Mini Potters feed the birds with a winter craft


Today was the first session this year for Mini Potters at Fired 4 U. We run this session to encourage the very young from about 14 months upwards to just before they go to school to try out crafts and pottery painting. They are of course welcome to come to the studio for arty fun at any time, this is just a special session for their age group.

Today our story was about a naughty bear who didn’t want to go to sleep for the winter because he wanted to catch another fish to fill his tummy. In catching the fish he fell through the ice on the lake! He did get rescued by another bear so all ended well. This gave a valuable lesson to us all with all the ice about at the moment.

We then made an interesting Bird feeder to help our winter birds. I cut rice cakes into Bear shapes using a cookie cutter, you could use other shapes or just use the cakes in the round shape in which they come. (The scraps left over from this are on my bird table now so not to waste them.)

Then poke a hole very gently through the rice cake – I gently ‘screwed’ a bamboo skewer through ours. Then thread string through and tie it into a loop to hang off a branch.

Mini potter bird feeders - you can see the uncovered one in the centre

Now spread one side of the rice cake with vegetable fat or lard or the dripping left over from your roast potatoes / veg. Then dip the fatty side into a bowl of loose bird seed and give it a good wiggle in this to get the seeds pressed into the fat. Now repeat on the other side of the cake. You can of course do the edges too.

This gives you a fun bird seed cake to hang up in the garden then sit and wait for the birds to come.

The Mini Potters today thought it was great fun and were hoping to do more at home -sucess! We then painted a pottery piece which was a bear with hat and scarf on to keep warm in the winter, hugging a little pot at his side, ideal for a candle or sweetie treats. One today was even destined as a gift for a Grandma – brilliant idea.

The glazed bears!

Teddy Bird feeder in Jane's Garden this morning ready for the birds!

If you would like to join us next time just give us a call on 01772 203060 to book your place on our session – first Thursday of the month.

Fired 4 U’s Christmas Night out


I like to take my Fired 4 U team out at Christmas to say thanks for all their hard work over the year. My team of girls work hard for me and my mum covers my holidays with the girls and comes down to help me when we are busy and need an extra pair of hands like at the weekend at the Christmas market. Robert keeps me ‘right’ and helps with the decisions on new ideas and any changes and of course all the DIY needed about the studio. He can paint pots well and does help out when we need another extra pair of hands.
So this year I took them all to Bukhara the Indian Restaurant at Samlesbury. We had a lovely meal, starting with poppudums (Thanks Frankie for showing us how to ‘break’ them into smaller pieces!) and pickle tray. Mel had not tried Lime pickle before and despite the others saying “don’t do it its awful stuff” she did. Like me she thought it great in a strange way! We had a main course each and when ordering some with very strange names we all had a giggle at the pronounciations – Ciara had the best one to say! The food was hot and very tasty and complimented by glasses of Lassi – Indian fruit smoothie is the best way to describe it – great with warm to hot curries!

Fired 4 U team at Bukhara Restaurante

Deserts were had by the girls and me as Robert and Mum had had plenty with the large main courses! Lots of nice ice creams, cheese cake, jam roly poly and my fruit platter.

Then we jumped in the cars and moved along the road to Samlesbury Hall to see a Mummers play, The Winter solstice. That was different, bit of humour in a very darkly lit room telling the story of The Green man and Jack frost – they were 2 brothers and Jack frost being a naughty child was banished from home by his mother when very young. He returned as a man and fought the green man to take over all the Seasons. Their mother was distraught and called for their estranged father – Old father Christmas. He sorted them all out and that is how we have Spring and Summer ruled by the Green man and Autumn and Winter ruled by Jack frost!

The girls and I at Samlesbury Hall

It was great to all be together as this doesn’t happen very often working on separate days or out at different events.

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