Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Muddy Fingers Pottery at Glastonbury (with a little bit of Treacle!)

I have a number of passions – my children, my friends, my business, yarn, music. I was so disappointed to miss out on Glastonbury tickets despite my best efforts using two phones and two computers, I had to have an hour consoling myself – truly. I used to go to Reading Festival for years when I was younger (as I lived nearby) and went to Glastonbury once before, 20 years ago. I just need to go again!

So I thought I'll try in the re-sale. I texted my talented and lovely friend Diane, half of Muddy Fingers Pottery, as I knew she was having a stall at Glastonbury, to see if I did manage to get lucky, I could get a lift all that way with her. And you know what, this is how lovely she is – she said if I work with her on the Muddy Fingers stall, I can have a Trader Ticket. Really, truly, totally! I still can't quite believe it but now I am not only going to Glastonbury to see a swathe of brilliant bands but I'm going with my friend, for a week, on a massive road trip, to sell gorgeous pottery too.

I first met Diane a year ago at the Heritage Skills Fair in Tynemouth Station.  We are equally obsessed by yarn (me) and clay (Diane) and are super hardworking and focussed women in our businesses. Muddy Fingers Pottery make specialist cookware alongside bespoke kitchen and homewares. They are a small independent pottery based in the North East with two of the regions most talented and forward-thinking potters taking the business to the next level.

Alongside designing and making new products, Muddy Fingers develops and produces its own glazes for their stoneware products. But they don't just make pots! They run classes, make bread ovens, design and make tipi fire pits, run workshops and Raku sessions, pit firing and more – Diane and Marv just love to play with clay! They began to supply Treacle with yarn bowls, which have proved very popular with our customers. We have forged links between our businesses and continue to develop and explore new ideas.

If you're lucky enough to be going to Glastonbury too, follow this blog, join in, tell us who you're must-sees are (Lucy Rose, Haim, First Aid Kit, Alt J, Steve Mason, Toro Y Moi, Kenny Rogers, oh and The Rolling Stones are our first thoughts!) and don't forget to come and say hello. We'll be posting teasers of the beautiful items that will be for sale, how our preparations are coming along, how our excitement is growing, and if you aren't lucky enough to have a ticket, tell us if you want a gig report on anyone in particular!
Marv & Diane at Christmas!

Now, time to find the Glastonbury Muddy Fingers Stall scarf pattern ...

Kym :-)

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