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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


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.

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’ : )

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.

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  –

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.

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.



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



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




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 .

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 .

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.

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

Ben Brierley Ceramics

Ben Brierley Ceramics



Polly & Gary Utterley

Polly & Gary Utterley

Yo Thom Ceramics

Yo Thom Ceramics



Don’t forget to smell the roses!!!

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
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….
‘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.
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 : )
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 ….