Upcycled Gifts That Light Up Any Room
BRINGING VINTAGE TO THE TABLE
My other great love is teapots, coffee pots and ‘proper’ teacups. I love them! So much nicer than what you get today. But cupboards couldn’t take the strain with all the rescued pottery coming home so I needed to find something to do with them. After a fair bit of trial and error using plates to get used to drilling the ceramic (resulting in lots of broken dishes!) the upcycled tea and coffee pot lamps were born. No two of my artisan product designs are the same. Each piece is unique as they are created using vintage pots and cups.
I started to sell my artisan products at markets which was thanks to the growth in popularity in artisan events. My first artisan market was in Sandbach just once a month and now I sell my handmade goods all over Cheshire, the North West and Staffordshire. I try to make sure I get at least 2 days a month to produce my handmade goods, but this doesn’t always happen! I’m still working full time so often ‘making’ has to be done when I get home at night.
I’ll certainly keep doing markets as they are my shop window and I love meeting people and seeing them laugh and smile at the pictures. I have a website which I’d like to develop but I’ll stay small and select. I love what I do and I wouldn’t want that to change by getting too big. My favourite orders are where I’m asked to recreate someone as a minifigure. I love the reaction when the finished picture is sent for final approval.
When I’m not with the little people in their Lego minifigure display cases (!) I love poking around finding pots and cups to turn into lamps. To be able to give a new lease of life and purpose to a beautiful piece of ceramic is hugely satisfying. The stories they could tell!