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By Janet, Jun 15 2012 04:06PM

We’ve received a lot of great comments about our website, thank you! Whilst it’s flattering to receive all your compliments we’d like to say a proper thank you to and introduce you to Kay van-Bellen – whose designs you’ve all been commenting on so favourably – without her, our website wouldn’t be the lovely place that it is.

We bumped into Kay at the Craft.Design.Contemporary event in Nottingham last year. In 2012 when we were trying to visualize our site Kay’s work came straight back into mind.

We got together and told her the story of The Refectory Table, Kay took photos of objects in our home and developed a fantastic portfolio of images for us to use, which we have done not only on this site, but on twitter etc. too.

The other day, we asked Kay these questions: What’s new? What’s fun? and What’s next? Here are her replies:

What’s new?

‘I’m working on a range of new prints and ceramics – and also on a new collection of paintings. Watch this space.’

What’s fun?

‘Camping with the kids in the rain last week in Norfolk!’

What’s next?

‘’ Nothing there yet, but this will be a new home for a collection of works based on interesting people I see out and about.’

If you’d like to find out about more about Kay and her work take a look at her website, shop and blog here:

By Janet, Apr 15 2012 01:00PM

A warm welcome, coffee and pastries around a big oak refectory table, a meeting of minds, lots of fresh thinking, lovely home cooked food (designed around your dietary preferences), a chance to learn new things with the guidance of really experienced professionals, tailor made training materials, a book, a CD and a head full of ideas to take home. And some good new friends and a promise of support should it be necessary. Not your average training day...

Late last year we decided to do things differently. We decided to open up our home to small groups of creative individuals who wanted a different sort of learning experience. We have now created a unique training environment for artists, makers and creative businesses based on well-crafted content, a warm welcome, and the chance to bond and build great relationships around the deeply social combination of the meeting of minds and good food.

We are planning our next set of courses and other creative events.

Here are some pictures and comments from our courses Tell Your Story – Sell your work’ and ‘Internet Strategy’ –

Really refreshing mode of delivery, sociable, with a personal touch yet still totally professional'

‘It’s not about just selling a product as an artist – it is “telling a story” and this course enables you with the tools to do that.'

'Social media is a minefield – this course opens up a very important avenue.

'Fantastic – very welcoming from start to finish, the note on the door, the emails before, the delicious food'

'An inspiring day to tell your story in a way that builds on your confidence, delivered in a relaxed atmosphere and which motivates you to get writing!'

'Eye- opening', 'Thought-provoking'

'Excellent - just right'

'Great venue, great lunch'

'Fantastic, thank you.'

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