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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’ : )

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 …..

 

 

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

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 …..

 

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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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

 

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