kiln me softly

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Hello!

Some of you will already know the issues I’ve been having with my kiln. It’s not been firing right for ages and despite endless attempts to fix it we still can’t figure out the problem. It has taken up all my time and energy, and I did not have anything positive to say about anything, hence having zero presence on social media recently. There have been many tears. It’s been a VERY frustrating time and my patience has been pushed to the limit.

Claustrophobic workshop!

I can’t run my business without a kiln, and with the clock ticking faster towards Christmas, I had no choice but to order a new one. It is arriving today (fingers crossed!!!). If I work like an absolute maniac then I might be able to fire and glaze all the pots that I have been making over the past 2 months in time for Christmas. My shelves are so full I feel a bit claustrophobic in the workshop!

It really is the worst timing and unfortunately due to the backlog of work I won’t be able to take on any special commissions (apart from the ones that have already been ordered). Also, website sales cannot be guaranteed for Christmas either, but of course I will try my best. Your best bet of getting some Tea with Jud Pottery is either buying it direct from me at one of the following markets – Kibble PalaceThe Handmade Show Perth, Pitlochry Christmas FestivalAbernyte Brewery Christmas Market, Summerhall, Urban Market – see my diary for dates.

I do realize that is not ideal for anyone outside of Scotland so please feel free to contact me directly before you place your order online and I will be able to give you a better idea of when you will receive it.

Bowls

You can also shop at any of my stocksits, but bear in mind they are also waiting patiently for their deliveries!!! Arrghhh, what a palaver!

Thanks to everyone who has tried to help me sort this out, my family and friends for listening to me drone on and on and on about my kiln, anyone who has seen me and put up with my sad face, Rachel for the use of your kiln, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without Ulster Ceramics, and Callum, the electrician! So thank you all!

This morning I am waiting in anticipation for my new kiln to arrive, then the electrician and then there will be no stopping me. Sure there is nothing like a bit of pressure? I just hope I have some pots to sell on Saturday at Kibble Palace…

6 Responses to “kiln me softly”

  1. Karen October 30, 2017 at 7:42 am Permalink

    When is kibill palace craft fair

    Karen

    • Jud October 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm Permalink

      Hi Karen, there are a few dates before Christmas, but i will be there this Saturday, 4th November from 10am – 4pm

  2. Becky October 30, 2017 at 8:21 am Permalink

    Stay positive Jud! Glad to hear you have a new kiln on the way 🙂 thinking of you and your pots! xx

    • Jud October 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm Permalink

      Thank you Becky! When it’s all sorted i will be able to get your new house warming present in the post!

  3. Steven Tolson October 30, 2017 at 9:03 am Permalink

    Even a talented person like you Jud cannot work without the tools. I hope all goes well with your new equipment. When you next have to make heavy financial investment you might want to explore crowd funding. Given your fan based customers you might find this is easier than you think. Brewdog has been the leader in crowd funding and they managed to get their customers to subscribe because they believed in the product. I think your customers might just do the same. All the best. ST

    • Jud October 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm Permalink

      Hi Steven, thank you very much. And thanks for the crowdfunding suggestion. I did consider it, but due to time, or lack of it, i just needed to be sure i could get a kiln here before Christmas! I will definitely consider it for future projects. I’ll have to think of some good rewards!

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