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

A Walk Around The Farmhouse With Me…

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When this time of year hits, I am elbow deep in stars, custom orders, dinner sets, and this year – crowns! Normally I find myself needing an afternoon where I’m totally disconnected from the studio, and that usually means pottering about the house. But, since our farmhouse is only partially renovated, I thought I would spend it in the garden.

I thought I’d show you about. This is about the best part of the front of the house right now, as it’s yet to be painted. We won’t be painting this beautiful old wood door though. It will stay as is. We also have a wonderful old wooden screen door that we saved from the berry orchard that will go on here too.

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You can see the ugly metal one here. It’s covered in a weird blue stone paint! Can’t wait to get it off and the new old wooden one on. We will be painting the exterior white with possibly a very pale grey on the shutters and new roof. The verandas are so lovely and deep.

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We were lucky enough to have these patio blinds here when we bought the house, and it’s the perfect place to sit. There’s an old Coogans table out here that we often eat at, and it will be where we have our Christmas dinner too. I’ve been busy building up my Hydrangea stash (my favourite flowers) to make a hedge with once winter comes. For now though, they are making a pretty addition to the veranda….those blue posts will be the first thing to be painted white. ha!

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Since the warmer weather has hit, the garden has burst to life and things have been popping up everywhere!

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We have loads of berries becoming ripe now, and these Tayberries I had never heard of. They are delicious! If anyone knows of a good recipe for them, I’d love to hear it.

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This particular bed will get a clean out come winter. There is so much in here including poppies, sweet peas, daffodils, jonquils, iris, carnation, forget-me-nots….so crowded.

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Our actual berry orchard is bursting at the seams with Golden Raspberries, normal Raspberries, White Raspberries and some other berry I haven’t figured out what it is yet. We’ve been picking (and eating berries) everyday!

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This is my walk to the farmhouse from the studio. Past the veggie patch and green house. The traffic is brilliant 😉

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The big old Willow tree at the back of the house is my favorite. Once this house is all white, this tree will look even better.

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If you’re on Instagram, then you would have seen a few peeks at the farm, including our handsome rooster. This is Geoffoir Le Peck. He is a handsome chap, bit of a rock star too.

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I’ve been sharing some of our berries with the chooks, and they love them! We’ve never had chooks before, and these Silkie Bantams are adorable, calm little fluff balls. This is Rhonda. Her and the other 11 girls have been giving us loads of eggs and they are so good. I’m thinking this year that the pavlova is going to be spectacular!

I’ve been making Lemon Brownies lately, and I’ll have to share the recipe with you soon. It’s a great, quick one when your guests arrive for a pot of tea.

I hope you liked that little tour. I needed that little break. Thank you for coming along.

~Ness xx

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