Saturday, 25 February 2017

Next Workshop

So my next workshop has 2 places left if you would like to make a mini hare click the link below 


Come and have a play in stoneware to create your own mini hare, cat, dog or other creature you would like to make. In this short workshop you will learn how to model your very own mini stylised animal in stoneware using traditional techniques in clay with underglaze, slips and oxides for decoration.

2 hours 2-4pm March 18th at Higherford Mill.
Bring an apron and your imagination :-)
£40 each ages: 16 +
max places 5

After March I am putting up the prices for the workshops to £45 and adding an extra 30 minutes for finishing. The next workshop will be an extra special one.....

Mothers Day Special Mini hare Workshop March 26th 2017


Come and have a play in clay to create your own mini hare with your 'Mum'* for mothers day.  We will have tea and cake and a small posy of flowers to begin the workshop & you will learn together how to model your very own mini stylised animal in stoneware using traditional techniques in clay, underglaze, slips & oxides.
*Mum or other special person you would normally celebrate the day with
£85 FOR TWO PEOPLE

clinck for more details  

April 15th Mini hare clay Workshop 2017


Come and have a play in stoneware to create your own mini hare. In this short workshop you will learn how to model your very own mini stylised animal in stoneware using traditional techniques in clay with underglaze, slips and oxides for decoration.
*extended by half an hour to give more time to finish your creations

Click for details


May 20th Mini hare clay Workshop 2017

Come and have a play in stoneware to create your own mini hare. In this short workshop you will learn how to model your very own mini stylised animal in stoneware using traditional techniques in clay with underglaze, slips and oxides for decoration.
*extended by half an hour to give more time to finish your creations

 Click for details
 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Workshop dates early 2017

So I am running a few half day workshops 2-4pm on Saturdays in the next few months gaining ideas and also interest in maybe an evening class too. The first one in January is full which is great it's a mini hare workshop so I have scheduled another one in March.
Some people asked if they could make something else so I have said and 'other creatures' if you give me an idea of something you would like to make then I can have a think before hand. 
Here are a few photos from the last mini hare workshop they were very quiet concentrating really hard to achieve their hare and they all fired really well too. I put the whiskers in after the firing and all were pleased with their hare and couldn't believe they survived! Oh yee of little faith! 








So there are a few of places left on the Mini Hare and other creatures workshop on 
March 18th 2-4pm at Higherford Mill, Gisburn Road, Barrowford, Lancashire, BB9 6JH 
you can pay on the day or click the link below but you need to contact me for booking to make sure there are places left. 
email info@juliemiles.co.uk or via my Facebook page


Now there is a porcelain workshop too in February but no booking as yet is that half term? 

Images from Decembers t-light workshops.







If you are interested and the dates don't suit you please get in touch and we can maybe look at changing to a date that's more suitable for all.  We can make tiles, t lights or wall hangings I was going to leave it open for people to make a choice but if you feel they need more direction please do let me know I am happy to organise a more prescriptive workshop so go on have a think and let me know what you fancy doing. 

You just need a apron and your lovely selves and we will have fun promise :-) 

dates again 

Jan 14th 2 -4pm Mini hares FULL
Feb 18th 2- 4 pm Porcelain Spaces available 
March 18th 2 - 4pm Mini hares and other creatures - spaces available 

all at Higherford Mill 
Gisburn Road, Barrowford, Lancashire BB9 6JH
(if you use a sat nav carry on for 50 yrds more and we are on your left towards Blacko).
Car parking is passed the mill towards Blacko behind the Malt Kiln,
first right passed the Old Bridge Inn along a cobbled driveway. 


 




 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year 2016 Review (in pics of course)


Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all survived the festivities well and are raring to go this new year. Well it is customary for me to do a review of the last year so here goes it's been a mixed one I can tell you. 
So we started with a few new pieces including Alan the Bluetit above. 
There's been a good few new pieces of work made this year I have had fun to be honest. 
Weasels, cows, nuthatches and treecreepers and a good range of 
new porcelain too including vases and earrings.

