Friday, 6 January 2012

2012 The Year of the Small Business?

After the doom and gloom of 2011, a year when banks, the public sector, big business and especially retailers have suffered, perhaps 2012 is the year for the small man. The year when the public begins to recognise that what they have locally really is worth keeping. And that should include the local butcher, the local tradesman and the local potter.

Yes the local potter!

I was fortunate to meet a number of innovative potters at the 2011 Ceramic Festival in Stoke on Trent, England. Despite the current climate they continue to create innovative designs and concepts.

One such company with years of experience in modelling and design of unique ceramic wares is Sculpta Ceramics. The expertise of individual potters like this should not be underestimated. Designing unique wares for children, and local heritage are all part of the range of products from local man Nathan.

Another local artist Alison Morgan is the creator of Cityscape Ceramics, a unique range of ceramic art. Each piece is inspired by an iconic skyline and features well known and loved landmarks.

During my visit to the festival I even managed to buy a ceramic bottle kiln jar to add to my collection.

So next time you want that special present or gift don't overlook your local potter. They may not be on the high st but many will be only too pleased to show you their wares!

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