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Sunday Studio visit – Bits & Pieces!

Today (well, yesterday – I am running a bit late) in the studio I have been finishing making a custom order – 200 snow flake Christmas decorations : phew!!

And here is what 200+ decorations look like 🙂


Apart from that I have not been doing much – I am still recovering from a terrible virus i have had, and it does not want to let go!!


So, I will share with you some items I have recently added to my Etsy shop – its never too early to think about Christmas gifts!!

Have a great week everyone 🙂

Sunday Studio Visit – a milestone in my Etsy shop!

Today in the studio I am firing the kiln – a bisque firing, with a combination of my work and students works.

I have also finally met my milestone goal in my ETSY shop – listing 200+ items in my shop, and to celebrate I am holding a 20% discount till the end of the month – so that my 200 goal will be gone and I will have to start again!!

Use coupon YAY200 at checkout to receive your discount 🙂


Two hundred items may not sound like much, but it is when you consider the making, the photography, the photo editing, the uploading and creating product descriptions – it is actually very time consuming! Then the marketing – phew!

My Etsy shop stocks ceramic tableware and jewellery I make, and also jewellery I make from upcycled materials such as guitar strings, marbles, buttons and repurposed beads. Each piece is unique, and make great gifts to others or yourself!!

Here are some of the products I have recently listed to achieve my 200+ inventory – enjoy and happy shopping 🙂

Custom Orders – an update

Last Sunday I posted about some custom orders I was making in the studio …. so today I’d like to update you the progress 🙂

The yarn bowls and earring holders I had freshly thrown last week have now been turned (trimmed) and carved to transform them for their purpose.

And the previous Sunday Studio Visit I posted about custom orders I had for champagne flutes, mortar and pestles and cappuccino cups and saucers.

The update on them is that the mortar and pestle was loved by the customer, and the champagne flutes are in transit to their new owner in America. The cappuccino sets are bisque fired and in the process of being glazed.

As an aside, Hubby was getting a bit itchy and put in his own custom order for some oval tapas/condiment bowls. So, needing to stay in the good books as he does 95% of the cooking, I made a pair of dishes for him with the idea of testing shrinkage rates so that if he likes them I can make more.


If you would like to place a custom order for a unique handmade ceramic piece, just let me know here or as a message (contact above) and I can create a custom listing in my ETSY shop – too easy!! 🙂

Sunday Studio Visit – I am having a sale in my Etsy shop!

It is still cold and rainy here at the moment, and I currently have the doors from the studio off and drying out in the lounge room!

Claymotion Ballarat

With all the rain we’ve had they had swollen up and I couldn’t close them. So I am drying them out and am going to give them a couple of coats of varnish before rehanging them on Tuesday – before my school holiday workshop on Wednesday.

ClayMotion childrens pottery classes Ballarat

Apart from that I loaded my two kilns with student works in preparation for bisque firings on Monday & Tuesday.

ClayMotion Ballarat

The other news is that I am having a sale in my Etsy store to celebrate Christmas in July, so I am spending a lot of time promoting that on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook. Promotion is so time consuming, but absolutely necessary.



I have also been featured on the June Clay Blog Review again, which is great! there are so many fabulous potters on this list each month, so it is really amazing to be included. I have been included under “process & technique” and “the rest” 🙂

Dawn Whitehand

That’s about it for this Sunday – hope to catch up mid week 🙂


Sunday Studio Visit – making stuff and the end of NaPoWriMo

A couple of things happening in the studio today – I have been making some plates using pumpkin leaves from the garden, and it was the end of National Poetry Writing month yesterday, so today is the first day I have not had to incorporate writing a poem and creating a drawing into my daily studio practice for a month – so this is something NOT happening in the studio today. You can check out my POETRY blog here for my efforts of the past month :-).

It has been a bountiful vegetable and fruit garden this summer/autumn season which I have shared previously HERE.

Currently the pumpkin vines are dying off, which means harvesting pumpkins, and also using these huge gorgeous leaves to create some ceramic plates. I made some using the entire leaf and pumpkin shapes, and others in a more traditional, though organic, shape using a partial imprint of the leaf. I also made some pendants and beads. Hopeully all of these effort will be available in my ETSY shop once I have glazed and fired them 🙂

Have a great week.


