For the past twelve months I have had two big projects on my plate; project managing my house renovations which will include my new ceramic studio (eek! so excited!!) at the same time as setting up my ceramic business. The later is now complete but obviously the work continues, to grow my new venture and build on what I have achieved so far. It has been hard work, but I have enjoyed every minute of it and I am extremely proud of what I have done. I guess as I am a creative person I have been in my element in creating my business and brand, setting things up just how I want them to be.
At the start of this journey, working with my mentor I wrote a business plan setting out my short, medium and long-term plans. Thus, over the past few weeks I have been looking back at this blueprint and seeing what steps I need to put in place to get me to the next point. With this in mind, I travelled to Preston on Wednesday to attend UCLAN’s postgraduate open day and took advantage of checking out their ceramic department and facilities. I was lucky enough to bump into a couple of students who shared their experiences which helped me cement a few things in my own mind. To say I was impressed with the set up there would be an understatement. So, I have decided to study for a Masters Degree in Ceramics, possibly starting next year. The renovations on the house should be complete by then, fingers crossed, which means my full attention will be on soaking up all that knowledge to help me progress my business in the direction I want to take it. Although it is awhile off yet, time I’m sure will fly. I can’t wait for the adventure to start.
This weekend has been a busy one as I have been demonstrating again at the Barrow Society of Artists exhibition as well as submitting pieces for an exhibition of the Lake Artists Society in Grasmere. For the demonstration I tried out a new clay body which was a textured black clay. It was easy to use, not as gritty as I was expecting given the pictures I had seen of the fired finish. My only dilemma is how to glaze them as I usually only use white clays in my work as it helps to make the glazes pop. I guess I am honing my researching and testing skills early as they will be needed for my degree course. I hope to hear shortly if I have been selected to exhibit at the Lake Artists Society which runs from the end of July until the beginning of September and will update my website accordingly. Founded in 1904 the society has elected membership limited to 45 artists residing in the English Lake District, but the summer exhibition is open to non-members and attracts over 10,000 visitors.
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely spell of weather we are having in the UK, I know I am so I’m off to get myself an ice cream. See you all soon.