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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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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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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 Special Christmas Gifts!

If you follow Clare on Facebook you will find out all about her special Christmas gifts which she will be running in the weeks leading up to Christmas this year. Here are all the details of the previous offers. They are still available to order until the last order date which is Thursday 18th December for standard delivery and Sunday 21st December for express delivery. Personalised Heart Decorations Choose any short message for the front. The beautiful woven textile texture will be on the back of the heart and all come with ribbon to hang. Why not choose some festive
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New Arrivals! The Make Everyday Special Range

It’s not quite time for Clare’s new arrival yet (we’ve a few more weeks until baby makes an appearance!) but there are a few new additions to Clare’s range that are now available from her website. Just in time for Christmas gift shopping! Introducing the Make Everyday Special range Clare’s new range celebrates the joy of everyday activities. Enjoy taking time out of your day to brew a lovely cup of tea from the beautiful new teapot. Then settle down with your cuppa in the Make Everyday Special Bone China cup. Snuggle in with the delicately decorated cushion, a beautiful
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Pearl Wedding Anniversary Gift

Earlier this month it was Clare’s parents Pearl wedding anniversary. Clare’s Dad asked her to make these jewellery designs as a present for her Mum. The texture on the silver comes from the lace of her Mum’s wedding dress. Clare says ‘I’m really pleased with the finished designs and it seems Deirdre likes them too, she’s barely taken them off!’
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Wedding Commission- Hanging Hearts

This is a lovely (and very romantic!) commission that Clare has been working on recently. These Porcelain Heart Decorations were ordered to commemorate key dates in the couple’s relationship. Ally’s very thoughtful friend Catherine ordered these for Ally’s hen party. What a nice gift!
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Photo Shoot with Jess Petrie

Today I had a wonderful photo shoot with Jess Petrie. Jess is a wonderful photographer and she’s taken some fantastic still life shots of my designs. We used the skills of the great florist Campbell’s Flowers and I hope you agree the vases look fabulous with the beautiful fresh flowers that were selected. I’m going to use the photos for lots of things! Starting with a revamp of the images on my website www.claregage.com and my notonthehighstreet shop www.notonthehighstreet.com/claregage It’s so important to have lovely lifestyle shots of my designs to help all of you who are viewing my range
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