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Introducing Head Turning Ceramics from Alice Funge

July 14, 2021

Here at Valley Mill we are proud to introduce you to head turning ceramics from Alice Funge. This handmade collection from Alice Funge is exceptional.  The styles and shapes of these pieces will compliment any interior home style. 

About Alice Funge

Alice’s designs are so unique and thoughtful. This collection has been created from the inspiration of her late grandmother and their family love of baking. Each piece has the inclusion of her late grandmother’s writing taken from handwritten recipes within the designs of this collection, which makes them so unique. 

These pieces bring warmth to many of us with memories of our own family history and recipes being passed down through the generations.

Alice studied at De Montfort University in Leicester. One to watch, Alice shows us how she creates a ceramic piece from a ball of clay using a potter’s wheel.

Update Your Style with Ceramics From Alice Funge

Why not update your homeware with this elegant vintage influenced ceramic collection from Alice Funge?

Mini Pourer Bowl

What’s a mini pourer bowl you ask?

A pourer bowl is so versatile in the kitchen and practical for every day prepping and cooking.  It’s the sweetest little bowl that is perfect for mixing ingredients and then pouring them in to your cooking and recipes.  Also useful for serving dips, snacks, drizzling sauces and oils and so much more. 

Ceramics from Alice Funge. This practical pour bowl is perfect for recipe and cooking prep.

Tea or Coffee, Please

Fancy a Brew?  These mug designs are EXCLUSIVE to Valley Mill and are great for dunking your digestives in or serving up your morning wake up coffee.  This mug is strong, practical and stylish with a dignified handle. 

Tea please. Large coffee mug from Alice Funge ceramics. Design exclusive to Valley Mill.

These mugs come in a choice of exclusive designs.  They read ‘tea, please’ OR ‘coffee, please’. 

Large tea mug. Ceramics from Alice Funge. Exclusive design to Valley Mill.

These mugs are perfect teamed up with one of our Alice Funge milk jugs and/or sugar bowls. Go on, enhance your drinking experience!

Spilt Milk? Not Anymore!

What will you serve in this elegant vintage influenced mini ceramic jug from Alice Funge.  Milk, cream or perhaps your favourite sauce.  This mini jug is so versatile and is beautiful on its own or displayed with some wild flowers or decorative twigs. 

Update your kitchenware with the easy pour ceramic jug.

We love how there is no handle therefore making it space saving and streamlined.

This practical wheel-thrown mini jug reads ‘Pour’, and is made from white stoneware which is an off-cream colour. 

We Like These ‘BERRY’ Much Alice!

Alice’s berry bowls have certainly been turning heads. In fact, before I saw this collection I had never even heard of a berry bowl. This was a little shocking as I couldn’t imagine my kitchen collection without one now. This bowl is so versatile and like a colander makes it easy to wash your berries, fruit, vegetables or more. 

Update the kitchen with this beautiful berry bowl. We love ceramics from Alice Funge.

Fancy A Squeeze?

We love these handmade lemon juicers. Alice has handmade each lemon squeezer in one part on her potter’s wheel.  It is then hand carved and finished with yellow slip to replicate the juice of a lemon after it has been squeezed. 

Squeeze me squeeze me.  Beautiful lemon juicer from Alice Funge. Juice your lemons.

On the inside rim of this lemon squeezer it reads ‘Juice 1 lemon’, which of course is taken from her late grandmother’s handwritten recipes.

Ceramics from Alice Funge. Lemon squeezer.

Where Would YOU Display This?

Ceramic milk bottle with kitchen conversions. Display on it's own or with a decorative flower.

Check out this elegant vintage influenced ceramic milk bottle from Alice Funge. This bottle is so versatile and is beautiful on its own or displayed with a wild flower or decorative branch.  Perhaps your hardest choice is where to display this stunning piece?

handmade ceramic yellow milk bottle vase flower holder

Give Me Some Sugar!

No really, can you pass the sugar please.

