Noodling behind the scenes…

Just a wee quickie note – we’re in the process of changing our blog theme, and some bits and pieces might not look quite right for a few days, some things may change, and hopefully most things will improve.

Bear with. 🙂


2015 Reading Challenge

Ok, so I mentioned in my last post that we were planning on doing a reading challenge this year. This is the graphic that we found (on Pinterest, I think) and we decided that, since we ditched live TV last year, this would be the year we would read more.

2015 Reading Challenge List

Our big book challenge for the year

There are a few easy ones on the list that will take care of some of the books on the bookshelf that I’ve never got round to reading, and also since Santa brought both of us Kindle Fire HDX tablets, we’re planning on reading more kindle books.

We’ve both started on our lists of which books we think will fit certain categories. For example, one that Mo bought on Kindle last year when it was on offer, but neither of us have read yet, is the trilogy by Stiegg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m quite looking forward to it, as it also ticks off a few of the list in one go: Trilogy, set in a different country, originally written in a different language, became a movie (which I haven’t seen, although Daniel Craig is on the cover).

Our rules currently allow for multiple points for one book, as above, since I don’t think either of us will have time for 50 separate books, but we’ve agreed that if we tick them all off, we’ll start looking for books that will split down the multiples on those we’ve read until we eventually have one book for each point.

My first book will be one that, technically, I started in 2014, as I downloaded Pride and Prejudice on the day I got my Kindle, and read the first chapter. It fits a few of the points too; over 100 years old, started but never finished, made into a TV series.

I loved the Pride and Prejudice BBC TV Series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, and think it’s the ultimate dramatisation of this great book, but I’m ashamed to admit that, although it’s a favourite, I’ve never actually finished reading the book, hence that’s my first one for this year.

Here’s the Kindle Version of Pride and Prejudice if you fancy reading along. The Kindle has this great add-on thing called Whispersync for Voice (for this book, it’s £0.99 although this varies), and I might get this, as it allows you to switch from reading to listening to a narrated version right from the point where you were just reading the book, and then back to reading on your Kindle or Kindle app at the point you stopped listening. Audio books are great in the studio, so I can enjoy the book and still get some clay work in too. 🙂

So, what’s on your reading list for 2015? Fancy joining us for the challenge? There’s a whole universe of books out there just waiting for us!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015.

We’re full of resolutions and big plans for the year ahead, and look forward to having you join us on the way. Mo’s been doodling her excitement about it all…

2015 New Year Doodle

Mo’s been doodling. It’s going to be a great year.

We had a lot happening in 2014, although we didn’t blog about much of it. The biggest event in the MoKa calendar, after the West End Fair in Edinburgh, was our move to a dedicated studio. The Shedio in the back garden at home was just too wee for two full time ceramicists and is now given over to Mo’s painting activities, and random crafty bits and pieces of mine, and all clay work now happens in our studio.

Historic Cultybraggan Camp

Historic Cultybraggan Camp – our new clay home

The new studio is based in Comrie, Perthshire, in the historic Cultybraggan Camp, a former WWII POW camp and latterly an MOD property used for training of, amongst other organisations, the Territorial Army and Cadet Forces. I spent many a chilly November night huddled round a pot bellied stove during TA Military Skills Training weekends there, and it’s quite bizarre that our studio is now in part of the long Nissen Hut that was formerly the Junior Ranks Dining Room! It’s a beautiful part of the country, and the camp itself is fascinating for a visit, with lots of info in the new Heritage Centre.

Our part time jobs making clay are also in the Camp, so it makes it easier to be in the studio every single day, which is good, because things are picking up and we need so many more potting hours in the day!

Here are a few pics of the inside of the studio before we managed to get settled and messy! We have three times the space we had in the Shedio, and now that the kiln and wheel are also in there, we are already complaining about needing more (some people are just never happy lol), although we do also have a separate stock storage/packing room, which keeps everything nice and dust free once it’s out of the kiln.

Empty studio

The studio with no flooring or much of anything yet

studio with shelving

Much more room to work, with dedicated clay workbench (to the right out of shot) and lots of shelving

Glazing area

A dedicated ‘clean’ area for glazing, doodling and taking photos.

So, that’s the new studio, our biggest pottery milestone of the year.

On a personal note, we also converted our Civil Partnership to Marriage, backdated to our wedding in June 2006, so we’re completely official now.

Marriage Certificate

The official piece of paper

Wedding Rings

Our gorgeous bespoke rings from Judith Kenny Jewellery

I think you’ll agree I’m not the most frequent of bloggers, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because I’m so busy doing clay stuff, I forget to stop and write about it.

So, here’s my New Year’s Resolution for 2015. I’m going to write more and I apologise in advance because this will probably mean random cat stories, pictures of our kitties, what we’re reading (we’ve got a whole book challenge thing going on in 2015, but I’ll save it for another post), what my latest unfinished knitting or crochet project is and, maybe occasionally, a note about what’s happening in the studio, or what’s new on the Etsy shop.

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple. Seasons Greetings from both of us and all the best for 2015!

I hope you’ll join us for this year, and look forward to seeing you at one of the many markets we have planned from the summer onwards.

Kath (and Mo)
Mrs & Mrs Gibson-Kelly