From the studio this week

From a distance, January always looks like it’s going to be quiet month; a time for clearing the decks, sorting out the pigsty that the studio becomes in the charge towards Christmas, and taking a bit of a breather.

 But it never turns out that way.


This month I’ve done a talk on millefiori to the Tandridge Handicrafts Society, run a couple of fun workshops, and made lots of mugs, tiles and trivets. I've also done a load of studio decluttering ( despite bags and bags being removed it still looks pretty bad), my tax return (argh) and created a new PDF tutorial - a condensed paper version of my three hour beginner's workshop complete with lots of hand-drawn illustrations.

Following on from winning the £5k Entrepreneur Academy Grant in November last year, it looks likes 2019 is going to be “the year of the tile”. I’m busily turning my millefiori designs into ceramic tile patterns.


As part of that, I’m setting up another website which will deal almost exclusively with my tiles. It’s called Fired Ink. It kinda "does what it says on the tin" - the process I use involved heating inks to high temperatures (and pressures) in order to create the design on the tile.

 I’m planning to have all of my hundreds of different designs and colour ways available to buy by the end of 2019. The website is "under construction" but I’m posting images and details on Facebook and on Instagram too.

 Lastly, I've spent literally days creating my first ever paid-for millefiori tutorial. It's been a bit of a labour of love but it's finally done and it's available on Etsy and on my website.