BRINGING A WONKY SMILE TO YOUR HOME AND GARDEN
Dorset Uglies are unique and characterful pottery creations which are equally at home peeking out of a flower bed, or being a quirky focal point in the house.
I hand build the Uglies from my North Dorset home, using Crank clay. I love the final stage of the hand building process - creating the expressions, which tend to range from cheeky to frankly pretty gormless! Once they are well and truly dry (which usually takes around four weeks), I decorate them with various different oxides, before single firing them.
The Uglies are fired to stoneware, and are frost proof; I have had a collection of them dotted around my garden for some years, and love the pattina they get with lichens and moss growing on them.
The smallest Uglies start at £25, with mid-size generally priced around £35-£40. The largest characters, or those which have required more work, would be around £80-£90.
Many of these Uglies have found homes to go to, but are featured here to give an idea of the diverse range that I create. Of course, they are all unique, and I’m looking forward to discovering what characters will spring forth this year. This is the first year that I will be concentrating on making Uglies to sell, rather than just as a hobby (my house and garden are rather full now!).
If you see one that you would like, but it is marked as sold, please do let me know, and I can build something similar (I wouldn’t want any two Uglies to be the same!).
I was really pleased to launch the collection of Uglies for the first time at two Christmas events at Swan’s Yard in Shaftesbury. It was great to chat to people and to gauge their reactions (which ranged from “I love them, I want to take them all home” to “oh my gosh, how do you sleep at night?!” I certainly hope to have enough stock made again to take a stall at the Swan’s Yard events once the Spring comes.
As well as having a stall at the Swan’s Yard events in Shaftesbury (see Events Section), I would love to find two or three local outlets who would like to stock a few Uglies at a time. Ideally they would be displayed outside, or in a fittingly rustic situation. They all come with a swing tag label, introducing the character, and using the iconic branding.
I would be really grateful for ideas about outlets in Dorset that people think would be good place for Uglies to be displayed and sold.
I work from home, between Shaftesbury and Gillingham, and would welcome visits, phone calls, or emails. I’d love to hear people’s ideas about what Uglies to make, and commissions would be welcome.
Please take a look at my Facebook page, to see what I’ve been making lately.