It’s that time of year again! Creative Studios all over Perthshire and Kinross-shire are opening their doors to the public.
And, because we are mid-move, you get not one, but two venues from MoKa Pottery this year. We have our shop fully stocked – at our home for the last five years – at historic Cultybraggan Camp.
Our weekend “Make A Mug” workshops that were a big hit last year will be held at our new studio premises at Tullybannocher. We are located in the grounds of the garden centre, and there is a cafe on site as well as a lovely gift shop, so it’s well worth a visit.
We hope you will pop in and see us. We are open at Cultybraggan every day during the Open Studios period, from 10am to 5pm and we have Make A Mug workshops scheduled for 12 noon and 3pm (lasting approx 2 hours each) on both Saturdays and Sundays during Open Studios.
Make a Mug Workshop sessions are limited to four places, so do please book in advance to secure your spot. Normal price is £30 but we have a POS Special price of £25 per person, £45 for two people booking together.
We have some other great offers at Cultybraggan because of the move, so pop in and grab something special for your home, or a gift for someone else, this week.
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 😉
PPS: We WILL be having an opening event so watch our social media or check back here for details soon
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.
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.
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. 🙂
(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!
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.
We had a fantastic day on Sunday at our Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie, and raised a whopping £230 for the charity. What a great way to kick off the next 12 months of fundraising for this wonderful organisation.
Here are a few of the highlights of the day:
Much hilarity fooling around with the #cakeface photo booth we made!