2022

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Hello, this year seems to be going faster than ever! I just wanted to give you and update of what has happened so far and my plan for the rest of the year.

As you know I have been in search of the perfect work life balance for some time and I feel that this is the first year that everything is working a whole lot better for me. I no longer feel guilty for taking the weekend off! Hopefully I can keep it up, but there are still certain times when a lot of extra hours are needed, a compromise that has to be made due to the nature of self employment.

This summer has been really busy, I have been working on lots of customer orders and new products; Big Bowls, Big Dishes, Berry Bowls and Spoon Rests.

I have also been developing some new glaze designs. If you follow me on social media, you will be aware of the issues I am having with my mint stain (my supplier changed their supplier). They have been really helpful trying to rectify the problem and find a replacement, but it is not straight forward. For now the future of my Pastel and Golden Dreamscape ranges are uncertain. Everything I have in stock is for sale on the website, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. However, I haven’t completely given up hope yet, so I will keep my fingers crossed and do as many glaze tests as possible to find a replace-mint stain!

Earlier in the year I developed an orange glaze, something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have done so many experiments but so far I am only keen on one design. It complements the Golden Dreamscape collection beautifully, and is called Golden Azalea. I really love how the colours work together. At the moment this will not be available online, but I will be taking it to Strathmore Open Studios with me next weekend to see how it fares.

Strathmore Open Studios is running from Friday 26th to Monday 29th August. Please note I will not at my workshop, but I will be exhibiting at Mains of Rattray with 7 other fantastic artists and makers. There will be Ceramics, Textiles, Art, activities and tea, coffee and cake, of course!

Potfest Scotland in June was amazing this year. I was so happy with my display and I even entered the competition for the first time. The theme was “Rooted in the past, planted in the present”. My entry was based on my love for knitting, something that is rooted in my past , and will always be in my present. It was a great challenge, making a sculptural piece using the hand building technique instead of throwing. It took me a little out of my comfort zone but I absolutely loved making it.

I will be taking it with me for my competition entry at Potfest in the Pens at the end of October! The next few months will be busy working towards that. Then, I am aiming to restock the website in time for Christmas, early December. There still may be no Dreamscapes then, but there will be plenty of Grey & Gold and hopefully some bells and candle stick holders!

Cheerio for now,

Enjoy the rest of the summer
Jud

Shop update, new products & Christmas post!

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Hello everyone, I have great news, the web shop has finally been restocked!

Some items are already low in stock (because subscribers get a heads up) but there is still a big selection of products and colours to choose from so I hope you find something that you love! I have some gorgeous new beaker jugs and whisking bowls! I really hope you like them as much as I do. If you do miss out on the piece you want, make sure you subscribe to Tea with Jud so you don’t miss out next time.

I will be wrapping your orders and dropping them off at the Post Office daily. I’m hoping this will ensure safe arrival in time for Christmas.* The last orders I will be processing before Christmas need to be placed by 12 noon on Friday 17th December for last post on 18th December. I will then be out of the workshop, so any orders placed after this time will not be processed until 3rd January 2022, the disadvantage of being a 1 woman business!

You will notice an increase in postage prices. This is mainly due to parcels going missing and getting delayed recently. To combat this, I have decided to post everything Special Delivery as it can be recorded every step of the way and should arrive with you the following day. I know it is more expensive, but my aim is to keep my customers happy by making sure orders arrive, and also save myself lots of unnecessary stress and work, therefore keeping me happy too!

Thank you to anyone who donated some boxes and packaging. Its great to be able to reuse it all. Also, if you took part in any of my Random Act of Kindness competitions this year, thankyou. It’s been really heart-warming to read all your nominations. Keep an eye out for the last competition very soon!

Many, many, many thanks for your continued support.

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas when it comes.

Bye for now!

Jud

*Please bear in mind, there may be some delays as there is a high volume of parcels within Royal Mail at this time of year, and maybe some staff shortages due to you know what.

Latest News & Sale!

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Hello!

Since my last clay delivery arrived, I have been on an extremely busy making schedule with not a lot of time for anything else! Before I forget, here are some important things I need to tell you –

I am definitely retiring the Purple Polka Dot range. You can find all remaining items in the sale. I still have a small bucket of glaze left so you’ll maybe see purple somewhere in future designs as I don’t like to waste anything, but for now it’s goodbye Purple Polka Dot.

I will be introducing some new Beaker Jugs in the next shop update, so all the other Jugs are in the sale too!

Unfortunately I have completely run out of time to make any animal print pottery so I hope to do a pre order for these when I am back at work next year.

As for the Web shop being restocked, I can’t give you an exact date of when that will be yet, but I’m aiming for the first week/week and a half of December. It will be a short shopping window for you, but I really am working my socks off to get as many pieces made as possible. If you want to be the first to know when everything is restocked, and haven’t already done so, please subscribe to Tea with Jud.

