We are so pleased to be back at Spring Fair exhibiting this year in hall 6 ‘Contemporary Gifts’ stand R33. The stand was painted in ‘Potters Clay’ by Dulux, very appropriate me thinks. It was a good backdrop for the very clean white of the china. Decals of the new logo were provided by the talented and lovely Adele from Nutmeg Wall Stickers, who is just along the aisle from me at the fair; www.nutmegwallartstickers.co.uk
So our new fine bone china has had its first showcase and will now be available in over 30 new stockists up and down the country. It is so great to see so many buyers interested in our personal story and the provenance of each piece. Also very popular has been the gift wrap ranges in Dorset beach hut and Henley Chicken alongside some new additions to the cufflink collection.
The show itself is extraordinary, so many innovative designs and presentation ideas. We shall be inspired and ready to plan our stand for two further trade shows this year, Harrogate Home & Gift and Pulse, London. Until then our orders from Spring Fair will keep us very busy and we shall look forward to announcing our new stockists very soon.
Happy new year… a bit belated I know but always better late than never!
What a Christmas we had! Thanks so much if you came to any of our shows, entered the competition or checked in online to the website. It was a brilliant two months for us and we were a happy chaotic mess of sellotape, cardboard and ribbons! Now it is 2014 and January has been just as busy as Christmas. We sent off work to our competition winner Emma Porteous, who won a butter dish, milk jug and two mugs in a pattern of her choosing. Wisely she went for the classic 1950’s robot and we had a great time packing it all for her.
Now we are off to Spring Fair at the NEC this weekend to launch our new range of fine bone china. The business is still young but we were already unable to cope with orders last year so we have taken the dramatic decision to change our production methods in 2014. Over the next year we will be rolling out many designs for our lovely new fine bone china. All of the pieces will still be lovingly hand decorated by Julia in Bath and there will soon be the option of personalising the handles of all our pieces. As you may or may not be aware, finding china that is not made in China or India is a nightmare. As a result some of the pieces are made with British clay but cast elsewhere, in my case sometimes in Italy. However, after a LOT of searching the large mug, jam and sugar pots, trinket boxes (coming very soon), toast rack, egg cup and butter dish are all cast in the UK. I can not seem to find jugs and small mugs that are so apologies for this. I want to be very honest, as I know that the origin of products is very important to my customers.
To launch the new range of china we have chosen three designs, a sort of re-working of the popular earthenware patterns. Introducing:
In The Woodland
and finally, Somerset Meadows
Bear with us if you order any pieces over the next week. We are only able to guarantee delivery on the 19th February as the transfers are being formatted and printed as I write. But once we are up and running all orders will be sent within 1-3 days of ordering. A big improvement on the 3-5 days we have had as a lead previously!
Never fear if you still hankered after some earthenware, the range will still be available until they are going going gone. We are extremely low on butter dishes with only a couple left but items like teapots and tapered mugs should be in stock online until Autumn.
Right…. I have said it before and I will say it again:
“I must write my blog more often!”
And you know what? I think I might do it this time, and the reason is easy. I have lots to share over the next month or two. A lot of news, and some BIG product changes.
So, first things first. Shows. We had a great time at the Country Living Christmas Fair again last week but we have lots of great events prior to ‘The Big Day’ still to attend:
* Frome Artisan in December (we are by the Black Swan Gallery, within easy reach of quality caffeine and flea treasures!)
* Bath Artisan, this Sunday and twice in December. Just head to Sainsburys next to Green Park station and enjoy free parking (restricted time allowed) and fab music, stalls, food.
We have been invited to Prior Park’s Christmas event, this is very exciting! I have always wanted to have a look inside this wonderful location.
* Craft in Focus at Wisley, a beauty of a fair and in the grounds of the famous RHS garden. Come and see what all the fuss is about in these lovely 3, heated marquees!
* Islington Christmas Fair… a new location at the town hall! I am there for one day only, catch our stall on the Saturday.
So what is new? Well, we have launched two new wraps for Christmas this year. One for the boys, a nutcracker design based on the fabulous traditional decoration. The other is Emperor penguin, silly/jaunty and wobbly beings that they are! We have also got baubles, personalised this year… and lots of decorations. If you are like me, you have not got those Christmas cards yet? Well, not to worry and look no further! Above is our 2013 design, grab your pack - just £6.50 for 10.
Also new in the shop is a jewellery section; earrings, brooches and cufflinks galore! Plus a new section for tea towels. Happy shopping! Oh, and to say thanks for reading/visiting this page do enter HELLO at the checkout for a wee thanks from me!
