December 2014 'The beginning of Mudness'
For many years I had lived and worked in Balnakeil Craft Village. After moving around various buildings, I had finally settled in 16C. After encouragement from my daughter I decided to start developing a brand. In December 2014, 'Mudness' was established. The name is a mixture of things and I chose it because it is close to 'Madness' which at times, I think, resembles my work and because Mud = Clay and Ness = Durness (where I'm based).
2015 'Getting online'
I had always been skeptical of putting my work online but had finally decided it was time to take the plunge. I set up a Facebook page, an Instagram, a Twitter and a Pinterest account to share my work with the world and an Etsy store to sell it. My main motivation for the Etsy store was to attempt to make an income over the winter season. Although where I live and work is beautiful and provides so much inspiration, it can be hard to make a living from my work when the season is over and the visitors stop coming. I'm so glad that I started social media marketing as it has been brilliant to reach a wider audience, get my work out there and network with other artists.
I was commissioned to make small cups as keepsakes for Cape Wrath Challenge runners. You can read more about them here.
Drumbeg Stores started stocking a selection my teapots, mugs and wool bowls.
Cape Wrath Challenge Paint a Pot Workshop. I also made little cups for the runners this year too.