So back in the summer, Mr H and myself decided to take a little break, (including Saffie of course) and stayed in a beautiful cottage in a place called Lewdown in Devon which was right on the Devonshire and Cornish border. We had such an amazing time, despite the weather. The surroundings were so inspiring and I felt free to think. As I expect you all know by now, I love being by the sea and anything remotely coastal ⚓️ My dream would be to live in Cornwall one day and if not there, by the sea somewhere.
On one of our days out we ended up going to port Isaac. I do love me a bit of Doc Martin! We wondered round (in the pouring rain) and then we stumbled upon it! One of the nicest little shops I have ever been in. It is called ‘kiln’ and I absolutely fell in love with it! I got chatting with the owner, Sue who was also absolutely lovely! You know that feeling you get when you walk in somewhere and straight away your excited, like when your a child and you go into a sweet shop. She designs and paints China and has 2 little kilns next to her in her workshop. I loved everything in there, from her hand painted china to her Scandinavian bits and pieces, I honestly don’t think there was anything I didn’t like! When we left there I was buzzing, so once we returned home, I emailed Sue to ask if I could feature her and Kiln on the blog. I asked for a brief rundown of her story and here it is.
Sue – kiln
“I have been painting china for over 25 years now, I have always sold my pieces through other people’s shops and I even worked in one of the shops I sold my china through. I gained a lot of valuable experience of retail through this time – which I never expected to use.
I have always had a keen interest in design and over time this has become almost as important as the actual painting. I had lived for many years in rural Essex, which I loved, and we had a holiday home in Port Isaac where we were gradually spending more and more time. The tipping point came when my Daughter got married and moved to Cornwall and along came my gorgeous grand daughter Chloe.
We were incredibly lucky to find a beautiful house tucked away just outside Port Isaac which suited us down to the ground, this was an important element as I really loved the converted barn we lived in in Essex and knew it would take a special place to make me leave it!
All the time we had been coming to Port Isaac we used to visit a lovely tea rooms in Middle Street, over time we became friends of the owners. One day they told us that they were going to give up the tea rooms and sell the building. I had been looking out for a studio to produce and sell my china in and this was the perfect location! Because of the scale of the building we decided that we needed to sell more than just my china so we set about producing a business plan which allowed me to incorporate a wide range of products with the emphasis on style and design. I have always loved the Scandinavian style and this was to play a large part in the supplier selection for the shop.
My inspiration comes from the lifestyle in Cornwall together with a keen interest in design and interiors.
I know that I have been very lucky in being able to start this business but I also believe that you need to take opportunities when they come along – if it feels right that means taking a risk and working hard to minimise it.”
I love Sues story, that their decision to start somewhere new, take the plunge and buy premises has worked out for them. As she says, sometimes you’ve just got to go for it! Keep dreaming people, you never know where you could end up 😘