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Finding my joy : )

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

There is nothing like doing what you love!

I have been infatuated with clay since the tender age of 17 when I discover it on my General Art & Design course.

I insisted on leaving school to go to art collage, you can imaging my parents horror, but I was an artist from the day I could pick up a pencil.  My intention was to be a painter but I was totally seduced by clay…..

I still draw now, it is essential for incubation of ideas and my painting has now transferred to the surface of my pots…. I sometimes laugh at myself for this labour intensive canvas I have chosen!

Weirdly one of my favourite drawing subjects are historical buildings… I love to soften their ridged lines and make them fluid through the action of drawing.  For me this is capturing time and reflecting the fleeting human history, the people who built, designed, decorated them but yet were out lived by them…..

Somehow I feel this transfers in to my pottery making, we are here for such a short time it is so important to make every moment count…………

One of my best teachers has been Julia Cameron creator of the Artists Way. She has been a major inspiration to finding my happy place : )

If life doesn’t go right…..then go left!

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

Things rarely work exactly to plan, I know this. At the grand age of 43 I have had my share of life’s little surprises and disappointments. I like to think I am flexible and can roll with it….

Moving from London Town to green and pleasant Warwickshire to marry my sweet-heart – what a whirlwind that was!

But sadly after pouring energy in to relocating The Ceramics Studio and setting up the Wigwam range our romance had run its course.

A little like the hang over after the party, there I was wondering where I belonged.  After much contemplation I realised there is no going back, only going forward, bloom where you are planted right?

So I am putting Wigwam Ceramics back together, alone for now, but I have more grand plans for a collaborative project in the near future.

I guess this is an apology, I didn’t mean to neglect you! Time just flew and I lost myself there for a while! It is hard to make happy work with a broken heart.

I am going to make it up to you and fill your life with joyous ceramics that will make you glad to be alive! Watch this space please………..

Thanks for understanding xx

 

Baby light my fire!

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

There s nothing more hygge than a handmade candle! I am with the Danes on this one!

So I made a few for friends and myself of course!

Being a bit of a natural chick I went down the pure soy wax route and added vanilla and lavender, am looking forward to adding to those flavours : )

I discovered the scents are stronger if I let the wax cool down a little after melting before adding the essential oil.

It looked so easy when I watched Caroline doing it here in the studio at Christmas but actually getting it all straight and set correctly is harder than I though.  I am also working on best shapes for the pots to use ….. this means loads of candle burning home research so I am feeling pretty chilled : )

Blooming Busy!

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Tres Beau : )

Tres Beau : )

There is TOOOO much to tell you! Things are going great here!

Teepee Showroom

Teepee Showroom

We did Lunar Festival back in June http://lunarfestival.co.uk/

Clay Workshop

Clay Workshop

We took our wares and ran some fun clay stuff for the kids : )

Open Studio

 Warwickshire Open Studios

Straight after that we took part in http://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/

Incredibly well organized and well attended!

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Evgenia Golubeva

Also have started collaborating with artist Evgenia Golubeva,

http://evgeniagolubevaceramics.bigcartel.com/

Wigwam Garden

Wigwam Garden

In-between all that we started a little garden next door : ) …… continued

Tranchee and La Somme

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
http://ventdesforets.org/

http://ventdesforets.org/

Vent des Forets, a wonderful area in France where beautiful woodland

has turned in to a host for over 200 sculptures.

http://ventdesforets.org/

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

We went specially to see Tranchee, after being mesmerized this video on Facebook

http://www.alexandra-engelfriet.nl/film-II.php

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

This deep crevice dug to mimic the WW1 trenches.

20 tons of clay sculpted by the artist using her body,

squirming and crawling in the mud.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Fired in situ, by filling the trench with wood and firing for 7 days.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

There was an eeriness to it ….you could almost feel

the presence of people in these negative body shaped marks.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

A very powerful piece could not have been created

with actual representation….

I felt echos of soldiers down there.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

It was made in 2013 and nature is already taking over …

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

The grey area’s are where the wood-fire was higher in temperature.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

You can see where the lower fired red has already started

to crumble into the ground

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Lumps are falling month by month and Tranchee will not last forever …

Vent des Forêts, Mairie. France.

Vent des Forêts,
Mairie. France.

Eventually the ground will fill and heal and nature will take over.

A perfect way to illustrate this moment in time,

now still but never forgotten.

La Somme, France

La Somme, France

Warming Up to 2015!

