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Behind The Scenes of a Pottery Studio in Derbyshire

In August, following an offer I worked on with the people from Made in Derbyshire, Janine (Mannion-Jones of JMJ Pottery) got in touch with me to arrange a photo shoot to show a little of what goes in to making her beautiful yet practical stoneware along with a few photos of the finished items.

I drove up to her wonderfully fronted shop in the area of Brampton, to the west of Chesterfield where I spent the morning chatting about her work, the various fairs that she attends, and even had a quick tour around the little vacation rental she owns above the shop. If you fancy a good place to stay while you explore the Peak District, you should have a look at Janine’s place here.

Besides having a rather lovely morning just chatting to Janine about her work, it was great to actually see her throw a few pieces (I think that’s the correct phrase!) while I was there. Her stoneware is beautiful yet simple in it’s design, and the glazes she uses, along with the techniques she applies to glazing, give great results. Her pieces are very practical though, and definitely not meant to adorn a dresser and only be looked at and dusted. These are meant for every day use, and for me, that’s what makes them so special.

You can see more of Janine’s work on her website at or keep your eyes peeled at one of the many craft events she attends.

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