Cotehele Craft Fair - Christmas

October 10 – Cotehele Craft Fair Poster

Cotehele Craft Fair 5 – 6th November 2016

Catching up with news from the weekend:

My scribble bowls are on the promotional poster for the National Trust Cotehele Craft Fair 2016! I am over the moon and very much looking forward to exhibiting once again!!!

Cotehele Winter Craft Fair is an annual event which takes place in November every year, this year on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th. It is a fantastic fair perfect to kick off your Christmas shopping, with artists and craftspeople from the local areas.

Why not make a day of it, visit Cotehele Craft fair, explore Cotehele house and Gardens, take a walk down to Cotehele Quay and Mill.

Cotehele Christmas Craft Fair 5th - 6th november 2016

Monday Daily Blog Entry!

Moving on to today, Monday 10th October – Really where is time going?!?

I spent the majority of the day packing orders, including a set of my porcelain coasters pressed with summer Jasmine.

Summer Flowering Jasmine
Summer Flowering Jasmine
ceramic coasters

I will be making more of these coasters tomorrow ready for Christmas orders, xmas fairs and Galleries.

Find our coasters here.


This evening Garry mixed some more porcelain slip for me while I finished some glazing (Amelia-Jayne didn’t fancy more than a 40 minute nap this morning – she normally does a 2 hour nap and so I was running very behind, but got the kiln on in the end). I also poured some more scribble bowls with the new slip! See pictures!

Mixing the slip up
1. Mixing the slip up
2. Sieving the slip

Pouring the slip to make scribble bowls
Pouring the slip to make scribble bowls

That is it for today, watching a film and chilling now, will be back for tomorrows posting!

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October 1 – Cotehele Gallery

 A Trip to Cotehele Gallery and Pinch Punch First of the Month

So today opens my first blog post on my new website.

I have loved the idea of writing a diary and creating an online journal for a long time and so today I am starting my new blog “A day in the life of Melissa Ceramics”. My plan is to document each day (we shall see how I get on with that!)

Day One, the first of October 2016 

Today has been busy with both work and house redecorating. We started the day with a quick trip to Waitrose for a treat breakfast (we all need a treat breaky now and then!) and then on to B&Q in Plymouth. We are in the process of redecorating the house and needed more paint etc. My hubby found the paint and his bits and bobs and I found some gorgeous pebble shaped candles which will look perfect in our house and will also work fabulously with my product photography! See picture below!

pearl porcelain bowl

When home I started packing up some orders needed to send before the last post, we made the post with 10 minutes spare! When home and lunched I packed a box of work up for Cotehele Gallery and then we nipped down to deliver it!

Cotehele Gallery

My black and white scribble bowls
My black and white scribble bowls
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Fabulous handmade goodies at Cotehele Gallery
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Some of my bowls and a white cat!

There was this gorgeous plant in flower outside Cotehele gallery building which reminds me of orchid flowers.

Do you know what it is? Let me know if you do!

Cotehele Gallery

Cotehele is one of my favorite places to go in the local area, it changes so much between each season and it is a great place for the kids to run around and explore.

The final job for today was for me to put on a glaze firing and for Garry (my husband) to mix me up some slip (the porcelain clay I make my bowls with).

This weeks slip is reclaimed – left over scraps of porcelain clay that has dried out completely and then has been soaked in water overnight before mixing up with our trusty mixer! The mixture is then sieved before being put away for use tomorrow!

I will leave you with a picture of Garry mixing up my slip and Amelia-Jayne (my youngest) supervising!



 Useful Links:

Click here for Cotehele Gallery National Trust website.

Click here for the pebble candles