Ceramic Birds Installation at Hellens Manor

Ceramic Birds Installation at Hellens Manor

In June I exhibited some slipware ceramic birds for a site-specific installation created in the beautiful grounds of Hellens Manor in Herefordshire. I named it  ‘The Birch Perch’ ! It consisted of 10 humorous hand modelled birds (some sitting in nests) sitting along a real birch tree! Something to discover in the woods and make you smile! 🙂

sarah monk ceramics portait in front of shelves of her work at eastnor pottery
Digital Craft Festival Logo
terracotta clay pots waiting to be decorated with slip in the studio of sarah monk ceramics

 

 

 

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

During May 2021 I sent some new designs to Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russel Street London. My slipware bowls, plates and cups are part of their summer dining range. It’s been beautifully photographed  for their alfresco dining promotion.

Run by the Craft Potter’s Association, of which I’ve been a selected member since 1994. It’s the only retail gallery in the whole of London that is dedicated purely to ceramics. It’s well worth a visit!

work in progress studio shot of slipware bt Sarah Monk Ceramics
Brushed teal butter dish by Sarah Monk
terracotta clay pots waiting to be decorated with slip in the studio of sarah monk ceramics
slab built butterdish work in progress in the studio of sarah monk ceramics
work in progress studio shot of slipware bowls decorated with bold brown dots by sarah monk ceramics
slab built olive plate work in progress with cobalt splatters

Potter’s Wheel Classes Re-open!

Potter’s Wheel Classes Re-open!

April saw the re-opening of our pottery classes and courses at Eastnor Pottery. So wonderful to invite people back into our studio and teach the delights of the potter’s wheel. We are fortunate to have a large studio and a beautifully decorated, bake-off style ‘Potting Tent’ marquee. Our studio is set in the rural county of Herefordshire and is a stone’s throw from the Malvern Hills and the picturesque market town of Ledbury.

The fornt door and garden full of flowers at Eastnor Pottery in the spring
the potting tent sofa with field behind
The interior of the potting tent marquee decorated with bunting and bistro tables

 

 

 

Prize Draw for the Digital Craft Festival

Prize Draw for the Digital Craft Festival

I’m doing a prize draw!

All purchases made in my shop over the weekend of the Digital Craft Festival will automatically be entered into my prize draw. The prize…. this unique commemorative jug made especially for the event! (UK p&p included)

Each item purchased is a seperate entry e.g. 2 cups means two entries!

Please take a look at my shop here! 

The Digital Craft Festival taking place from the 26th  – 28th March 2021. 

Good luck!

Sarah x

 

close up of flowers from my mum's garden in a sarah monk ceramics jug
zoom layout with digital craft festival and sarah monk ceramics
commemorative slipware jug made by sarah monk ceramics with fresh spring flowers

 

I’m also launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!

I will be posting on my Instagram over the weekend too @sarahmonkceramics

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sarah x

 

 

Clay Packages for Zoom!

Clay Packages for Zoom!

The Digital Craft Festival taking place from the 26th  – 28th March 2021. It’s a wonderful & fun filled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops and I’m doing a ‘ make along’ pottery class on zoom. I’ve just sent the first batch of clay and materials to participants… hurrah! The package includes terracotta clay, a pot of slip. some card templates and a hand made clay stamp.

Please note the deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday 22nd March, this will allow plenty of time for your clay pack to be arrive in the post.

 

pottery materials for the digital craft festival in packaging box
zoom layout with digital craft festival and sarah monk ceramics
virtual workshop advert for digital craft festival

I will show you step by step how to make your own clay bug house and you can make along with me! No previous pottery experience is required, the session will be light and lots of fun!.

You can purchase tickets for my virtual craft workshop here!

I’m also launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!

I will be posting on my Instagram over the weekend too @sarahmonkceramics

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sarah x

 

 

Fresh Designs for Spring Flowers

Fresh Designs for Spring Flowers

Spring is emerging here in Herefordshire. The primroses and daffodils are starting to come out in the Pottery garden, hurrah! So….. I have been inspired to make a collection of mini planters and flower bricks. These have been created especially for the Digital Craft Festival which will be held online on the 26th – 28th March.

