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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!

Going Potty!

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Plant Pots drying out

Plant Pots drying out

We were inspired to make plant pots this week….

Rescued Plants

Rescued Plants

….after finding these plants buried in there own soil!

After a dust off and a good drink they looked much better.

WIGWAM Succulents

WIGWAM Succulents

Our mini succulent pots came out of the firing and make

a perfect desk companion ; )

Cracking Up!

Cracking Up!

We had our lows though … three platters that we re-fired ALL cracked!

Most pieces are happy to go back through the kiln for another glazing.

I guess we learned something there!

Tagine for a special lady

Tagine for a special lady

The crowning glory this week was the large ‘Dawn’ Tagine we are making for Eliza our

website genius. http://elizabott.co.uk/

 These are great for making easy, delicious dinners and it s a healthy way to cook too!

Maybe we will bring you back a recipe from Turkey …. we leave tomorrow : )

Back to Nature for WIGWAM

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum

As you know, it s been a crazy busy time for WIGWAM and we do

like to keep the balance by getting back in touch with the real world.

So at the weekend we headed over to lovely Batsford Arboretum. 

http://www.batsarb.co.uk/

It is so stunning and peaceful, I felt instantly calm and optimistic.

WIGWAM's Sloe Gin

WIGWAM’s Sloe Gin

Speaking of optimistic ….

you will be pleased to know that the Sloe’s from our last outing are fermenting away nicely.

I am looking forward to making some personalized ceramic bottles for Christmas presents.

Tim Collard, our first Artist in Residence

Tim Collard, our first Artist in Residence

Maybe it s because we have a sense of the summer closing in ,

but we have the nature bug in the studio.

Tim Collard – our artist in residence  https://www.facebook.com/TimCollardArtist  –

and I have been out drawing and taking photos

everyday this week.

Brock and his stick

Brock and his stick

Always accompanied by our dog pals of course : )

Chloe chilling in the shade

Chloe chilling in the shade

Some more energetic than others…..

Ettington Park Chaple

Ettington Park Chapel

My favorite to draw is the Chapel, it s such a beautiful

semi ruin and it is said to be haunted, as is the hotel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettington_Hall

Chapel  sketch by Leyla

Chapel sketch by Leyla

I can feel a range of Chapel/Chateau inspired ceramics coming this winter …..

I ll keep you posted ; ) x

Easy as One Two Three!

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
One missing!

One missing!

Three pottery wheels waiting to be used!  But hold on!  There s one missing ……

Lifting a wheel!

Lifting a wheel!

Here it comes : )

 

 

Romeo & er ... Tom actually!

Romeo & er … Tom actually!

Up it goes!

Easy as 1 2 3 !!

Easy as 1 2 3 !!

Seriously, I tell you this took 5 minuets!  Amazing boys : )

 

Can you tell what it is yet?

Can you tell what it is yet?

For more amazement ….. this timber was once a pile of pallets. Know what it is now?

Now that is a sexy sink ; )

Now that is a sexy sink ; )

Another Bruno Dauvin creation! Genius and cheap : )

 

It s Taking Shape!!!

Posted on: August 1st, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
New Wheels!

New Wheels!

Bruno has been busy on Ebay!  We now have 5 new wheels!!!! These are Podmores and are really lovely and solid!  They ve been in various states of repair and he s been very busy restoring them.  When we collected the last one, the guy asked Bruno if he was bringing a couple of strong guys with him…. ‘No, I have a strong wife!’  He replied : /

I really like the idea of setting them back to back, I think it s going to be much better for demonstrating and teaching.

Sinks

Sinks

We ve been ALL over the country collecting this stuff, including a couple of nice butler sinks Bruno got for a song!  All this came through the window by forklift!  We are very very lucky to have generous neigbours who share their equipment!!

Bruno's Treasure!

Bruno’s Treasure!

One of the best finds was this Fizwilliam, supposedly the Rolls Royce of wheels …. this ones for WIGWAM : )

 

Cannot work without my beats : ) : ) : )

Cannot work without my beats : ) : ) : )

Other little comforts that are making me feel at home…. my birthday radio : ) Good because there s lots of dance floor potential at the moment

Connected!!!

Connected!!!

Oh! Internet!! Cant live without it!!

Waiting in the wings, Wigwam pots : )

Waiting in the wings, Wigwam pots : )

to be continued …..

 

Flooring it : ) … or not??

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments

 

 

We ve been a bit busy!  … but things are shaping up!

A happy me : )

A happy me : )

I am looking so happy for two reasons…..

Our new floor!!

Our new floor!!

Firstly our gorgeous new floor!! I think you will agree has transformed the place! I ve also removed a ton of dust and cobwebs from those beams. Not easy when you don’t believe in killing spiders!

The French Tornado!!!!

The French Tornado!!!!

Bruno has worked so hard doing the floor in between work, he never stops, he s a legend …. you cant even get him to slow down for a photo!

Wigwam Wedding. Bruno & Leyla tie the knot!!

Wigwam Wedding. Bruno & Leyla tie the knot!!

I was so pleased with the floor I married him!  lol! Not really but we did take a bit of time out to go to Gretna Green and do what we ve been dreaming about all year.  Now we are back it time to focus on the other dream …. the perfect studio in the country!

Back with more news soon x

 

 

 

We are in! Time to start over…..

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Leyla in new studio

Leyla in new studio

Well I have to say, it feels great to be holding the keys to a real work space!  So close to being back in business now. On the first day I had mixed feelings, remembering all the heartache of leaving the last studio and wondering if I can actually do this again!?

New Ceramic Studio - Home of WIGWAM Ceramics

New Ceramic Studio – Home of WIGWAM Ceramics

But armed with a sketch book and tape measure the next morning, it felt good to head off to a work place. I spent some time measuring up and thinking about how best to use the space.  I suppose because I am a visual type of brain, then seeing shapes on paper and picturing people in the space just brought it all alive : )

New studio space for WIGWAM Ceramics

New studio space for WIGWAM Ceramics

I am so looking forward to bringing people into the space.  I cant wait to be teaching throwing again and sharing all those joyous ‘high five’ moments on the potters wheel.  Looking forward to tea, chats and walks by the river : )

Business inspiration : )

Business inspiration : )

 

 

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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