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!

Making and creating is such a big part of my life and I love hand making all sorts of presents for my friends and family. For Christmas I made some hanging planters as gifts and those who got them were delighted, those who didn’t were disappointed. I needed to rectify this so made some more when I got back to the workshop. They were so popular I thought I would make a small batch to see if you guys liked them too. I am considering doing them in all my colour ranges, but at the moment they are just available in the Grey & Gold Limited Edition Collection. Please let me know what you think.

My aims for this year are pretty much the same as every other year, work hard but take one day off a week, and actually stick to it! I always start the year with such great intentions but the day off soon goes out the window. When you work from home it’s so easy to get sucked back into the workshop but this year I’m going to TRY MY HARDEST! So that might mean less time for blogging, but don’t worry, any important news will be on here and I will always keep you up to date through social media.

*IMPORTANT NEWS* I am very pleased to tell you that I will be exhibiting at both Potfest Scotland and Potfest in the Pens. It’s a good bit away yet so I will remind you nearer the time!

As you can see revamping the website is under way and I hope it will be finished soon. You are still able to shop as normal and the web shop is well stocked. I hope you like the new look and find it easy to use.

Cheerio for now!

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.

Info you might like to know

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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

Perthshire Open Studios 2018

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Hello there!

I can’t believe the summer has gone so fast and now it’s time for Perthshire Open Studios, 2018!

Tartan Caledonia Window Display

This year Tea with Jud is Venue 10 on the ORANGE route. Look out for the orange signs! My workshop will be open from 10am – 5pm daily, from 1st – 9th September. You can expect the usual welcome…a happy Jud and a barking dog to greet you! I assure you though, Albert is very friendly. Tea, coffee and home baking will be available, as well as a huge selection of seconds!

Tea with Jud Pottery

Coinciding with Open Studios this year is the Leslie Street Arts Trail. Along with other participating artists and makers, we will be decorating the windows of some local businesses in Blairgowrie. I have taken over Tartan Caledonia’s shop window, and If you pop in there you can also try out some weaving with Ashleigh.

During Open Studios there is such a buzz about the place and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the makers and see where the creativity happens in sheds, barns and workshops across Perthshire. I hope you get to experience it and hopefully I will see you at my workshop too!

jud.