Marley & Lockyer for Cathy Penton Atelier…

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With Mothers Day fast approaching, I’ve teamed up with Cathy Penton Atelier with a collection designed and mad especially for Cathy’s beautiful online Atelier.

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When Cathy Penton emailed me earlier this year about making a range for her store, of course I said “yes!”. I’ve followed Cathy and the journey of her old railway cottage renovation and recently, the renovation of the old Courthouse that her family owns.

The brief was quite simple – an organic range that had some Penny Eucalyptus branches, soap dishes with an organic made feel to team with handmade soaps, and some cups with “make today marvellous”. I was trusted with the rest, and I’m so glad Cathy loves what I made for her store.

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I knew where Cathy’s head was, as her asthetic and colour palette is similar to mine.

Seeing how she styled this range up has made my heart happy. This photo of Cathy’s own Mother, has been a huge inspiration behind this range. There’s round soap dishes on little legs, as well as the organic shaped ones you see in the previous image.

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These tea/coffee cups would be such a beautiful gift for someone you love, not only for Mothers Day,  it also for Easter.

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The plates have a simplistic Penny Gum sprig on them in a calming sage green…

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Cathy’s own addition to the Mothers Day collection are these wonderful charms that she had makes from scratch. Cathy’s charms have always been great sellers. They make perfect keepsakes paired with some beautiful ribbon, or as jewellery.

If you’d like to see more beautiful items from Cathy Penton Atelier, including calligraphy linen cushions, vintage finds, clothing and much more, please click HERE.

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer Workshops…

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To say I’m excited right now would be an understatement!

The first dates for the Marley & Lockyer workshops in my studio have been released. I’ve been working to get the studio painted and prettied up for these over the last few weeks and it’s looking so much better with a fresh coat of paint.

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The inside has had a lovely fresh coat of white paint and the outside is a lovely dark, inky blue. We still have some parts to finish off outside, like the front garden and door, but we are pushing to have it all done by the first workshop Saturday on the calander.

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Its so nice to finally have spaces that aren’t a dirty yellow and mission brown (yep, they were the colours in here when we moved in), to display all my lovely treasures on.

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The first of the workshops is The Art Of Chalkboard Writing, which is being held Saturday 8th April, 2017.

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It is a class I have always loved teaching, and for the new studio I’ve changed up this class to show you some added tips and tricks I use in my pieces. It’s a great way to learn this art, as there is no need to have any calligraphy or Chalkboard experience. I will walk you through developing your own style, using what comes naturally to you.

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There will also be Floral Flatlays. I love this. You will get to play with ceramic leaves and flowers as well as real foliage and other decorative items and backgrounds so you can build your own body of work to use on Instagram, Facebook, your blog, or wherever. Each participant will get to take home a little kit with your own set of ceramic leaves, so you can go on and make your own flatlays at home.

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Im forever playing about with these leaves and my ceramic flowers.

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And, after many, many requests, I’m offering a Handbuilding Workshop.

This is not so much about the technical side of ceramics, but more about having a go at the basic forms of hand building. You’ll get to use many techniques to make your own pieces, as well as decorative methods to achieve your own functional wares.

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Im so excited to be able to finally offer these workshops in my studio.

The studio is based in Gravelly Beach, in the beautiful Tamar Valley, at our farm. Each workshop includes all materials and a wonderful local lunch.

For more details, you can visit shop.marleyandlockyer.com for the dates and details.

More dates will be released very soon

I really hope to see you there, so I can share my philosophy of slow living and living beautifully with you, and share my creative space with you.

~Ness xx

Marley & Lockyer Workshops….

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It’s been a busy few weeks here with the studio finally staring to get some paint on the walls. A fresh coat of white paint does wonders, let me tell you!

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So, it’s got me thinking that it’s time to talk about workshops  I’ve been wanting to hold some group workshops since we moved to the farm, but the studio was in now way ready with its shag pile carpet of orange, and butter walls with brown trim. Now that the space has a fresh coat of paint, thought I’d let you know about what I’d like to offer.

