Online Shop Opening - A Preview

These past two months have been dedicated to a whole lot of making, mainly for our next online shop, which opens at 7pm (UK time) next Wednesday 24th April.

In case you’re wondering what this is all about - some time ago we decided to open our online shop every couple of months and have it closed the remainder of the time. It sounds a little confusing at first, but actually it’s all about simplification. For us, the workload involved in maintaining, replenishing and fulfilling orders on an online shop which is always open was just too high and was distracting us from making. So this model, which many makers and potters also use, means that we spend dedicated time making a selection of pieces, opening it on a certain date and hopefully selling the pieces in a relatively short space of time, giving us time for packaging and posting. It has changed the way our studio functions completely. So thank you!

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Inspiration from Elbulli’s 23 Points

Over the weekend Matt and I spent some time doing ‘life-admin’ including decluttering old files and filing away newer documents. All a bit dull, but, the reason I even mention it on here is that we came across newspaper clippings, photocopies and other miscellaneous items which we’d filed away for safe keeping some years ago and completely forgotten about. On two folded sheets of A4 we came across ‘Elbulli’s philosophy’ - 23 points identified and written down in 2005 by, I imagine, Ferran Adrià (and team). I’m guessing Elbulli needs little introduction, but if so, see here.

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The art of being slow and calm (in a fast paced world)

This week has been all about trying to keep things simple, both at home and in the studio. With just the two of us making everything, running the business, and doing all the things at home to keep our house running, the art of simplicity is key. And I do think it’s an art, particularly when you have young children.

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