If you like your drinks a little sweeter then this piece is wonderful for creating a delightful table setting for your family or guests.  A beautiful addition to your coffee or tea set. So then sugar, would you like granulated or sugar lumps?

handmade gingerbread ceramic sugar serving bowl coffee tea

Organise Your Utensils

This ceramic piece from Alice Funge is not only practical and functional with ample space to hold your cooking gadgets but is also beautiful displayed on its own. This elegant vintage influenced ceramic utensil holder from Alice Funge will look beautiful with your kitchen interior.

yellow ceramic milk bottle handmade vase wheel-thrown flower

We are proud to introduce you to this beautiful collection of ceramics from Alice Funge. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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Gifts Under £15

June 27, 2021

We all love a bargain and getting our monies worth.  So, how do you get a meaningful and thoughtful gift without breaking the bank?  Then take a look at our Valley Mill ‘Gifts Under £15’ Guide. 

Whether it’s a gift for a teacher, colleague, a relative or even a wedding gift, we have a range of inspired ideas just for you.

Superstar Teacher

World’s Best Teacher Mug £6.95

We’ve all had or got a teacher who has gone the extra mile. Why not treat your or your child’s teacher to one of our special gifts to show them your gratitude for their exemplary work.

You could treat them to some pamper time with our natural beauty products or perhaps even personalise a mug (every teacher loves a brew). You can also choose one of our very own mug designs.

It takes a BIG heart to shape little minds mug £6.95

Teachers hands go through a lot so this super cute rose butter gift tin from Bathing Beauty is just perfect.

Bathing Beauty Rose Butter Gift Tin £14.95

Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked Welsh Cakes …. with none of the washing up! These natural soy candles have been handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. 

One of our best selling tin candles. Welsh Cake fragrance £10.95

We want to give you ideas that you know your teachers will use. If they shave, whether legs or face then they will adore this peppermint shaving soap from Norse. Plus a earth friendly product as Norse only produce vegan and eco friendly gifts.

Norse Peppermint Shaving Soap £11.95

Maybe your teacher is an adventurer. A reusable personalised water bottle is another gift you know will be appreciated and used.

£14.95 Personalised Water Bottle

Wedding Gifts

So you’ve got your invite, your wedding outfit is sorted. Oh no! There’s no gift list! Don’t panic because we’ve got your back and we’ve got some really thoughtful gifts for under £15 that you can present to the happy couple. We are confident that these gifts will be sincerely appreciated.

Handmade wooden heart love spoon with links £13.50

Celebrate love, with a love spoon. The Welsh custom of giving a love spoon originated in the 17th century, when lovers would offer to their partners intricately carved spoons, bearing symbols of their feelings and hopes.

Today, Welsh love spoons are given as gifts to mark friendship, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. They also make excellent reminders of visits to Wales.

Wooden Welsh love spoon with lock £11.95

Celebrate the marriage with a unique engraved Welsh slate hanging sign. We also have many designs to choose from too.

Welsh slate hanging sign ‘And So Our Adventure Begins’ £11.50

Individuals or pairs? We’ve got many coaster designs to choose from or you can personalise them via our online design tool.

‘I Love You To The Moon and Back’ Welsh slate coaster £6

Perhaps you want to gift a present to one (or more) of your Wedding Party. Our reusable hip flasks are just £13.95 and that includes personalisation.

Personalised hip flask £13.95 and comes in a variety of colours and finishes
A wedding gift with meaning. Gift our Welsh slate personalised Christmas decorations to the happy couple. £9.95

What about a gift for the flower girl? These beautiful bath fizzys are also perfect for the Mother of The Bride and bridesmaids too.

BrambleWood’s range of Botanical Bloom Fizzys are just £4.95

Welsh Slate Gifts

Our Welsh slate products are the heart and soul of this company.  These are the gifts that Valley Mill was founded on.  Valley Mill began in 2007 with director and creator Kevin Thomas.  After purchasing a laser engraving machine and utilising two bedrooms at home as a workshop, Kevin began handcrafting Welsh slate products. 

Medium Welsh slate hanging heart £9.50

As my Mam would always say ‘Come here and give us a cwtch’.  Cwtch is a warm and affectionate Welsh word.  If a Welsh person gives you a ‘cwtch’, not only are they giving you a hug but they also want you to feel safe and warm too.  This 6mm thick hanging Welsh slate heart comes in at just £9.50.

Large Welsh slate hanging heart £13.50

These hanging signs are packaged and beautifully presented in a gift box.

Gift a feel good pressie to someone you care about.

More Gifts Under £15

How about creating and gifting a bespoke ceramic Christmas decoration. Using our online design tool you can add your own image or text.

