Little Birds Market on Mothering Sunday 10th March

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We will be returning to the fabulous Little Birds Market upstairs at Sloans in Glasgow on Sunday 10th March 2013.

Since this also happens to be Mothering Sunday in the UK, why not bring your mum along (or have your kids bring you along) for some lovely gift shopping from wonderful makers. It’s also just a couple of weeks before Easter weekend and we’ll have some cheeky Easter Chicks available too.

While you’re there, Sloans do some lovely meals and, on the first floor, you can even have a fantastic vintage style Afternoon Tea.

Sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day treat to me.

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New year, new pots

We’ve had quite an extended break over the holiday period. Some of it was recharging and some dealing with family stuff, but we’re back on the pottery train and raring to go.

I got myself back on my potter’s wheel this week. Last time was almost four years ago, and before that, my last bulk period of throwing was in 2004, so quite a long time. I was assured (by someone who doesn’t throw) that it was probably like riding a bike (in that they both have wheels?) and that it would all come flooding back to me.

Well, two days in the studio has produced 23 pieces of thrown work, trimmed and ready to fire. For a production potter, this would be an hour or two’s work, but I’m not that person 😉 and don’t do ‘mass produced’ anything. I’m rather pleased with this first foray back to throwing after such a long time only hand-building and I’m sure it’s the start of a long and happy reunion with my wheel.

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In other news, MoKa Pottery is now signed up for the Forth Valley Open Studios event in June, where we will open the studio to the public for a 9-day stretch. It’s exciting and terrifying in equal measure but we’re really looking forward to it.

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Also this year, we’ve got a few more ‘Little Birds’ markets planned as we had such a lovely time at the November one and made lots of lovely new friends and we caught up with a few old ones, including a couple I hadn’t seen in 22 years!

We may do a few other markets later in the year but our main focus will be the open studios event in the summer where we will feature lots of lovely pottery and also some of Mo’s fab paintings.

Looking forward to 2013 and all the new challenges it will bring.