26 November 2012


A huge thank you to all the readers of this blog, shin shin is in the third year and it’s been so much fun. My business of making ceramics has also started a new journey since my graduation this summer and it’s been fortunately good and busy. Now it is a time to return my gratitude to people who gave me support all the way. shin shin giveaway time! 

This year, I have selected three items, so more chance to win! 

giveaway 1: a set of four ‘mazekoze’ postcards 
(all been styled and photographed by me) 

giveaway 2: a ‘POTCANFLY’ porcelain brooch. 

giveaway 3: a porcelain Christmas hanging. 

To enter this giveaway, please leave your name and comment below. It is easy as that. Each item comes with my special Christmas card. (I’m afraid you cannot pick which one, sorry!) 

And what’s more? Here are ways to maximise your chance to win. 
  1. If you already have ordered (or order now) currently running fundraising project HELP JAPAN SPECIAL items, you are automatically entered to this giveaway draw twice. How to order? Click here
  2. If you ‘like’ my facebook (page), you get another draw. 
  3. If you ‘follow’ my twitter, you get another draw. 
  4. if you join my pinterest, you get another draw. 
At the maximum, you will get 5 times to draw! Please leave a comment which one you have joined if you have a different name. Linking to my social networking sites means that you get more updated information and images of my ongoing work. So hopefully all good for you too? 

Giveaway entry will open till Tuesday 4th December 11PM (British time). Three winners will be announced on Wednesday 5th. So do come back! 

Looking forward to hearing from you. xm 

20 November 2012

Christmas Craft Fair

I will be holding a stall at Christmas Craft Fair at Hensaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough on Saturday 24th November

This is my last event of this year and I will be selling my ceramics, prints and of course my handmade Christmas decorations. There also be a stock sale if you fancy rummaging for a big bargen? Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre is where I work during week. Come and peek our centre and lots of goodies we make with talented people with special needs. 

Here is a reminder of HELP JAPAN SPECIAL to get a discount AND to enter my Christmas Giveaway for a great cause! Spread the word to your friends and family. for more information, click here

Don’t miss this chance! Looking forward to seeing you! xm 

Christmas Giveaway will be up on next post, so please stay tuned! 

12 November 2012


More than a year and half has gone since the Japan’s devastating earthquake. People often ask me if the things have gone back to normal. The answer is “NO”. The truth is miles away from it

I have been doing this fundraising project since March 2011 and sent donations to the affected areas. Having visited and witnessed one of the most devastated towns, I find it important to continue whatever I can do to raise awareness of the true view of today, especially as we no longer see or hear on the news. Their recovery is a long long journey, maybe for the generation. They are still struggling to make life 'normal' and require ongoing support. There is a way you can help, too. 

I would like to announce HELP JAPAN SPECIAL is now open! 

So what is special about??
1. For this time only, you will get a discount! 
2. When you order, you will automatically enter for my Christmas Giveaway, which will be posted here soon! I will keep this offer till the end of December, whilst the current stock are available. This will be the last chance! 

So far over 1500 HELP JAPAN Birds have flown to new homes! Now only less than 100 birds left. If you have already contributed in the past, thank you so so so much. If you are wanting to help more, maybe you could spread the words? If you haven’t, why not get HELP JAPAN items for a great cause? All items are individually handmade. A little bird can be a reminder of our happiness and well-being, keeping as a lucky charm for your children, or maybe this year’s stocking filler for your family and friend? Candle holder is an ideal present for the time of year, too! 

“HELP JAPAN BIRDS” are £5 a pair. (only available in pairs)
“THE LIGHT OF HOPE” porcelain candle holder is £25. Limited edition of 60. (only 10 left) Each one is numbered. 
Packaging & Post fees will apply to your order. (Please note that P&P includes a basic PayPal surcharges in order to maximise the donation.) If you order birds and candle holder(s), you will get 10% discount on the total of P&P. Here is the detail. (click the image to enlarge)

100% of proceeds will go to the donation. I am aiming to send this hopefully in a new year. Japanese people celebrate a new year, blessing them for being safe and healthy year before and wishing a good year to come. I feel the best time to send the donation with a new hope.

Payment method is PayPal. Once order has been made, I will email you a PayPal payment request. If you haven’t got a PayPal account, you can easily set up for free, or you can pay by credit or debit card. 

Delivery will be by Royal Mail after the confirmation of payment. Please allow 10-15 days for an oversea delivery. If you are ordering for Christmas, please make sure you order before December.  Royal Mail is very reliable and I have had no problem with them in the past. However, if you would prefer special delivery, please let me know when you place an order. 

Please email me  with the following:
1. Item(s) and amount you like to order
e.g. a pair of birds, 1 x light of hope
2. Your Name
3. Your full postal address
4. (option) extra donation. please indicate in £ GBP. 
(if this does not work, please Email me to makikohastings@gmail.com)

Remember your support can make a difference. Every Little Helps! Thank you so much. xm 

11 November 2012

Art Market: coming soon!

