There are just two more days until the end of the Hampshire Open Studios and that's my last "big" show for now. I've lots of local craft fairs coming up leading up to Christmas but after this weekend the gazebo will be going away to rest a while.
It's been a pretty busy and exciting summer. New for me this year was the New Forest Fairy Festival. I was pretty excited about that as it gave me an opportunity to spread my fairy wings and think of new things to make. My fairy gardens, dragon eggs, scented toadstools and new leaves went down a treat and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of dreaming up new ideas. The event was great fun with lots of people getting into the spirit of things and dressing up as fairies. I really hope they'll have me back again next year!
My latest project - in between visitors - is to plan and make for the Enormous Elephant Art Exhibition taking place in Lyndhurst in October. I've made a big elephant garden planter and am now working on some smaller items for the exhibition. It's really inspiring to have something different to get my teeth into and the ideas are coming thick and fast (usually at about 4am unfortunately!)
The Hampshire Open Studios has been most enjoyable this year, with lots of visitors and great weather - unlike last year when it poured with rain nearly every day! I've met some very interesting people and have loved welcominig all my visitors and showing off my studio.
I had a visit from a lady who works at Rums Eg gallery in Romsey and she said she'd love to have my pottery in the gallery so watch that space!
Next year I plan to do more exhibiting and less carrying boxes around and standing in fields, so to that end will be giving the garden shows a miss for 2017 and trying out other outlets and galleries. I will keep you informed.
I'm afraid I haven't been very good at keeping up my online Folksy shop with everything else going on and it's now closed. I may open a new one soon when things calm down. Meanwhile you can always contact me via my contact page on this website, or via my Facebook page and Twitter if there is anything you've seen that you would like to commission. I do have to ask for 4-6 weeks notice to give everything a chance to completely dry out before it is fired.
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