I spent a lovely weekend with likeminded creatives brought together by Emily and Stef at Makelight.
The first full day started with breakfast of gorgeous pastries, this is Emily Quinton and Sarah Haycock tucking in (with a bit of faffing first of course!)
We walked and talked together to explore what the most important thing was for us to take away and actually do to get us moving in the direction we wanted. The pigs and the chickens helped us think!
The environment at Talton Lodge was such a beautiful place to reflect and connect.
We spent the afternoon making lotus flower mobiles with Sarah Haycock @sarahnotes), I'm used to close work so made good progress though the point was to create something together, and practice mindful making. Sarah's own mobile is pictured here. Her kits are beautiful - she even included some very instagramable scissors!
Afternoon tea on a mixed weather day, beautifully styled by Emily, eaten by the rest of us!
On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast followed by a mindful walk (in a mis-timed rain shower!) lead by Gabrielle Treanor, who teaches us how to worry less and enjoy life more (she has a free e-course if you're interested, and why wouldn't you be! - not to mention a wonderful blog and more wellbeing courses). Afterwards we had more discussions on various aspects of our creative lives and businesses, this took us to lunch and goodbyes. I came away realizing that this year is a year for experimenting for me, with selling wholesale (so far so good!) and exhibiting at larger fairs, and sustaining my business in a meaningful way. I have also committed to blogging more often here! Thank you Emily and Stef!
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I am so honoured and excited to be invited to be a guest judge for Ceramic Magpie, aka Katie Robbins for her #wipsandblooms challenge for the month of June.
Thi idea is to share your work in progress makes with an added bloom, and of course, because this month we are focusing on tools - a tool or two - tagging #wipsandblooms_tools so we can find you. I'm looking forward to a month full of lovely and interesting images, the winner will receive the pretty rose leaf necklace (below) as a prize at the end of the month. It's not just for professional makers - anyone can join in, so get tagging.
To find out more about it, as well as Katie's interview with me, and more about Katie too click here: http://www.ktrobbinsceramics.com/blog/wipsandblooms-may-2017
This is the rose leaf necklace is the prize I'm giving to the winner at the end of the month - cast from a rose leaf into sterling silver. You can see some of the stages it's been through below as it's being finished.
Here's a selection of my tools, I have a lot more than this, it's interesting to get them all out and line them up like this, it's easy to take things for granted. Did you know that arranging items in vertical and horizontal arrangement like this is called "knolling"? Katie is a font of knowledge!
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