A day in the Life of Melissa Ceramics

Fathers Day Gift Guide

With Fathers Day just around the corner (18th June), I thought it was perfect timing to put together a Fathers Day Gift Guide.

I hope you enjoy this gift guide as much as I have enjoyed putting it together – I need to now narrow my selection and buy something.

For the Father who loves gardening:

Botanic Tribe are an indie brand who sell a curious collection of houseplants and greenery gifts. I also love their quirky botanical-theme prints.

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Concrete Geometric Planter with Succulent
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Cacti & Succulents Illustrated Giclée Print
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Snake Plant / Mother In Law’s Tongue House Plant

To see more visit:

https://www.botanictribe.co.uk

 

For the Well Groomed Father

Hearth and Heritage is owned by Sue Rowe-Price, inspired by British Heritage and their beautiful location in The Vale of Belvoir she has developed a wide array of evocative fragrances that indulge the senses and invoke nostalgia.

They have a great range of mens products including this beer themed gift hamper, which includes a handpoured Beer scented candle, a beer scented soap in travel tin and a handmade Whiskey & Chocolate lip balm.

BEER THEMED HAMPER FOR MEN

To see more visit:

http://www.hearthandheritage.co.uk/

Watch out though, you might find you have to treat yourself as well! 🙂

For the Chocoholic Dad

Every Dad loves chocolate (well the ones I know do anyway!).

At Cocoapod all the chocolates are made with fine quality Belgian chocolate, hand-tempered in London.

To see more visit:

http://www.cocoapod.co.uk/

 

For The Dad who Loves a Personalised Keepsake.

Sorry… A little bit of self promotion (whoops!). My personalised cufflinks are going down a treat for Fathers Day this year.

See my cufflinks here

 

 

 

I hope this post has given you lots of inspiration for Fathers day!

 

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.

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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
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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
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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!

redecoring the kitchen (after partway though)

October 7 – A Day Of Redecorating

Today has been spent helping the hubby redecorating in the kitchen – well mainly holding things in place for him and keeping Amelia-Jayne (the baby!) out of the kitchen!

I found a few minutes to work on some of my etsy shop and add another listing to handmade on Amazon ready for the Christmas season!

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Snowflake Christmas wine glass charms £4.99 each

I have also added my snowflake Christmas wine glass charms to my website shop here!

 

Before and After

I thought I would share a couple of before and after (well half way through) pictures with you!

Before redecorating the kitchen
Before redecorating the kitchen
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Before redecorating the kitchen (just laid the tiles out!)

And the result at the end of today:

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The end of today
At the end of today
At the end of today

 

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October 6 – Topiary Gardens

Thursday October 6

On Thursday mornings I go to my parents house to help Mum set up her website or do other computer work. She is currently building her website for her textile art work.

During this time I worked on my handmade on Amazon site, adding this set of pearl bowls.

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The rest of the day has been spent glazing and putting on a glaze firing and keeping the kids out of Garrys way as he is still home working on the house (he has spent today in the kitchen ripping down tiles and painting cabinets!).

Beautiful Topiary Gardens

I was scrolling through facebook (as you do!) and came across a post about topiary gardens, the images were beautiful and I ended up searching on pinterest for more topiary gardens, they truly are amazing works of art so I thought I would share my favorites here with you.

Some gorgeous topiary gardens:

 

These topiary elephants have been created by Steve Manning, I love the detail.

To see more see Steve Mannings Website here.

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Topiary Elephants by Steve Manning
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chameleon topiary

 

 

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panda topiary
Gorilla Topiary
Gorilla Topiary
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Octopus topiary
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Sleeping bird topiary

 

These are some of my favorite topiary designs, I could have spent hours on pinterest looking at more ideas!

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October 5 – Review and Honeyfair

Today is Wednesday October the 5th and Callingtons Annual Honeyfair.

I had a lovely time with the hubby and Amelia-Jayne wandering around looking at the stalls and brought some great stocking fillers for both girls (Amelia-Jayne is only 15 months so no idea about Christmas and stocking fillers!)! Then after school nipped round again with Chloe on route to drop orders at the post office and got the mandatory bag of candyfloss in pink and blue. 🙂

Customer Review

I love receiving feedback for my porcelain bowls, this lovely feedback is for a set of 3 pearl nesting bowls from my etsy shop.

 

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Click here for the link to this set of porcelain nesting pearly bowls.

Below are my other porcelain bowls available.
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Some more pictures from the day

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I hope you have enjoyed todays blog post! Tomorrow I will be glazing and working on my website and loading new products to my amazon site!

 

October 4 – Making Porcelain Bowls

Where does time go? Today has flown by!

I thought I would show you a picture of my workshop / garage, ignore the mess, it needs a good tidy up! 🙂

The kiln on the right is the one I have filled and am currently bisque firing in. The bowls on top of the other kiln are the bowls I am firing over night.

You can see in the far corner some of my plaster molds filled with porcelain slip – after 10 minutes they will be emptied, then when they release from the mold I will finish the bowls.

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In the pictures above you can see my multicolored scribble bowls being made before glazing, the picture below shows the glazed finished multicolored scribble bowls!

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October 3 – Personalised Gift Tags

Just a quick post tonight about our personalised gift tags, and then I am off to bed (Amelia-Jayne is back in her own room as the paint smell has finally gone which means no more hurdling the travelcot to reach the bed! Woohoo!).

Today started doing home work with Chloe (my six year old) learning all about question marks and exclamation marks! And since has been busy glazing and packing orders, all while watching out for Amelia-Jayne touching wet paint – she actually managed to tip over and split oven a new tub of white paint today (who knew she had the strength to move the paint tubs!). And will end acting the toothfairy (I very nearly forgot!) for tooth number two which fell out just in time for her to enjoy roast dinner!

Making our Personalised Gift Tags

Just a quick post tonight to show in pictures the making process behind our porcelain personalised gift tags.

Hope you enjoy!

personalised gift tags
personalised gift tags

First up making the tags, once dry the gift tags get bisque fired to 1000 degrees C, next (pic 2) the tags are glazed and high fired to 1260 degrees C. Finally to add the mother of pearl to the snowflakes and doves, lustre is applied and the tags are fired for a third and final time.

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personalised gift tags
personalised gift tags

Next the personalisation for the gift tags is laser printed on to special ceramic transfer paper, and the transfer process is completed.

Finally the personalised gift tags are strung on ribbon. These personalised tags can be provided in a gift box sent along side an item as a gift.

 

personalised gift tags
personalised gift tags

 

Some quick links to my facebook page and instagram.