CONGRATULATIONS to Tim of Crows Nest - the lucky winner of our Autumn Competition, drawn last Saturday at North Sydney Produce Market. He has won this very special Jemima Woo (enormous!) Pasta Dish. Thank you Jemima for a truly beautiful dish and thank you everyone who entered. This is now the second competition we have run , and we will be back with another one very soon - launching for the Spring. We are just looking for something gorgeous to tempt you all. Please call in and say hello next time we are at a market near you introducing you to unique, ..
There is something truly magical about having a piece that is not only handmade, but one-of-a-kind, in your home. Knowing that you are the only person who owns that piece and that it’s different and unique to anything else out there.
This is what attracts so many of our customers to purchase their pottery from us. We source our pottery from studio potters all over Australia who have put love and care into their work to produce not only art, but something that also serves a purpose. Whether you choose a vase, a pot, a candleholder, a jug or any of our other cookware, homeware and kitchenware..
Well after a very busy three weeks we have finally managed to launch our Autumn 2017 Competition. Why don't you try to win this stunning large stoneware pasta bowl by simply completing a registration form on our website or by filling in an entry form at our stand at any of the markets we will be visiting between now and the 31st May.
This is the second competition we have run offering a beautiful ceramic piece to the lucky winner. Last year we ran our first - a Spring Competition offering a magnificent ginger jar by Karen Kreb from the Central ..
Wow what a start to 2017. We have chosen a tricky time to start our weekly markets, Murphys law has prevailed yet again for me. It topped 39 degrees by 12 noon at Orange Grove (Lillyfield) on Saturday, when quite a number of the traders decided to call it a day we followed, very quickly, The customers had long gone, heading home to their air conditioning and pools or the beach!! hopefully we have seen the last of these extraordinarily high temperatures in Sydney for now. It's really hard to work. I feel for the potters working in their studios with their kilns go..
Happy 2017 to Everyone!!
Like many of you we too are just returning from a short break over the Xmas/New Year period - and like everyone in NSW, trying to work through the heat and humidity, which is definitely not conducive to hard work and productivity. I have been catching up with a few potters this week who tell me they are also trying to start back into making things again - but they are in much bigger trouble than we are. The physicality of the work they do and the kilns they are working with make it very difficult, if not impossible, to work on days with tem..
It's been a while since I have been able to find time to write a blog which has been bothering me, but we have had a constant stream of market events and festivals to prepare for and attend in the last few weeks - including being part of the Ravenswood School for Girls Art Fair, The Glebe Street Fair and yesterday the Wahroonga Xmas Fair - to mention just a few. That's aside from our regular North Sydney Produce and the Orange Grove Organic Market in Leichardt. So its been pretty busy.
There have been a couple of weekends where we have done back to back events on..
I met Hilary for the first time a few weeks ago at the Australian Design Centre's Clay Makers Market. She was there with her beautiful teapots on display and her skill and craftsmanship shone through in the crowd. Potters tell me that if you can make a good teapot you have "made it" as a potter. If that's true, and I believe it is, then Hilary is at the top of her game Her teapots are not gimmicky or "arty" they are simple, elegant and usable. The image I have used on front of this article is of an elegant, Japanese inspired design, but she has created o..
We are so thrilled to welcome Sandy Lockwood to Living Clay Australia - our latest addition to the group of skilled and creative potters we are slowly building, who specalise in practical, usable pots.
When I visited her a few weeks ago, in her idyllic woodland retreat in the Southern Tablelands, I was absolutely blown away by the commitment this craftswoman has made to her chosen art to make sure her pots are the very best they can be.
Her pottery is dominated by three huge brick, wood fired kilns that she has designed and built herself, all purp..
For those of you who do not already know about Stephen Sheridan, we would like to introduce him. With more than 30 years of practicing, studying and refining his craft, he is one of Australia's leading potters. If your style is understated, classic elegance and you enjoy superb, refined craft work Stephen is one of the potters you should consider. His full bio and several images of his work are now loaded onto our Potter of the Month page.
For the past few weeks we have featured his work at several of the market displays already done and we will feature his work th..
Our "Pottery to the People" campaign continued last weekend with our first visit to the North Sydney Produce Market in Miller Street. Again it is another busy market and I was absolutely blown away on Saturday by the genuine interest from customers. We sold a few things too, but just as importantly we handed out scores of promotional cards to people who were interested in what we were doing to represent a range of studio potters. It was a busy day; for most of it I was surrounded by curious and interested potential customers, which encourages&..
This week we continued with our plan to open at markets every couple of weeks with a repeat visit to Orange Grove, in Leichardt again. Another busy day - with lots of people looking and asking questions. We continue to learn by watching what other stall holders do. After watching a very clever young lady selling photography services this week, we are now on a quest to look for some activities that will draw the interest of people and persuade them to stay and browse for a while.
We have a few ideas and will be talking to some of our potters this week to ..
Well, after spending the last few weeks grappling with computers, websites and social media sites etc to get our Facebook page and Instagram site up as well as Twitter, it was a really nice change to move into the second phase of our marketing campaign - taking our "pottery to the people". Our first market was the busy and popular Orange Grove Organic Food Market in Leichardt It was a good choice to get the ball rolling. We are planning on doing local markets approximately fortnightly for the next few months at various markets in Sydney to se..
Finally - after 15 months and many hurdles, this website is finally "on air". It has seriously challenged my many years of marketing and management experience, but finally we are on line and open for business. That's pretty exciting, well at least for me! We can now move forward to get on with the real job of finding appreciative customers who, like me, love pottery.
The project has developed through a series of stages - from something as simple as finding the right name!! (which turned out to be something of a nightmare!) to s..
I drove to Canberra this weekend (11/12 June) to take a look at the Canberra Hand Made Markets and was absolutely gob smacked by the number of people and potential customers moving through the two pavilions. Thousands of people were out there on a sunny but cold Canberra day (started at -2 degrees!!) with lots of buying and selling going on at the 500 or so market stalls. This despite the fact that the very popular weekly local market - at the Kingston Bus Depot - was running at the same time and was also teeming with customers.
The Market was selling e..
I have spent the last few weekends visiting various fairs and markets in and around Sydney tying to figure out what works and what doesn't and how best to attract the attention of visitors. I could not help noticing how few potters actually use this resource to sell their work. There are a few smart ones who seem to turn up to every show, but overall very few. Other arts and crafts are well represented - such as painting, woodwork, fabrics and jewellery, but if I am lucky I may find one potter - very occasionally two. That includes both arts and crafts marke..