Today marks our 1st Birthday! It's one whole year since Brittany Delany Ceramics started business on the 1st October 2012.
This time last year I was getting ready for my first show, Lustre. SInce then I have exhibited at 14 shows including being invited back to New Designers as part of One Year On, a great accomplishment for the business. Brittany Delany Ceramics have been stocked in a total of 15 galleries and are now selling online through Seek & Adore. With regards to press, pieces from the Taxidermy & Seasalt ranges have recently been published in two magazines and I had a mention in The Independent online earlier in the year.
Over the last year I have purchased a kiln, a lathe, a spray booth, numerous bags of clay & what seems like hundreds of buckets of slip.
Although I didn't anticipate the amount of time and hard work I would have to put into my business, it has been very rewarding and I am so glad that I took the leap.
I have recently begun teaching an adult course in Ceramics at my old sixth form college. Teaching is something I'd like to get into in the future alongside my practice and I'm really enjoying passing on what I have learnt to others.
My plans for the next year include developing new ranges of work (for which I have lots of ideas) and purchasing more machinery. I will be attending two major trade fairs early next year and will be returning to many of the craft fairs I have attended previously, along with some new ones. I plan to stock a wider range of galleries across the country and will shortly be selling my work through my website too.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has supported me over the last year. My family & friends for coming along to every one of my shows and making me their only supplier of giftware for the foreseeable future. The galleries that stock my work, in particular Bils & Rye the first gallery to have faith in my products and continue to amaze me with their enthusiasm and support. My university tutors for all of the technical help they have provided. And last but not least my loyal customers for loving my products and supporting my business.
Heres to a successful second year!