Meet Dappled Sky

Thanks for visiting Dappled Sky.

We are Deborah and Paul, a husband and wife team who like to make things, all sorts of things which we hope share a little happiness and intrigue. We take inspiration from many areas – the beauty of nature, the playfulness of childhood, the wonder and mystery of stories, the freedom of cycling, the relaxation of camping and exploring the great outdoors.

We are based in Stoke on Trent, the home of the famous Potteries, positioned in the middle of the UK. We are surrounded by countryside, nestled on the edge of the Peak District and lucky enough to be well networked to get to big cities too.


The blog site was originally set up by Deborah to talk about her work but also to share stories about local artists, makers, creative thinkers and community arts projects going on in the area. Dappled Sky has exhibited work in Staffordshire venues so far and we are looking forward to new ventures and places to show and sell our work.

Together we work on the design and research of our creations, having many ‘design meetings ‘ over cake and coffee! Deborah’s background is working with fabrics, paint and drawing – with a background in fashion and working in theatre and community arts. Paul has many years experience working in the local ceramic industry and he takes care of the technical side of things regarding the pottery and the kiln work, areas like casting, sponging, fettling and all the other fantastically named skills involved in ceramics. Deborah also works with clay but works in hand building, modelling and decoration.

All the internet stuff is usually dealt with by Deborah – by populating this site and replying to comments on the blog posts, using Pinterest and twitter, plus the Facebook PageThe latest blog posts always land on the front page of this site and you can browse for previous posts under ‘categories’ and ‘ tags’ or just simply by scrolling through the ‘older posts’ link at the bottom of the last post you can see.


Thanks for reading about Dappled Sky and we hope you enjoy visiting us often to see what we have been creating and places that have inspired us.

You can follow our site with the links provided in the side column – we won’t bother you that often so don’t be afraid to follow. We hope you enjoy what you find and maybe share the news with our friends too. Please leave us comments and feel free to get in touch.

xx Deb and Paul

2 thoughts on “Meet Dappled Sky

  1. just came across your blog via Simply Staffordshire – looks lovely and brought this to mind:

    Pied Beauty
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)

    GLORY be to God for dappled things—
    For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
    Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
    Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
    All things counter, original, spare, strange;
    Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
    He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
    Praise him.

    • How beautiful – thank you so much for the kind words.
      Thank you also for letting me know that Simply Staffordshire has happened upon Dappled Sky – that’s great.
      Have a lovely day ‘M North’

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