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MoKa Pottery is on the Move!

Hot on the heels of our house move – the studio is also moving.

We will soon be located at Tullybannocher, just outside Comrie. Right next to the Tullybannocher Cafe, in the grounds of the Riverside Garden Centre. What a fantastic location to work in and, when you’re visiting, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a coffee, some AMAZING food (the scone portions have to be seen to be believed) and something nice for your garden while you’re there.

See you soon!

PS: Sorry there’s no image of the new place yet. Just saving it for next time when we can do a proper big Moving In launch. Or it may be a technical issue that I can’t upload right now… I’ll leave you to choose ūüėČ

PPS: We WILL be having an opening event so watch our social media or check back here for details soon

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Strathearn Marathon 2019

Strathearn Marathon medal hand crafted by MoKa Pottery

We have been quietly working away in the background and are delighted to now introduce our latest custom project; medals for the Strathearn Marathon which starts and finishes right at the pottery in Cultybraggan Camp.

If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, Sunday 9th June 2019, the Marathon finishers will start coming in from around 11.30am.¬† We will be at the finish line excitedly cheering on the athletes as they complete the gruelling 26.2 mile course and are awarded their completely unique, hand crafted medals.¬† We are also providing, for the second year, the trophies for 1st place finishers.

You can keep up with all the action on the Strathearn Marathon Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StrathearnMarathon

Hope to see you at the finish line.

Kath

 

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Make A Mug Workshops

Over the first few months of 2018, we have been lucky to host a number of groups participating in our ‘Make a Mug’ Workshops.¬† From two groups of 8 teachers to a 21-person hen party (bizarrely¬†including 1 stag!) as well as private family groups, we have had quite the variety of participants and each group has been a lot of fun to work with.

We have decided now to open up these workshops on a more regular basis and will shortly be releasing a schedule of planned ‘Make A Mug’ sessions over the next few months.

Each session will be 2 hours, and in that time we will demonstrate and instruct in hand-building with slabs of clay, including surface decoration with textures and an explanation of the firing and glazing process.  At the end of the session, each participant will have completed one mug and chosen a final glaze finish from our wide selection of glaze sample tiles.

We will then take the mug through the remainder of the process, drying slowly and into the kiln for first firing, applying the glaze finish and then into the kiln for second and final firing.

The price of the workshop is £25 per person and covers all tuition, materials, firings and 2nd class UK shipping for one mug.  If there is a large group, a single delivery location will be agreed, or mugs can be collected from the studio by arrangement.  Contact us if you have a specific date in mind for your party of 6 or more, or watch this space for details of the dates of the open workshops.

This is such a fun workshop, a real event and a fabulous day out in historic surroundings for you and your friends.  A fantastic workplace team building event, birthday or hen/stag celebration, and with your own hand-made BY YOU mug to show for it.  When dates are released, we will also be releasing Gift Vouchers for sale for the open workshops, or for a 6-person (or more) private workshop.

UPDATE: Here’s the link to buy a gift voucher for one person to attend a Make-a-mug workshop and here’s the link discounted for two people to attend a Make-a-mug workshop together. Buy a gift for your favourite person and insist that they bring you along!

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Happy New Year

Jeremy Randall workshop         5th May 2018

I know, it’s February, but better late than never.

What an amazing start we’ve had to 2018. The building works continue in the studio but we’re getting there.

In January we had a workshop for a group of teachers as part of the Fire Starter Festival firestarterfestival.com and coming up later we’re having a Hen Party workshop which should be interesting.

We’re really excited about an event coming up in May. We are having a one-day demonstration workshop with renowned American ceramic artist Jeremy Randall.

There are lots more events planned throughout the year so stay tuned.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Only 12 sleeps to go, apparently!¬† (My brother-in-law does a daily count-down on Facebook so there’s no getting away from it!)

We will be helping out with your last minute¬†Christmas shopping by opening the shop at the studio on Christmas Eve Eve (Saturday 23rd) from 2 pm till 7 pm for those last-minute,¬†one-of-a-kind, hand-made gifts that you just can’t get in the big stores.

There may be mince pies and mulled wine.

 

 

 

In other news, we have been working hard in the background on both the studio and the website (this is our excuse for the appalling lack of blog posts, although we did manage to slip in a wee motorhome holiday too).

In the studio we have new exterior doors (so no more draughts), new interior walls (so we can heat smaller spaces in the studio easier), we are currently working on a¬†pretty new fireplace in the shop for displays¬†and rumour has it there may even be a wood stove on the way! Also, very soon we will have a loo (albeit without running water and drainage for now, so technically just a small room at the back of hut where the loo will eventually be situated.¬†But it will have walls and a door, so that’s something.

 

 

 

 

We are also now launching into a major making bonanza to get the shop and web shop stocked up for the New Year.  Also in the shop, we have a snazzy new credit card processing and point-of-sale system that will make checkout faster, and help us keep control of our stock levels.

On the website front, we have been making all the necessary preparations to set up our online shop.  From the techy WordPress self-hosted site with Woocommerce selling platform, we are able to host all of our own online selling.  We had the first of a couple of sessions of product photography this week, and once we write up all the descriptions, we will have everything in stock up on the web for your shopping convenience.

 

We will keep our Etsy store for now, but everything you can get there, you’ll be able to find on here too. Soon. ūüôā

 

(GeekSpeak Alert!) Woocommerce has lots of bells and whistles, including the fantastic ability to connect up our online stock levels to what’s actually IN the shop, so we’ll have a proper grown-up joined-up selling system.¬† On top of that, I’ve just worked out tonight that I can send all our sales info from the web AND the shop direct to our accounts system.¬† Which is great, as I’m no longer working as a bookkeeper and want to minimise what we are doing in our own business to give me more time and head-space to create, without upsetting the tax man! (End of GeekSpeak)

So, there we are.  We have been quiet, but with good reason.  We hope you can come along on Christmas Eve Eve for our last-minute shopping night.  If not*, we would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and all the very best for 2018.

 

*This doesn’t mean this is the last blog post of the year, but given our track record, I’m covering our bases!

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New Opening Hours

With effect this week, we have new permanent opening hours at the pottery shop in Cultybraggan.

New Hours:

Mon: Noon – 5pm

Tue: Noon – 5pm

Wed: Closed

Thu: Noon – 5pm

Fri: Noon – 5pm

First Sunday of every month and other weekends by appointment.

 

Pop in and say hi and see what we’ve been working on, or get a preview of the latest works in progress.

 

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Thank you for a great week

Thanks to everyone who came along to see us during Perthshire Open Studios, it was lovely to see some familiar faces but also to meet so many new people who came from far and wide.

It was a fantastic week and the weather was more or less kind to us.

We can’t wait for next year.

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Perthshire Open Studios 2017

We are taking part in Perthshire Open Studios again this year so we hope we will see you during the nine days.

Venue 106 on the Green route

10am – 7pm
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Cultybraggan Camp

We are very fortunate to have our studio in one of the Nissen huts at Cultybraggan Camp in Comrie, Perthshire. We are now regularly making and selling hand-built pottery huts and a percentage of the profits are donated to the Comrie Development Trust, to fund further development of the visitor attraction within the camp, and towards the running of guided tours and open day events by the Heritage Group throughout the year.

Here’s a sneak peek of the first huts drying in preparation for their first firing.



The big one in the first picture is for a special project coming up, but I may make more as money boxes too.

The wee ones look so cute all lined up in rows (just like in the camp) and I am really looking forward to having them all glazed and fired so I can play with -errrmmm – sell them to raise some cash for this fab group who do so much.

Kath