Thursday, 16 April 2015

New Greeting Cards and Preparation for this Saturday in Kinsale!

Here are my new greeting cards for Spring 2015!

'Untitled' is now available in 4 different colourways- 'Heather', 'Peat', 'Bluebell' and 'Slate'

'Blue Butterfly' is now also available with a Slate Grey background!

Card details:

❀ Size A6 | 14.8 x 10.5 cm
❀ Digitally printed
❀ Printed on 300gsm card
❀ Outside is coated (glossy)
❀ Inside is uncoated (matte- ideal for writing)
❀ Back of each design reads 'Blank inside for your own message' and features my logo and new website.
❀ Cards come with a brown envelope

These new designs will be available from my Etsy store soon. They are also available for wholesale, just drop me a line at

So, I have been busy packing for the market in Kinsale on Saturday (you can read all about it in my last post here) and this is what 200 greeting cards looks like!

Here is a sample of what I will have with me on the day...

I picked up this Butterfly print from the framers a few days ago and am half tempted to keep it myself ;)


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Kinsale Craft Corner on Saturday 18th April

On Saturday the 18th of April I will be at Kinsale Craft Corner at the Temperance Hall in the centre of Kinsale town. On the day I will be selling original artworks, art prints, greeting cards, notebooks and my new 'Daisy-Chain' vinyl packaging tape. Here is a selection of the things that I will have with me on the day..

There will be a wide range of good quality local hand made crafts including jewellery, ceramics, woodturning, healthy baking, felt accessories, decorations, prints, knitting and photography.

The craft fair opens at 10am and runs until 6pm.

On the same day the popular annual event 'Kinsale’s Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival ' is taking place. The beautiful seaside town, which is 18 miles from Cork City, will be transformed into an open-air street market from 1pm-4pm with food stalls and family fun. As Kinsale is the gourmet food capital of Ireland this is guaranteed to be a fantastic event and a great day out!

I hope to see you there, Lily x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Artist Feature: The Wonderful work of Sophie Bruen

The simple and sleek forms that ceramicist Sophie Bruen uses combined with the detailed and delicate insects and foliage really captured my eye when I came across her artist page on Facebook. When you follow Sophie's work it is lovely to see how she is constantly evolving as an artist, creating new pieces and really having fun with the craft. Each piece is beautiful in a different way- from the simplicity of a white dish with one single green fern curled up inside to the complex kaleidoscope patterns where multicoloured butterflies fly off a white background. The images below are just a small sample of the large body of work that Sophie has created in a surprisingly short space of time.

1. How did your business come about (and when did you start)?

I started up my studio in March 2013 after leaving my job and taking the plunge into self employment. I lost my sister unexpectedly a few years previously and in realising first hand that life is truly too short it was imperative for me to make every minute count and do something that filled my soul with the 'good stuff'.

2. Can you give a quick insight into your working method? (ideas, techniques, etc.)

I make hand-crafted ceramics, mostly functional and always inspired by the natural world. I use the slip casting method with white earthenware clay and plaster moulds, which I make. All my work is then hand glazed. I photograph my subject matter whether it be insects, flora or fauna (I have a huge collection of entomology at home!) and then transfer the images onto ceramic paper to fire onto my pots.

3. What has been the hardest single obstacle to your life in design (apart from a shortage of time, which seems to be universal amongst creatives!)?

The hardest single obstacle, obviously apart from time, is balancing home life with my studio work as I am a single parent working from home. Quite often the house is an utter mess and I find myself throwing food to my daughter from the studio!!

4. How do you stay motivated? What inspires you?

I am constantly motivated, the natural world, besides anything to do with shapes and forms of my clay work, is an ever wondrous excitement! I often wake at 3am with new design ideas.

5. What has been the icing on the cake for you as an artist/designer?

The icing on the cake for me as an artist has to be the dialogue I hold with all my customers and followers on Facebook. They are a constant source of encouragement. I love them all.xx

6. Who do you admire (other artists/designers; other people generally) and what/who are your biggest influences, past or present?

What I admire most in other people/artists is integrity and simply striving to be the best they can be, whether that be painter, ceramicist, baker, candlestick maker.......constantly striving for fulfillment and the desire to be good at what they do.

My biggest influence would be someone who can look straight into the eyes of adversity and manage to flourish.

7. Describe your creative space creative space...hhhmmmmm, well it is very untidy! I am constantly covered in clay and plaster (much to my daughters dismay at school pickup). My studio is forever lagged with clay etc dead insects, bones and skulls! I also have a dreadful habit of dispersing scraps of paper with ideas on everywhere. I am not very organised!

8. What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

The best piece of advice I have ever been given was from my late father. He told me in no uncertain terms (he was a formidable man and artist) "Sophie, it is imperative that you must live for work and not work to live." I think I have succeeded albeit got through many a tin of baked beans in the process!

You can keep up to date with Sophie's work here...

(all above images are ©  Sophie Bruen Ceramics)