As work has continued here at Roelofs & Rubens, there have still been bespoke orders to design and finish for businesses and attractions around the UK. Judith Glue, in Kirkwall, Orkney, have just received their first batch of custom decorations from us.
Judith was born and bred in the Orkney Islands and is a knitwear designer as well as the owner of the Judith Glue shops and café, with outlets in both Orkney and Inverness.
Her largest shop is situated opposite the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, a building originally founded by a Viking, that is steeped in both British and Norwegian history. Today, it is Britain’s most northerly cathedral and attracts visitors from around the world.
So it seemed fitting that Judith Glue should choose for their bespoke decoration to be of such a fantastic building.
The creation process for these decorations wasn’t quite as plain sailing as we would have hoped though…Right at the final stage we lost a large number of decorations due to a blow out in our kiln.
Thankfully we found out what was wrong and we able to get everything fixed before our next firing was due, but there was quite a mess to clear up and rather a lot of decorations to remake…oops!
The decorations are now safely with Judith in Kirkwall and are available to buy from her Orkney store, or online here. The Judith Glue Shop and the Real Food Café can be found at 25 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DH
We are very excited to announce that our first order of bespoke decorations to North Carolina has arrived at its destination!
Over the past month or so, we have been working closely with Kim and Tom McMurtry, the lovely owners of ‘Europa’: a gift shop in Black Mountain, NC, to create a bespoke decoration for their customers. The decoration is of the Montreat Gate, a stone monument close to the shop which stands at the entrance to the town of Montreat, NC.
The decorations have arrived safely and will be available to buy from Europa shortly, as they have recently reopened following a closure due to the Coronavirus and public safety. The shop trades in person and online at https://www.europafinegifts.com, so even if you don’t live nearby, you can still browse and buy from their fabulous collection of stock!
We’ve enjoyed working with Kim and Tom greatly and look forward to seeing our decorations on display in their shop, which specialises in handcrafted gifts from across both Europe and America.
Despite the fact that many shops and businesses are in lockdown, we are still working very closely with many places ready for when the country resumes normality and we are all looking for things to raise our spirits again.
One of these fab businesses is White Dog Gallery, a family run gallery who have premises in both Lee on Solent and Southsea. They have a fantastic range of local art, gifts and greetings cards, as well as offering picture framing and fine art printing.
White Dog Gallery have just received their first batch of bespoke decorations from us; featuring the Spinnaker Tower and South Parade Pier decorations, created just for them.
We don’t yet know when the Gallery will be open to the public again, but as soon as they are these fab decorations will be available to purchase from either of their galleries!
In these bleak days of lockdown we are all looking for something to cheer us up and our latest delivery of bespoke decorations exclusive to Mackenzie’s Farm Shop are bound to bring a smile to the lovely folk of the Shetland Isles.
New additions to their collection are charming Fair Isle Jumper-wearing Otters casually bobbing along on their backs, a very special decoration of the Shetland Crofthouse and a one of the Shetland’s native Heath Spotted Orchid.
Most of us are not lucky enough to be spending lockdown in the peaceful, beautiful Scottish Isles, but those living on Shetland will be able to buy the new Roelofs & Rubens collection from Mackenzie’s very now!
Do you have someone you view as your ‘Corona Angel’? They might be someone working for the NHS, or someone who has gone above and beyond to help you and other people during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Maybe it is someone who has done your shopping when you couldn’t, or might simply be a loved one who keeps you sane in these crazy times.
No matter who they are, why not send your ‘Corona Angel’ one of our beautiful handmade decorations to say Thank You!
We have two different designs to choose from – with, or without, a face mask. Both Angels have ‘Thank You’ written on the back.
Greetings to you all from a rather blustery Berkshire!
Last week, we made our way up to Birmingham’s NEC for the Spring Fair, the UK’s No.1 Home and Gift Show. From 2nd to 6th February, you could find us in Hall 4 on Stand C108, with our collection of beautiful handmade decorations, including our 2020 Christmas collection. The show was also an opportunity for people to get information on how to make use of our bespoke service too.
This was our first time attending the Spring Fair and we were very much looking forward to meeting people and getting to know possible future customers in such a venue as the NEC.
Despite some problems on set-up day, mostly surrounding the electricity supply and general logistics at the NEC, we managed to put together our bright and colourful display stand.
After a very long day, and despite feeling like a very small fish in a very large pond, we were really pleased with how everything looked. And so, armed with a tub of Fruitella, our brand new catalogues and our fab new postcards, we were ready for the days ahead of us.
It was a great show for us; we met a lot of lovely people and came away with some really exciting orders, some quite local and some for locations much further away too. As always, we were really grateful to everyone who came and spoke to us over the days we were there – it always means a lot to us when people come to say hello and take a look at the products we have to offer.
We’re taking a little break from Trade Fairs for now, our next ‘outing’ is not until April for the BCTF in Harrogate. We have some exciting projects to focus on in the meantime though so, don’t worry, we’ll be keeping busy!
