Friday, 24 June 2016

Morningside Makers Market

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We love a craft fair. A whole host of handmade goodness under one roof? How could we resist! Shopping local and shopping small are things we always strive to do. So finding a fair that has a good mix of stalls and designers is like hitting the jackpot. The Morningside Makers Market in Edinburgh is one such place. A monthly fair with a a whole host of quality crafts on offer. From bee houses to pottery, jewellery to homeware, there's something for everyone. What makes an afternoon at this craft fair even better is delicious cake and the chance to craft up a storm at one of their workshops. Both things we can get on board with.

We swung by the fair a few months ago and have been sure to go back since. Our afternoon was spent browsing the stalls and falling for a whole host of pretty things. Favourites included ceramics and pom poms from Tea with Jud, Scottish themed goodies from The Braw Wee Emporium and rustic homeware by Upcycle Scotland.

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After a good old look around we were ready to get our hands dirty with Tea with Jud and her fabulous ceramic workshop. Pottery is always something we've fancied having a go at so we were very excited to make an espresso cup. We were even more excited to find out we would be making two espresso cups, coasters and a sugar bowl! Nothing quite beats a full set. We had everything we needed to get designing. Luckily Jud had set us up with the basic mug and bowl shapes. That might have been rather tricky for a couple of beginners. All we had to do was attach the handles, and that was tricky enough! Who knew rolling clay sausages would be so tough? After cutting and shaping our coasters, it was time to let the clay dry. Luckily for us that meant time for a tea and cake break...

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The Tea Jenny had put on quite a spread! It was tough to choose but we knew it would be delicious, whatever we went for. After being thoroughly refueled it was time to get back to work. The paint brushes were out and we got busy adding the finishing touches. Now, glazes can be a bit of a mystery when it comes to ceramics. What they look like in the tub can be totally different once they're been fired. But we threw caution to the wind and added as much colour as we could. Jud then took our creations away to be finished and fired, and we kept our fingers crossed that everything would come out of the kiln in one piece.

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A few weeks later and our creations were ready to be picked up. And they were all intact! What do you think?

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The Morningside Makers Market returns to Columcille Centre on Saturday 2nd July and there's another Tea with Jud workshop happening at the fair in August. We thoroughly recommend you get yourselves signed up!

Thank you to The Glasgow PR Girl for inviting us along, Tea with Jud for being an excellent teacher and the folks at Morningside Makers Market for being so welcoming.

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