Helmsley Ceramic Workshop dried,fired and looking great

The November porcelain workshop at Helmsley Arts Center produced some lovely pieces for Christmas.  They have just been fired to 1240 degrees.

The workshop drew attention from junior cast members of "Babes in the Wood"as Pantomime rehearsals are in full swing! 

Pieces need checking  and turning over 

The tea light needed a little extra support while drying!

Play with Clay - Family Pottery

My four 'Play with Clay' sessions at Dalby over half term were hugely enjoyable. The room overlooking the outdoor play area has great views and provided quiet space for familiies to take a break and enjoy time together. 
Dalby Forest advertises events on Dalby Facebook

The Mudskipper has 5 days of ceramics workshops coming up. 

First 4 days are family friendly drop in sessions at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire  in October then 2 special Sunday half days at Helmsley Arts Centre, N.Yorkshire in November. Details below.

Play with Clay !
Chill indoors at the Dalby Forest Visitor Center
Dalby Visitor Centre: 01751 460295
Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October – Half Term Holiday
Get creative in a family friendly atmosphere with potter
Janet Hayton. 
First timers or old timers, come and make
your own hand built pot, decorations or just play. We’ll
provide air-drying clay (so you can take it away) and lots
of inspiration. Decorate at home with acrylics & PVA.

Sessions start at:
10.30am,11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 2.00, 2.30, 3.00, 3.30pm
£5 per 1 hour session per person incl. clay & tools

11yrs or under must be accompanied by a participant over 16yrs.

Places available throughout the day, but registering will
ensure a session to suit you. Option to have pieces kiln fired

Porcelain Decoration Workshop

Helmsley Arts Centre
SUNDAY 22nd November
Ceramic artist Janet Hayton will lead small groups to create
seasonal and craft wares. You'll learn how to make  white porcelain decorations she  and develop your own ideas. Parian porcelain has a translucent quality.

Crafters can also use these quality clays to fashion unique brooches, beads and buttons.

Materials, tools and kiln firing included. 
Collect your fired creations from HAC within two weeks.
£25 per session. 2 half day sessions available; 
10.30 - 1pm or 2 - 4.30pm.

Collect your fired creations from HAC within two weeks.

Book online www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/whats-on or Helmsley Arts
Center by phone 01439 771700

Now Showing……….at Danby on the North York Moors

Ryedale ArtWorks have put together this beautiful show. At this time of year it has to be one of the best days out anywhere.  

Enjoy a ride across the North York Moors and see several pieces of my original ceramic bird tiles along  with an inspiring collection of other works by professional artists and makers from the region.

Good cafe too with numerous walks and stunning views. 

Swallow Prints a 'highlight' in York

Yorkmix.com posted this feedback about my work at The White Room gallery - Thank you! An unexpected compliment from a really useful website when visiting YORK.  

Exhibition in York

Bone China mugs £9.95 .
One of the new pieces shown at The white gallery at 36 Bootham, York

Gallery showing "Priestley's at no 36" in York 

The June show opens on the 3rd, with a preview evening on Saturday 7th. 

Please come along between 5 and 8pm to see my work and more from Ryedale artists Helen Bowes and Chris Raw. They've been finishing the hanging today, looking good. The gallery, (access through the shop), is a short walk down Bootham from the Art Gallery and the city walls.
Preliminary hanging. A collection of prints and original ceramics. 

Thanks to Issy and Rob at Priestley's and Andy Dalton of Ryedale ArtWorks for all the organisation and support. 


The sheep are off the common, for you know what - but these three are available.

Handmade terracotta tiles and small plate with hanging holes 

Angela & Rosie in Scarborough

Angela Knipe runs this eclectic packed two storey shop in Bar Street. It offers original art, prints, jewellery and  crafted items, including some of my slipware work, Sky Bird prints, cards and the drystone mugs. 

It also has a quality stock of vintage 'boudoir' clothes curated by Rosie. Perfect for Christmas shopping.www.angelaandrosie.com

Workshops February 2014

The 'Workshop" page has new details of dates for February 2014  - suitable for all levels.

An introduction

Small tile SOLD
     Hand made plate. SOLD

Hand made plate. SOLD

By enlarging the photographic image the quality and unique characteristics of each slip painting becomes apparent.

Blossom & Morning Telegraph - Art prints

Bone China Mugs Drystone Wall designs © J Hayton

I made drawings of several drystone walls in the North York Moors, noting how the construction changes according to the local stone.  I have three designs, at present, Levisham & Levisham, Hutton Le Hole, and Appleton le Moors. 

professional drystone waller bought the 'Appleton Le Moors' design during the North Yorkshire Open Studios and laughingly declared whoever built it was a disgrace !

How to buy from the Mudskipper 

Please contact me by email to discuss your exact requirements, payment methods and postage options. 

My work is primarily decorative. Some inspired by my locality such as the bird plaques and drystone wall design, others by my interests and connections like the Chinese papercut range and the small folk pieces.

Detail from bird plaque available as a card

Porcelain Christmas decorations

Small vases featuring Chinese papercuts
These large paper cuts were bought on my trip to China and are usually bought to decorate homes when there is a wedding. The symbol is "double happiness". In China traditionally the bride would wear red but western white is increasingly popular. My tile combines the two colours/cultures.