Mudness Ceramics Update (11/16)
Above: The shop decorated for Durness' Halloween. A really fantastic week, can't wait for next year! Keep up to date with Durness Halloween events on Facebook to find out what will be happening next year.
The shop in Balnakeil Craft Village is now closed for the winter and will open again on the 1st of April next year. This year I set up a TripAdvisor page and have received some lovely reviews. If you visited the shop this year I would really appreciate any feedback you have if you have the time to leave a review.
You can still shop online at mudnessceramics.etsy.com or if you are in the area and would like to make a purchase then just get in touch with me to arrange payment and collection.
I've recently updated the website and there are now several product pages packed with details on how they are made alongside photographs and videos of the process. Have a look and let me know what you think! mudnessceramics.weebly.com
The first Craft Fair of the year for me was the Craft Fayre for Highland Hospice at Kinlochbervie High School. It was a brilliant day and lovely to catch up with everyone. With Christmas just around the corner I'll have a stall at a few more events, it would be great to see some of you there! Come along to Durness Village Hall this Saturday (November 12th) for the Christmas Fair and next month (December 11th) I'll be at the Leuchars Craft Market.
This year I was selected to be one of the Small Business 100 by Small Business Saturday UK. I've chosen to celebrate Small Business Saturday (December 3rd) this year by holding an open day at Balnakeil Craft Village with Cast Off Crafts & Phil's Gallery. There will be the opportunity to browse for Christmas gifts, activities for all ages and of course mulled wine and mince pies. At Mudness Ceramics I will be holding Paint a Pot workshops and a Lucky Dip! If you'd like to paint a pot and create a Christmas keepsake or unique Christmas gift then please get in touch to book a space as I can only have so many in the workshop at one time. Walk Ins are welcome of course but there may be a wait!
Earlier this year I started #MigrationMudness. There is a map in the shop that has a pin wherever a customer is from, it's really interesting to see how far my pots will go! To bring the idea online I've been using #MigrationMudness and asking anyone who has some of my work to send a picture of the product in its new home and say where they are. At the moment I'm giving anyone who gets involved before Christmas a 10% discount off their next purchase.
Thanks for reading!
Hope a lot of you can make it to the Christmas events.
Once it's all built up (like the 6th photo in the gallery below) you light the top and wait for there to be a considerable amount of flames.
Once I see that it is burning nicely I wait for the flames to die down slightly and place a lid on, making sure to leave a gap for the air so that it keeps burning.
Don't forget to keep checking to ensure the fire doesn't go out!
Rather than digging a pit today I used an old plant pot as a saggar. The pot was slightly broken so I built bricks around it to hold it together.
I filled the pot with dry scraps of wood from the garden, nut shells (I've been collecting these throughout the year as a fan of walnuts..) & scraps of old newspaper. Usually I would also add sawdust but I didn't have any left.
In between the layers I placed the pots (you can read how I made them in my previous post 'pit fired pots'). Over some of the pots I sprinkled copper carbonate. This can create a pink effect if it works as planned - you can see this effect in the photo below.