It’s official, skies are getting greyer, rain is falling (and falling and falling and falling), and the ground is more soggy than solid. Autumn is here!
But it’s not all bad, Autumn also means pumpkin carving, kids dressing in cute costumes, and cosy knitwear. It’s also a beautiful time of year - Mother Nature really does show off her colours.
In this blog, we’ve put together a few of our favourite sources of inspiration for painting that new hot chocolate mug you’re dreaming of. Go on, you know you want to. After all, the best part about Autumn is that being seen with a steaming mug of cocoa at all times is entirely acceptable.
Embracing the beauty of long nights, Wakehurst has asked several artists to create illuminated installations. If you’re hoping to recreate this on pottery, we highly recommend drawing your design first. Remember to put your light colours on first and use those beautiful dark hues later!
We all adore afternoon walks in the forests of these grounds. It’s almost as if the leaves know you’re there for a show, and boy do they put one on! We really love walking through the forest and feeling the leaves crunch under our feet, topped off by a hot chocolate in the cafe.
We love the idea of recreating the colours of autumn leaves as they turn, and thought we’d also show you a few of our fave inspirations for this idea - including a couple of photos we’ve taken in leaf appreciation!
What could be more of an Autumn event than Halloween? And with Halloween comes pumpkins! In all their glorious colours, shapes and sizes, we love their charm.
That lovely painted piece is from the Instagram of our lovely Northern pals at The Pottery Experience. The pumpkins on the bottom left are from Sharnfold, which has a great selection of pumpkins at their trail every year. If you would like somewhere nearer to Brighton to visit, try The Pumpkin Patch at Sompting.
As the cold draws in, it’s comforting to think of little forest animals curling up to hibernate (just like we’d love to!) These always look lovely on ceramics, as exhibited by these talented artists.
You can also never go wrong with an adorable woodland animal pattern:
What about you, have you seen anything that’s inspired you to paint some autumnal ceramic this season? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram - we always love hearing from you guys!