I love the outdoors and have tried hard to keep outdoor plants alive, so last year when so much more time at home I decided I would try not to kill a few indoor plants too.

I live in a dark north facing victorian terrace with hardly any windowsills. So with a wee bit of research, I found some shade loving indoor plants. As you can see these babies have been to the edge and are making their way back.

Of course with plants comes planters, so I made a few for myself and you guys said me too!

So here there are!

You can check out my Impressed Planters now

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I launched the Winter Tide Vases in January 2020 at Showcase Ireland — they were a hit. Everyone wanted them for their shops, and I came home with a smile on my face and got making.

Then March came, and you know what happened and everything stopped, the shops shut and we stayed home and made banana bread.

As 2020 went on, I was so busy with making all the other lovely pieces, the Winter Tide Vases stayed at the back of my mind and the back of the shelves, not getting a good run at life in the real world.

So here we are, May 2021, and I have prepared a fresh batch of Winter Tide Vases.

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It’s time to start planning your al fresco dining options.

This summer I shall be embracing the great outdoors, and what better way to dine in style than with some beautiful and functional tableware, which will definitely impress your guests.

I like to mix and match, I use my plates and bowls with quirky pieces I have picked up over time and I always finish with a cheeseboard of course.

You can see my own simple instructions for putting together a cheese platter here — this always impresses my mates!

The main thing we all have learned over the last year and a bit is to relax and enjoy the company!

Have a look at all my Alfresco Dining Tableware

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It’s a term you’ll have seen and read a lot about lately.

Tablescaping is a version of landscape gardening for your table. It’s about serving food on beautiful dishes and co-ordinating your glassware, flowers, candles, napkins and tablecloths.

It’s not for absolutely every day, but it does make having a meal feel more special. My ceramics are robust and perfectly suited to serving sharing platters as well as bowls of nibbles, soups, pasta, desserts.

The possibilities are endless.

You could mix and match or stick to the core colours of green, blue or ruby. This time of year, I love to put peonies in my vases to complete the look, but any seasonal flowers are good. There are lots of giant daisies in the hedgerows and gorgeous pink and purple wildflowers.

Have fun with them and bon appetit!

Browse Colourful Tableware

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In a world where the vast majority of purchases are “made in China”, it can be challenging to source a thank you gift which is meaningful and ethical.

My thank you gifts are made here in my studio in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland. I am a small artisan producer. My handprint and personal thank you is on every piece. I am thankful to work in a field that I love, and I am always grateful when customers let me know that they were thankful to give or receive some of my ceramics.

Thank you is just two small words, but they are possibly the most important in our vocabulary. There are lots of ways to say it.

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I couldn’t agree more. It means you are starting from a place of abundance rather than scarcity- that in turn makes you feel happier and more positive.

My work focuses majorly on gratitude. The messages on my pieces can say what you want to tell someone without saying it out loud.

Sometimes, people find it hard to verbalise through shyness or because they weren’t brought up to tell people, they love or appreciate them.

The messages on my custom wall art last forever. You can choose one of my designs or make up your own.

My current favourite is “Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud”. Wouldn’t that make a lovely thank you gift?

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Sarah McKenna

Sarah McKenna

I am a potter based in Ireland. My work is all about linking memories, sentiment and nostalgia to transform an everyday object into a special gift.