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Saturday 22 September 2018

Ceramic Art London 2018

Before and after Ceramic Art London, 23-25 March. I had been hectic. At one point, I thought I might become mad! But I had kept my sanity, just. The result was the best ever. Although it is important to consider all other effects like media, promotion etc. from the prestigious shows like CAL, it is the upmost important to me and, I'm sure, most of others, to have good sales. Some visitors don't realise that how much time and effort as well as costs were put into to do a big show. In my case, literally months' effort.

So we are very pleased that all went very well. Thank you so much.   

Here are those sold at the show.

Departing - sold

Rabbit with Enso - sold

Departing and Rabbit with Enso went to a lovely gentleman. 

Girl with red shoes - sold
Red shoes are always popular. She went to a  lovely couple.

Holly - sold
Holly went to a nice gentleman. I was told she is a secret gift for his wife.

Mad Tea Party - sold
Mad Tea Party went to a ceramic school run by a lovely lady. Afterward I head and saw the photos of the works made by children who were inspired by the mask. How nice!   

Red shoes - sold
She went to a lovely couple.

Rabbit - sold
He has gone to a nice lady who visited with her lovely friends.

Owl - sold
He went to a nice couple. I had known one of them for a few years on Twitter. How lovely!  

Frenchie - sold

Pug - Sold
Frenchie and Pug went together to a lovely lady who lives with Frenchie and pug! 

Magic mushrooms - sold
Magic mushrooms went to a nice lady.

Lotus - sold
Lotus went to a lovely lady. She saw lotus in flower in Japan. How wonderful! 

Lots of small animals have also gone. White rabbits sold out. Anteaters also sold out. It was a great show!

Here is the stand after PV. Already some pieces had gone! We were too late to take photos of them.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Les Tupiniers du Viex Lyon

We went to Lyon with Eurostar in May 2015, just after they launched a direct train from London. Lyon has been my favourite city in France. I had visited there for quite a few times since I was in my twenties.

After a summer show in Hatfield. I thought it would be great to have a long weekend especially they have Les Tupiniers du Viex Lyon, annual ceramic market. I saw in the website, 'A law by Charles VIII from 14 July 1492 authorizes the “tupiniers” to organize their annual market at Place Saint Jean.' With the love of history and tradition, I felt I must visit the market.

I have seen many ceramic arts and pottery in the UK through the fairs I have taken part in. It is nice to see something different and new in other countries. 

It was a glorious morning. There were already lots of people there. 140 stands under the sun in front of Cathedral Saint-Jean.

The view from the cathedral. Basilicque de Fourviere on the hill.

The market was also in the courtyard.

Also on the streets.

Beautiful cathedral had several gargoyles on it.

My favourite Basilique de Fourviere on the hill. We will visit a few days later.

We did come back next day for the last look. We bought a few more things. 

Lightweight, and beautifully made with details. All are stoneware ceramics. Blue big bowls for Udon, Japanese noodles, small for rice bowls, platter for a chocolate cake, cheese and biscuits. Expressionist bowl for pasta in cream sauce. 

I was brought up with high quality ceramics; my mother loves ceramics. each meal you use, you feel the hands and thoughts of the potter. 

Nice ceramics have nice foot rings. 

They look like paintings. Corinne Betton.

Reduction fired bowls with painterly decoration under white glaze. I love them. 

I fell in love with beautiful water marks. Jean-Luc Pirot

They look so easy to use, and well made.  Jean-Luc Feltrini

We had stayed four days in Lyon.  It was a lovely break for us.

Photos of Lyon: Mike

Monday 3 September 2018

Art in Clay, Hatfield

It was the hottest summer on the record, they say. My memory of the summer was working hard. Once the show was over, so was summer. I feel slight regret and sadness, but luckily autumn has started nicely with warmth, bright sunshine and cool nights.

Art in Clay was like a long party without stiff drinks or much sleep, neither. Lots of old customers I have known came. How wonderful! Mike and I both agreed it was the most enjoyable show that we have done.

We have also met new awesome customers! What a joy! Thank you so much!

Here are the works which went to new homes.

Amazonica - butterfly paradise - sold

Lamb - sold

Lady in ancient Japan - sold


Koala - sold

The Rock Age - sold

Bird nest - sold

Imara the baby giraffe and her friends. Rabbits are available.

My first sloths, 2 toed and 3 toed, Panda, and white cat went to loving homes. 

Polar bear, fox, quizzical dog, sleep owl and the sloth now live in their new homes. 

Owls are popular. The little chick had to stay in the tent overnight alone!  

Setting up day

It was great to be able to meet so many people! Thank you so much! You made the show successful.

I'm aware that I haven't written about CAL, and all other things yet. It has been hectic and too hot to use my office during summer. I will catch up, soon.