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Handbuilding would be one of them. I’ve always loved the idea of teaching someone to make a bowl of their own from their own two hands. I get joy from this everyday.

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Another would be Chalkboard Calligraphy. I have had so many ask about when I will be doing these classes again, so this workshop will be one of the first. It’s so much fun…

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…as well as Modern Calligraphy.

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Floral flatlay is another one I’ve been kicking around. You would get to create your own flaylays using fresh flowers and foliage as well as my ceramic leaves and flowers.

Keep your eyes out for the first dates which will be coming up soon

But, what I would love to know is what would you like see offered at a Marley & Lockyer workshop?

I can’t wait to hear…

~Ness xx

 

Sugar Free/Dairy Free Banana Bread…

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While we still have a few weeks left of summer holidays, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to work full time again, I’m enjoying the break…a lot. It’s given me a chance to work on our farmhouse, and some new designs.

One thing I love doing when I have down time, is baking. So, this sugar free/dairy free banana bread was something I really wanted to make. I originally found the recipe on Homelife.com.au, but had to tweak it to suit our needs as we don’t eat much dairy, if any.

I wanted to share this with you, as it’s such an easy bread, and would be great for school/work lunches. And, seeing that traditionally banana bread is full of sugar, this makes a nice alternative…and it still tastes good. Winner!

SUGAR FREE, DAIRY FREE BANANA BREAD

You’ll need…

*4 very ripe bananas, mashed

*2 free range eggs

*1/2 cup of olive oil

*1/4 cup non dairy milk (I used almond milk, but any other would be fine)

*1 teaspoon vanilla paste

*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*1 cup spelt flour

*1cup of SR flour (or use 2 cups of alternative flours if gluten free with 1teaspoon bicarbonate soda)

Then all you do is…

-preheat oven to 180C

-mix wet ingredients in with mashed banana. Add flours, baking powder, and gently combine. Do not over mix.

-line a loaf tin with baking paper, and add mixed ingredients. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until a knife inserted into centre comes out clean.

-transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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If you want to keep it sugar free, you can get sugar free icing sugar from Natvia. We use this and it’s great. You could also add some sultanas to the mix or walnuts, if you weren’t using it for school lunches.

I’m just having mine with a cup of coffee with almond milk, as is. But our youngest, Mason, tells me it’s awesome in the sandwich press too with jam.

If you give it a go, I’d love to hear what you think.

~ Ness xx

Botanic Pieces & Clay For Aleppo….

Marley&LockyerLast week I re-opened the store for the new year. Technically, I’m still on holidays until February, but I couldn’t wait to get back into making some of the new pieces I had in my sketch books.

These new Verde Botanic bowls were the first. I was a little unsure if anyone would like them, so I put out this photo on Instagram and Facebook, and had an amazing response!

 ©Marley & Lockyer Next out of the kiln was the Verde Botanic Mixing bowl. I am beyond happy with these. The green is such a calm tone, and against the white looks wonderful.

I have purposely made each bowls Botanic pattern different. I don’t want these to look like a mass produced piece, and each one should be special. The drawings are done freehand straight onto the bowl. I don’t  draw from a reference photo, but just go about it organically.

Like I said, the response has been amazing, and it looks like I’ll be making many more. So thank you to those who have left messages and sent emails wanting to purchase them. My heart is full.

©Marley & Lockyer While I’m on the topic of bowls full of heart, I’d like to let you know about a project recently started to get Australian Ceramic artists to donate work to be auctioned for the efforts in Aleppo.

If you are unaware of the crisis in Aleppo, you must take some time out of your day to google it. The devastation these people are enduring is heartbreaking, and it seems mainstream media does not want to talk about it. So, there is a movement within social media circles to bring light to this topic.

I’m happy to help in any way I can. So, I have donated a Wreath Mixing bowl (above) that’s currently being auctioned off, with all money raised to go to the charities that are at the forefront of this crisis.

If you would like to see the amazing pieces that are available, please head to @clayforaleppo on Instagram, where you can check out what’s available, and be a part of this amazing movement to help these poor people.

~ Ness xx