Now though, due to my current location and circumstances, I have no facilities for ceramics so I have been focusing more on the mosaics and workshops.
So here is where the decision came, do I change my branding to a more fun, colourful and informal theme to represent the mosaics and workshops or do I stick with my previous designs?
As you can see by the photo, fun and colourful won!
The truth is, as much as I love ceramics - the process, the excitement of opening the kiln and the pride I feel when displaying my work - I was never going to be able to make a living purely from my making and it's a pretty lonely lifestyle; sitting in a cold shed every day ( there is only so much you can chat to your dog about).
So in July 2016, I organised my first ever mosaic workshop. I had done some mosaics before and felt it would be a great thing to run as a workshop for adults as everybody can do it and you can make something start to finish in just a few hours.
I was absolutely thrilled when 16 people signed up to my first class but obviously pretty nervous! I had never really stood up in front of a room of adults to speak but soon realised that people had come just for a relaxing evening, learning a new skill and everybody was so lovely - I just loved it!
Almost 2 years later, the classes have gone from strength the strength and now I have more venues and have met so many lovely people, many of whom have returned for their second, third and even 10th workshop!
I absolutely love running the classes. They take a lot of preparation, but when it comes to the actual workshop I get to sit and eat cake whilst lending a hand and watching people create something they are so proud of.
Alongside running these classes, I have started to develop my own range of mosaic products, from little bumble bees to large mirrors and although I do miss my pottery wheel - I'm very happy with where my business is going and just hope it continues to grow!
Hopefully one day I will get back to making my ceramics - I'm pretty sure that I will but for now it's all about the workshops and mosaics so new branding and marketing materials were neccessary!
Come and join in the fun at one of my mosaic workshops- they are a lovely afternoon/evening/day out (even if I do say so myself!)