There is so much loveliness out there, but often it’s just a matter of finding it. I found the lovely Julia Smith Ceramics, based in Inverness-shire in a rather old fashioned way; a friend gave me a sweet little spoon and a dish with a bird perched on its edge. I loved the melding of quite traditional glazes and colours with the fresh little illustrative decals that bring her pottery right up to date. Of course, those who know me know I’m no stranger to a bit of gloopy glazing on a deep brown 1970s mug, which I hunt down in charity shops and jumble sales avidly- but these feel so modern without losing that beautiful history of pot making.
I googled the maker and the next thing I knew was determindly entering my credit card details. I could easily –easily- have spent a good deal more, and I very much doubt Julia has written my address on one of her parcels for the last time.
She very kindly changed a drawing on one of her mugs for me, and Oli got a bowl for his birthday with a pointing dog on it in honour of our own pointer.
Pet themed presents are decidely cheesy, but this gorgeous bowl, with its rough black exterior and smooth interior, is anything but. Deepfired Studios also do some fantastic community work, which is also well worth a look. Check her Folksy shop out as well as her website, and enjoy!