Sunday, 4 December 2011

Not a bad weekend!!!

Well, all in all not a bad weekend. 

We were at the Christmas Craft Fair at Making Space in Havant yesterday and today, and we had a very good weekend indeed.  Plenty of sales, loads of interest in our raku fired portraiture, as well as people becoming very interested in the raku firing process. 

We only took the raku stock and copper foiled glass Christmas decs to Making Space as my niece Melanie was selling our fused glass decs and other fused glass pieces at a Christmas Fair in Wickham on Saturday.  She also had good results on the sales front, and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of "stuff" she sold.  Well done Mel!!

I'm hoping that we have enough glass Christmas Decs left for the stall we have at a Craft Fair next Saturday in Rowlands Castle, I would prefer not to have to make more during this week as we have plenty of other things to be catching up on.

It's well on the way now isn't it???? Christmas that is!  Hope everyone is getting organized, and not like me, leaving it till the last minute. I really must start buying some pressies soon.

Hopefully, now that the classes have finished until after Christmas, and the making has slowed down a bit, I may be able to make some headway!

Until next time.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Craft Fairs

Make, make, make, that's all we seem to be doing at the moment.  Lots of bits and pieces to make for a couple of Christmas Craft Fairs that are coming up and also for selling at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour Portsmouth next Tuesday.

We will be at the Christmas Craft Fair at Making Space, Leigh Park, Havant, Hants on 3rd & 4th December, and on the same day (3rd) we will also have a stall at a Christmas Fete in Wickham.

On 10th December we will be at a Christmas Fair in Rowlands Castle, Hants.

Come along and say hello if you are in these areas!!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Changed Back

As you may have noticed the look of the blog has changed back to the original.  It was decided by the executive committee (me!!!) that it was better to have the information bar down the right side of the page making it easier for visitors to see info about courses etc.

Some of you may be interested in visiting our web portfolio that we have been working on recently.  There are a few pics of our work up, and we are hoping to continue adding more as time goes on. The link is:

Until next time, bye bye

Saturday, 12 November 2011

New Look to the Blog

Hello everyone

I've been playing again, and thought that I would try the new Dynamic View for the blog, what do you think of it?  I quite like it because you can see earlier postings at a glance instead of having to search through them.

It's been a really busy week this week.  Lot's of time spent in the studio making work for our Christmas shows.  We don't have a lot going on this year as regards this type of event, but we are at 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth at the end of November, as well as taking part in the Christmas Craft Fair at Making Space on 3rd and 4th December.  We also have a stall at a Christmas Fete in Wickham on 3rd December and one at a Craft Event in Rowlands Castle on 10th December.

There are a selection of our snowmen Christmas tree decorations in Poppy Charlotte at Selborne.  This little shop is well worth a visit, as it stocks all sorts of gifts ideas, many in the vintage style.

I have also decided recently to try my hand at painting.  Many years ago I used to do a lot of pencil drawing, but didn't really get into painting.  What do you think of my first attempt?

Maybe back to the drawing board eh???

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hi all, more good news, we have been accepted for 3 fairly large craft and garden shows next year. So with the Stansted and Firle Place shows as well next year we will be extra busy with the making. No rest for the wicked!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Would you believe it!!!!!! As I posted previously things are getting quite busy at the moment, well over the weekend I have found out that the group of artists that Chris and I are involved with have been given an exhibition space to be hung at the beginning of March next year at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant, Hampshire.  Although both of us have been working towards this exhibition for a while, we both have a lot of work to do to be ready by March!!!!!

Anyway we have just returned from a short break in Cornwall, such a beautiful place, and are now full of inspiration for new work.  Although these ideas probably won't come into play until at least January 2012.  So watch this space!!!!!!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Busy times ahead.

Classes are running well, and are full up with waiting lists.  We have a few fairs to go to before Christmas, but we are going to be flat out making new work for shows next year.

We have finally bitten the bullet and applied for some of the BIG shows.  Read BIG as expensive to enter!!!!!! But we won't know until we try, whether we can be successful selling at this type of event or not.  Also we will be concentrating a bit more on garden ornamentation with our leaded glass, as this is a very good medium for outdoor "stuff".

The new studio venue is working well, and both Chris and I feel it was definitely a move worth making.  It's great to be sharing with another creative person, as we can chat about our work, discuss new pieces etc. or we can just work happily away in a comfortable silence.  Chris and I were saying the other day that it's a bit like the studio spaces we had at University where there were others around doing their own thing.

We will be having a short break this week, as we are off to Cornwall for a few days before the next round of classes begin, and the concentrated making for next year gets under way.

Till next time, I bid you ta-ta!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

We're back once more

When Chris and I first decided to go into business I don't think we fully appreciated how much of our time Decima Designs would take up.  The days, weeks and months seem to whizz by in a flurry of teaching and making, and before we know it we are back on our way to Christmas!!!  I think we would both agree though, that we would rather be doing this than anything else in the world.  We are both passionate about what we do and enjoy every minute of it.

Decima Designs has once again moved premises, this time to a purpose built art studio in Drayton, Nr Portsmouth, Hants.  Although the area we have is slightly smaller than that of our last studio in Droxford, the whole ambience is much more suited to what we do.  We share the studio with Wildlife Artist Alan Longmore, whose work is absolutely incredible.  We hold our glass classes in this studio, and our pottery course is still run out of Making Space in Havant.

Anyway, things are moving forward for us. We are busy at the moment making leaded glass pieces for some Garden Shows we are going to next year, as well as trying to keep on top of the Christmas making and commissions that have come in.  We have had to condense our classes from 5 to 4 weekly to free up more making time.  The classes we are running are full at the moment, so we must be doing something right. LOL!

Arron & Sarah
This year has been particularly busy for me in a personal capacity.  My son Arron married his fiancee Sarah in May, and my daughter Jodie married her fiance Dave in August.  We handmade all the invitations and other stationary for both weddings, and I also made 2 bridesmaids dresses and 8 leaded glass table decorations for Jodie and Dave's wedding, as well as drying hundreds of rose petals to use as confetti at the August wedding.  I must say though, that I could not have been more proud or happy at both the weddings, Arron asked Jodie to be his best person at his wedding, and then he gave Jodie away at hers.  To see both of my children so close to each other, and so happy on their respective wedding days was a sight to behold.
Jodie & Dave

So I think that after 2011, the year of 2012 might be a bit tame!

Leaded Glass table decoration
The Bridesmaids

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hello Again!

Hello again everyone, and I hope the New Year has been good to you all so far.

The Christmas period was a good time for us business wise, with our sales at the Christmas Fair at Harold Hillier Gardens far exceeding our expectations.  Our little glass Christmas decorations were the hit of the year I think!!!!! After the first weekend we had to rush back to the studio and make more to fill up our display ready for the following weekend.

The Gift Card idea went down well and we have sold several courses and workshops through that scheme.  So there are people now coming to our courses because someone was thoughtful enough to give them this as a Christmas or Birthday gift.

Anyway, January is upon us and we have a whole new year to fill.  Our glass and pottery classes are going well, and it's time to think about designing new stock for our outlets as well as finding more outlets to sell our work.

Hopefully this year we will be taking part in more fine art exhibitions with our own individual work.  Chris with her mixed media pieces, and me with my ceramics.  We are definitely taking part in the Havant Arts Trail this year with our fellow artists in Group AF, and there is a possibility that Group AF will also be holding an exhibition at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant. So busy times ahead.

I am honoured to have had my raku fired wall piece 'Wasteland, used as a header on the newsletter of Portmouth Genealogy ( and would recommend this site to anyone researching their family history.

Well, belated Happy New Year to you all.