We have just fired our first Jubilee Mugs, and are pleased with the firing. They were the last pots I made before having my hip replaced! They are a generous 11cms tall, and 11cms wide, with stamped letters, a dot roulette, and sprigged stars. Some have a plain handle, and others have one of my more ornate double curve handles. We have glazed them in our brown, aqua, green and cream glazes. You will find them on our ’Buy Online’ page shortly. Please click on the images to enlarge them.
We recently fished out our Cranks recipe book, and noticed some of our pots on the cover. Joanna wrote her thesis titled ‘Pots for Food’ when we were at college, and part of her research led her to interview David Canter, who owned Cranks health food shops, restaurants and ‘Craftwork’ galleries.
When we were struggling to establish our workshop in the mid seventies, we took some of our pots to show to David Canter, and were very pleased when he placed some orders with us. This he followed up by giving us an exhibition at Craftwork in Guildford. (We drove away from that with our car loaded up with wonderful near sell by date cranks food from their restaurant). Selling through David Canter (and David Mellor soon afterwards) provided the platform for all our subsequent sales around the UK and abroad.
David Canter was a key figure in establishing the huge market for handmade ceramics and textiles during that time. Of course that has all changed now, as it must. However we still remember David Canter with affection and gratitude.
For Valentines day this year, we are making a limited number of small heart shaped pots. They are thrown on the wheel, and then their round shape is altered into an unusual heart shape. The pot is set up on three feet, and would be perfect for presenting special chocolates or a small valentines gift. They will be glazed in either our cream, aqua blue or green colours.
We apologise to our customers for the temporary closure of our on-line shop. A problem occurred when installing the recent upgrade, and we hope to have it working again soon. In the meantime we are hoping to have some new pots ready for when it comes on-line again.
For Christmas we have made a limited series of generous mugs with ‘HAPPY CHRISTMAS’ and ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ stamped around the body as a form of decoration. They are individually made, and the words are not identically spaced on each mug. Each one has it’s own character. The words ‘NORFOLK’, ‘A & J YOUNG’ and ’POTTERY’ are also sometimes used.
We have a 200 yard long hedge running along one side of our workshop. Having put off cutting it for two years, it had grown to nearly 12 feet tall. In April I erected my tower scaffold on a trolley, and got up there with a long handled hedgecutter. It took three days to cut, but ……
the view was worth it.
When you have drunk the contents, you can sit back and read where the mug was made, and by whom.
These mugs are 10.5 cms tall, and cost £25. They are currently available from our shops in Holt and Gresham. You can put them in a microwave and dishwasher.
They are complex and labour intensive to produce, and are only made in small numbers. They are, however, unique and beautiful.
They are currently available from our shops in Holt and Gresham.
We have a late availability for The Green Pavilion for the week starting Saturday, 18th June. Many of our guests have returned to the pavilion, having enjoyed the award winning building, its peaceful location and its easy access to so many of the most interesting and beautiful places in this part of north Norfolk. For further details and rates, please visit the Green Pavilion website, or go to The Green Pavilion page on this website.
Several years ago I was commissioned to make some large bowls to sit on iron stands in the entrances to Ely cathedral. They were to hold sand into which visitors could place lighted candles.
I enjoy the unadorned bare stonework of churches and cathedrals, and have always had a problem with placing pieces of ‘art’ in these buildings. I think that they are fine and satisfying just as they are.
Much as it might add novelty value, I would not be interested in seeing a piece of Tracey Emin superimposed over a corner of a Gainsborough landscape.
I know that in the past the stonework was painted and gilded with a lot of highly colourful adornment, but that is not to my taste.
I ended up just copying the stone motifs onto the rims of the bowls in an effort to make them quietly anonymous.