Thank you!

…for all your recent follows, messages and comments.  I really appreciate your interest in my work.  I also want to apologise for the inactivity on this blog, and my website being down, and to tell you that I update my facebook page regularly – it’s www.facebook.com/katrinmoyepage if you want to head over there and see loads of photos of recent work..!

Since Christmas I’ve been taking some time away from my normal making routine, which is partly why I’ve not updated much online recently (plus I can’t keep up with all the Instagram/blog/twitter/etc, I can only seem to do one at a time!) – anyway, I’m planning to write a much more detailed post about this new work when it’s at a stage when I can share it publicly.  I’m in the middle of a course on developing practice for makers, which focuses on making work in response to collections and public places.  My project is about peoples’ relationships with special objects in their lives, and I’m really looking forward to sharing more about this when I’ve developed it a bit more.

In the meantime, I’m always more than happy to make work to order, so please do get in touch if you would like to have more information about this.  My price range is from £10 for printed bone china mugs, to £28-£35 for handmade mugs, £45-£185 for handmade jugs and £40-£195 for handmade bowls.  The platters and other larger pieces are £160-£350.   Here are a few examples of work I’ve made over the last year or so…

Thanks again!

A couple of things…

frosty branches platterHello there … well, without wanting to get too Christmassy on the 7th November, I just thought I’d share a couple of things here with you.  I delivered this ‘Frosty Branches’ platter along with a nice big selection of other pieces to Gallery Nine in Bath yesterday, for their Christmas exhibition, which opens this Saturday 9th November and is on until 24th December.  Here is their website: www.gallerynine.co.uk

I also delivered lots of new work to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park – www.ysp.co.uk – for a craft showcase alongside the exhibition of Angie Lewin’s (www.angielewin.co.uk)work that is on from 16th November to 23rd February 2014.  I am so pleased to be there at the same time as one of my very top favourite artists!

I only just managed to get enough work together for these two shows – my kiln broke down after a power cut four weeks ago and I’ve only just managed to get it fixed, after much toing and froing – it needed a new set of elements, a new controller and then a new thermocouple … I’ve just turned it on now for a test firing, so if that works out I will be extremely relieved!

My kiln problems resulted in an unusual amount of seconds.  So my other piece of news is that I will be having an open studio event on Saturday 14th December, which will feature the work of the lovely Teresa Green (www.teresagreen.co.uk) as well as lots of my work plus seconds, bone china mugs, greetings cards, prints etc etc.  We will be open from 11-6pm, and will serve mulled wine and mince pies throughout the day.  Here is a copy of the amazingly tidy and high tech flyer I have just made:IMG_3641So if you are in the neighbourhood, please drop in and say hello!

My next post will feature images of new work that has come out perfectly from my newly renovated kiln….!

four mugs in a row

Well, here they are…I’ve been going on about getting a collection of manufactured mugs made with my designs for about a year, and now I finally have the first batch!  They came on a massive lorry from the manufacturers in Scotland last Friday, and I am really pleased with them.

There are two patterns – the ones on either end of the image are ‘Sunflowers’ and the middle ones are ‘Herb Garden’.  They were adapted from drawings I did of various plants in my back garden.  I thought it would be nice to have a ‘daytime’ and ‘night time’ version of the same design, for early morning cuppas and evening cocoa time, so that’s why the ‘Herb Garden’ ones have the sun and moon on them.

They are a nice and generous size – 9cm high by 8.75 diameter with a capacity of 350ml.  I have sold quite a few already this week to visitors to my studio, which is good news!

Now I keep thinking of more mug designs.  In fact I am itching to get on with making more!  I should have 3 or 4 more designs ready by Christmas so my plan is to expand the range in the New Year.  Updates coming up…!

If you would like to place an order for these mugs, please email me here: katrin.moye@ntlworld.com – or call me here: 07854 244412

Bovey Tracey Time

work benchHello and good morning, well it’s that time of year again (where did that last year go?!) for the wonderful contemporary craft fair at Bovey Tracey in Devon, on 7-9 June.  (www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk) – and this year it’s a special one, as they are celebrating their 10th year.  This fair is a really lovely one, set in marquees in the beautiful park of the little town Bovey Tracey, with such a lovely friendly atmosphere, and, of course, a magnificent selection of the UK’s top designer makers on show.  Above is an image of my work bench, with some of the hand drawn and cut paper resists that I use to make the decorations on my ceramics.  I can sometimes use them more than once, so I keep them there – plus it’s quite a nice record of the patterns and motifs I’ve been using.

I’ve been really busy over the past few months, mostly thinking really hard about my creative development- more of which in another post!  But also I’ve been making new pieces.  This one is one of a pair that I did in early spring.  I wanted to reflect that time of year with the colours and bare branches in the design, and the bird in the centre is a wren.There is a jug in the background with the same design in a vertical format.  It reminded me of Elizabethan embroidery and plasterwork when it came out of the kiln.  So it’s called ‘Elizabeth’. Wren Platter

Here are some more pictures of work that I’ll be bringing to my stand at Bovey Tracey.  I’ll also be giving a talk on my creative inspirations and development, on Sunday at 1.45pm.

