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Balance

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

 

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

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 …..

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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’.

 

 

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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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.