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Welcome to our musings on all things craft related.

Making and selling.

​I think I have mentioned before that the creating part is much easier than the selling part - not because people don't like our pieces, just because selling your own work can be quite a challenge! It was how the local Collective got started - having visited a craft co-operative while on holiday on the East coast I realised how much easier it is to...
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Being part of something bigger

​We sell on Etsy but they are much bigger than an online store. We joined some time ago but decided last year to really make a go of it, and were pleasantly surprised by how much support there was from Etsy for business and creative development. One of the new things to me was their effort to bring Etsy to life across the UK, with my...
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Cowal Open Studios 2016

Cowal Open Studios happens every year in the last weekend of September. we have taken part for a few years and enjoy it every year. The dining room becomes a display space. The pottery and woodshed get a big tidy up. Folks drift in over the four days that it runs but with thirty-nine artists people can't get to every studio. The Cowal Open Studios ...
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Work in progress... the medals.

​Pauline (SeaDriftArgyll) and I were asked to make some medals for the annual race just north of here - the Inveraray Jail Break. If I liked running I might enter that one - it looks like fun. However, I think I'll stick to pottery. 

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Work in progress - the poetry

​​It might sound a bit cheesy but I do think it's great that Chris and I can work together on our Seatree crafts. It started with my pottery and his driftwood being pulled together for the fish and shoals. I was also making my 'words to see you through the week' - single words imprinted into ceramic hearts. Seeing how lovely the words looked in the...
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Three artists - one day

​Tighnabruaich - pronounced Ti-na-brew-ick - is a beautiful place on Argyll's Secret Coast. From our house and pottery it is about a forty minute drive along through stunning landscapes. It is there where Tighnabruaich Gallery is, a gorgeous place run by the lovely Robbie. ​Robbie organised an afternoon recently - Three Artists - One Day....
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A dish of hope...

​I'll not be drowning today. I love this poem by Chris. Clinging on, getting through with just enough hope to see you through. There is a quote isn't there by Francis of Assisi - all the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of one single candle. Or words to that effect. It is one of the things I have loved doing recently, taking Chris'...
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Stretching myself (and the clay)

​I am part of the Scottish Potters Association and each year they host an exhibition, I think usually at the Milton Gallery near Aberdeen. I have never considered that what I make is suitable for such a grand event, but this year was challenged (encouraged?) by a fellow potter to consider contributing. The theme for this year was Still Life. Also c...
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Something for almost nothing...

If you are a Facebook follower of all things arty, please do check us out - Sea Tree - find us on Facebook! We post photos on there of ongoing pieces of work, inspiration, behind the scenes shots and some more random things along the way. Just now there is a 'giveaway'. I can't say 'something for nothing' as you would need to comment in order to be...
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What happens when an engineer does pottery...

​Our wee pottery is often the site for beginners and experimenters and potters without their own space. We also go out and about running workshops and bring the pots back to the pottery to dry and fire. It leads to a real mixture of clays and styles and colours drying on the shelves and emerging from the kiln, which is good fun and often inspi...
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How to make a wedding favour...

​I offered to make a couple of hundred wedding favours for my niece and her fiance as our wedding gift to them - they wanted half for women (ceramic hearts) and half for the men (shortbread). Here is how they came along (the hearts, that is... the shortbread, well, that's another story!)

​First of all is preparing and rolling out the clay into even slabs and cutting out the shapes. Leftover clay can be kneaded and rolled out again until all the hearts are cut out. It's not  the pretty part of the making - sticky hands and dirty cloths...

​The next step is to make the wee holes, smooth the edges and the surfaces of the hearts. It is a very therapeutic process as it can't be riushed for fear of mis-shaping the hearts. By the way, do you recognise the crochetting? It comes in very useful!

​This was the design that Lily chose from a few samples I sent to her. The theme of the wedding was spring yellows and flowers, cream teas and bunting so the lace and the colours will reflect that. Time for the hearts to be dried and I keep them flat between two pieces of plasterboard. 

​Here are some of the hearts stacked in the kiln ready for firing, along with a few other bits and pieces. In a 'biscuit' firing (the first firing) pieces can touch one another, so I can load up the kiln nicely. This is one shelf near the top of the kiln. Then start the first of the long waits - a good twenty-four hours.  This whole thing can't be hurried - especially not for a wedding! Before glazing all the hearts, I did a few samples to see how many layers of each glaze worked best. Eventually, I got to glaze them all, and after a couple more firings, here they are with their pretty ribbon attached. 

Here's to the rest of your wedded lives, Lily and Tom! May you also learn patience and find joy!

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Why Seatree?

​The name Seatree emerged from the sea, one day on a stroll along the beach - there it was... and as we couldn't lug it up the shore to our house, Chris immortalised it in a poem... see below...