I will be holding a stall at Christmas Art Market on Sat 17th & Sun 18th at Rural Arts Gallery in Thirsk. All range of my ceramic work, and many original printing work (limited editions) will be available. Don’t miss out this chance for your Christmas shopping! xm 

9 November 2012

me and chadwick

It was rather sensational for me to be able to see this in real and take this photo (the first one), after spending quite some time to research about her work and her for my dissertation (here). I always wonder what she would be making today if she was still alive? I am sure it would be original, thought provoking yet hard working art as she always did, unlike someone else. (sorry, I am bias.) 

You can see more work by several artists including Helen Chadwick at ‘Transformation’ exhibition at The New School House Gallery in York till 22nd December. Fancy a trip to York? xm 

7 November 2012

Christmas Exhibition at Studio Eleven

Next exhibition info for you. 
The Christmas Show “Made with Love” at Studio Eleven in Hull starts this Saturday 10th November. My ‘mazekoze’ and ‘lilypad’ will be showcased alongside with many fabulous artists’ work. If you are near the area, please do pop over. The show will open until 20th January, but be aware that the gallery only opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
only small amount is available. if you are interested, hurry!
For more info and direction, please click here. xm

5 November 2012

when marigold is no good, you get roses

Although GP nurse managed to take stitches off from my finger, (and it was, I tell you, bl***y agonising!) it hasn’t healed as much as we wished. This is apparently because the state of the wound was ‘squashed’ like a tomato (expression by the nurse), not a ‘clean cut’, which would have been fixed quicker. Instead my finger is still ‘weepy’. (like a tomato?) Due to the nature of my work, I was given Dr’s sick note and am still off from clay (and water when it comes to that) for another week. With somewhat guilty feeling, I have been trying to make the most of my sick leave, doing untouched housework like piles of ironing and washing up with a half pair of marigold that doesn’t fit properly, and things that have been postponed till ‘when you have more time’, such as editing last family trip video, tidying up the front garden and sewing a teapot cover, with one hand. Actually stupidly inefficient, of course. 

Nevertheless, here is the good thing that happened this morning. Since I am not able to drive, I walk to those small town shops to get my chores done. On the way, there was a council man who was cutting roses in a street garden ready for the winter. Still half blossomed. I intriguingly asked what would happened to those cut roses and he said all get chucked away. I was saddened for the amount of beautiful waste-to-be, and could not resist to ask one more question. Answer was the above picture. I gave him a piece of ginger bread man bought from our local bakery for thanks. He smiled and I smiled. xm

2 November 2012

She is here!

(from left) Minato & Hiroko Ishikawa, PASH’s duo owner Paula & Shelley
I have been so looking forward to this day, as well as being so nervous about it. Hiroko Ishikawa, the owner and stylist of Farmer’s Table came to North Yorkshire! 

Farmer’s Table is a fabulous shop in Tokyo and has always been one of my favourites since it opened more than 25 years ago! Today Japan has got so many shops selling things for interiors (they are often called “ZAKKA”), handcrafts, vintage, antiques from all over the world, but all that really became a big boom in late 80’s and thereafter. Hiroko started well before that with such fresh and fabulous sense of styling, and was a sort of guru. Her shop display was stunningly eye catching with all beautiful items carefully chosen by her that you haven’t seen anywhere else, certainly not following the trend. That still continues today in her new shop in Ebisu. (you can see the images of the shop from this video from last year: here)

It all started from a little conversation we luckily made when we were visiting her shop this summer. I’ve invited her here knowing that she is coming to UK for a ‘buying’ business trip. Then, the rest was history! Her husband, a graphic designer Minato Ishikawa, and Hiroko came all the way from London where they were staying, accompanied with her business partner, Yuko & Hideaki Takezawa, who are based in North London. What a great pleasure to escort them! I took them to PASH to start with (rummaging through their wonderful chocked full of goodies in stock!), then visited a few recommended shops in York. Yuko had a great experience and knowledge in selecting stuff too, which was rather educational to watch. They seemed to have a whale of a time and bought stuff that filled their car, which made me relieved knowing that it was a worthwhile trip! Now I felt honoured to have done this ‘escort’ role! It is such a joy just to imagine how those items are going to be styled in Farmer’s Table.

Hiroko and Minato enjoying PASH’s display
PASH dressing up for Christmas
guess which one is going to join in Farmer’s Table??
lunch at the scrumptious cafe the pig and pastry
i loved these drawers
“Banana Warehouse” seemed to be a hit
Thank you so so much for coming all the way, Hiroko-san, Minato-san, Yuko-san and Hideaki-san. It was lovely having you here and spending a wonderful day with you. Maybe I’ve managed to say “Yorkshire ain’t bad”? xm