I was very happy with my Highly Commended award in the small business category at The West Wales Business Awards. A lovely night out at The Strady Park Hotel.
Kate Glanville Ceramics has been nominated as a finalist in the upcoming West Wales Business Awards, which are due to take place on the 19th January. The business has been nominated in the small business category along side two other businesses from West Wales. Judges will be looking for companies that have marked significant achievements during the past year, for instance by growing sales, exports, jobs, or expanding or investing. After a record year for sales and completing orders from Ireland, Switzerland, The United States and Australia, I hope to be in with a chance! I have also had considerable development work done on my website that will enable the business to operate more efficiently.
The black-tie event will take place on Friday, January 19th, at Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, and will be hosted by Frances Donovan and the guest speaker is Wales and Lion legend Shane Williams. I will let you know how I get on!
All is very busy at the studio at Birdshill Farm. Even though the orders are coming through thick and fast I thought I’d let you know that the LAST DAY FOR ORDERS is FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER – so, if you’re struggling to find that perfect present there is still time to order a bespoke plate or mug – or a personalised Christmas decoration, tile or eggcup.
I’m very much looking forward to our first Christmas at Birdshill and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas too.
I will be exhibiting my ceramics at the next Art at the Hall Exhibition, Llangathen, near Llandeilo 1st – 10th December.
The exhibition will be a celebration of all the amazing artistic talent in the Towy Valley area. Well worth a visit! Next door to Aberglasney Gardens. www.facebook.com/LlangathenHall
Dinefwr Christmas Fair
I will be exhibiting at The National Trust’s Dinefwr Christmas Fair in Llandeilo! Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November. An opportunity to find the perfect gift for Christmas. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr/features/christmas-activities
I will be participating in The Llandeilo Literary Festival, 9th and 10th December. I will have a stand at the book fair in The Shire Hall Llandeilo, 11am – 4pm. www.facebook.com/Llandeilo-Book-Fair
This year I am celebrating 25 years of Kate Glanville Ceramics. It seems unbelievable but it really has been that long since I began my pottery business in Pimlico, London. Since then the business has gone through many changes and I’ve worked my way down the M4 to Llandeilo in Wales where I now have my ceramic studio creating commemorative pottery and tile murals.
To discuss this special offer and your tile design ideas email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate will be participating in The Llandeilo Literary Festival, 27th – 30th April. She will have a stand at the book fair in The Shire Hall, Llandeilo, 29th – 30th April, 11am – 4pm. On Thursday 27th April, she will be in conversation with award winning author Brenda Squires about romance in fiction at The Angel Inn, Llandeilo, 7pm – please come along to what promises to be an interesting evening!
I am very excited to announce that the audiobook of my novel Stargazing has been released. It is unabridged and read by the talented actress Penny McDonald.
Another excellent alternative to chocolate this Easter!!
More details: www.wordforwordaudio.com
It has been a busy winter here in Dinefwr Park; November and December were a mad rush – getting orders made and sent out, exhibiting at several Christmas fairs and having a special Christmas pot sale here at Dairy Cottage.
January and February were just as busy with orders for plates and tile murals and trying very hard to finish the first draft of my fourth novel – I succeeded with this and am now having lots of fun going through it, making changes and editing it – my favorite part!
Over the winter we enjoyed many cosy evenings by the fire at Dairy Cottage, but it’s lovely now the days getting longer and we can really enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dinefwr Park. The birds are singing, daffodils are everywhere and Easter isn’t far away. At my studio at Birdshill Farm I’m already very busy making Easter orders, lots of egg-cups – of course! Pottery makes a great alternative to Chocolate!
Visit my Easter Gifts page
Valentines mugs and plates now available at Crafts Alive! Llandeilo. Or why not visit our Valentine’s Gift page!
Christmas is approaching fast along with a series of festive art, craft and literary events that I am involved with. The first will be an exhibition being held at the hall beside the famous Aberglasney Gardens.
Art at the Hall, Saturday 25th November to 4th December, brings together local artists and crafts people to showcase what an amazing array of talent there is within just a few miles around Llandeilo. Painters, sculptors, print makers and ceramicists will be showcasing their work in the newly refurbished Llangathen Hall – a beautiful Art Deco building just three miles from Llandeilo.
I will also be exhibiting at the National Trust Dinefwr Christmas Fair in Llandeilo – which is held in Newton House right next door to my cottage!! Very handy – but I still bet I’ll be late!!! Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November.
Lots of Christmas gift ideas on my stall and on the many other stalls including amazing food and drink from local producers.
Kate will be attending a Book Fair in Llandeilo on Saturday the 10th December. She will be reading from Stargazing and there will also be a Q&A session at 4.30pm. All Welcome!
Click here for more information about Kate’s Books and Novels.
