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Christmas Gifts In My Etsy Shop

Hello, I thought I should let everyone know that although the house renovations are taking a lot longer than expected and I’ve not been able to do much making I still have new stock going into my shop regularly as I kept some work back for pre Christmas listing on Etsy. It’s something I do every year as it saves me having a mad rush making stock in November and December.

Click on the images if you would like to see more information.

There are some gorgeous acer leaf pieces including ecoprinted silk scarves, this one is in gorgeous muted shades.

Ecoprint silk scarf

Also acer leaf prints on paper, both framed, or to frame yourself. I’m always conscious of the price of posting so I like to have some lightweight gifts available.

There are some smaller ceramic gift ideas as well including snowdrop hearts which are usually sold out at this time of year. I made twice as many last January and held some back for the run up to Christmas.

There are a couple of ceramic soap dishes left but I have some waiting for a glaze firing so hopefully I might get them done this week.

I need to get a raku firing done as well as my hanging leaves are selling fast.

Mackerel are still available and small fish too, but these sell out really quickly.

There are days I wish there were more hours, I’m still decorating and waiting for the kitchen and floors to be finished, hopefully the house will be finished for Christmas. Maybe Santa will find my oven and oak flooring on the container ship and bring me a surprise delivery soon 🙂

Have a great weekend.

Jill

Ecoprinted Silk Scarves – Working With The Seasons.

As you know, if you read my blog regularly a lot of what I do is seasonal. I like to use plant material in much of my work.

Autumn has sneakily crept up on me rather quickly this year, I have fallen behind with so much going on at home. Also it’s a bit of a paradox as I have been waiting patiently for the leaves to fall in order to get some bare tree photos to use in an artwork, but also I need to collect leaves before they are all gone.

If you read my last post about my walk in Dubbs Moss looking for inspiration here is the finished piece. I have another one to make inspired by another walk and a rather special (to me) tree so I can hang them as a pair.

On the other face of the paradox I am rushing about collecting leaves for ecoprinting before they are all gone.

I have managed to get some ecoprinted silk scarves made and into my shop before the Christmas rush.

Ecoprinted silk scarf

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and I can get out with my camera and get that bare tree photo to finish the diptich, and collect some fallen leaves along the way.

Enjoy your day.

What’s New From Kiln Fired Art?

We are still in the process of updating our house, unfortunately we don’t know when it will be finished as the oven and oak flooring are stuck on the high seas somewhere.

Making stock is pretty much on hold as I can barely get a foot in the studio but I am able to keep Flat Bottles UK up and running as I can access my kilns.

All of this has got me thinking that maybe shopping early for Christmas is probably wise. I will be looking for UK based handmade gifts that are in stock to avoid any complications.

I am adding stock to my shop as I had things made already but when it has gone my virtual shelves will be pretty empty. Unless I can get the studio up and running again, I do intend to have a raku firing soon as I had planned for it.

Here’s some of my latest additions to Kiln Fired Art on Etsy.

A shoal of small raku glazed fish, as well as larger ones like mackerel, or flat fish.

Other ceramic wall art includes raku leaves, and moon gazing hares and plant tiles.

There are botanical prints ready to frame, a few silk scarves and paper packs for crafting your own work of art.

Also recycled wine bottles which are always popular as gifts. There are bottle dishes and spoon rests which are going like hot cakes just now.

Hopefully I will be back in the the studio soon, I never thought back in June that things would take this long.

Last Minute Gifts From Kiln Fired Art

Looking for a last minute gift ? Here are some gift ideas that I have in my shop.

I can post directly to the recipient and if you want I can include a message for you too.

I can’t guarantee delivery in time for Christmas as this is out of my control but I will do all I can on my part.

Ten pounds and under.

Handmade gifts £10 and under

Ten to twenty pounds.

Over twenty pounds.

I may decide to close my shop on Tuesday but you can always message me if there’s something you would like.

5 Mothers Day Gifts Under £10 That Mum Will Love.

Mother’s Day is not far off now but you still have time to find a handmade gift Mum will love, and you can free up your time by shopping online.

Here’s some gift ideas for Mum that are available in my shop.

Handmade soap dish  with holes £10 + P&P.

This handmade soap dish has draining holes and feet, it has a deeply textured design and a blue green shiny glaze which give the soap dish a kind of Moroccan feel Mum will love.
Ceramic soap dish with holes

Ceramic snowdrops heart £8 + P&P.

The beauty of snowdrops captured forever in this ceramic hanging heart. Mother’s Day hanging heart

Ceramic fish £8 each + P&P.

Ceramic fish to make Mum smile, why not treat her to her own shoal of fish.

Ceramic fish wall art

Ceramic pendant necklace £9 + P&P.

A unique and stylish ceramic necklace Mum will love, there will never be another necklace like this one.
Ceramic pendant necklace

Leaf tray for rings or tealight £9.

The perfect little leaf tray made from a real host leaf, for Mum’s rings or a tealight.

Ceramic leaf ring dishThis is just five gift ideas under £10 but there’s more  handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas in my shop.  Why not take a look.

New eco printed silk scarves

As part of my plan to work with the seasons I have been eco printing silk scarves in plenty time to stock my shop for Christmas.

I normally steam all my scarves but I’ve bought a huge aluminium pot for fabric dyeing so I thought I’d boil some scarves to see how they would turn out. I love the effect of the twine  from tying the bundles. I got some beautiful and unusual asymmetrical scarves, that  also have a mirror image effect from the folding.

Eco Printed Scarves

This is all one scarf, it has sweet chestnut leaves and geranium.

Close up of a sweet chestnut leaf.Eco Printed Scarves

This shows a print from the other side of a leaf, with twine marks.

Eco Printed Scarves

I love the way the pattern is graded along the length of the scarf, almost like 2 scarves in one, the other end is much lighter. Eco Printed Scarves

I think this scarf is my favourite out of this batch, I love the asymmetrical ends, the rose leaves and the twine marks. Can you see the ‘butterflies’?

Eco Printed Scarves

Eco Printed Scarves

The folding with leaves and onion skins create symmetry. Eco Printed Scarves

Eco Printed Scarves

Eco Printed ScarvesI steamed some scarves as well, these two have been dyed with a food based dye before placing the leaves.
Eco Printed Scarves
Eco Printed Scarves

This one was left the natural silk colour, this scarf has some gorgeous leaf prints showing the detailing from the veins.

Eco Printed Scarves

 

Eco Printed Scarves

There are more photos and more silk scarves over in my Etsy shop if you would like a look.

I love the eco dying process so much, working with foliage connects me with nature, and sometimes a memorable walk, but also I love not being totally in control and working with serendipity, but of course I don’t always win them all. I printed a cotton T shirt and it looked like someone had washed the floor with it. Not a good look.

I have to prune my apple trees  soon, I hope to make a dye from the shoots and leaves, then make a Japanese cross over back apron top, more to follow.