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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

 

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

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.

wigwamceramics.com

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. 

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

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

 

 

Spiral Past

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
Gaya - inspired by my Indian travels.

Gaya – inspired by my Indian travels.

Whilst trawling through my https://www.dropbox.com the other day, I found some old studio images that I thought may be worth sharing.  This is that last time I used the space at my parents to do some making.

Me in studio March 2008 www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Me in studio March 2008 www.leylafolwell.co.uk

This was 2008 after I had been for a 3 month tour of India and returned with 3000 photos and feeling more inspired than ever.

Me at Madurai Temple

Me at Madurai Temple

I was still obsessed with making spiral forms on the wheel by cutting in motion.  See some of the work here http://www.leyla-folwell.co.uk/

www.leylafolwell.co.uk

www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Throwing a vessel with a deliberate discrepancy in the wall thickness to make an interesting profile.

Applying colour while in motion as we do with WIGWAM

Applying colour while in motion as we do with WIGWAM

The challenge for me is capturing and celebrating the motion of the wheel in the finished piece, so everything is done while moving.

Cutting the piece with the wheel in motion

Cutting the piece with the wheel in motion

The cutting is always a gamble and always exhilerating.  All pieces were made from at least a 10kg vessel form.

Separating the cut - www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Separating the cut – www.leylafolwell.co.uk

Learning to preserve all the natural fresh marks was a challenge – keeping the purity of the cut.

Drying on sponge - 2008

Drying on sponge – 2008

Helping the piece to keep it s shape and tension while it dries – lots of carefully placed pieces of sponge all the natural fresh marks was a challenge – keeping the purity of the cut.

What s really interesting for me now is to see the similarities with how Bruno and I make WIGWAM wares and feeling proud to still be working around a theme of  honesty, essence and truth when dealing with any materials.  Amen ; )