Exciting new developments

I’m going to make a midsummer resolution to stop apologising for lack of blog posts…. And actually start writing more blog posts!

It’s been a turbulent time (personally) for us over the last two years and MoKa Pottery has suffered a wee bit because of it. But I’m pleased to say that things are starting to even out and we have some big changes on the way.

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The main change is that, since Mo has now given up her full time job, we are now both fully committed to MoKa Pottery as our main business. This will hopefully free up time, head space and energy to allow us to develop the studio as a business, do more promotion, create more stock and generally ‘up our game’. It will give us time and space to grow, to develop creative themes and to hopefully improve our creative offering. It may not provide us with a great income, and initially we’ll both keep part-time jobs to help towards household costs, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction for both of us.

In conjunction with the development of MoKa Pottery, we will be launching a new venture, MoKa Creative, which will be an outlet for paintings and other non-clay creations. More news on this to follow soon.

We hope you’ll stick around to see where we take this, and enjoy the ride!

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.