Sewing Stamps

Well I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep away from my needle and thread for long! I always find myself thinking of new ways to add a feeling of fabric to my ceramics. I’ve been inspired by the henna designs that I’ve been looking at while developing my sgraffito designs and I thought I’d have a go at recreating them with needle and thread. Using hand embroidery techniques I created these patterns with the idea of turning them into stamps to impress in the clay.           The stamps need to be pressed firmly into the
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Glazing Results

My design ideas are making their way through the kiln. These pieces have been glazed now so I can see the final results of my decorating techniques. I’ve used a black slip which needs to be applied in lots of thin layers to get a good clear black. I’ve started to enjoy the brushstrokes and more faded effect of my first attempts when the slip was applied with less layers. It’s surprising how something unintended can spark your ideas. It’s something that often happens in pottery as so many of the techniques are unpredictable. My time at the potters wheel has
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Sgraffito Doodles and Exploring Henna Designs

I’m now a few weeks into my new project and I’m really enjoying exploring a new design idea. I’ve started by working on sgraffito ideas. Using black slip and a nice scratchy pottery tool I have been doodling henna inspired designs on my thrown pieces. Throwing on the wheel I’ve enjoyed playing on the pottery wheel, making a mess and really testing my skills! Throwing is not an easy technique but certainly a fun one. I’ve started by working on bowls and small cups. I’ve always loved to create functionally pieces and the pottery wheel is ideal for this. So
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Introducing #designthroughmaking

Introducing #designthroughmaking I’m really excited to be starting work on a new project this year. My aims are to explore some new ideas, refresh my creative output and renew my love of designing and making. So where do I begin? I’m often asked about what my inspirations are when developing new ideas. Unlike other designers the starting point for me is not an inspirational image or landscape or sketch. I find inspiration through learning new techniques and playing with new materials. I call it designing through making. I love to learn a new technique. Although I’m mostly known for my porcelain
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2017- Refresh, Renew & Recreate

Hello everyone and welcome to 2017! Ok, I know this is a little bit late and I’ve clearly had a slow start to the year. It’s nearly the end of February now and the first two months have passed in a flash. Last week we celebrated my little Fiona’s first birthday so I feel like now I can start to make plans to get refocused on my designs again. Thank you to all our customers who kept in touch whilst I was on maternity leave and thank you to the Clare Gage team who kept things running so smoothly! So for
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Clare Gage Makes: Christmas Table Centre Decoration

It’s the festive season and if you’re anything like me you’ll be planning your gifts and decorations…and how you’ll make them all! I love a handmade Christmas. It’s so special to take the time to create pieces that add a personal touch to your celebrations. My favourite Christmas traditions include a touch of the handmade. From the decorations we made as children that still get hung on my parents’ tree to the homemade Christmas pudding that my dad serves with ceremony at the end of Christmas dinner. I see Christmas as an opportunity to create new designs, or perhaps just
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Beautiful Hand-made Limited Edition Festive Pieces by Clare Gage

Clare Gage’s unique work fuses textiles with ceramics to create stunning, yet functional, tableware, ornaments and jewellery. Each piece is individually handcrafted by Clare Gage herself in her workshop in Derbyshire. Her work is equally at home in contemporary, country, rustic, shabby chic or vintage interiors, making them an ideal Christmas gift. Some pieces have been given a festive twist for the month of December and each are limited edition, so when they are gone, they are gone! Below is a small selection that are sure to please the festive eye! Click through for more information.   Personalised Heart Decorations
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Clare Gage signature cups a hit with celebrity cook Prue Leith

The work of award winning Chesterfield ceramicist Clare Gage was a hit with celebrity cook and food school owner Prue Leith when it appeared in the Central region final of BBC 2’s Great British Menu recently. Clare Gage’s signature porcelain cups and plates were chosen to display the culinary creation of top chef Pip Lacey in the popular professional cooking competition. Pip presented a chiboust cream flavoured with scone, apple and pear jam and clotted cream ice cream on plate from Clare’s range and a cup of tea served in her signature cups, – to Great British Menu judges –
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Develop Your Design Skills with the Creative ‘Hacking’ Workshop

About this workshop: Award-winning ceramicist Clare Gage will guide you through this two-hour workshop aimed at learning new craft skills, developing your design ideas and creative ‘hacking’. Clare is a Chesterfield-based ceramicist. Her signature style fuses textiles and ceramics to create unique pieces. Her work has recently been showcased on BBC 2’s Great British Menu with her signature cups and plates being used to display top chef Pip Lacey’s culinary creation.  And now, Clare brings her skills to this one-off workshop. Clare’s way of teaching is to work on the idea of ‘hacking your craft skills’, taking a standard technique
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‘Is it a scone or scone?’ Family Sweet Scone Recipe from Clare Gage

            In celebration of my cups and plates being showcased on the Great British Menu I thought it would be nice to share our families Sweet Scone recipe. It is a really simple recipe perfect for a ‘bake with the kids’ or a quick and easy make for a family gathering. We would love to hear from you about how you get on with on with it. Remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook and ‘follow’ us on twitter and don’t be shy to share your home-made creations. Sweet Scone Recipe Ingredients 2 cups self-raising flour 2 oz chilled
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