#MarchMeetTheMaker

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Hello! Sorry I have been a bit quiet on here, the reason is I’ve been taking part in an Instagram challenge for the month of March. I just completed it yesterday and thought for those of you who didn’t know about it, you might like to read about it here. The Tag was created by @joannehawker and the purpose of the challenge was to share the process of being a maker and to learn more about me and my business.

It’s a bit of a long read so you might want to put the kettle on?! Also, it might be easier if you just view on my Instagram, which you can find here @teawithjud Happy reading!

The #MarchMeetTheMaker Instagram Challenge

Day 1 : Favourite to make

Day 2 : How you started

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#marchmeetthemaker HOW YOU STARTED I like to call it a blessing in disguise but Tea with Jud materialised after a skiing accident in 2013. I worked 3 winter seasons in The Alps in France and I absloutely loved it, but I put my skiing career into jeopardy when I tore my ACL and Meniscus in my left knee. I had been saving money to put towards my business for years but didnt have the confidence to start it. When I returned home whilst waiting for my knee operation I started writing my business plan and thought “it’s now or never”! I bought a second hand kiln and potters wheel from gumtree. My mum and dad very kindly bought me a garden shed to start my very first pottery workshop, and so it began… Going further back though, my first ever clay project was a slab built teapot, based on a daffodil. I made it in Ballymena Tech where I studied Art & Design about 20 years ago. I later did a foundation course which led me onto University where I studied 3D Design, specialising in ceramics. If you haven’t fallen asleep yet reading the above I will elaborate about uni on day 14. It is funny though how good things come out of really bad times. I’m so glad I took the opportunity to start my business when I did, otherwise I’d probably still be in the snow park practising my 360 and failing miserably! Photo 1 – La Plagne Photo 2 – My shed #teawithjud #potter #pottery #ceramics #ceramicist #ceramicdesign #smallbusiness #business #selfemployed #howistarted #independent #meetthemaker #maker #creative #handmade #laplagne #workshop #meetthemaker2019 #rattray #blairgowrie #perthshire #scotland

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Day 3 : Flatlay

Day 4 : Tools & materials

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#marchmeetthemaker TOOLS & MATERIALS These tools are vital for my making. I have many tools for different processes. I would not be able to achieve the same precison and quality of work without them. I get very attached to certain tools. I have broken 3x potters knives recently. You wear them in and they are perfect for a while, but then they always wear away or break with constant use. I hate starting a new one because it’s not the same…similar to a new pair of converse. I use a white stoneware clay sourced from England and I mix up my own glazes (except for my red glaze). I would never usually post a picture like this as it strays away from my usual bright colourful theme. #teawithjud #potter #pottery #ceramics #ceramicdesign #design #workshop #tools #meetthemaker #maker #selfemployed #smallbusiness #handmadeisbest #rattray #blairgowrie #perthshire #scotland

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day 5 : Detail or close up

How is it February already?

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Hello! It feels like it’s been ages since I said hello properly! I hope you are enjoying 2019 so far? I had a great 2 week break from the hermit zone, but since returning to work in January it feels like I have never been away. January was a very cold month, but yesterday it was a delightful 14 degrees in the workshop! Woohoo! Spring is on its way. So, I have been busy making lots of pots to restock the website, Independent Zebra and Marchmont Gallery in Edinburgh, and I am also very happy to have some work back in Sunshine No.1 in Glasgow. I am completing some other shop orders which will be ready soon, and thinking about some new products and designs. Exciting!

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Competition! # Now Closed #

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Grey & Gold Cup

This competition is now closed.

This year out of curiosity I have been keeping a record of how many pots I’ve made. If you would like to have a guess how many pieces I’ve made in total, since the start of the year, you could WIN a Limited Edition Grey & Gold Tea Set.

All you have to do to enter is comment below with the number of pots you think I’ve made, and tell me the person you would like to share a pot of tea with, if you win!

Simple.

Grey & Gold Tea Set

The prize includes 1x Teapot, 1x Jug, 2x Cups and 1x Small Bowl, all from the Limited Edition Collection.

T&C’s:
1. You can only enter via my Website, Facebook and Instagram, 1 entry per person
2. First correct guess WINS. If no one guesses the correct answer, the person with the closest answer will be the winner.
3. In the event of 2 or more correct guesses, the name will be chosen at random.
4. UK winning entry will receive free postage of prize
5. International winning entry must pay half of the postage fee.
6. Competition closes on 23rd December at 6pm
7. Winner will be notified after closing date and must agree to P&P terms (if applicable). Prize will be posted in January 2019.
8. If winner is not contactable within 7 days of notification, Tea with Jud reserves the right to chose the next closest answer.

Good Luck!

PS – today is the last day of my online orders for guaranteed Christmas Delivery.

Ciao!


This competition is now closed.

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Pink Polka Dot Small Mug

Hello,

Things are starting to wind down a little bit here. I cannot believe I have nearly made it to the end of this year. At some points I never thought I would! I’m feeling very excited about getting a good break from my workshop and having a rest.

But before that, there are just a few things I’d like to tell you… If you wish to place an order online and make the last post in time for Christmas (18th December) you need to do it by 17th December. Any orders placed after that will not be processed until Monday 7th January 2019.

