Lesley and I are spending more time at the drawing board and in the studio as we move from a period of booking Shows and ordering materials to the time of designing and making things for this year’s events. We have plenty of pewter for casting and we will be making several new moulds this month as we try to build up stock.
Last month we were joined by Alison Harris from Brighton, shown here in our studio, as we provided a one-day course on “How to earn your living from your Craft”. She won our prize at the Worshipful Company of Pewterers’ “Pewter Live” event last summer by her obvious design ability and technical skills, but she had no knowledge of the realities of the professional Craft world. Hopefully she is better prepared now and we will be watching her progress!
As it is April we are wrestling with the accounts for the end of the financial year. It takes us away from the fun of working with pewter but, like the photography of new products, it is an essential part of the business. There are loads of new designs that we want to produce by casting and by the repousse technique using pewter sheet, but time also has to be found for designing and making commissioned pieces. These often introduce us to new ideas about using pewter as we create the bespoke items. One way or another, there will be little rest for us in April!