Roelofs & Rubens wishes you all a very Happy New Year!
It’s been a busy start for us here at our cottage studio with preparations for upcoming trade fairs alongside the usual creating and decorating that comes with our day-to-day lives!
Last week, we made our way down to Devon for the Giving & Living Trade Show in Exeter. It is the largest Gifts and Home trade show in the South West and this was our third time attending. Trade shows like this are always a great opportunity for our team to meet with new customers and explore new bespoke possibilities.
From 12th to 15th January, we could be found on Stand 846 in the Westpoint Exhibition Centre with our collection of hand-painted decorations, as well as more information on the bespoke services we offer too. Piet also showcased a fantastic collection of Pom Pom necklaces across the days she was at the show; they really were fabulous and became somewhat of a talking point for customers.
We spent all day setting up on 11th, trying to get our stand looking just right – we think we did a pretty good job. We love creating colourful designs for our trade stands so, despite the strict time constraints, we had a lot of fun.
The show went well for us, despite Storm Brendan’s attempts to disrupt everything! It’s fair to say the South West definitely felt the force of the storm on the Tuesday, but we were really grateful to everyone who made it out to the show despite the awful conditions. It was great to meet so many new people, as well as seeing some familiar faces too.
After dismantling our display and driving back home to West Woodhay late on the Wednesday evening, we were up and ready to work again first thing Thursday morning. There’s no rest for the wicked!
As a team, we are really looking forward to what 2020 is going to bring! We are ready to get started on the new bespoke work and our small team of staff have already made a start on the trade orders too. We are also busy preparing for the Spring Fair, our next trade show, which is taking place in Birmingham in early February. It’s fair to say it’s all go here, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Roelofs & Rubens Pre-Christmas Sale is the time of year we open our studio doors and offer a lovely festive ‘thank you’ discount on our products. We love our customers coming to visit us (old and new) and it’s a great one-off event for grabbing a bargain, seeing our latest Christmas range and enjoying some dutch coffee, apple cake and worstenbroodjes (see picture!).
The date is set to give plenty of notice, invites and flyers printed and sent, facebook announcement made. Then the hard work starts to get the studio and house Christmas Sale ready and making sure the full range of decorations are in stock (everything is handmade). At the same time we are fulfilling customer orders, working on new designs, walking Maggie the dog…. and England are playing very well in the Rugby World Cup!
England played so well they made it through to the Final which was great news for the world of sport, however, tough competition for us as the Final would take place on the same day as the R&R Pre-Christmas Sale!
The Sale went ahead despite the rugby and a major weather warning (high winds, torrential rain – we couldn’t have opened our doors on a more challenging day!). We offered shoulder’s to cry on, amazing dutch coffee and foodie goodies – and much later beer and wine. The outside bunting survived the winds and the lovely discounts available inside the warm studio helped get people started on their Christmas shopping journey… and the worstenbroodjes were a big hit!
It was good fun and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and say hello. Things are starting to feel very Christmassy…
It’s been busy times at Roelofs & Rubens as we’ve been in full preparation mode for the Scotland Trade Fair. Making sure we stand out from the crowd is a priority, and as a returning exhibitor for the second year, we had some idea of the competition and hard work ahead of us.
Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn takes place over 2 days from 22nd – 23rd September at Glasgow’s SEC. With over 170 companies exhibiting products in clothing, textiles, jewellery, food, ceramics….there is plenty to look at and inspire buyers. It’s a great platform to showcase your business, so, with a full tank of petrol and a picnic, we set-off for Glasgow to produce a creative space that would wow those trade buyers.
It took every minute of our allocated stand-build-time (and quite a few un-allocated minutes) but when the doors opened on the 22nd we were ready to wow! We met lots of retail buyers and had great conversations. Thank you to everyone who visited the fair and came to our stand and said hi. Order’s were made and friendships renewed.
It’s all over for another year. We took a much needed work break (during the 9 hour drive home) and arrived back in West Woodhay refreshed and ready to get on with producing the most beautiful ceramic decorations you will ever have the delight of hanging in your home.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came along to our Ceramic Studio Opening on Friday 6th September 2019. It was a day (and evening) to remember, and we were genuinely delighted by the amount of support we have out there by how many people came along.
Inviting people into our studio is exciting and a great way to showcase our handmade and hand decorated hanging decorations, as well as to share the local aspect that all the work is done here, on site, in West Woodhay. Monty hosted regular studio tours throughout the day – these hugely popular tours provided a lovely opportunity for our guests to see first-hand some of the techniques used in the production process of making ceramic decorations.
Staying true to the heritage of Roelofs & Rubens, we served dutch apple cake with tea and coffee, later on nibbles, worstenbroodjes and evening drinks. It was great fun and so busy, that at one point the local vicar helped with the tea’s!
Thank you all so much. It was a very successful opening of the new studio and everyone left well fed and ceramics enthusiasts!