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Pottery at Jinney Ring Craft Centre

A couple of months ago, my team at work had an away-day at Jinney Ring craft centre in Hanbury. It’s a lovely little place with duck ponds in the garden and artisan workshops.

Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury

We were there for a pottery workshop. It was a mixture of hand building ceramic tiles and wheel work pots.

Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury

My thrown pots were a bit messy, but they did survive the kiln and make perfect cactus trays!

Cactus in hand-thrown pot

Cactus in hand-thrown pot

I also made a handful of tiles to be used as coasters. Some of these had images stamped into them, and I pressed branches and leaves into others. The leaves/branches burn away in the kiln resulting in a neat imprint.

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Handmade Pottery Tile Coaster

Work in progress at Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury


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Manga themed pottery painting

I haven’t managed to visit one of my favourite local crafty shops All Fired Arts in a while. All Fired Arts offer pottery painting (along with an increasing range of other nice things). I’ve painted a few pottery tiles at the shop, they’re nice and easy because they have a flat surface:) Two manga themed tiles I painted are pictured below. The first is based on an image from the manga Life. If you don’t know it, Life is an extremely dramatic shojo manga about a teenage girl who goes through just about every possible emotional experience teenage girls in shojo manga tend to go through. I did end up rushing the painting a little as I was running out of time before the shop shut…

Painted tile - image from the manga Life

The Doraemon coaster below was a little present for Phil. Unfortunately Phil accidently dropped him on the floor (crack pictured!).

Painted Doraemon coaster


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Handmade Christmas baubles

Before Christmas is well and truly over I thought I’d post images of some homemade baubles I made for our tree this year. Me and my partner Phil bought and moved into our house this year so it was our first Christmas together and we had to start from scratch with the decorations. I was originally planning to make all the tree decorations myself but in the end I didn’t get enough time and had to add in some bought baubles to fill out the tree. However I did manage to make a decent selection – images below!

I painted two ceramic baubles at All Fired Arts in Kings Heath.
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament

I also made a selection of sewn felt baubles. The idea for these came from Mollie Makes magazine, although I customised them slightly. I’m a big fan of Mollie Makes, Phil got me a subscription for Christmas which made me very happy:) It also meant I got one of my presents early as the first issue of my subscription arrived mid-December!

Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament

And finally, I attached ribbon to the back of a number of small felt toys I’d previously made, including this green elephant.

Handmade Christmas tree ornament