If you fancy learning a new skill or are looking for a fun evening activity to do with friends, why not book on to a ceramic workshop with Aquila Cook from Love & Lovelier.
Quil has two new workshops coming up in June:
- mini bunting on June 6th at Cobbles, Ogmore on Sea and
- a ceramic coaster workshop on 11th June at Umber and Sienna, Taffs Well.
Links to the event pages can be found at the bottom of this blog.
I have been along to two of Quil's workshops at Umber & Sienna in Taffs Well, and had a great time. Quil is lovely and the atmosphere is relaxed so there's no need to worry if you have never done anything like this before. (Rachel from Umber&Sienna makes amazing brownies and a mean coffee too!)
I asked Quil to tell us a bit more about her workshops and her inspiration behind the themes...
When did you hold your first workshop?
It was about four years ago and it was making ceramic hearts to hang on the Christmas tree. It was so lovely to see everyone designing their own personalised decorations.
What do you enjoy most about running them?
It is wonderful when someone who is a self-proclaimed 'non-creative' makes something they are proud of.
How do you come up with ideas for your workshop themes?
Most of the workshops I run are making things that I make anyway. Like the mini bunting for example - it's one of my best sellers. But I mix it up with some other ceramic makes that I think people will enjoy having a go at. If I see something on Pinterest that I think people would be able to make in one sitting then I have a go myself and take it from there.
Do you have any favourite venues to hold them?
Until recently all my workshops have been at Umber & Sienna in Taffs Well, which is nice because it's in the woods and feels cosy and out of way (plus they do amazing brownies!) But I'm starting doing them a bit further afield now in The Little Welsh Dresser in Llandeilo, and Cobbles Kitchen in Ogmore by Sea. I also like coming to someone's house and doing a workshop at their kitchen table. Those ones tend to end up with a bit of relaxed party feel!
Do you need any experience to come along?
Absolutely no experience is needed! In fact I'd say anyone over the age of 8 would make something they'd be happy with. All the techniques are simple and I guide you through all the way. I have lots of stamps so no drawing ability is needed either.
Have you been on any workshops yourself?
Well actually yes, I love learning a new skill as much as the next person. I've been to upholstery classes, and most recently I learnt to 'throw' pots at the Cardiff Pottery Studios.
Quil is holding two workshops in June:
Mini bunting ceramic workshop at Cobbles Kitchen, Ogmore on Sea on June 6th.
Ceramic coaster workshop at Umber & Sienna, Taffs Well on June 11th.
Get booking and let me know if you do go along, and please share your creations to the Little Otter page. I'd love to see them!
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.