29 June 2009

6 weeks

thanks to everyone that came to see us during the Art Trek open studios - the weather was lovely, only a little rain on sunday. We have some catching up to do now as the workshop has been the studio for 10 days so we haven't been able to start commissions yet. Luckily I could make lanterns in our house (I have had to make about 100 over the last week or so!).

Our next event is the much anticipated Welcombe Open Studios which is in 6 weeks time - we are designing the leaflet in the next week or two and all details will be online then too. This year we have about 11 different venues with 2 of them showing mixed exhibitions, so it should be a really good event agian this year. Keep checking back here and on our website for details soon.

28 June 2009

sea surfboards

our favourite surfboards around at the moment - how could anyone not like them.
love the messy resin tints - beauty in imperfection, very close to our hearts.
glenn makes his own boards these days, but if we lived in byron, I'd buy him one of these.

sea surfboards, byron bay, australia - check out their website www.seasurfboards.com

27 June 2009

only 2 days left

only 2 days left to visit us at our open studio in Welcombe - our next one isn't for another 6 weeks - so we hope to see you today or tomorrow.

only 2 days left to visit the "making a lasting impression" exhibition at Torre Abbey in Torquay - we have 2 furniture pieces in this wonderful exhibition - if you visit today or tomorrow you can also see Antony Gormley's Field for the British Isles in the Spanish Barn there.

26 June 2009

bread & pots

thursday was a busy day for us, delivering work to galleries and checking out some new places too - lots of driving about but a really lovely day. We had lunch in the very cool Town Mill Bakery in Coombe Street in Lyme Regis - a must if you are in the area and if you aren't you should go there anyway. The food is really good, very simple and rustic and served on lovely old bread boards in nice earthy ceramic bowls. Tables are long with benches so the place has a real sociable feel and we love the simplistic decor, plyboard walls, steel girders for table bases, old wooden boxes for shelving, books for you to read, just a very real kind of a place. I would have taken some pictures but wasn't sure if they would mind, but after looking at their website they say they are cool with it. Take a look at their website here.

we also stopped in at one of the other open studios taking part in art trek - the gallery at 360° based in the Old Sawmills at Filleigh near South Molten. The building and gallery space is beautiful - if you get a chance to visit them we recommend it. We especially wanted to see Jacob van der Beugel's ceramic installations and where he works now. We had seen a collection of his work at Toast in Bath and thought it was stunning. His studio is right next to the gallery so you can see quite a selection of work and a new piece he is working on too (the installation pictured is at the gallery). Other work in the exhibition includes fine furniture, glass, paintings and drawings by resident artists and guest artists. The exhibition runs until the 28th june.

24 June 2009

art trek and the country fayre

it was good to see those of you who made it to the 1st weekend of our art trek open studio - we will be open again this Friday, Saturday & Sunday (26th, 27th & 28th june) from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
We sold one of our lovely blackened oak console tables (we kept pyewacket) but we still have plenty of furniture & accessories on show including our cornish slate and reclaimed oak dining table with benches. It has been greatly admired and we have a special reduced price for it for the open studios, so come along this weekend and take a look.

The Old Smithy Inn Country Fayre on Saturday night was another great success (we are so lucky to live so close to the lovely pub and to the beach!). Great music from a bunch of lovely people - Stuart did a nice mellow set, Jack and Gary played an acoustic set of their new material which was very different from their bands stuff but we loved it, and The Sum Of were amazingly good unplugged. It was good to catch up with friends we hadn't seen for a while.

Hope to see you this weekend at the studio.

open studio: well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg

15 June 2009

art trek open studio

we will be open til 6pm on saturday 20th june.

we are taking part in this years Art Trek Open Studios, as part of the North Devon Festival, which sees artists all across North Devon opening their studios to visitors for two succsssive weekends. We will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on the 19th, 20th & 21st and then again on the 26th, 27th & 28th june.

We will have lots of furniture including our beautiful oak edge & cornish slate dining table and a range of accessories: mirrors from £15, lanterns at £10 & £12.50, clocks from £60, our very popular bread boards from £15 and a couple of pieces of furniture at reduced prices especially for the open studio event.

We live and work in an old converted barn in Welcombe on the coast at the border of North Devon and North Cornwall - Welcombe Mouth beach is just down the track, there are beautiful woodland and coastal walks, and our great local pub, The Old Smithy Inn, is 150 yards from our house, so perfect for lunch or dinner if you come to visit us. Paul Jenner's photography studio will also be open in Welcombe, so don't forget to visit him too.
And Welcombe Pottery is right opposite The Old Smithy Inn, just up the track from us. There will be plenty of signs to find us.

The pub is having a Country Fayre on the 20th with pony rides for kids, a bbq and live music from 3 bands - so come and see us at the studio and then join us at the pub from 6pm.

hope to see you soon, sammy & glenn.

open studio: well barn, well farm, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
19th, 20th & 21st and 26th, 27th & 28th june - 10.30am to 4.30pm.

14 June 2009

sunshine & sleep

we seem to be a little more rested now after 2 shows in a row - a day of catching up in our vegetable garden, a well deserved surf and falling asleep in the sunshine was exactly what we needed.
thanks to everyone that came to see us at Exeter this weekend - details of our 2 june open studios coming very very soon.

10 June 2009

exeter craft festival

we will be at the Exeter Craft Festival this friday & saturday (12th & 13th june) on the Cathedral Green. We are stand number 96, next to the lovely Laurel Keeley again this year - her work is beautiful (see below) and her stand always looks so good. There will be about 100 makers from Devon at the show, with entertainment for kids too. Wish us sunshine & come and see us.



9 June 2009


thankyou to everyone that came to see us at The Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey, especially those who braved the awful weather on Saturday! Thankfully Sunday was sunny and felt a little more like summer again and the Fair was really busy. We had a great show - our new reclaimed oak mirrors sold straight away and our chopping boards and little cornish slate mirrors are nearly all gone too. We have a busy few days now making more for the Exeter Craft Festival which is this Friday & Saturday! (more details in a little while).

as promised, here are some of our favourites from the show, enjoy.

we totally fell in love with claire's amazing ceramic heads, especially "moody blue" and "maybe it's maybelline". It was claire's first time exhibiting at the show and it was lovely to meet her

website: http://www.claireloder.co.uk/
blog: http://www.claireloder.blogspot.com/

we met Teresa at last years show and loved her work. Her stand looked stunning again this year and we loved the deckchairs she had on display. She has an online shop on her website now so do take a look.

website: http://www.teresagreen.co.uk/

it was great to see Katrin again this year at the show - we bought a beautiful little jug from her this time which took us ages to choose because all of her work is so lovely.

website: http://www.katrinmoye.com/

we thought Gary Allson's work was beautiful. His plates and bowls were displayed perfectly, very minimal and it worked so well. We didn't see any of the utensils, unfortunately, so we'll have to catch up with him at another show.

website: http://www.garyallson.co.uk/

If you didn't make it to the show, you can still take a look at all the makers websites on The Contemporary Craft Fair website - http://www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/

6 June 2009

1 day left

tomorrow is the last day of The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey - if you haven't been to see us yet, we hope you can make it. It was a little rainy today, to say the least!, but the forecast for tomorrow is looking alot better. The show has been really good for us so far and there are some great stands as usual - Glenn and I have seen so many things we would like to buy. We have already bought a piece of Ramp's beautiful new work. We shall probably do a post next week of more of our favourites from the show.

hope to see you tomorrow - bring wellies and an umbrella, just incase

sammy & glenn