£8.95 bespoke ceramic Christmas decoration
£8.95 and you personalise how you want it

The Extra Mile

There are soooo many amazing people out there who go the extra mile. The Welsh word ‘Seren’ means ‘Star’. Check out this lovely tapestry tin candle for that STAR in your life.

The captivating fragrance of Seren £10.95

Cariad

Does someone you love deserve a surprise gift? Check out these beautiful gifts under £15 for that LOVE in your life.

This medium sized Welsh slate heart is just £9.50
Cariad Floral Mug £6.95
This tapestry tin candle is the zesty fragrance of summer £10.95
A 6mm thick rustic Welsh slate coaster, laser engraved with our Cariad Tapestry design.

Jewellery For UNDER £15!

A gift of jewellery is always a very personal touch. However, it’s hard to get beautiful items under £15 … until now!

Carrie Elspeth’s Mini Haematite Hearts jewellery is the definition of stylish simplicity. These plated haematite hearts glitter and sparkle in the light, making it truly captivating!

This delicate Carrie Elspeth necklace is just £14.95. All Carrie Elspeth jewellery comes gift boxed.

Carrie Elspeth also makes a matching bracelet which is just £13.45 and earrings also £13.45.

Based in Ammanford, Ronin Jewellery has been designing and handcrafting gemstone jewellery since 2006. The semi-precious gemstones that Ronin use in their collections take millions of years to form beneath the surface of the Earth, which makes each one unique. All of the gemstones have their own sentimental meanings, which makes Ronin jewellery an ideal gift. All Ronin Jewellery is gift boxed and contains a label identifying the different elements of the jewellery.

They craft a variety of earring designs which are all just £12.95

Ronin’s Krista Earrings £12.95
‘Blossom’ design from Ronin Jewellery

Homeware Gifts Under £15

This handcrafted Welsh slate table trivet is an elegant way to organise your table condiments or use in your kitchen to protect your worktops from hot dishes. Serve up sophisticated style dining in your home or restaurant.  This rustic chic table trivet can also serve as a display platter for cheeses, desserts, sandwiches or used as a grazing board. Each trivet is individually hand cut allowing for a natural and completely unique finish.

Trivet handcrafted and finished at Valley Mill’s workshop in Swansea

Treated to resist staining and fitted with protective cork pads on the underside to prevent scratches.  This stunning addition to your home will look great in a modern or traditional setting. Our table trivets can also be used to display candles and decorations. We also sell matching coasters and placemats for the full style dining experience.

Denby create beautiful ceramics which are as practical as they are stylish.

Denby Halo Coupe Medium Plate £14
Halo Cereal Bowl £14

People do love a personalised gift. Well, it does show a little more thought has gone in to this gift. We have a fabulous range of ceramic coasters with a different design for each letter.

Ceramic Alphabet Letter Coasters £6

We also have a range of Welsh tapestry design ceramic coasters. All of these designs have been created in house at Valley Mill.

At just £6 each these designs look great indoor or outdoor
Welsh Dragon Enamel Mug £8.95

These durable enamel mugs are great for gifting others but also gifting to yourself. You can personalise your own at just £10.95 or buy one of our desirable Valley Mill designs at just £8.95.

Tealights & Tealight Holders

Do you love candles? We think you will love our handmade soy wax tealights and our Welsh slate tealight holders. The fragrances range from classic Bara Brith to calming Cwtch Violets.

Triple tealight holder crafted from Welsh Slate £14.95

This tealight holder is an excellent accompaniment to our scented soy wax tealights, and will make a great centrepiece to your dining table or mantelpiece, or just about anywhere you like!

Two Gifts for Under £15

Savour the rich aroma of traditional Bara Brith- with none of the calories! Box of 4 beautifully packaged, finely fragranced natural soy wax tealights. Each tea light is hand poured into an aluminium cup with a cotton wick. At just £6.75 per pack you can treat yourself and gift a friend for under £15.

Whatever the reason for the gift we have a range to suit all occasions and everyone young and old.

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Love Eco Living? Then You Will LOVE LIGA

June 25, 2021

We want to introduce you to an amazing new brand here at Valley Mill. Meet LIGA. Once you’ve met them we are sure you will LOVE LIGA.

Why LIGA?

