Mother’s Day made per­sonal

Horse N Wood of­fer spe­cial gifts

The Daily Examiner - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - EBONY STANSFIELD Ebony.Stansfield@dai­lyex­am­

WANT to give some­one spe­cial a gift that is both unique and sen­ti­men­tal this Mother’s Day?

Then South Grafton gift shop, Horse N Wood, is likely to have it.

Horse N Wood, which opened in De­cem­ber, spe­cialises in hand-made and hand­painted ce­ram­ics and porce­lain, one-of-a-kind pieces of fur­ni­ture and an­tiques of all shapes and sizes.

Owner Jess Blankers said any­thing in the shop would be a great gift as the items were all hand or cus­tom-made.

The unique ser­vices Ms Blankers pro­vides in­clude cus­tom paint­ing on ce­ram­ics of favourite pets.

She told The Daily Ex­am­iner last month that she had pre­vi­ously painted a ce­ramic bull­dog to match a photo of a cus­tomer’s beloved pooch. Ms Blankers said a gift well suited for Mother’s Day would be one of her mum, Tracey’s, cus­tom theme doll cre­ations.

Tracey, who holds a Mas­ters de­gree in porce­lain doll mak­ing, hosts work­shops at Horse N Wood, pass­ing on her artistry in a hands-on way so at­ten­dees can learn how to cre­ate their own cus­tom doll.

The work­shops run for six weeks, and are two hours in length per week for just $210.

At­ten­dees will learn all the stages of doll cre­ation and the work­shops pro­vide all ma­te­ri­als up to the un­dressed doll stage, in­clud­ing the doll, the wig and the eye­lashes.

This also in­cludes us­ing a kiln, be­ing taught shad­ing us­ing paint, ap­ply­ing eye­lashes and brows and putting the body to­gether.

There are also gift vouch­ers avail­able, which can be used to­wards the porce­lain doll work­shops.

Com­pli­men­tary tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits are also sup­plied at each les­son.

Wood N Horse also of­fers ser­vices such as doll re­pair and can eval­u­ate your an­tiques.

To find out more or to book a work­shop you can con­tact Ms Blankers on 0419 908 315 or visit Wood N Horse at 44 Skin­ner St, South Grafton. Wood N Horse can also be found on Face­book.


Photo: Jar­rard Pot­ter

CUS­TOM PAINT: Jess Blankers with a painted ce­ramic rab­bit with the blank stat­ues ready to be painted.

Photo: Jar­rard Pot­ter

FIN­ISHED PROD­UCT: A ce­ramic horse painted by Jess Blankers at Wood N Horse.

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