Its been a busy six months in my new studio at Birdshill. I’ve produced over one hundred and fifty plates, four hundred mugs and ten tile murals! Here’s a mural that I produced in July and is now happily installed above the customer’s AGA in their kitchen.
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Hopefully the summer has begun and I’m looking forward to the spending long sunny days on the beach with my family. These tile murals were designed to commemorate just such lovely days. The harbour scene was inspired by a trip to Tenby last summer, with special memories of eating fish and chips on the sea wall! The second mural was designed for a customer who wanted to remember her Brittany holidays even when she was at home in her Welsh kitchen.
I am happy to design tile murals inspired by any summer holidays – near or far. It’s a lovely way to bring bring those happy memories home! View more tiles
I have moved! After twenty years decorating pottery in the village of Bethlehem on the edge of the Brecon National Park I have now moved my studio just down the road to Llandeilo. I am working in a lovely barn at Birdshill Farm just on the outskirts of Dinefwr Park. From my work bench I look out at at the beautiful hills and wildlife of The Towy valley which I’m sure will provide wonderful inspiration for my ceramics and my writing.
Stargazing is told through the eyes of three women; a wife, a daughter and a mistress. When Nesta’s husband leaves her on the day of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary a chain of events begin that will change their lives of the three women forever. Set against the backdrop of a pretty English town Stargazing is a novel that demonstrates that things are seldom as idyllic as they seem.
The book launch for Stargazing was held on Thursday 21st January at Wrights Food Emporium near Llandeilo. It was a glittering event with over eighty people in attendance. Prosseco flowed and Jason Lawday, Ceri Jones and Elsa played beautiful music to accompany the sparkling mood of the evening. Welsh BAFTA winning actress Rhian Morgan read out a short passage from Stargazing and added great dramatic effect! Kate signed many copies of the book and a lovely time was had by all.
I am very excited to announce that my new novel Stargazing is to be published on January 21st by Accent Press. Available from amazon it is my third women’s fiction and I like to think of them as a literary equivalent of my ceramics – bright and cheerful but also slightly dark with a generous helping of romance to warm your heart!
The perfect complement to a cup of tea – preferably in one of my mugs!
Come and meet me at my book signing at Waterstone’s Bookshop in the centre of Carmarthen.
Saturday 30th January 11am to 1pm.
This year I will be exhibiting my latest ceramic tableware and Christmas decorations at Dinefwr Edwardian Fayre at the beautiful National Trust house in Llandeilo, November 29 and 30th, 11am – 5pm.
More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr
I very much enjoyed making these bathroom tiles for the recently refurbished Court Henry near Llandeilo. My clients wanted tiles for the children’s bathroom. They had sourced reproduction 1930’s wallpaper and wanted tiles to complement the design. Court Henry is a historic Grade 2 listed mansion in Carmarthenshire and I was very excited to be part of the renovation project that has seen the house transformed. It’s lovely to see my tiles in situ in such a beautiful home.
I have just delivered thirty bespoke mugs to the Isle of Man for a fell race starting at Laxey Beach and ending at the summit of Snaefell. The race is in memory of Kate Burge who, amongst many other wonderful things, was an enthusiastic fell runner. Her husband has organised the race for the 11th October and asked me to design a mug that depicted the route including the seafront cottage he and Kate shared. The winners of the race in each section will receive a hand painted mug as their prize. www.katesrace.co.uk
I was delighted to see my hand painted tiles featured in this months English Country Home magazine. I recently designed this bespoke tile mural for a family who wanted kitchen tiles for their new home. Initially I discussed their ideas with them over the phone and by email – they wanted a cake themed tile mural to go behind their Aga. I sent them a design drawing and we worked together to create the perfect design for their Aga mural. I even managed to incorporate the children’s hand prints into the single tiles around the main design. It’s lovey to see the tiles in situ – I think the tile design looks stunning in their fabulous new kitchen!
A new batch of hand painted mugs has been delivered to my local gin emporium – www.ginhaus.co.uk . The Ginhaus Deli is a wonderful bar, restaurant and delicatessen in the lovely Welsh town of Llandeilo near to my home in Bethlehem. This is the second order of bespoke mugs designed especially for The Ginhaus – the first order sold out in days! I am rather partial to a gin and tonic myself so enjoy painting my I Love Gin range very much!
For the last three years I’ve been lucky enough to have a tiny part in Britain’s favourite television programme The Great British Bake Off – well six of my hand painted mugs have had a tiny part! They have been used on the set of the show adorning dressers, shelves and tables. As the contestants stress over their tarts and sponges my children and I have had great fun trying to spot the mugs. They have also featured on An Extra Slice, most prominently hanging from a hook just behind Jo Brand’s left shoulder!
The BBC commissioned them specially but they are also available to order via my website.