Last year I exhibited at craft fairs every weekend in November and found it exhausting, so this year I decided to concentrate on selling online instead. This means I have more time to spend making in the studio, and also to enjoy the season, celebrate family birthdays, make cakes and wrap presents.
This week I have been making an order of tea bowls and gaiwan for tea company Lalani and co. The gaiwan was designed in collaboration with Jameel and Nadeem Lalani when they found they burned their fingers on the traditional Chinese gaiwan, a type of lidded tea bowl. Our fusion gaiwan is more like the Japanese shiboridashi, made for brewing small amounts of high quality large leaf teas.
I also found time this week to make some personalised mugs for my son’s school teachers. I’ll glaze each mug in a different colour so they don’t get mixed up in the staff room. I often make personalised mugs to order for Not on the High Street.
I have been thinking about some new colours for next year, so have been looking at my collection of test tiles. I will be showing some new colour combinations at Maison et Objet in Paris in January.