A month or so ago I discovered that we have a pottery studio close to us in Aberystwyth and Oh my goodness, how happy I was! I got in touch with Dave and Anouska and mentioned that we were neighbours and how I thought their pottery was absolutely beautiful. Straight away we were invited to pop down for a cup of tea and to have a look at the studio.
As soon as I stepped in to the studio I just knew I wanted to photograph this incredible process. I was in awe watching Dave create these stunning pieces. Dave has many, many years of experience and 25 of those years were spent at Jersey Pottery. He has such a beautiful way of working, it's mesmerising watching him at the wheel.
Dave and Anouska moved over here from Jersey in July 2017 to be with and care for Dave's Mum and her Husband in their family home in Ystumtuen, Aberystwyth and have been building their stunning collection of pottery since. You can find pieces in various outlets in the area including Bwlch Nant Yr Arian where they have their very one collection. Anouska has designed and created beautiful Red Kite springs to adorn the collection with for the centre.
Now I don't know about you, but I'm a bit fussy when it comes to cups and I like a different cup depending on what I'm drinking and even what time of day I'm drinking it...I like a small cup of tea in the morning, a nice decent size throughout the day and then a nice tall one when I turn to Peppermint tea in the evening. There's definitely a cup for each occasion in their extensive collection.
For many years I have been keen on shopping locally and when I visit a place like Penrhiw pottery, it reinforces that ethos to me. When you but from a local small business it is so incredibly rewarding. Dave and Anouska love what they do and they love that you enjoy using their pieces. I saw a meme on the internet a little while ago which said "every time you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance" and for me it's so true!
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