Hello and a Merry Christmas to you all!
We are almost at the finishing line for 2012 and I thought what better way to say thank you to all my customers old and new than to run a little give away.
I am offering a prize of
x1 Butter dish
x2 Mugs (straight or tapered shape)
x1 Milk jug
Collectively worth over £75! They will all be made in a pattern of your choice.
All you need to do is join my mailing list by entering your email into the box on the bottom right hand corner of my homepage. I will pick a winner on the 31st of December who will be notified by email.
All of my newsletter customers only receive a few emails a year (I hate being bombarded myself by others so I tend to only write if I have a discount or show tickets to offer you!) There will be a special discount for all of my mailing list as a thank you for entering valid from 1st Jan for 6 months.
I hope you will enter and good luck with your entry! Thanks so much for supporting me, it has meant a lot this year.
So… what a year it is shaping up to be! I wanted to write a good old catch up as I fear I have neglected my blog recently. To be honest I was never good at writing a diary! But there is lots to tell and so here goes…
Recently I launched the Christmas collection, improved lighter and funkier baubles, new shapes for decorations, cards, gift wrap and finally matching tags! It was with great trepidation that I decided to take it all to the wonderful Stowe School for their Christmas fair a couple of weeks ago. There were some fabulous festive goodies and I admit I almost bought up the entire wreath stand (I am a sucker for ribbon and berries!) The customers were great and the gift wrap was admired but the star of the show was the decorations. However, I am pleased to say that at the Country Living fair in Islington London last week we almost sold out of 3 Kings gift wrap! I was so very happy as this was a gamble, I love their part of the nativity story and hoped you all did too! It did mean we were folding and making tags until midnight most days of the fair… but it is pretty rewarding to think of all those presents being wrapped in my paper! One of the best parts of my job!
The fair was a great chance to show of the entire collection for the first time. On display everything from the butterflies to magnets and all in between. The customers were so friendly and I had so many encouraging comments so thanks to all who took the time to stop and chat! It was great to pack up at the end and realise how many pieces had been sold to such great customers.
I have also started a competition that runs until Christmas! A huge give away of a butter dish, milk jug and two mugs in a pattern of your choice. All you need to do is enter your email on my homepage and sign up to my mailing list. I am also taking snazzy little postcards to all of my shows over Christmas so do enter your details on one if you pop over to say hi! I will be drawing a winner on the 31st December.
More markets and shows to come over the next few weeks so I hope you might keep me company and give me some feedback on my new work. Notably I am in Winchester on the 1st and 2nd December and the RHS garden heaven that is Wisley next week!
Right, I should crack on with some more of your orders, I love being a Christmas elf! I will be writing about the new Bath Artisan Market soon (I promise!) so keep your eyes peeled!
Hello hello… well it is the big build up time for the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee here in Britain and I thought it would be best to celebrate in the way we know best - with a cup of TEA!
This is my Jubilee mug which features my twist on our Royal crest and bunting, various crowns, flags and, of course, a secret corgi inside on the base. As usual it will be £17 (no silly inflated prices) but will be a limited edition. The mugs will not be available after this year and will only be sold through a few selected stockists and outlets from May.
Available here on my site from today woo hoo!
I am really excited to introduce a new range of gift wrap! There are x4 designs, all available via the gift wrap link on the collections page. Two of the designs (British Birds and Seed Pods) are a glimpse at new ranges, these will be available on my ceramic tableware from the Summer.
Their actual size is: 50cm x 70cm and they are printed on a high quality (90gsm) paper in Bristol. The printers are FSC & PEFC certified & use chemical free CTP.
£1.50 for x1 sheet or
£3.60 for x3 sheets
Packed neatly in a hard backed envelope folded or rolled (for a small additional cost) you can be sure it will arrive safely at your door, simply choose your preferred delivery option at the checkout.
Also coming soon is a rather lovely version of the new seed pods on tea towels, this is my first foray into textile printing and I can not wait to see the finished product when it arrives in two weeks!
That’s all for now folks but watch this space…
It is January and that means doing all the little jobs that have fallen by the wayside and tucking myself away to do some new drawings for the Spring… basically I am hibernating! So to make myself feel very proactive and to get myself ready for a fresh year I decided to treat myself to a lovely photoshoot with Image Outlet.
