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Bill and Ben's ceramic Christmas stall
Bill and Ben’s Christmas stall decking the halls of Cardiff Creative

Two South Walian ceramicists hope their new Christmas-themed pop-up stall in central Cardiff will boost their usual online-only sales in their first high street stall since leaving lockdown. 

Bill Price and Ben Dunnett, independent handmade ceramicists from Newport, will have an animatronic pop-up stall in Cardiff Creative shop at Queen’s Arcade.  

According to their website, Bill and Ben’s Occasional Emporium, they originally started selling reusable ceramic straws in 2017 after David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II highlighted the damage plastic straws had on the environment.

Bill said, “It’s been quite amazing since reopening in April and we’re hoping the volume of sales will increase even more dramatically in the next few weeks” there will even be an animatronic stand opening to reveal different ceramic wares in Cardiff creative from this month.

They’ve been experimenting with other handmade ceramics of varying sizes and designs. And now they’ve extended this to Christmas-themed goods including a twirling toadstool tree, brussels sprout and Christmas pudding earrings.

They have done pop-ups in the past, however, this is the first time they’ve returned to Cardiff high street with their Christmas goods since the pandemic began.

Bill and Ben are optimistic that adding a high street outlet will increase sales. As the Independent reports, retail sales grew for the first time in five months in October (by 0.8%) and only look to increase as long as Christmas shopping on the high street continues from November into December.  

Even at the prospect of another lockdown Bill remains positive. “The winter lockdown was a bit of a welcome rest last year, and financially online sales totally took over so we were kept pretty busy,” Bill said.

You can see Bill and Ben’s wares for yourselves at either Cardiff Creative shop or on Bill and Ben’s website.

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