This year lots of my friends and even people I don’t know have been donating bubble wrap, boxes and all sorts of packaging to me. Sometimes I arrive home to a pile of bubble wrap sitting at my door! Thank you to all of you who have done so. It is so thoughtful, helpful and always so useful. Also, thank you to Number Thirty One in Blairgowrie for saving me all your newspapers. If you want to unload your empty boxes and packaging to me next year I will happily take it off your hands.

Mugs & Plate

I’d also like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has bought pottery from me, my website or any of my stockists. My business wouldn’t work without you, and I am very grateful for your custom.

To show my appreciation I will be having a special Christmas Competition! Keep an eye out next week if you fancy your chance at winning some of the very popular Grey and Gold Limited Edition Collection!

If possible I will also try and add a few more of the *SOLD OUT* mugs to my online shop, in time for last orders, fingers crossed I get them out of the kiln in time!!!

Finally, if you still are in need of some of my pottery, or even just want to come and look at my fabulous sink, my last 2 markets of the year are –

Urban Market
Date: Sunday 16th December
Time: 11am – 5pm
Place: West Ward Works, Dundee

Urban Market
Date: Sunday 23rd December
Time: 12 noon – 5pm
Place: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

Phew. That’s if for now.
Cheerio.

Christmas Markets Marathon!

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Hello there!

The festive season is upon us and the time has come for me to wrap up my pots and pack them into my car and, drive to a market near you perhaps, set up a lovely display, sell some pots (hopefully) take down my display, pack up my pots, drive home and then unpack my car again. This is going to be my routine for the next 5 weekends! Oh my word, I’m tired just thinking about it, but that is the reason I have taken residence in my workshop the past few months! I did it all for you, ha ha!

First up is Perthshire Creates Design Market in Perth.

I will be bringing lots of pottery, some tea cosies and I have just had a fresh batch of Bags and Tea Towels printed. I have a small amount to give away free with purchases over £40. This promotional offer applies to my upcoming markets and web sales while stocks last. They will be available to buy from my website next week too!

More Tea with Jud outings before Christmas will be in Dundee, Fife and Glasgow – you can check out where I will be here .Hopefully I will see you somewhere along the way!

Cheerio for now.
jud

All that glitters is not gold, but sometimes it is

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Grey & Gold Butter Dish

Hello there!

I’m sure it’s very obvious that I like colour, and lots of it, but I also like a bit of sparkle too.

I have wanted to incorporate some glitz into my pottery for a while and have been doing lots of experiments to come up with a design that works across my product range. I am so excited to reveal my Grey & Gold Limited Edition Collection.

Grey & Gold Small Bowls

The grey glaze is is an unusual colour choice for me but it is so subtle and I think the gold dots really enhance the whole pot. It feels very sophisticated! I love it and I hope you do too!

This Limited Edition will only be available to buy from my website. You can view the full Collection here.

Until next time,
jud

*Microwave or Dishwasher is not recommended*

Tea Cosy with Jud

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Hello!

In case you are wondering, day 26 of hermit mode is going well, I have lots of pieces made and am in the middle of a glaze-a-thon getting ready for my first seasonal market next week with Tea Green Events at Kibble Palace in Glasgow. It will be nice to see some fellow humans and escape the workshop for a day!

Turquoise Tea Cosy

You may remember I once said I was designing and knitting a range of Tea Cosies? That feels like such a long time ago now… because it was a long time ago! Sometimes things take a while to materialise, but I am happy to tell you they are finally here! Woo!

They are all hand knit and will keep your tea lovely and warm while it brews. It is the perfect way to complete your tea set and compliment your Tea Pot. You can view the full range here

Red Heart Magnet

I have also been making some cute Heart Magnets for your kitchen. Choose your favourite colour and jazz up your fridge!

Last but not least, some **Top Secret** news – Tea with Jud will be launching a Limited Edition Range  in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for that. I best get back to it,

Cheerio for now!
jud

Workshop Hermit

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First Pottery Workshop

Hello!

Three years ago today I moved from Northern Ireland to Scotland. I had never stepped foot in Blairgowrie until the day I got here. It was a huge leap of faith, and I’m glad to say that even though it has not always been easy, I love it here. I have embraced lots of new opportunities and set up a knitting group, Knitty Gritty. Through that I have met so many lovely new friends and creative people. My business has grown so much since moving and I can’t wait to see where it is in another 3 years time.

Before I wish all my years away though, I have to get through the next few months! Yes, you all know what’s coming! I am in preparation for Workshop Hermit Mode. Don’t expect to see me until a market somewhere in November! You can check out what events I am doing – here

I will also be adding more stock to the website soon, thank you for your patience.

Right… to the workshop and do not delay!
Cheerio for now.
jud

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

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Perthshire Open Studios

Goodmorning

Well, what can I say, I have had the most incredible week at my workshop for Perthshire Open Studios. Thank you so much to all my visitors who came from near and far, and to those who even came back twice!

Homemade Raspberry Caramel Cake

My helpers, Lucy and Suz were amazing. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. I’ve talked so much my  brain gone to mush so I will be taking a few days to recover and then i’ll be back at It, completing my shop orders, updating the website etc…

Yellow Zone

Thank you again, I hope you all enjoy using your new pots, you have all made my year!

Jud