Firstly, we took delivery of our first big order from one of the suppliers we're using for bisque and other equipment. Not only does this mean that we now have a stonking great kiln in the back of the shop:
(Check out that control panel! The manual is about the size of the Yellow Pages...)
But we've also been able to start painting up samples for the shop! Here's a sample of our handiwork - we've started with the kids stuff which is basically like fun colouring-in, and are just moving on to decorating bowls, plates and mugs having got used to the techniques, which brushes to use, etc. You'll notice the colours look very pale and dull - this is part of the fun of ceramics painting, as when glazed and fired they'll be transformed to bright, glossy colours.
(Yes, poor Snow White does look a little goggle-eyed... I still need a little practice doing eyes!)
The shop itself is a hive of
The sign arrived this week, and just needs to be installed on the shop-front - quite a tricky job which may well test K's fear of heights!
Enormous, isn't it?
The walls are now painted, with a lovely purple colour in the front window area and back section:
And, possibly (sadly) the most exciting thing to me, we got our tablecloths - polkadot vinyl, to bring a another splash of colour to the place.
Now I just have to work out a way of taping them to the tables...
Aaand finally, the holding page is up on our website! We still need to do the proper site, but it's great to have something, anything there. You can find it at www.seashoreceramics.co.uk, but it's pretty hard to find through a google search at the moment as I haven't done any of the techie stuff which needs doing behind the scenes yet.
I think that's quite enough for one week... We should hear by the 26th if our planning permission has gone though, so keep your fingers crossed for that, and with any luck we should be able to open in April. Time to start recruiting some customers!