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
New Wigwam range 'Winter'. Inspired by the beautiful aconites in our woods

New Wigwam range ‘Winter’. Inspired by the beautiful aconites in our woods

December was so busy, it s been nice to take some time to work on new ideas.

Another new range .... so far untitled. Any ideas?

Another new range …. so far untitled. Any suggestions?

We made some bottles for friends using this design and they were very gratefully

received so we thought we would play with the idea of a simpler style.

Porcelain commision

Porcelain commission

I did a small commission for a dear friend.

I enjoyed the challenge but it reminded me why we work with earthenware.

New Years Art resolution to stick to what I love…. some of the joy goes out of

making when it is already sold. Sounds strange but it feels more like a job.

 

 

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Tagines were our best seller last year… so back in to those.

They do make for an easy & healthy dinner : )

Tagine lid after turning

Tagine lid after turning

New tagine lid

New tagine lid

If you are passing, call in and see us in action : )

Showing Off!

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

Our first ‘Old-Style-Bruno’ exhibition.

It s been a few years since he had

his beloved ‘Where I Fell in Love Gallery’.

But the goodwill has not faded!

Paul Young, Alan Birchall & Stephen Parry

Paul Young, Alan Birchall & Stephen Parry

People flooded in for the opening! It was incredible!

His unique curation and passion for art,

particularly ceramics, has been greatly missed by local art lovers.

Ben Brierley, Tanya Gomez, Ian Gregory & Rhian Malin

Ben Brierley, Tanya Gomez, Ian Gregory & Rhian Malin

The greatest thing for, speaking as one of his past artists is.

He is not influenced by the previous success or

indeed experience of an artist or maker.

Bruno has a good eye and will leap at the opportunity to show work he loves.

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Paul Young

We must thank all the artist that contributed work to the show,

it would have been nothing without you!

Ceramics by: Paul Young, Ben Brierley, Ian Gregory,

Rhian Malin, Stephen Parry, Russell Colllins,

Tanya Gomez, Leyla Folwell, Alan Birchall and WIGWAM Ceramics

Paintings by: Alison Johnson & George Taylor
Jewellery by: Tara Osborne & Linda Gregory
The Exhibition opened 29th November and is running until the end January.
And it will be open everyday until 21st December
(but please do call first to arrange your visit on 01789 459123).
Hope to see you soon! At Ettington Park, Stratford on Avon, CV37 8BT

It is a ‘must be seen’ : )

Teapots

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

We ve been preparing for our Christmas markets and making some nice gift items.

Drying before bisque.

Drying before bisque.

Teapot bodies

Teapot bodies

Spouts

Spouts

Handles

Handles

November 8th 10am -4.30pm Chipping Norton Town Hall
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chipping-Norton-Town-Hall-Craft-Gift-Fair/434277866592525
December 5th 6pm Shipston on Stour Market Square
December 11th & 18th Stratford upon Avon, Bridge Street 10am -8pm
http://stratforduponavonmarkets.co.uk/special-christmas-markets/

 

Whichford Pottery

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

Whichford Pottery is one of Warwickshire’s most charming hidden treasures

http://www.whichfordpottery.com/

Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery

They make consistently stunning hand thrown garden pots,

Yes! Made in UK! in fact, exported to Japan!

Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery

Their garden is really worth a visit

Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery

They also have a beautiful gallery full of pots from around the country and also Japan

Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery

If that wasn’t enough, they have a gorgeous little cafe with home made food that is so delicious

I forgot to photograph it : /

Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery

 

But don’t worry I will pop back soon for more as it is just on our doorstep ….

Research ; )

more soon …..

 

 

Turkish Delight – Soul Food

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

We were lucky enough to be able to sneak away for

a sailing trip around the beautiful Turkish coast.

Beautiful Mediterranean

Beautiful Mediterranean

The sunshine,  turquoise water and the sea air were fantastic

for these two tired Wigwam Potters.

Fish Market

Fish Market

In true Wigwam style – we dined like kings : )

This fantastic market was right next to a restaurant that cooked whatever you fancied!

So accommodating!

Fruit Market

Fruit Market

We even had fruit for pudding ; )

Turkish Crafts

Turkish Crafts

And of course there was lots of time to shop for the luxurious arts n crafts…

Turkish Crafts

Turkish Crafts

Such a feast of colour!

Gorgeous door!

Gorgeous door!

I really enjoy exploring back streets and finding hidden treasures like this.

Street Lights

Street Lanterns

They are so creative and there is colour every where!

Parasol Heaven

Parasol Heaven

My favorite, a solution to protecting shoppers from the baking midday sunshine!