Saturday Shelfie – grotesque mug

As an attempt to be more regular with my blog (famous last words) I am going to post the occasional “saturday shelfie” – that is, what I am working on currently in the studio (and a play on selfie).

Today I am putting the finishing touches on a custom order – a grotesque mug. The commissionee had a slipcast mug which he had for many years and dropped it…. the mug had sentimental value to him and he wanted another one and found me via Facebook!

This mug is not slip cast but hand sculpted, and I must say i did enjoy the process. It has been a long time since I sculpted a piece of work in such detail. I used to make dragons many years ago, so it was interesting to recall the feelings and skills of the past.

Maybe I’ll explore creating some more sculpture in the near future….

Have a great Saturday everyone 🙂


Last Day for Cyber Christmas Discounts!

Last Day for Christmas Cyber Discounts in my Etsy Shop

Today, 3rd December, is the last day for discounted Christmas shopping in my ETSY shop.

I have lots of bespoke tableware and jewellery gifts for guys and girls and foodies and lots more…

Use coupon CYBER15 for a 15% discount storewide

Here’s a slideshow to entice you 🙂

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Shop Small this Christmas and Support Handmade

Next Saturday, 28th November, is shop small Saturday. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and support small business at the same time. And if you buy from a maker you are also purchasing a unique gift that is sustainable and has been made with care, rather than a mass produced product from a department store.

I have a great range of gifts in both my ETSY and MADEIT stores to suit foodies, jewellery lovers, men and women, teachers gifts, hostess gifts, and custom orders are welcome.

As well as Saturday being Small Business Saturday, Friday is Black Friday (the Friday before Thanksgiving, which we don’t do here in Australia, but Etsy is an International platform so I am joining the fun) and Monday is Cyber Monday – what a mouthfull!



So to celebrate this weekend shopping extravaganza I have a coupon code giving a 10% discount in my #ETSY store

Christmas is looming though so cut off order dates are listed below 🙂

Christmas cut off dates

Also enjoy a slide show of some gift ideas for you, your family and friends.

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Sunday Studio Visit – bits and pieces

Today my little dog Eddy is not well – he has been unwell now for three days, so I am a bit concerned – therefore I have not been doing much this weekend ‘business’ wise. 10308106_678222348910018_8410200164482606440_n (1)

I have begun thinking about beginning some marketing for Christmas – yes Christmas!! And listing some new Christmas items in my ETSY & MADEIT shops.

Prior to that though, if you live in Australia and some other countries, it is Fathers Day. Here in Australia it is the first Sunday in September – the 6th.

I have lots of ready to ship gifts in my stores from unisex jewellery, original art gift cards, foodie tableware and coffee mugs. I also have gift certificates if you are stuck on what to give as a gift.

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and see you midweek (hopefully) 🙂

PicMonkey Collage fathers day

Christmas in July Sale in my Etsy Shop

Christmas in July Sale in my DeeDeeDeesigns Etsy Shop

Well it is that time of year – Christmas in July – and over in my Etsy shop I am having a sale to celebrate!!

winter-decor etsy1

A bit of background: on Etsy there are teams where like minded sellers can get together in a virtual space and support and give advise to each other…. I am in a few teams, and am a team leader for the Christmas in July team and a blog contributor for the Australian Wandarrah team, and this year both teams have joined together for a CIJ cross promotion. You can visit both of their blogs for lots of information about member shops and the sales they are having – this is the perfect opportunity to buy quality handcrafted items at great prices for yourself and family or friends, or as early Christmas gifts.

As for me, I have my shop discounted for the entire month of July, and have an addition special of 15% discount between July 1st and July 15th. Use the coupon code ETSYCIJ15 at the checkout for your discount to be applied.

I have a wide range of ceramic tablewares, buttons and jewellery, upcycled jewellery made from buttons, marbles and guitar strings, original art greeting cards and Christmas decorations. Some of my jewellery pieces are suitable for women and men, and my tableware is suitable for foodies of all persuasions.

So visit my shop & grab some bargains!

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