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Wonderful Water Colour
26 June 2014    We love this hand painted birthday card showing Maggie making a Tiger Head Pot by our talented friend Ruth Bramley. Ruth has even added a box of bats!
Who Let The Dogs Out?
Police Dogs Paw Prints zoo Ceramics Commission
5 June 2014     Well PC Andy Durham from the Lincolnshire Police Dog Section let lots of dogs out around our pottery workshop, to have their paws printed in to presentation plaques. A few years ago Andy brought us some huge German Shepherds http://www.zooceramics.co.uk/news09nov.htm, but this year was so much easier with smaller Spaniels and Labradors.

How many police dog handlers does it take to print a dog paw? Quite a lot!

Police Dog Paw Prints Zoo Ceramics Commission
Rolling Pin At The Ready
Maggie Betley Zoo Ceramics Tile Workshop
30 May 2014     Maggie’s busy rolling lots of tiles in preparation for this weekend’s workshop at the Lincoln Castle for the 1000 Years of Traditional Crafts show. It looks like the sun is going to shine on us at last, so it promises to be a great day out with lots of free activities and stone carvers, glass artists, pottery, weavers and tours around the castle.
Wondering Which Bird
Tracy Wright Zoo Ceramics Barn Owl Demo
28 May 2014     Tracy is wondering which birds to make at this weekend’s 1000 Years of Traditional Crafts at the Lincoln Castle. At the last show she managed to make a pair of Barn Owls; so maybe some little Puffins and Penguins, the odd Kiwi and probably a couple of Dodos.

Anything to distract her from the homemade fudge stalls!

Forget Sponge Bob This Is Sponge Buffalo
Maggie Betley Buffalo Head Pot Demo
20 May 2014     Buffalo Head Pots are tricky things to make, as Maggie has to pack the underneath of the horns with lots of sponge, which helps the design to dry out slowly and keep well balanced.
A selection of these large head pot sculptures is featured in the African Week exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton.

Ceramics In Charnwood
Crow Pot Ceramics in Charnwood
Crow and Daisy Pot Auctioned at Ceramics in Charnwood
Daisy Pot for Ceramics in Charnwood
17 May 2014     Maggie and Tracy will be exhibiting at the Ceramics in Charnwood pottery show held in the Loughborough Market Place this Sunday 18th May from 10 am – 4pm. This lovely one day show has created by Salsbury Ceramics potters Louise and David. This year all the potters have been busy making charity plant pots with all the funds raised going to Cancer Research and Ataxia.
Crows at Calke
Dodos by Zoo Ceramics at Doddington Hall
2 May 2014     Zoo Ceramics are exhibiting at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey this Bank Holiday along with lots of Crows and Daisy Designs. The grounds of Calke are wonderful and contain some of the oldest tress in England. Maggie will be running a tile workshop and Tracy with be making Barn Owls.
Maggie’s Seeing Stripes

Zebras Demo by Maggie Betley Zoo Ceramics

25 April 2014     Maggie has been busy carving some large Zebra Head Pots. It is quite a tricky process getting the lines just right. Sometimes a manic “AAARRRGGHHH!” can be heard when the lines go wrong; that means it is time to put the kettle on.
Birthday Bat


Bat Plaque by Zoo Ceramics

23 April 2014     “From England to Alaska in one piece. I gave this to a friend for her birthday and she loves it! It came very quickly in the mail and was beautifully wrapped. I will be ordering from you again.”

Thank you to our lovely customer Anne who gave us a wonderful review on Etsy. We have several on-line shops and it is exciting to send work all over the world.

Dodos at Doddington
Dodos by Doddington Hall by Tracy Wright from Zoo Ceramics

20 April 2014     This Easter Bank Holiday Monday, Maggie and Tracy will be exhibiting at the Coach House at Doddington Hall along with some Dodos, Hares and lots of other animals. The house and garden and the award winning farm shop will all be open to the public and the craft show will run from 10am – 5pm and feature 35 Lincolnshire artists and craft workers.

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By Tracy Wright 13th June 2014