Thursday, 28 May 2009

Mr Whiskers has arrived!

I've just taken delivery of 2 new pieces by Roy Dutton at the studio....

My favourite is Mr Whiskers (as cats are always the best!) but the double birds are also very appealing - they would make a lovely wedding present. Once again these pieces are made from reclaimed wood & metalwork sourced locally.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

BENGT & LOTTA arrives at studio

I'm very excited by my latest additions to the studio shop... I've been an admirer of this work for some time & have at last got some in stock. Designed by Lotta Glave and Bengt Lindberg in Sweden inspired by folk art, wanting to express humor & happiness......bit like me really!
Stainless Steel Bookmarks

Metalwork Candleholders
You can see more of their work on the website
I am stocking: candleholders, napkin/letter holders, hangers, bookmarks & greetings cards. I'm sure these are going to be very popular, I know I want to take some of the things home with me! I shall also have a range of the angels for Christmas... but let's have a good summer first!

Retro Cat Postcards

Yesterday we went to the Giant Flea Market at the 3 Counties Showground, organised by B2B Events
It was brillaint - found some really funky stuff this time....Whitefrairs set of wine glasses, groovy owl vase, Jersey Pottery retro style dish plus these cute postcards... not sure what I'm going to do with them yet but couldn't resist them!

Baby blue tit rescue!

Well the weekend was a success in Cheltenham with lots of interest in the metalwork panels & pictures in particular, it was a good opportunity to promote the forthcoming Five at the Factory exhibition in Hampen.... more on that shortly!

We had some extra excitement on Sunday when a tiny baby blue tit decided to try it's wings out next to our stand. After we found it on the pavement we decided to probably safer to try & put it back up into the tree. Mum & dad then came back & fed the little cutie but a further 5 rescues were required! Here's hoping the little chap survived the ordeal ok?

Today I've had another delivery from Stoneware Birds... The blue tit design is still my favourite, especially after the weekend. I feel a piece of jewellery may develop too........

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Cheltenham Event 23rd & 24th May

Here's hoping for better weather next weekend!
We'll be showing at a new event in Cheltenham on Saturday & Sunday
The Promenade Arts & Crafts Market
The Long Gardens, Cheltenham

Sat 23rd 9am - 5pm

Sun 24th 10am - 4pm

Friday, 15 May 2009

Fathers Day ideas.....NEW greetings card designs

A customer recently commented at the studio that most of my greetings card designs were more suitable for ladies than men. Hopefully I have addressed the balance slightly now with my new designs.....

With fathers Day coming up on 21st June one of these designs might fit the bill...I'm open to suggestions for further ideas!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Wedding Couple

I have discovered some pieces when having a sort out at the studio.... These were made some time ago with the idea of them being wedding cake toppers! I think they make unusual wedding day or anniversary gifts. One lady bought one the other day to hopefully bring her luck in finding love.... you never know!!
Each piece is made in brass and stands approx 10cm tall. I am offering 2 finishes at the moment; a shiny satin finish or an oxidised darker finish. I have plans to make a solid silver version in the near future.

Makes an unusual alternative to a plastic or sugar piece & will last forever!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Spring Colours at Spring Garden Show

Verdigris metalwork with embossed & etched decoration

Medium panel

I have set up my display stand at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show today. I'm showing my new colours for the first time....a duck egg blue with bronzed metalwork & chocolate brown with new verdigris finish. I'm really pleased with the look - it has given a 'fresh' feel to the work. Some of the pieces look quite ancient they have been buried underground.

I think the contrast between the colours works really well. The inspiration may have come from my last Cornwall break... looking at some of the photos...particularly the fab garage door I found in St Ives