I admit I was nervous, frankly I had never handed over my product to being photographed by strangers and those who know me can confirm that I am a bit of a perfectionist. Emma who is one of the photographers was marvellous, always available on email to answer all my questions, keen to source props and get the set up to my spec and vision. The work was packed up in three very large boxes and I headed in the opposite direction for a shot break in Southern Ireland. Holding my breath I was so excited to return to contact sheets full of bright and colourful photos! This one above is typical of the lifestyle shots that will appear on Not On The Highstreet, Lasso The Moon and From The Wilde to name but three. There are also some lovely white background shots for my own site and for publication.
The props were perfect, special white white eggs for my egg cups and vintage novels to sit my mugs on. It was really quite an experience to see the products looking so at home amongst this beautiful setting. Ryan who is the other half of Image Outlet has been a great editor and helped get the brightness and colours just right. I am so pleased that I have taken the plunge! All that is left to do is upload a CD full of the images on to all these lovely sites… better get the kettle on then!
For further examples of Emma and Ryan’s work at Image Outlet visit
(Revisions to the majority of online stockists shall be made by Friday 10th February.)
A bit of a footnote here… keep checking back for information on the progression of my new collections, current ideas include lurchers, british birds, a revised seed pod selection and not to mention farm mini mugs for small people.
Well… the presents have been opened and I may have finally found myself sick of mice piece (or maybe I just need to wait 24hours before another one), who knows, Christmas is over and we are in the limbo that is post ‘The big day’ and before ‘Auld Lang Syne!’
Thanks to all of my lovely customers and stockists we had the GREATEST Christmas ever and I am so thankful to you all! I have had a rest and shall be putting some energy into some lovely things in January. First up is the photo shoot of my work using some people who have amazing props and even better eye for detail. I can not wait to unveil what they have got up to with all of my tableware at the end of the month!
Secondly there will be some new online shops opening up displaying my wares including www.bouf.com ,a rather lovely feast for the eyes. Other lovely online stockists who have been so wonderfully loyal shall get a bit of a face lift when the new imagery arrives… so hopefully a fuller range will be more widely available soon. Further local stockists are planned and I am going to try and supply some lovely independent shops by March. Once again, I can see boxes as a vision before my eyes!
The events calendar shall be updated soon, so due to the success of Country Living I hope to make an appearance at the Christmas show once again and I have LOVED all of the local support at beautiful fairs such as Frome Artisan Market. So… watch this space!
Mini Jugs will make an appearance once more in late February, for all of those who have been so patient with me, thankyou. There are no further shapes planned as I have been taking into account some lovely feedback and I think it is time to crack on with some new designs. The flamingos flew at Christmas and so I think it is time to get on with some drawing. I have some lurchers in mind but any suggestions would be recommended. Do pop over to my Facebook page and put in your two pennies worth! It would be greatly appreciated and who knows… you may be the proud owner of one of the first from the production line as a thank you!
Finally, I will be hoping to add further lines and enlarge the jewellery collection. I have had such a wonderful response from the new online shop that I reckon I shall need to spend a few hours here and there uploading new necklaces and frames of butterflies.
I would like to say once again a Happy New Year, personally I really can not wait!
Wow what a week! A truly steep learning curve as Julia Davey Ceramics took its first steps towards those big events that I had always dreamt of. And was it worth it? Absolutely!
The porters were marvellous as we set up on Tuesday, to be honest I was unsure the piles of boxes would even fit in the stand… but we set about putting what had been numbers and drawings on paper for months into action. It was a long day of screwing, hammering, taping and pricing but it finally looked like a proper shop as the organisers closed the doors and we were ready for the Wednesday opening. The crowds came thick and fast as the days passed and there were lovely customers (and stall holders) to chat away to. It was amazing to get instant feed back on the stock that Charlotte Macey Textiles and myself had worked so hard to create in time. It was great to see the Somerset crew - Jan from Chi Chi Moi who is a knitting queen and Rose Cottage Boxes (I have a race car box from this clever lady) were lovely to pop over and give us top tips.
Lots of tea, chatting, standing and the odd purchase later Charlotte and I realised that it was Sunday and time to put all those boxes back in the car again. Thanks so much if you came along and said hello. We had a great time and look forward to coming back… just not too sure if it will be in Spring or at Christmas mind you!
Please come and join us when we are next selling together at ‘Christmas at The Orangery’ (which is held at the Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol) on the 26th November. To be honest you would be saving me from myself, if I can get all of you lovely people to come and buy Charlotte’s stockings and tea towels my purse and bank manager would certainly appreciate it :)