I love this time of the year with lots of markets, which means lots of new people to meet and value customers to see. If you’re in the city any of these dates do call at the BrisStyle Markets, the home of the best artists/crafts market in Australia and it’s right on your door step.
These little gems were very popular when I first started my online store with Bluecaravan in 2010. They went very well at the night markets in the city and sold out at the Finders Keepers market in Brisbane.
I’ve decided to reinvent them and release a new collection just in time for Mother’s Day 2014. The style has changed slightly, and the colours are new, but the handmade quality and durability remain the constant. Handmade from Australian Southern Ice Porcelain and twice fired, with the second firing to 1300 degrees, there strong, dishwasher safe (please remove the ribbon) and sure to be well used and loved.
I’ve just finished colouring a first run and am excitied to see what they look like once fired. They’ve just been loaded into a bisque firing. This won’t be able to be emptied till late Thursday, early Friday morning. Then they will be glazed and ready for their final firing.
DEBUTING AT THE BrisStyle Indie Market – inside City Hall Saturday 10 May, 9am till 3pm.
If you would like to pre-order some for collection at the market, please just send me and email. Further images will be available next week.
The blog has been a little quiet lately and I am sorry, I’ve had my head down working hard, testing, mixing new colours for the work.
The new series is based on my notion of ‘Home’. I think my favourite saying is “Home is where the heart is” a quote attributed to Pliny the Elder (a Roman Author). Our homes are personal spaces and we can be very selective about whom and what shares our personal space. For me I would love a Queenslander on an acre and the must have rustic old timber barn to use a studio.
Here’s where it gets sticky ….. our homes are personal and we can choose what and how the inside looks, unfortunately circumstances and life in general means that the outside generally doesn’t truely reflect who we are. So, I feel you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover or a home by it’s outside. People make the most of their opportunities and their Homes and these new pieces are a tribute to the places we call Home.
The varied homes I have chosen to depict on the new pieces reflects this and some of the quirkiness our homes can have.
My next market is tomorrow inside City Hall 9am till 3pm, and I need to get packing! I will have the first pieces fresh from kiln at the BrisStyle Market tomorrow. Hope to see you there. I will post some further photos as the series develops.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s the 11th of January already. I hope you had a wonderful break and family get togethers over the holidays. My favourite part is planning the menu and making family favourites we only have a Christmas. This is only surpassed by the happy little faces of our children opening their gifts, together with Christmas crackers, jokes and those party hats (we all wear).
2014 is off and running and I’m busy building a new website (I’ll post on here when it’s ready) and while working out some new designs that have been swirling around in my head for far too long, I’m trying to fit in lots of reading. I’ve managed to finish some new books on Matthew Flinders (one of my favourite explorers) and his letters to Anne Flinders and finally jumped on Instagram (pattiemurray1) where lots of studio shots will be added during the year.
On Tuesday the families shipping me off to Canberra to visit Mapping Our World.
I was so fortunate to receive a copy of the book that accompanies the exhibition for Christmas and if you wanted a sneek peek of what this exhibitions all about use the link below:
Wow….I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas! But if you’re like me and haven’t finished your Christmas shopping this Friday night will give you ample opportunity and a wonderful array of handmade stores…
King George Square – Twilight Market with the special start time of 4pm until 9pm.
Your last opportunity to visit the markets named best handmade in Australia.
Here’s the site map……I’m located at stall 23 in Santa’s Corner (which I keep calling Santa’s Grotto – which conjures up the thought of snow and cooler temperatures, or is that just wishful thinking!
I hope to see you Friday night and wishing you a Merry handmade Christmas.