Last post guaranteed for Christmas with Royal Mail this year is Saturday 18th December, so last orders on the website will be 12 noon on Friday 17th December. Any orders placed after this time will not be processed until January, but I can remind you about all this when the time comes!

I think that’s it for now, short and sweet as I need to get back to the workshop!

Remember to keep an eye on your inboxes!

Cheerio!
jud


Sale Items

Living Magazine, Potfest and future plans

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Hello!

This year is absolutely whizzing by, I cant believe it is July already! Lots of exciting things have been happening…

At the beginning of the year I was interviewed by journalist Elaine Hunter for the Spring edition of LIVING magazine (Scotland). I was thrilled to be on the front cover and have my work featured in her beautifully written article. If you haven’t already seen it on my social media and would like to read it, please contact me and I can send you a PDF copy as unfortunately it is not available online.

Potfest Scotland returned to Scone Palace at its usual time in June. It was my 4th time exhibiting there and I am still in shock at how phenomenal it was. With tickets selling out each day and great weather it couldn’t have been any better! My 3 months of really hard work prior to the event concluded with a 3 day pottery frenzy! I had a continuous queue over the weekend, which was daunting at times, but I did have a helper this year which made it all a lot easier! I am so grateful for all the customers who were willing to wait patiently for their new pots. Thankyou. I think my display was my favourite so far too!

The run up to any big event is always really hard work, but this year definitely seemed a lot more intense. Perhaps the preparation on top of the last year and a half we have all experienced made it more difficult? Every time I go though intense periods of work I say to myself “I can’t do this anymore”. After I take some time off and rest, I start back to work feeling positive, but then it doesn’t take long before the cycle inevitably repeats. I don’t want to keep working like this so I am taking time to reflect this summer and think about what changes I can put in place to make my working life easier.

I’m considering a few things but most importantly, streamlining! I really wanted to launch the plant pots and vases but after they all sold out at Potfest and having such a constant high demand for mugs, I’m thinking about reducing the amount of products online, instead of increasing! For example, only having larger pieces available at certain times or a pre order. I might discontinue the purple too as it is my least favourite across the product ranges. But, I have a lot to think about before I make any final decisions and of course you will be kept up to date! I plan to make a few changes to the website too as I want to make your shopping experience easier.


The past few weeks I have been concentrating on customer orders and making stock for the website. The humid weather really slowed up the process. On top of that I had a disaster at the weekend and lost a whole kiln load of Pastel and Golden Dreamscapes. I am devastated. They’re not even worthy of the seconds pile! I have restocked some other pieces, but I’m afraid you will even have to wait a little bit longer for those as I will be out of the workshop from now until 6th August. I feel guilty and don’t want to let you down, but it is all just really bad timing and there is nothing I can do until I return.

Sarah Cave, a Silversmith based in Blairgowrie recently used some of my pottery for her window display. She makes beautiful jewellery and silverware. My work complemented her Tea Caddy and strainers for a tea time theme, alongside her new Jewellery Collection, Elise.

If you are passing through Blairgowrie, I would really recommend going to see her stunning work. She will be taking part in Perthshire Open Studios later this year. Speaking of which, that will be my next event too! POS is on from 4th – 12th September. My workshop will be open daily from 10am – 5pm (except the last day – 4pm). I will be selling all my seconds, experiments and end of line stock. There will be tea, coffee and buns available too. I missed it last year so am looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors, hopefully!

Until then, I hope you are enjoying your summer whatever you are up to.
Cheerio for now!
jud

New Collection – Golden Dreamscape

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Hello! I have been developing the Golden Dreamscape Collection behind the scenes for a while now, and I’m so happy to tell you it is finally here, ready to brighten your homes with pastel tones and glimmers of gold.

This range is full of your favourite products, from small mugs for your morning flat whites, to goblets, perfect for cocktails in the garden with friends! Every time I use a piece from this collection it surprises me. Each piece is like a painting, completely unique. They way the colours blend, or even when the gold catches the light it makes me happy. Everything is now live and available to buy on the website and you can click here to view. I hope you love it as much as I do!

It’s only 2 months until Potfest (how on earth did that happen!?) I will be stuck in the workshop for the foreseeable making lots of tableware, vases and plant pots. I will not be restocking the website until sometime after that, so if a product is out of stock, please make use of the “notify me when product is back in stock” link. That would be very helpful! I will be bringing the Golden Dreamscape Collection to Potfest too!

I hope you are enjoying the April sunshine.
Cheerio for now.
jud


Browse the Golden Dreamscape Range

Pottery Experiments

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Hello! how are you? I hope you are keeping well and warm in this wild weather and frightful temperatures!

