Hi all, what an amazing (if not temperamental in terms of the weather), start to the new year. Can you believe that we're already two months down!? I thought it was about time I did a round up of things that I've been working on, and a look ahead to things coming up as we rapidly approach Spring!
Before we commence though, here's an introduction to the newest member of 'team Colbear' - it's Moose! He's proving to be quite popular and, when doing installations of finished projects at customers' properties, I have several times been requested to bring him along... he's certainly never going to go short of treats! From the moment I first brought him to work with me, Moose has fitted in extremely well - only thing he's not liked so far is his new coat (he does feel the cold in the drafty old workshop) - still, he's great company and I'm hoping he can accompany me out and about this year. If you fancy meeting Moose, please do give me a bell and come to the workshop - he's quite happy to show...
What an amazing start to the new year! I hope you all had superb Christmases and that you've begun the year with as much enthusiasm as I have? There's nothing quite like being a #maker and looking forward to every new #challenge.
As a quick overview, here's a gallery of some of the #projects that I've already worked on in the first three weeks of 2020:
The #angelwing #gates have been delivered and installed by the customers - can't wait to see them in situ;
the low #table is made from two different base elements to reflect the house in which it'll live - it has a cut-out #glass top to allow the family's two children to snuggle up close and get crafty;
the organic form #canopy has been #zinc coated and works to protect the #door over which it sits;
the thumb-print #Juliette #balcony was an idea that I had to help a mother see a part of her daughter, who lives overseas, every time she pulls up to her house
In other exciting news, I'm doing (so far), 4 #RoyalHorticul...
Can you believe it's that time of year again? I'm already two weeks through my 6-week weekend residence at #BlackthorpeBarn and it's going amazingly well!
As is usual at this time of year, I'm spending my weekends from 9th November through to 15th December at the magically #festive place that is Blackthorpe Barn, and I've brought lots of new products as well as old favourites with me.
As I've got one of my favourite events coming up this weekend, I thought I'd write a quick piece about the reasons for loading up the trailer and bringing my work to you.
Helmingham Hall is an incredible place and I can't wait to exhibit there on Sunday - this'll be the last chance for you to look around the gardens as they close up for the winter after that:
When I exhibit around the local area, whether it be Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, I get to meet the most interesting people and to show them examples of my work. 2 years ago, when I exhibited at Helmingham Hall, I met an interesting architect who lived in an old, converted oast house that's now a small complex of apartments. Just recently, she's been in touch and commissioned me to create a balustrade for her ... can you believe I got to work indoors!?
As you'll have no doubt seen (if you follow me on social media), I'm having a sale! Most of my stock (apart from the smaller bullrushes and garden orbs), has a massive 20% off until 31st August. Don't miss out - you've got 3 whole days left to take advantage!
Go to my website and you'll even find that Renard the spider has had 20% knocked off (the price, not the number of legs or anything quite that mean!)
In other news, I'm really looking forward to Helmingham this year - talking of Renard, he accompanied me to Helmingham the last time I was there. Sunday 15th September is the date to pencil in your diaries - it's a great day out for all with plants and artisan craft stalls galore - more info here
I hope you're having a great summer? I can tell you, welding in 102 degrees Fahrenheit is not the most enjoyable experience!
I've managed to get out and about quite a lot recently which has been amazing - always great to meet people face-to-face and to share some of my creations across the region - if you've seen me at the Suffolk Show or Glemham Hall, just to name a couple of great places, you can't fail to have missed the spider - he looks great in lots of settings!
So, that brings me on to the subject of this blog post - my creations that their new homes:
When I'm commissioned to create something for a client, I like to visit the space where my creation will end up - it's important to me that I get a feel for the surroundings, and meet the clients in their own places. As well as lots of research into history and artistic styles, for example, I like to understand what it is my clients will expect from their final piece - whether it's a simple handrail to a complex creation that...
What an amazing Summer I'm having - can't quite believe we're just past the longest day already! Lots of things going on; busy, busy as usual - thought I'd just highlight a few things you may be interested in:
Over the last couple of months, I've had three great events: Essex Craft & Design Fair at Hyde Hall, Helmingham Hall Spring Fair and the Suffolk Show. Check out my stylish client from Hyde Hall; Renard's visit to Helmingham, and the amazingly purple carpet in the Lifestyle Pavilion at the Suffolk Show!
In other news, I've been doing some work, behind the scenes, on my Google account and you're all now able to leave reviews - if any of you have the time to add a quick, short testimonial, I'd be very grateful - it'll help me to reach more lovely customers - thanks in advance :)
In case you didn't catch a sculptural project I've recently worked on, here's a highlight of something I'm quite proud of - it's a crucifix statue made from two monoliths - if you walk around it, you appreciat...
It's springtime and heading towards summer - the time of year when all of us makers gradually creep out of our workshops, having spent the winter working on stock to be offered up to the sun and the outside world, and emerge into the light!
Here's a round-up of where you can find me this year...
Halesworth Garden Market
Saturday 27th April
"Nurseries, plant specialists and artisans coming from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex offering a huge range of plants, individually crafted garden pieces, vintage tools and lots more" - that's how they describe it, who am I to reword!?
The Essex Craft and Design Show
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May
"Artists, designer makers and craftsmen will be showcasing and selling the very best in fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many other contemporary crafts" - we certainly will!
Helmingham Hall Spring Plant Fair
Sunday May 26th
"Join us for our 2019 Plant Heritage Plant Fair & Artisan Market which is set to be bigger and better than...