I forgot!  I am working from the bottom of my Mums lovely garden and I walked passed them!

Whenever I turn up to work, I have a PLAN – I always have a plan – I am always on a mini-mission….

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‘Have you seen my roses?’ asks my Ma yesterday. ‘No…’ I mumbled half listening and half struggling with some clay that was really too soft to throw with. ‘You are like a bloke, you can only concentrate on one thing!’ says  my mother. Supposedly, this is the person who knows me better than anyone.

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So I got up, washed my hands and had a little walk around the garden with Mummy and she told me what they were and when they bought/planted them etc. It was nice. And yes, I sniffed them too : )

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And then I went back to my work and threw this large tagine that I was very chuffed with, so my advice to you is ….

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Spiral Past

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Gaya - inspired by my Indian travels.

Gaya – inspired by my Indian travels.

Whilst trawling through my https://www.dropbox.com the other day, I found some old studio images that I thought may be worth sharing.  This is that last time I used the space at my parents to do some making.

Me in studio March 2008 www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Me in studio March 2008 www.leylafolwell.co.uk

This was 2008 after I had been for a 3 month tour of India and returned with 3000 photos and feeling more inspired than ever.

Me at Madurai Temple

Me at Madurai Temple

I was still obsessed with making spiral forms on the wheel by cutting in motion.  See some of the work here http://www.leyla-folwell.co.uk/

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Throwing a vessel with a deliberate discrepancy in the wall thickness to make an interesting profile.

Applying colour while in motion as we do with WIGWAM

Applying colour while in motion as we do with WIGWAM

The challenge for me is capturing and celebrating the motion of the wheel in the finished piece, so everything is done while moving.

Cutting the piece with the wheel in motion

Cutting the piece with the wheel in motion

The cutting is always a gamble and always exhilerating.  All pieces were made from at least a 10kg vessel form.

Separating the cut - www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Separating the cut – www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Learning to preserve all the natural fresh marks was a challenge – keeping the purity of the cut.

Drying on sponge - 2008

Drying on sponge – 2008

Helping the piece to keep it s shape and tension while it dries – lots of carefully placed pieces of sponge all the natural fresh marks was a challenge – keeping the purity of the cut.

What s really interesting for me now is to see the similarities with how Bruno and I make WIGWAM wares and feeling proud to still be working around a theme of  honesty, essence and truth when dealing with any materials.  Amen ; )

 

 

 

 

What happened this week….

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

I often feel like the week has gone by and I haven’t achieved anything, I think I may be a slave driver to myself!   But after looking through my photos, I feel like lots has happened this week…..

Firstly we launched WIGWAM! Thanks to http://elizabott.co.uk/

Honey Jars and Garlic Pots

Honey Jars and Garlic Pots

Then I made some garlic jars and honey pots…

Turning a lid for a good fit.

Turning a lid for a good fit.

I feel I really made some progress on making lids…. I used to avoid it because they often ended up not fitting after firing! : (  But I really think I ve cracked it now.

It helped to analyze a couple of  http://www.ben-brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk/ – he a master and taught me at Loughborough Uni.

Nala the Shar Pei and her new WIGWAM bowls

Nala the Shar Pei and her new WIGWAM bowls

Nala the Shar Pei who belongs to Bruno’s Daughter tried out her new ‘slow-me-down’ dog bowl – It worked a treat!

Fresh from the kiln bisc ware

Fresh from the kiln bisc ware

Did a bisc firing and knocked a foot of the cutlery drainer!! Doh!

Kiln Element on its way out!

Kiln Element on its way out!

Ordered another from http://www.northernkilns.com/ which was SO easy because they write on your kiln plate which elements it needs! Genius! I ve worked with a lot of kilns over the years and this is the first time I ve seen this.

Chloe the Dog

Chloe the Dog

Chloe went exploring and I enjoyed the garden.

Ceramics Studio Garden

Ceramics Studio Garden

Planning a well earned rest this weekend … hope you have a great one too xx

 

Ebbing and Flowing

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Making WIGWAM Ceramics

Making WIGWAM Ceramics

So good to be making in such a lovely setting ….. I am so lucky!

Sunny WIGWAM CERAMICS day

Sunny WIGWAM CERAMICS day

To find ourselves studio-less when we had just decided to start WIGWAM was a bit of a blow…. but as is often the case, hidden in every stressful situation there is a blessing.

I wouldn’t of thought to head home, but when the proverbial hits the fan you have to compromise – back to Mum & Dads!

It has worked out so well to have a free space to make,  it s really given us time to experiment without panicking about bill paying.

As we start planning our Ceramics Studio move in to the two new spaces – London and Warwickshire, the pressure is on to accept work that you know will guarantee income.

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At the moment we are concentrating on making for Surrey Docks Farm Shop – http://www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/  Which is perfect as this is where I started my private pottery teaching three years ago.   I love my teaching, I have really enjoyed the break but I am desperate to get back to it …. I am missing the people and it provides the perfect balance to the indulgent artist life style.

WIGWAM – not built in a day!

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Our first products ready for sale- made in the heart of sunny Bermondsey!

Our first products ready for sale- made in the heart of sunny Bermondsey!

Busy, busy making the final tweaks to the site and ready to do an online launch on WIGWAM Wednesday!  That s the 11th June 2014! We started making and designing at the beginning of  this year and are so pleased to have such a beautiful site with lots of lovely product that we are so proud of.  Having the support of a trusted web designer has been invaluable and also several other wonderful and talented friends who have been a great help. More about that soon, I am off to play with our shop and check for snags….. Happy days : )

Picking ourselves up…..

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

 

Brook Cafe Meeting of Great minds and talents

Brook Cafe Meeting of Great minds and talents

Just arrived back home from London. I am so happy because the Ceramics Studio Co-op group have just met for the first time in 2 months. So good to see everyone and so positive! Anna and Tatiana have worked so hard to finally find a new space in Bermondsey and I am so looking forward to visiting for some weekend teaching in the summer.

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

I was pretty naive when I first started the co-op idea and yes it nearly failed as many warned me it could. But it has crawled back from the brink of failure. When I looked around the pub table on Tuesday evening I recognised how much stronger we all are when we are together, sharing ideas and energy and supporting each other.

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

There is some serious talent sat around this table and I look forward to having these artists visit and work in our new Ceramics Retreat in Warwickshire. We are going to have a residency space and also a space to show their wonderful work.

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

For a preview check these out, some of my beautiful talented friends: http://www.annabaskakova.com/ http://www.tessaeastman.com/ http://www.rietsuruta.co.uk/ http://cosminciofirdel.com/

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe

Ceramics Co-op meeting phase 2 in the Mayflower Rotherhithe