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Work in progress...

​I thought I would share with you some of the magic of pottery. Even by showing and telling, the magic will remain. watching the clay go from a cold, damp material to a finished colourful piece... Read more below...

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Life in Argyll...

I often get asked about inspiration and it trips off the tongue easily that the place we live in inspires us - the weather, the colours, the water. And it is true. But I don't think it is actually such an obvious process...​ Read more below...

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Background music

​I spend hours in my wee pottery studio - it is in the cellar of our house. It's a wonderful space to share with others, a family member or friend doing pottery at the same time or beginners there to learn, which is always a joy. But more often than not, it's just me.  I am realising that I don't often do silence as often as I thought I would - on the first step in to the pottery I reach for the light switch and on the second step in I reach to switch on some sounds!  You can read more below...


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Getting ready to go...

​Being able to make stuff is one thing - it's fun learning and creating and developing ideas - but the whole business development stuff is another things altogether! It's not easy shouting, "look at me!" It's wonderful when people buy something that we make because they like it and we know it will bring enjoyment - but it's hard getting the message out there when we're shy! So, while learning accounts and organisation isn't much fun, it's been a relief to realise that we can apply some creativity to the whole marketing side of things..... read more below...

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The Collective... we are good together

​We live and work on the Cowal Peninsula in Scotland. A beautiful place, and we are blessed indeed to be able to earn at least a bit of our living with crafting. I have always worked in the voluntary sector - incredibly connected with all around, both service users and other agencies, aware of government directions and taking part in consultations. When I stepped out of paid employment last year in order to focus on our own business, I knew I wanted to be connected again in this new world of mine....  read more below...

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A work in progress

​Suddenly I find myself blogging. Well, perhaps not suddenly. Our friend who made our lovely website for us has been saying since last Autumn that it was something worth doing! So, along with our works in progress craft-wise, I find myself a work in progress with all this social media and website development - a very steep learning curve! 


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Here we are...

​We thought you might want to see who we are....

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Over the coming months you'll find all kinds of interesting articles and musings on various topics related to both our products, arts, crafts and our corner of the world - Dunnon, Argyll.We would love your comments and feedback so please feel free to join in the conversation. Chris & Michaela Goan
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​I think I have mentioned before that the creating part is much easier than the selling part - not because people don't like our pieces, just because ...
​We sell on Etsy but they are much bigger than an online store. We joined some time ago but decided last year to really make a go of it, and...
Cowal Open Studios happens every year in the last weekend of September. we have taken part for a few years and enjoy it every year. The dining room be...
​Pauline (SeaDriftArgyll) and I were asked to make some medals for the annual race just north of here - the Inveraray Jail Break. If I liked running I...
​​It might sound a bit cheesy but I do think it's great that Chris and I can work together on our Seatree crafts. It started with my pottery and his d...
​Tighnabruaich - pronounced Ti-na-brew-ick - is a beautiful place on Argyll's Secret Coast. From our house and pottery it is about a forty minute driv...
​I'll not be drowning today. I love this poem by Chris. Clinging on, getting through with just enough hope to see you through. There is a quote isn't ...
​I am part of the Scottish Potters Association and each year they host an exhibition, I think usually at the Milton Gallery near Aberdeen. I have neve...
If you are a Facebook follower of all things arty, please do check us out - Sea Tree - find us on Facebook! We post photos on there of ongoing pieces ...
​Our wee pottery is often the site for beginners and experimenters and potters without their own space. We also go out and about running workshops and...
​I offered to make a couple of hundred wedding favours for my niece and her fiance as our wedding gift to them - they wanted half for women (ceramic h...
​The name Seatree emerged from the sea, one day on a stroll along the beach - there it was... and as we couldn't lug it up the shore to our house, Chr...
​I thought I would share with you some of the magic of pottery. Even by showing and telling, the magic will remain. watching the clay go from a cold, ...
I often get asked about inspiration and it trips off the tongue easily that the place we live in inspires us - the weather, the colours, the water. An...
​I spend hours in my wee pottery studio - it is in the cellar of our house. It's a wonderful space to share with others, a family member or frien...
​Being able to make stuff is one thing - it's fun learning and creating and developing ideas - but the whole business development stuff is anothe...
​We live and work on the Cowal Peninsula in Scotland. A beautiful place, and we are blessed indeed to be able to earn at least a bit of our livin...
​Suddenly I find myself blogging. Well, perhaps not suddenly. Our friend who made our lovely website for us has been saying since last Autumn tha...
​We thought you might want to see who we are.......
Over the coming months you'll find all kinds of interesting articles and musings on various topics related to both our products, arts, crafts and...