Monday, 30 November 2015


Time to fit the underfloor heating system and in spite of a lengthy planning process
 ( we started in April) its been the most disorganized and harem scarem part of the build.
After much head scratching, many phone calls, endless discussions and an eternity of reading installation manuals by our installers, the cassettes are finally laid on the whole of the ground floor. Progress .

More phone calls, more head scratching and even more reading and the water pipes are 
eventually slotted into the cassettes.
And all pipes connected to the manifold
We recognize our two fitters have no chance of successfully pouring the huge amount of screed unaided and press our genius plasterer and mate into service. It was not a high tech process.

Eventually all the tubes are submerged into 22ml of screed ( or at least most of them).We are now waiting for the installers to decide when thy can return and commission the whole system.
Commitment phobic, its like trying to get blood from a stone. Meanwhile all other trades are on hold till we have the floor died out and we are living in the arctic wastes of an unheated house. Not nearly as much fun as the film. Let it go, let it go.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

One down and one to go.

A great big thank you to all the exhibitors, friends, family and
lovely new customers who made such a great contribution to the first
Workshop Christmas Sale PORTSMOUTH. If you didn't make it, you missed.

The talented Pazuki's gorgeous scarves and Hilary Graysons intricate, inventive textiles.

Malisa and her minions from Cinema no6. 
Miesje Chafer with her bold and bang on trend textile creations. 

The energetic Clay Station perfectly embodying the fun and diversity of clay.
Exquisite jewelry from lydia feast.

Fun and functional fused glass from Josephine lapage

Fine art prints from Kevin Dean

Now girding our loins for the 5th December at The Workshop Christmas Sale London

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


In the midst of all the noise and clamor the Studio is the oasis of calm we retreat to for snatched moments of creative bliss.
Were enjoying our annual clear out when we cull all our surplus stock, seconds and all the weird and wonderful experimental samples that never make it into production.
This year we have two selling events where you can add to your collections at bargain basement prices. Join us with over 20 other talented Designer makers at  

The Workshop Christmas sale PORTSMOUTH. Sat 21st/Sun 22nd Nov.

The Workshop Christmas Sale LONDON. Sat 5th Dec.
Here are just a small sample of our many bargains on offer.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Progress report.

The house renovation is plowing on with a noisy, dusty, relentlessness that's has us reeling in its wake.
Upstairs now has windows and we've moved into our lovely new lake view office.
The smallest room in the house is now handsomely clad in our Blue Orbis tile collage.

Our state of the art boiler is installed and working and looking for all the world like a miniature Pompidou center.

All of the main walls are down and out and the debris that hasn't settled on our hair and clothes has been expensively hauled away in an ever growing convoy of skips. The main beam has been installed Phew and were getting a feel for the final space at last. 

Our kiln room is finally up and running and currently providing excellent extra service as a field kitchen.
Onward  and upward.