Things To Make in Pottery

The Great Pottery Throwdown is a reality TV show which really inspired me to take my first pottery class and shows the real possibilities in clay. It highlights all the different methods of working with clay from wheel throwing, slab building, handbuilding ..etc. It is definitely worth a view!

My main focus has been throwing clay on a wheel, which is still very much a work in progress for me but here is my “To Do” list and record of my attempts

Decorating ideas

Shapes to make

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Combinations of glazes

Northern Lights

A great combo with little movement beyond margins

Base- Obsidian x 3 both inside and outside

Bands /swirls of

seaweed x 2

smoked merlot x 3

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Mary Quant

Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers, Quant turned a tiny boutique on the King’s Road, London, into a wholesale brand available in department stores across the UK, US, Europe and Australia. Quant’s success soon hit New Zealand, where her designs made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation.

Her empire was vast from styling fashion superstars like Twiggy to designing super cool dolls that make Barbie look like a prude- check out her Havoc doll with its firearms and motorcycle.

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Charlie Brown Christmas special

Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

It is a true North American Christmas classic and it always felt like Christmas when it came on TV.

Here is the original 1965 version – it has been broken down in 6 parts, possibly to correspond to TV ad? Actually I wish they would have left them in, how fun would it have been to see them though possibly disturbing with cigarette and alcohol ads in a kids show ; )

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Arthur Umanoff

Arthur Umanoff was an American designer who studied at Pratt Institute in the 1950’s

His very first furniture designs were produced by Post Modern Ltd a company he was a partner in in the early 50’s. At the very start of his career he was involved in all phases of the design process from concept to prototyping and use testing through to merchandising and marketing.

These Post Modern Ltd designs were marketed and distributed by Elton, along with work by Tony Paul. In 1954 he started designing for Shaver Howard producing the Wrought Iron and Wooden Slat chairs, tables bars and bar carts for which he is best known. He will continue designing for Shaver Howard through to the 70’s.

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Freeport, Maine

Freeport, Maine is known for it outlet shops and of course the iconic LL Bean however being the constant thrift shopper I hit the Freeport’s op shops and vintage shops. 

Here are some of my favourites

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Brimfield Antique Market

This is the most amazing antique market- more than you can imagine. Acres of treasures from every time period, if you love flea markets this one is a must.

There are 3 markets each season in Brimfield Massachusetts, Summer 2019 dates are May 14- 19, July 9-14, and September 3- 8th. Apparently the busiest market is actually the earliest one in May but we attended the July market and there was far more than we could see in our 2 days. To be honest, I had no idea how impressive and vast this flea market is!

Next time I will be more prepared and have more time as this not just one flea market but several. Acres of different fields of amazing treasures along the main road for about a mile, its worth researching to know which market might suit your interest and time schedule.

How to prepare for the Market

1. Know the dates and time each market starts, earlier you go the better. — Vendors can start packing on the Sunday afternoon so probably best to plan around that possibility.

2. Bring a cart/wagon- there are amazing treasures but they aren’t always easy to carry

3. Vendors are cash only, prices vary from high end to op shop finds. You just never know what you will find and wish I had of actually bought more at the time. Yet, do be careful just because its at the market doesnt mean it is actually genuine vintage, much to my dismay when I got my first purchase home -it had a “Made in China” sticker that I hadn’t notice!

Brimfield Market videos

Check this video to give you an idea of whats on offer for one of the many markets. See the next video to see the scale of the entire Brimfield Market
Acres and acres of amazing treasures!

To see more from our USA road trip/Treasure Hunt check this out

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Upcycled Chandelier to Candelabra

Often you come across amazing vintage chandeliers, some can easily be tested and rewired to live another life as a chandelier. Some unfortunately just can not be saved but can be upcycled into interesting and useful objects like this outdoor Candelabra.

They might just be hanging in your shed!

It’s easy to convert to a candelabra if you find the right chandelier, again it’s always worth looking to see if it can be properly savaged as a chandelier. If not, there are a few key features that the chandelier needs to have : an upward light bayonet, it should have a size suitable to hold a candle and an upright glass shade to protect the candle from the wind.


Now all you have to do is put the candles in the light fitting, make sure the candle is secure. It helps to place a few drops of wax in the socket to hasten the candle. It’s important the candle doesn’t touch the glass as it will crack it. Next step is to put it up with some nice chain and viola a beautiful candelabra-Easy!



These would look amazing on mass for a wedding or party!