So far this year I have enjoyed only being in the workshop from Monday to Friday. Having always worked in hospitality before self employment, I have never had that “Friday feeling”. Long may it continue as I am definitely seeing the benefits of 2 days rest! I have been using my time off wisely and going on local adventures to places I have not been before. It is so beautiful around Blairgowrie, especially in winter.

The first 2 weeks of the year I concentrated on making more mugs for the website, which has just been restocked. Butter Dishes and Side Plates are currently in the kiln and will be added to the website next week. Once the Grey & Gold Range sell out, it will be going into hibernation until next Christmas so if you’ve had your eye on a piece, you know what to do.

The last 2 weeks of January were spent experimenting. It has been so much fun! I am usually so busy and don’t have enough time to play with clay, my list of ideas that I want to explore just seems to get longer and longer! However, I saw a window of opportunity and grasped it with both hands.

My experiments are quite varied. I have been developing my animal print designs, seeing if other products look good in Leopard Print, and working on the Zebra Print, which I thought had so much potential last year.

I am loving gold so much at the minute and want to put in on everything! I have an exciting variation using the Pastel Dreamscape colours. I am very happy with the glaze design on the mugs, I just need to do a bit more work on the plates and bowls. I will hopefully be able to show you a cohesive set soon. New product ideas like my plant pots and vases still need a bit of refinement but I think I have a better idea of what I’m aiming for now.

Weather wise January was been a lot of effort. The snow we had a few weeks ago froze, then more rain and snow fell and froze on top of that, making the ice even thicker. I had to bash out a path between my front door and workshop as it was too precarious to carry pots from one place to the other! I also had to leave my car at the top of the farm as the lane was like an ice rink. Getting customer orders to the Post Office has been a tricky operation, but I am committed, so it is nothing that my wheelbarrow and a pair of crampons couldn’t solve!

I will no longer be supplying my work to shops. Some stockists still have a selection of my pottery, but as of January 2021 work can only be purchased via Tea with Jud website, at markets or events, and directly from the workshop, when restrictions permit.

I will do my best to keep the website stocked with all your favourite items, but If a product is out of stock, there is now a clever tech whizz button where you can enter your email address and will therefore be notified stock levels are updated!

The only event I have planned so far this year is Potfest Scotland. I’m so delighted to have been accepted again and it feels good to have something to look forward to and work towards. All being well it will be held in June, as normal, but as you know, anything could happen between now then! I will keep the Diary up to date, and my fingers crossed.

I think that is all the important news I have to tell you for now.
Stay warm and cosy,
Cheerio!
jud xo

Charity Raffle – Win Leopard Print Mugs!

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Hello there,

I can’t quite believe its December already! What a rollercoaster of a year! I think I have felt every emotion going, probably much like everyone else.

Although this year has been worrying at times, I am delighted to say I have been overwhelmed by your continuous support. I would like to thank you all very much for sticking by me, and purchasing my pottery to keep my small business going. I am hugely grateful. I feel very fortunate to be in this position and know this year has been tough for so many people. I think it would be nice to do something good this Christmas, so I’m having a Raffle! If you missed out on a Leopard Print Mug, here is your chance to win, not one, but two! All the money raised from the Christmas raffle will be donated to an excellent cause, Social Bite, a charity that helps homeless people across the UK. Please see ticket for full details. You can buy more than one ticket, which will obviously raise more money and increase your chance of winning the mugs! (RAFFLE NOW CLOSED)

As you can see I have made a few changes to the website, it is constantly evolving! You may have noticed the Shallow Bowls and Big Mugs are finally here! About time, I know! The Grey & Gold mugs sold out so quickly, so the past 2 weeks have been spent in a very cold workshop trying to get some more made. I really hope they will be ready in time for last post before Christmas (which, might I add is Friday 18th December. If you are planning on doing some Christmas shopping, please place your order by 6pm on Thursday 17th so I have time to wrap them!) I will announce on Social Media when the Grey & Gold Mugs are back in stock, so if you are after one, please keep your eyes peeled! Also, a new addition to the Grey & Gold Range is Breakfast Bowls and Small Breakfast Bowls. I love them!

I often get asked if I teach, I don’t, but I can definitely point you in the right direction! The website now has a Pottery Classes section. Obviously there will not be any classes running at the moment, but in the future, when we can look forward to doing fun things again, I thought I would make it easy for you to find a class so you can feed your creative desire and support the potters who missed out on teaching this year.

It’s not long to go now before I finish up for Christmas and have a good rest. I am staying in Scotland this year for the first time ever, I really hope it snows! I have a few knitting projects and a jigsaw waiting patiently for my attention but I’m already really excited to get back to work in January as I have a long list of experiments and ideas that I cannot wait to start working on!

