Hello All

Well as I write this I have fallen through a number of cracks for financial help from the government as a Limited Company of just me. So I may have to start going back to work as I have no other option. With this is mind I will reopen my Etsy shop with post-able items and that are small enough to use the Royal Mail Click and Drop service. My website shop will remain open but the larger items will only be posted once a week on a Friday until I can find an alternative postal system this may be a courier where things can be dropped off at another shop. Whilst I will be going into the studio I still need to keep contact with others to a minimum so I am relying on my partner to drop things off at shops etc so please bear with me. If it is for a certain date please leave me a message so I can endeavour to do my best.

Thank you x

Covid Update for Fired Up North Studios

May 14th 2020

We are trying to unpack all the information available to us to find a safe way to continue with our teaching practice in our workshop rooms and will update as soon as possible. We are hoping to resume our activities in the near future crossing fingers this may be July.

We hope everyone of our customers are well and coping as best they can with the situation during these strange times with this pandemic

If you have a gift voucher from Redcurrant Glass the time limit will be extended to make sure you can come and have an enjoyable craft experience without risk. If you have a craft courses voucher nearing its expiry date please contact Karen on and she will guide you through what can be done.

So in the light of current news with Corvid-19 virus we are taking the necessary precautions here at Fired Up North Studios. We have hand sanitizer on desks and antibacterial soap and wipes available. As one of our members, Julie, has a suppressed immune system we do take extra precautions anyway.

We hope to see you all very soon

So after our very successful studio sale I am slowly restocking my website and ETSY shop These were taken with the last of the snow drops from the garden and a few of the Hellebores from the garden yesterday.

I have restocked my etsy shop first as I can do that via my phone and will restock here too soon.

Link in each picture caption.

I have discounted some items on my website in conjunction with our sale at the studios. check out the products tab along the top of the home page

Annual Studio Sale

Annual Studio Sale

Jan 30th – 16th Feb 11am – 5pm Thursday – Saturday and Sundays 1-4pm

Grand Opening of my new Studios 

If you follow my website, fb or Insta you’ll know after 19yrs 17 of those in my old studio I have moved. From Sept 2019 I moved to Lomeshaye Business Village to a larger space with a dedicated workshop room. 
My new studios are  at
Fired Up North Studios Unit 25 Lomeshaye Business Village Turner Road, Nelson, BB9 7DR

new logo

The opening went well and I launched a number of workshops for the rest of the year. Email me for booking


Porcelain Tiles Workshops

Tiles impressed natural objects in porcelain using natural material such as grasses, flowers and leaves.
You will create a set of four tiles that can be used as coasters or wall plaques, door numbers etc using colour and oxide to bring them to life. Participants will learn the basic skills involved in creating clay tiles. We will be using a porcelain clay suitable for displaying outdoors once fired. Creating decoration with collected natural materials ie grasses, seed heads, flowers and leaves to create patterns and pictures on the surface. We will introduce a splash of colour using underglaze and oxides to pick up the details on the surfaces once fired. Maximum 6 per workshop age 16 + duration 2 ½ hrs

Dates for 2019 Prices include materials and firing £45 Thurs 28th November 1pm -3.30pm or 6.30-9pm Thurs 5th December 1pm -3.30pm or 6.30-9pm

Porcelain tea light holders

Create your own tea light holders using slab building techniques with porcelain. In this 2 & ½ hr workshop you will learn techniques on how to handle the porcelain, rolling out techniques and forming and joining the porcelain, impressing and incising using textures to exploit its beautiful translucent qualities to create your very own tea light holder. At the end of the workshop you will have created at least one porcelain tea light holder to be fired. Maximum 6 per workshop age 16 + duration 2 ½ hrs

Dates for 2019 Price includes materials and firing £45 Saturday 23rd November 1pm -3.30pm Sunday 1st December 1pm -3.30pm Wednesday 4th Dec 6.30-9pm Wednesday 11th Dec 6.30-9pm

Christmas decorations in Porcelain

  Come and make your own personalised Christmas tags, tree decorations. Learn how to roll out porcelain to 2mm thick, how to handle the material, impressing and incising techniques using textures to exploit its beautiful translucent qualities. You can leave your creations white or using underglazes to print or stain the imprints to coordinate your Christmas presents. Julie is an experienced teacher in ceramics with a degree in Design Craft & an MA in Ceramics. She has taught since graduating in 1998 in various settings from art galleries to a disused quarry, all ages and abilities. Bring an apron, enthusiasm and anything that you would like to use to impress including leaves, fabric, flowers etc and you will be able to achieve with step by step tuition some amazing creations. Go on have a go and get creative. Refreshments offered on arrival whilst going through housekeeping & health & safety for each workshop. Maximum 6 per workshop age 16 + duration 2 ½ hrs

Dates for 2019 Prices include materials and firing £45 Sunday 8th Dec 1.30-4pm

Save the date………. We are having our grand opening here at our new studios on Sunday 17th November 1-4pm

All welcome here Fired Up North Studios, Unit 25, Lomeshaye Village, Turner Road, Nelson, BB9 7DR

Staithes Fesitval

So I am exhibiting again at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage from 6th Sept – 8th Sept at Rockpool Cottage venue 34 on the Cowbar side of the harbour next to the lifeboat station. There is parking at the top of the hill. We will be under the banner of our new studios Fired Up North Studios along side Redcurrant Glass.

We will be opening for the preview evening from 7pm to 8.30pm on Friday then Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5.30pm


So I have news which is the worst kept secret that after 17 years at Higherford Mill and moving to Lomeshaye Business Village from Sept 1st. It’s a bigger space and doesn’t leak!

We will be having an opening in October so if you want an invite sign up to my mailchimp newsletter by sending me your email address to

I am currently working on some new works so bare with me as I work my way through it they will be included in the next exhibition down at Higherford Mill.

Welcome to my new website! please bear with me as I play with mud for a living and well this IT malarkey is a little confusing but I am hoping we are getting there.

Let me know if there are any glaring mistakes spelling or otherwise and I will jump to correcting them immediately. So I will keep on sorting my shop and other things and I will let you all know when I think I am finished *crosses fingers

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