Lord Weasington Popgoes


 

There was a few dogs in there too including Monteeeee who went to his forever home at Christmas bless him and is now called Rufus! 

We had a sad April as our beloved Charlie dog left us after only 5 years. He was a rescue and we were his 3rd and final home. He was loved, adored and spoilt rotten too. We were so proud and honoured to be in his pack.





We then had a few schools projects, good fun was had
(I'm trying not to be sad at this point so I am chivving myself on)

The BFG landed in a school on Preston 


BFG

And then a full two weeks in a school making their values in clay and a mosaic with the infants 


We get to the summer with my 3rd year at RHS Tatton Flower Show with some new pieces



with Trevor the Tree creeper





New Displays too


And a small accident left me with a pot on my leg for a few weeks!


I also worked on A Stirring Tale with the NFWI dipping spoons with the rather fabulous Clare Spender which will be exhibited in February at Salisbury Museum. 
I also attended a number of more local Fairs including 
Scorton & Lytham Hall with Hopeful & Glorious 

With the lovely Wendy Clark(no E) 
There were a number of fabulous workshops and also a few really well attended Open Studios events too. All making for a rather good year all round (except for Charlie dog of course!)

This brings us right up to now and I will be working on new ideas, new animals and bird sculptures and hopefully some fabulous workshop participants details to follow soon! 

My festive season was spent with family, the other half and friends and a bit of
beach combing on New Years Day.



New years day finds




Also this November we bit the bullet and decided to adopt as a family this wonderful creature. Shannon the 14 month old lurcher cross. She is quite adorable and is settling in well after being in kennels all her life. She is a sweetheart so all things so far are doing well. *crosses fingers


hmmm looking like butter wouldn't melt after running off with my knitting wool



So new dates for workshops if you would like to learn a new skill or refresh an old one.

New shows to look forward to including Countryfile Live in June 

And hopefully more regular updates, new work and more workshops 
hope this finds you all well and looking forward to an exciting new year as I am signing off to make a brew and contemplate tidying the studio! 

Happy New Year!






I have sneaked back to just add my last commission of 2016 which was a Christmas present it was good fun to make and I am working next week with a class of Year 3s to create their own mythical creatures too I am quite excited :-)



Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Autumn Updates

Well it's been a little bit hectic here lately.

I am currently working on 'A Stirring Tale' with the 
National Crafts Officer for the WI Claire Spender
dipping spoons in porcelain for an exhibition
at Salisbury Museum next year.

Knitted spoons

knitted and sewn spoons

working on a number of commissions some I can't show you yet
but this one has been delivered to a very pleased customer

cat urn in stoneware and porcelain slip

running a couple of workshops
the next one Porcelain Christmas Decorations is on
3rd Dec booking details are here - Book now

mini hare workshops
mini hare workshop
 making sample dragons for a Myths and Legends workshop this January with Y3 


and off to a weekend fair at Lytham Hall with Hopeful & Glorious


but in the middle of all that running about.....
today I am looking after our new family member Shannon! 



She is a rescue from the RSPCA East Lancashire branch. Her mum is a cruelty case which was just concluded with the previous owner getting a prison sentence. She was rescued with her 9 wk old pups, Shannon and Tommy her brother who were looked after at Althams RSPCA.
My Mum & Dad went to look for a small, quiet, house trained little dog but Shannon was off out for a walk with one of the staff when they arrived and they just took one look at her big brown doleful eyes and promptly fell in love! 
Shes a lurcher cross with a bull terrier we were told but since some people have mentioned she looks like a border collie. She is very loving and likes a cuddle but still needs house training and can be spooked by anything and everything having spent all of her life in kennels.  

So as much as we love and miss Charlie and no one can replace our special boy we are blessed with the character that is Shannon the lurcher! 

counter surfing


She is absolutely beautiful wish us luck!