From Tea with Jud HQ, Albert and I wish you a very happy festive season.
See you next year,
jud.xo

Lots of news – Potfest review, a new sale and more

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Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying everything that Autumn has to offer, the leaves changing colour, crisper mornings, and hot drinks in a nice mug to keep you cosy. The weather has been so beautiful recently, and we were very lucky as the sun shone the whole weekend of Potfest at the end of September. Matt and the Potfest team did an amazing job to keep all the customers and exhibitors safe. The whole event was exhausting but brilliant and I was so pleased it was able to take place after a very uncertain year! I was very excited about my display as I elaborated on my kitchen theme and added a dresser unit.

Potfest in the Pens is planning to go ahead at the end of October, but unfortunately I have decided to pull out. It was such a hard decision to make, but after taking lots of factors into consideration, mainly time constraints and a dodgy wheel, the cons completely outweighed the pros. By doing so, this will allow me more time to work on existing orders, and make stock for the website.

RESTOCK

I had planned to launch the Big Mugs in my online shop after Potfest, but they were such a BIG hit I completely sold out! I am out of stock in lots of products so have been in the workshop making again, but my wheel is being very temperamental. My electrician has been to look at it and we just need to source a part for it, but as the wheel is old the part might not exist anymore! I’m keeping my fingers crossed very tightly. With the colder conditions too, my work is drying a lot slower, so realistically it will be November before the website will be properly restocked. I am planning to have all my colour ranges available, including Pastel Dreamscape and Grey & Gold. If you would like to receive an notification when the shop is full again, please subscribe to Tea with Jud.

SALE

Everything with the “original” style handle must go! I have Cups, Espresso Mugs, Jugs and only a few Mugs left in the original design. As I mentioned before, the Cups will be discontinued. Click here to view the sale items now to pick up a bargain!

SECONDS

I get a lot of enquiries about my seconds and experiments. The reason I don’t sell them online is because it would take too long to photograph, describe the imperfections/dimensions and list all the products, so they will only ever be available directly from my workshop. Perthshire Open Studios did not happen this year and I would normally use this opportunity to sell off my seconds and experiments. I have temporarily filled my “Shop” (display cabinet in the barn wall) with a selection of these pieces. If you are interested in a wonky pot, or a one off experiment, you are welcome to pop down the lane between 2pm – 6pm Wednesday, Thursday or Friday until Christmas. If you want to pay a visit at the weekend, please contact me, as I may be out swimming!

POST

I am still only going to the Post Office once a week, on Friday’s, this seems to be working for me so I will continue to do so for the foreseeable.

It’s not all work round here though, after the Potfest madness, I took a few days off to rest and do fun things. I went swimming, paddle boarding, made jam and lemon curd and just generally enjoyed life, but now it is time to knuckle down once again in preparation for Christmas. With no Markets in the Calendar this year I think it will be very strange, but hopefully this will allow me time to maintain stock levels for all your Christmas shopping needs!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and appreciating the little things.
Cheerio for now and see you for the shop restock!

jud


SALE ITEMS

Sorry, the sale has now ended.

Pre Potfest Update

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Hello!
Remember what I was saying in my last blog about a more structured routine!? Well, that has all gone completely out the window now! My workshop days are long and the kilns are on back to back. My hands are dry and sore from glazing and being overworked. Potfest Scotland set up is exactly 2 weeks today and I still have a lot more to do before then!

As I mentioned previously, I will be changing the handles on my mugs. I plan to launch these at Potfest. So, everything that is currently on the web shop is what I have left in stock with the original handle design (Mugs, Jugs, Espresso Mugs etc) But, I have a wee surprise for you… there are some Grey & Gold Mugs and Cups too! I know how much you love them – Take me to the Grey & Gold at once! After all these have sold I will update the website with my new designs.

My new style handle design doesn’t work on my Cup shape, so this is another product that I will be discontinuing. If you want a cup, you better grab one while they are still available!

During the summer I made some “Shallow Bowls”. These materialised after some customers requested wide bowls especially for their grapefruit at breakfast time. I tested them out myself and love using them for everything; salads, pasta, spaghetti carbonara, risotto, bangers and mash, rice… they really are so versatile! I have decided to add them to my pottery range. They are made and glazed, I just need to get them photographed and listed on here, but realistically who knows when that will happen…?!

If you are on the Leopard Print Waiting list and wondering why you haven’t received an email yet, huge apologies! I have been so busy making other stock, but I do plan to send out a secret order code to you soon.

That’s all for now, but if you want more frequent updates and snippets regarding all things Tea with Jud, make sure you are following along on Instagram.
Hope to see you at Potfest!

Cheerio,
jud