Throwing for Beginners – 19th June

Throwing For Beginners “plus”

Tutored by Graham Ellerby

Course to take place on Saturday 19th June 2010

It will be held at West Street Potters’ Studios, in Farnham Pottery

Join Graham for a day throwing on the wheel.

This course is primarily designed for ceramicists who would like to learn to throw on the wheel or those who wish to extend their throwing skills. It is going to be a small group of only about 10 people. So book early to avoid disappointment.

Graham, if you do not know him, is a ceramicist who works mainly on the wheel and has a deep knowledge of the craft. He derives his inspiration from English medieval, traditional Mediterranean and Japanese wood fired ceramics. He designs and builds his own wood fired kilns.

Fee for the day is £25. This will not include clay or glazing and firing but tea coffee and biscuits will be provided.

To book at place please contact Rachel on 07918 666898 or

Please make cheques payable to ‘West Street Potters’ and send it together with your name, address, telephone number and Email to:

Rachel Dance, Trimdon, Poland Lane, Odiham, Hook, Hants, RG29 1JL

Your booking will be confirmed.

For more information please contact Graham Ellerby, Tel. 01252 850409.

Big Lunch, BBQ and Raku – Sunday 18th July

The WSP annual summer BBQ and Raku will be held at Farham Pottery car park, on Sunday 18th July and in collaboration with…..

A fiesta of home-grown and hand-made

“On Sunday 18th July we’re going to have lunch with our neighbours – in streets, parks, gardens, car parks… The food, decorations and entertainment we’ll grow, cook and create ourselves. It’s a day to break bread together and put a smile back on Britain’s face”

We encourage you to bring:

  • Home-grown lunch to share and BBQ
  • Your own pottery plates and pots to eat from
  • Home made cooking vessels….(Julia has made her own bread oven!)
  • A pot to raku on the day
  • Your friends and family to join the fun

At ‘pot sale’ is also planned, giving you the opportunity to sell your work.  Further details to follow.


The value of voluntary time given towards West Street Potters cannot be over-emphasised. There are a number of people already who help keep everything ticking along, and for that we are very grateful.

Is there anyone else who would be willing to volunteer?

There are a range of things that need doing, e.g. a display for the passageway, making glaze test pieces, cleaning the display cabinet…..

If you are able to offer any help, please get in touch

Pot Amnesty

In an attempt to make room on the glazed work shelves we are having a Pot Amnesty.  All pots that have become part of the furniture and have been collecting dust have been moved downstairs to the display cabinet (left hand side).

Please do have a look to see if anything in there is yours, or you know who it belongs to.  Anything without an owner after 11th June will go into the pot sale at the end of term.



We now have an extruder to use, it is fixed to the wall downstairs in unit 10.

If there are any ‘handy’ members out there that would like to make up some dies for it (the piece that fits on the end of the extruder to give the clay it’s shape), your help would be appreciated, then we can all benefit from this useful device.

Happy Extruding…..

Art in Action

Art in Action is on at Waterperry House in Oxfordshire again this year from 15-18th July.  I went last year and despite it pouring with rain all day and the ground being like a mud bath, I had a really enjoyable and inspiring day.

Jessie has kindly provided details of a 4 for 3 offer on tickets that you can take advantage of via their website Click on ‘tickets’ to go the on-line booking area, then use the promotion code: FRIEND, before 11th July.

It could be a good opportunity to share a car, and a day out, with your friends from WSP.

Bargain – Watercolours

Belinda, who used to own an art shop, is selling Windsor and Newton watercolours, in a great carrying case, at half price.  Bargain prices are: Student set £7, Professional set £20.  Includes fold out palette and brush.

Post a comment if you are interested, so Belinda can contact you.