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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

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 : )

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 : )

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 …..

 

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

www.wigwamceramics.com
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.

www.wigwamceramics.com

www.wigwamceramics.com
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 : )

www.wigwamceramics.com
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