Little wren jugs

Little wren jugs

Little wren bowls - 14cm diameter

Little wren bowls – 14cm diameter


studio shelves, ready to pack up!

studio shelves, ready to pack up!

fair isle tree and border jugs

fair isle tree and border jugs


wren and deer platters

wren and deer platters

and not forgetting, the tiny hoops!

and not forgetting, the tiny hoops!

I hope to see you there, it’s a lovely place to visit.  And the weather forecast says….Sunshine!

Next time, I’ll describe my creative development over the past few months, as I feel that I’ve had a bit of a mental breakthrough…and I’m very pleased about it.

'laurance jug and red berries' january 2013

‘laurance jug and red berries’ january 2013

Hello again….I’m writing this on a cold and misty February afternoon, waiting for a courier to come and collect nine boxes of freshly made and painted ceramics and watercolours to take up to Inverness for an exhibition at the Castle Gallery, (www.castlegallery.co.uk), which opens on the 2nd March.  I’ve had to leave my family in the swimming pool at Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest to come back and wait for him, so I really hope he turns up soon!  Well, at least the cat was delighted to see me again, so that I could give her some extra holiday food.

The show is called ‘Inspired to Design’, and features my work and that of Janine Partington, a maker who has long been a favourite of mine.  Here is her website: www.janinepartington.co.uk – as you can see from her site, she is a vitreous enamel artist and is also inspired by natural forms such as branches, seed heads and leaves, plus native english wildlife such as rabbits and birds.  She has been making scalpel cut line drawings for this show as well, which look amazing.  I just wish I could hop on a plane and go see her work when it’s up in the gallery!

I spent the first three weeks of this year painting watercolours for the exhibition, and then the last month has been spent flat out making ceramics for the show.  So there is a nice selection of 11 paintings, 65 various pieces of ceramics and 18  books made by Heather Dewick going on a long, long journey this evening.  I do hope that some of you can make it to see!  The show is on until 27th March.

As I spent three weeks concentrating on painting in January, I had the chance to really think about my 2d work, and how I would like to progress with it.   Having made about 8 new paintings in this time, I have decided that I would really like to  loosen my drawing and painting up a bit, and introduce a little bit of spontaneity and life – as I feel that although I have made progress technically, there is something rather static about my work that all the detail I concentrate on forces on the end result; and I’d much prefer it if there was a little bit more discernable joie de vivre going on, such as I feel there is in my ceramics.  I’m sure this can happen before too long, with practice – painting is still rather new compared to ceramics for me, which I have been doing for about 15 years now, so I should have cracked it by my mid 50s!

With this painting development in mind, I asked my good friend Sofie, who teaches life drawing, to come and give me an intensive ‘lose your inhibitions’ class in drawing, in exchange for a commissioned plate for her little boy.  She got me to do all kinds of things with charcoal that were designed to break me out of that teeny tiny detail thing I’ve been doing, and although I absolutely hated some of the exercises, I did enjoy some of them, such as drawing with the hand you don’t usually use, and I think that it will help me next time I am ready to do some more still life painting.

Anyway, meanwhile, here are a few of the watercolours that are going to the Castle Gallery (which are still nice I think, even though they demonstrate the above niggles!):

'succulents and checks' january 2013

‘succulents and checks’ january 2013

'birch tree' january 2013

‘birch tree’ january 2013

'snowdrops' january 2013

‘snowdrops’ january 2013

I quite like the non accurate slight wobble on the rim of that baking dish there.  That annoyed me while I was painting it, but I’m glad it’s like that now.  Maybe I should just relax a bit when I’m painting!

D71186 wax flowers

That one is called ‘Wax Flowers’.  I got them from the local flower shop, they reminded me of large scale heather, which I thought might be appropriate for Inverness!

There will also be a nice little selection of my ‘dandelion’ and ‘tiny hoops’ pattern tableware, plus some of the ‘fox and hens’ range, together with tree, deer, fair isle and paper cut border decorative ceramics.  Such as another one like this:

three trees long platter

three trees long platter

and some of these, although no dotted stripes:

hoops dandelions and stripes tableware  Well, I’ll finish now, to go and wait impatiently for that poor courier man (he’s going to find me jumping up and down with impatience when he turns up!), and then it’s back to centre parcs hopefully by nightfall!  Maybe I will have some photos to share soon of some nice, spontaneous and lively still lives…here’s hoping anyway!


Season’s Greetings!

Hello, I just wanted to share this watercolour that I did in the week before Christmas, as it’s quite nice and seasonal (it’s called Tordis Jug and Snowberries)…and also to say thank you so much for reading my blog over the last year – I’m always so delighted when people tell me that they are reading it.

I’ll be updating with a much longer post in the new year, when I’ve organised a few things coming up… fingers crossed I’ll have some exciting news to share!  Meanwhile, have a fabulous new year’s eve, and I hope to see you in 2013!

tordis jug and snowberries

Hello, just a quick post with pictures of some of the new work that I’ve been making for ‘Made London’, the show I’ll be attending this weekend, 26-28 October.  Have a look here for more details: www.madelondon.org.

I’ll be exhibiting on a group stand, called Fig 1, with five other makers including my printmaking mentor, Sarah Young – I’m really looking forward to it!  The show looks like it will be pretty amazing, with some fantastic makers there.  I hope you can come and see!