Our mantelpiece is an ever changing composition. Change one thing and everything changes. When the picture is taken that moment is held.

Life is stilled. A still life.


This is a shop window for the ok corral.


We created the ok corral because we find so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

By Joy Jolliffe, Apr 8 2019 11:05AM

I thought I'd share a mantelpiece display with a difference this month. It's not full of items to sell but instead there are lovely things here that I hope you will simply enjoy. We have to take every moment of pleasure from Spring blossom and bulbs as their season passes so swiftly.

The local hedges are beautiful at the moment. The Blackthorn blossom drifts across them all like a flurry of snow. My Mum called it 'Blackthorn Winter' warning that there may be blossom but the weather's still cold! The creamy white jug that holds the branches of blossom belonged to my Grandmother and possibly my Great Grandmother. I have a precious faded black and white photo of her in her garden holding a big white jug just like this one. You can understand why this piece is a keeper.

Old ceramic jelly moulds make the most beautiful planters. The two on display here are both damaged but are perfect for bulbs. You can use them over and over again for small daffs and grape hyacinths. It's a match made in heaven.

Next month we'll have fresh items here to tempt you again and there's still lots to see on the OK website. Meanwhile, take a moment to enjoy our April Still Life Interior.

Photography by www.hollyjolliffe.co.uk

By Joy Jolliffe, Feb 4 2019 03:59PM

Studio pottery and hand stitched embroidery. Art or craft? Can it be both or can art and craft overlap? When does craft work become art and vice versa?

I haven't got answers to these questions but I do think that the items on the mantelpiece this month are beautiful. They're beautiful to look at and they are beautifully made. The makers have worked to perfect their skills; technique and creativity are both evident.

These pieces aren't mass produced but are individual, hand made, one off pieces. Does that make a difference?

So many things pass through the OK Corral doors and the handmade pieces do have a special quality. It's not about how 'good' they are or how accurate. They're rarely perfect but they have something else instead. The memory of the maker's hands I guess.

Three beautiful bowls and two beautiful embroideries all coming to the OK shelves soon.

By Joy Jolliffe, Nov 5 2018 03:32PM

I'll start with a confession - two of the items on the mantelpiece are already sold, snapped up as soon as they were posted onto the website. The two narrow wooden relief panels have sold, the larger pair are still available...

I found these pieces piled into a plastic box, at an auction back in the summer. They looked interesting so I bought the lot and since then I've sorted through. I think these were once part of a mirror/hall stand or similar. They're a little worn but have such decorative appeal I think they're worth saving and re-using. They look great just as ornaments on the shelf or maybe painted or maybe incorporated into another piece or door... over to you!

It's quite some time since we last had a Pyrex glass coffee jug for sale and so we were really pleased to find this one. A retro, perfect, good looking piece. Gold and black with a secure handle, collar and lid, plus lots of starbursts for extra effect to celebrate coffee time.

Don't you think those little cups and saucers look good with the coffee pot? I couldn't resist putting them together, they're made for each other. The neat small cups stand on a slim base and are printed with an all-over black and mustard geometric design. Barely used, if used at all, a great mid-century modern look.

Last but certainly not least, the yellow tin. Black and yellow, with elegantly scripted 'Kopenhagen' on the lid. I think this is perfect in colour and design. I haven't found a item with more understated style than this one. I guess that's the definition of 'cool'.


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