Apr 17, 2015

Welsh Week: I Love Ty Siriol Ceramics & Crafts! + Giveaway



I love Ty Siriol Ceramics & Crafts, it's such a wonderful shop filled with gorgeous ceramics.


I love the amount of detail and the beautiful paintwork.


Everything has been made with so much love and care and the result is stunning.


 
Cathy will tell you a bit more about herself and her shop.


I’m Cathy and I produce ceramics and pottery in beautiful Wales.
Most my wares are crafted with various hand building techniques involving rolling, shaping, sculpting and carving. I use earthenware clay in various colours, including white, black and terracotta. Once the greenware (unfired clay) has been fired (into bisqueware) I then have great fun with painting designs and experimenting with glazes. I really love opening the kiln after the glaze firing to see what little treasures I find, it’s like Christmas morning to me! If you’d like to see a blog post with the steps involved in making one of my leaf bowls then you can find it here.


Recently I’ve bought a pottery wheel and I’m spending time learning how to throw pots as well. I named my wheel Lily. I named my kiln Kenny as well, mainly so I can say, ‘Oh my god! I’ve kilned Kenny!’ from Southpark. I do omit the last part though so I’m child friendly ;).
 
My main inspiration is from Mother Nature herself. I grew up running through fields and always being outside so I feel a connection to the Earth. No, I’m not a hippy, but I do appreciate all the natural beauty around us each day. 

 
The name Ty Siriol Ceramics came from my parent’s farm in South Wales, Ty Siriol Farm. Ty Siriol is Welsh for cheerful/happy house and is pronounced ‘tee si-ree-ol’. I didn’t grow up there on the mountain, but grew up 2 miles down the road in the valley below, so these fields really were my stomping grounds, well before my parents owned any of them! 


You’ll see a recurring theme with leaves in my work. Some pieces, such as the leaf bowl above, are made from individually crafted leaves whereas others are decorated with leaf motifs that are often impressed with leaves that I’ve gather from the woods opposite my house. Flowers are slowly creeping into my work as well. 

 
Pottery was my hobby before I set up a shop on Etsy. I was medically retired from being medical research scientist about 6 years ago after becoming ill and then pottery was more a therapy than anything else, it still is now if I’m honest. The feel of clay bending to your will and the satisfaction in seeing something created from what is essentially clay dug from the earth is amazing. I get immense satisfaction and relaxation from pottery, especially on the wheel. 


There were two main factors though which made me decide to open an online business. Sadly, I found myself a single parent and was encouraged by my disability advisor to sell what I made to make some extra money as I’m not considered employable any more. A friend of mine told me about Etsy and how easy it was to use and with her encouragement I took the leap. At first it’s terrifying. What if no one likes what I make? What if I don’t sell anything? So many questions run through your mind. However, I was really surprised when I did start to sell and then the lovely reviews started to come in. It was such a boost to my confidence and I’ve made some wonderful friends over the years.
 
 
 The second reason was simply that I was unable to display or gift any more of my creations and if I wanted to keep on crafting and challenging myself I would have to become self-employed. So now I work for the most understanding boss who gives me the school holidays off and as much sick leave as I need without complaining! I am happy being a small business and I am expanding my range at a rate that is comfortable. My family are a fantastic support and my mother, Christina, is now running our second Etsy shop, Ty Siriol Crafts, where our other crafts, such as paintings, greetings cards and crocheted goods are showcased.


I don’t think I use any particularly Welsh influences in my work, although I have just taken a Welsh dragon plaque out of the kiln ready to be painted. My influences are from the Welsh countryside but are not unique to Wales necessarily.


As far as being an artist in Wales is concerned, I think it’s a beautiful and very inspiring part of the world. In the summer it’s great to open up the doors on the workshop and see the woods opposite with the sunlight breaking through the gaps in the leaves above. I love Wales and I think no matter where I live, and I have lived in California and England as well, Wales will always be my homeland and where I return to. It’s in my blood. 


 I'm very much in love with Cathy's leaves and her beautiful jewelry pieces. 


Cathy is such a kind person, her customer service is great.


Enjoy shopping!


One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a wonderful prize. 


This person will get the chance to spend £15 at Ty Siriol Ceramics & Crafts.

Good luck!

I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

35 comments:

  1. maybe Fern heart ring dish, trinket dish with green fern

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    1. I do love the pieces that feature ferns. Cath xx

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  2. Terracotta and white ceramic heart pendant

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    1. I'm actually wearing a similar one today! :D

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  3. https://www.etsy.com/listing/127945779/sale-blue-ceramic-heart-pendant-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_9 Love this pendant :)

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    1. Thank you Dawn. This is such a pretty and delicate piece as well. Cxx

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  4. https://www.etsy.com/listing/176320171/sale-ceramic-pendant-with-blue-flower-on?ref=pr_faveitems
    Ceramic pendant with blue flower on a blue cord with silver clasp

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    1. Thanks Trillina, it is one of my favourites. Cxx

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  5. Don't forget that with the smaller items you can select more than one to make up to your £15 voucher! ;-)

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  6. Great to see the story behind the shop name and the lovely ceramics you create.

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  7. I would choose the heart ring holder, its so cute.

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    1. I agree. I have to keep my rings safe somewhere when I get the clay out! ;-)

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  8. I love https://www.etsy.com/listing/164423369/ceramic-heart-dad-for-fathers-day

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  9. One of the jewellery dishes as my bracelets/studs are spread all over my dressing table!

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    1. I'm sure I would have lost my engagement and wedding rings by now if it wasn't for my ring dish! I don't wear them when I play with clay. ;)

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  10. I love the White dove ceramic hanging

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  11. I do like this Bleeding Heart Bowl:
    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/230108696/bleeding-heart-bowl-in-red-and-bronze?ref=shop_home_active_7

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    1. I recently started doing a few bleeding heart designs. I love the way the glazes run into each other. Cath xx

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  12. I love love love this ceramic dish https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153379333/potpourri-leaf-dish-in-bronze-ideal-for?ref=shop_home_active_7

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    1. Thank you Ruzaika. That was cut from a real leaf! Cath xx

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  13. i will choose this : https://www.facebook.com/hana.clay/posts/624555731007837

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  14. I'd love to have a trinket bowl to keep my wedding and engagement rings in. The blue heart is my favorite!

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  15. Hi! Lovely shop! I would probably get the Purple ceramic heart ring dish with love message. So perfect for my bedroom. Thank-you. :)

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  16. https://www.etsy.com/pt/listing/231521079/ceramic-wall-hanging-anyone-for-cake?ref=related-0 :)

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