We love to work with like-minded small businesses; that have their own unique story. They care about the products that they make and the effect they have on you as a customer, as well as the environment. So let’s find out more about this amazing company LIGA.

Love Liga?  Yes we do!  Look at this beautiful cream ceramic and cork homeware.
LIGA’s ceramic and cork cream ceramics are now available at Valley Mill online and instore.

Who Are LIGA?

LIGA are based in Cornwall and are a family run business who want to provide affordable and stylish homeware whilst also looking after the planet. The team draw inspiration from nature to design eco homewares that use only sustainable materials. Not only are they eco-friendly but their products are simply stunning too. Imagine serving up your outdoor dining with these? We are pretty sure your guests will be handing out a lot of compliments.

Keep your oil & vingear fresh and hygienic by storing them in this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream oil bottle. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser for everyday use. Easy pouring for oil, balsamic or vinegar.

Working Together

There is so much to do to look after our planet better, and we can only begin to make a change by working together.

LIGA uses beautiful materials such as Ethically sourced Cork, Organic unbleached cotton, recycled papers, vegan wax, compostable cloth, bamboo, recycled EVA plastics and ceramics to create their sustainable collections. Ethically sourced from around the world with the hand printing, making and finishing carefully done in Cornwall. 

We Are Passionate About Eco Living

LIGA are committed and passionate about using sustainable materials in creative ways to make eco products affordable and useable for everyday living.

We love this cork and ceramic teapot from LIGA.  Pours beautifully and looks stunning too.
Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream teapot. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality teapot for everyday use. Serve up tea for two or for the whole family. This Liga teapot give a fabulous pour and can be used with tea bags or loose tea.

Our Ethos

Up until early 2020 we only sold products that were made in Wales and in turn, mainly supporting small local businesses.  Since then, we have branched out to UK made and UK designed and are only working with businesses who have the same ethos and beliefs as ourselves.  

Whilst the majority of our products are made in Wales, some of our suppliers products are mainly handmade in the UK or designed in the UK with materials sourced sustainably from outside of the UK.

Carbon Footprint

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia.    At Valley Mill it’s not only our products that we want to be eco-friendly, but our staff too.  To strive for sustainable living, we offer our team a car share scheme with a monetary bonus to reduce the amount of cars used to travel to work.  

We also encourage working from home whenever possible.  This May we were proud to start a cycle to work scheme.  Want to find out more about educating yourselves and others? Take a look at the United Nations goals to help transform our world and protect our planet.

Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream coffee mug. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use. A beautiful luxury mug for lattes, hot chocolate, coffee, iced tea and more.

When Valley Mill started in 2007, Kevin Thomas wanted the company to be eco-friendly and materials to be sourced locally providing a low carbon footprint.  From day 1 Kevin knew that not only do the products need to be natural but also packaging must be recyclable.  

Love LIGA

When searching for new companies to work with, it’s important to us at Valley Mill to find people with similar values to our own. When we were introduced to LIGA we instantly fell in love and we are pretty sure you will too.

Take a look at this YouTube video from LIGA. We just adore these mugs.

Geeky Cork Facts

LIGA have given us some amazing geeky cork facts.

  • Cork is such a perfect raw material that no industrial or technological processes have yet been able to replicate its features.
    • Excellent thermal & acoustic insulation
      • Impermeability to liquids & gases
    • Excellent elasticity, compressibility & resilience
      • Hypoallergenic
    • Soft to touch
      • Lightness
    • Cork tress & cork products absorb CO2

How Is Cork Harvested?

Have you ever wondered how cork is actually harvested? LIGA have created this YouTube video to show how the cork they use for their products is extrated.

Every nine years the cork is harvested from the Cork Oak tree without harming it.  Did you know that cork trees live for more than 200 years and the more LIGA use cork then the more trees are planted.  Take a look below to see how it all happens.

We adore this cream ceramic and cork bowl from LIGA. Yes we, LOVE LIGA!
Add a contemporary look to your style dining, with these Scandanavian inspired Liga cream salt and pepper shakers. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser set for everyday use. Not only a necessity for your dinner table but they look stunning too. Also great to take on your picnics and outdoor adventures.

So now you have met LIGA and now you can understand why Valley Mill LOVE LIGA.

Shop their latest cream ceramic and cork homeware here.