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...
Were springing forward with lots of exciting plans for the new year:
New dates for the diary - take a look at the calendar for places where you'll see my creations as well as my mug this spring/summer so far - always adding more so check back if you want to catch me and my hoard!
New outlets for my metal creations - I've teamed up with several venues to display and sell my off-the-shelf creative metalwork, leaving me free to get my teeth into projects in the workshop:
I'm finalising details to have my products for sale in an incredible warehouse that sells all kinds of creative delights for your home and your garden - it's a total mix of vintage, antique and bespoke finds... really looking forward to that collaboration... watch this space!
Aaaaand, excitingly, from 26th February I'll be taking a huge space at The SHED, Sproughton in their Potting SHED area - you won't be able to miss my creations when you walk into this marvell...
So, today I'm at Framlingham market, bringing the joy of hornets and bullrushes and easy-to-take-home creations to last-minute Christmas shoppers. If you can make it down, I'd love to see you!
Blackthorpe Barn Christmas market was amazing - met so many interesting people and managed to spread my metal craft to a wider audience; I look forward to catching up with many of you in the new year. Hornets were a massive success (I've created and sold over 60 since 1st November... look for one in a garden near you!), as were my new arch creations.
This last week before the festive hols has been as crazy as ever orders have still been coming in and, with so many sales lately, my stock is depleted and I'm busy, busy making to fulfil orders that I have in... a good problem to have!
Keep your eyes peeled in January for new dates for your diary... I'm planning to get out and about to meet as many people as I can in 2019. Also, in January, you'll be able to order my items directly from my w...