These pieces are created by assembling soft slabs of terracotta clay. I gently crimp the edges together with my fingers and then decorate them with painted slips and sgraffito. They’re all unique, no two are the same!

slipware slab built flower brick in white with blue dots by sarah monk ceramics plus layout with dcf logo l
brown planter and tray with sgraffito daisies made by sarah monk ceramics, corner view
cream slipware plant pot and tray with splatters and daisies by Sarah Monk Ceramics

I’m super thrilled to be taking part in the Digital Craft Festival ! It promises to be a  funfilled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops on Instagram, Facebook and zoom. In fact, I’m taking my very own zoom class here in my studio. My virtual craft workshop  takes place on Saturday 27th March at 2pm. I will show you step by step my slab making process and you can make along with me! I can post clay if you book by the 22nd March. It will be relaxed with a strong emphasis on fun! No previous pottery experience is required. 

PLUS  the weekend provides an  opportunity to buy direct from the 150 selected designer makers websites, across all craft disciplines, from all over the world! I’m launching lots of new designs in my shop including my spring flower planters and flower bricks especially for the event!

 

 

slipware slab built mini planters with trays x3 by sarah monk ceramics with dcf logo
sea green slipware flowerbrick with x3 sgraffito daisies by sarah monk ceramics, side view
brushed dark green slipware  flower brick slab built by Sarah Monk Ceramics  with poppy seed head bouquet

I can’t wait to take part in the Digital Craft festival and I hope you can join me!

I will be posting on my Instagram over the weekend too @sarahmonkceramics

#digitalcraftfestival

Sarah x

New Designs for Digital Craft Festival

New Designs for Digital Craft Festival

Here’s some of my most recent pieces for the Digital Craft Festival. Fresh out of the kiln this week are espresso cups, plates butter dishes, lemon squeezers and egg cups. I’m very pleased with the results!

brown dotty butterdish with green polka dot handleby sarah monk ceramics
espresso cup and digital craft festival logo
lemon squeezer with brown dots by sarah monk ceramics

The Digital craft festival is an online event showcasing 150 international makers. This will include talks, demos and films. It takes place from the 26th – 28th March 2021.

 

 

shelfie of slab plant pot by sarah monk ceramics
blue and white dresser with new collection of colourful ceramics by sarah monk
teal flower brick with fresh flowers by sarah monk ceramics

As part of this event I will be running a virtual craft workshop on Saturday 27th March at 2pm. I will show you step by step how to make your own clay bug house and you can make along with me! No previous pottery experience is required.

The Digital Craft festival is going to be lots of fun and I hope you can join me!

I will be posting on my Instagram over the weekend too @sarahmonkceramics

#digitalcraftfestival

Sarah x

Digital Craft Festival

Digital Craft Festival

I’m super thrilled to be taking part in the next Digital Craft Festival taking place from the 26th  – 28th March 2021. I’ve enjoyed this event lots in the past….. it’s so lovely! A funfilled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops on Instagram, Facebook and zoom. PLUS  the opportunity to buy direct from the 150 selected designer makers, across all craft disciplines, from all over the world!

Crafts Festival founder, Sarah James spearheads the interviews in the run up and during this event. I’m really looking forward to getting involved!

work in progress studio shot of slipware bt Sarah Monk Ceramics
Digital Craft Festival Logo
terracotta clay pots waiting to be decorated with slip in the studio of sarah monk ceramics

The Digital Craft Festival is an opportunity I would ordinarily have to pass on, what with the 3.5k class participants that pass through the doors each year at Eastnor Pottery. Now the Studio is currently closed to visitors I have more time to focus on my own work. I’m launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!

 

 

slab built butterdish work in progress in the studio of sarah monk ceramics
work in progress studio shot of slipware bowls decorated with bold brown dots by sarah monk ceramics
slab built olive plate work in progress with cobalt splatters

I can’t wait to take part in the Digital Craft festival and I hope you can join me!

I will be posting on my Instagram over the weekend too @sarahmonkceramics

#digitalcraftfestival

Sarah x

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