Cost of sending a teapot to Shanghai

I’ve looked into the cost of sending a teapot to Shangai as a number of you are interesting in entering the exhibition.  The pricing below is based on a 2kg parcel, with the dimensions H20cm, W20cm L20cm.  If your teapot is light, but your parcel is large, you will be charged the volumetric weight rather than the actual weight.

To calculate the price of your parcel more acurately enter your information into the Parcel Force Worldwide price finder.

Service Delivery Compensation Tracking Price
Global Express From 3 day(s) Up to £ 200 Tracked £71.29
Global Priority From 4 day(s) Up to £ 100 Tracked £63.49
Global Value From 6 day(s) Up to £ 50 Not Tracked £49.99

Personal Clay – Another Polite Reminder

Please could everyone label very clearly any personal bags or buckets of clay that you want to keep, and in particular any downstairs in the damp cupboard area as they are getting out of hand and I’d like to do a big tidy up.  I’m afraid anything unmarked will go into the recycled clay sale.

Please mention to any people in your class that may not see this too.

Thank you.  Melissa

Firing Charges – Polite Reminder

There is a new red folder (on the shelves next to the fridge) to record all bisque and a glazes firings and payments.

There is a new page for each member attending the Autumn Term (any late comers, there are spare sheets at the back).

Please ensure you record and pay for all firings, even those which don’t turn out quite like you hoped!

We need to ensure that our energy and glaze material costs are covered by the firing charges, so accurate recording and timely payments will ensure that any necessary review of the charges is fair for all.

To confirm, a single glaze or bisque firing is £1.65 per kg.  2 firings (glaze and bisque) is £3.30 per kg.  There is no difference in charges for Raku.

Anyone still owing payment for the previous term, I still have the old files, so please let me know.

Many thanks for your co-operation, Rachel

The Kiln Club

The Kiln Club is based at The University of the Creative Arts Farnham at the outdoor kiln site at the top of the car park. There is a wood kiln and gas kilns which are used for Raku firing.

Membership runs from January to December and is £20 per year which is for four firings per annum at a charge of £10 per firing, this includes raku glazes and firing instructions and use of the kilns.  The wood firing includes preparation of shelves, packing, firing and unpacking of the kiln. If you join part way through the year the membership is charged proportionally.

Anyone can join the kiln club regardless of experience as long as you have made some work and bring it along (it is best that this is a stoneware or grogged clay body that can be fired to high temperature in the wood kiln and can withstand the thermal shock of raku firing). You can put up to four pieces in for firings (this of course is dependant upon the sizes of the pieces).

See the write up about The Kiln Club and the restoration of the wood kiln at Farnham UCA in the Sept/Oct 2010 Ceramic Review, pg. 18.

For more information or to get involved, see The Kiln Club website.

Gareth and Richard raking the ash box

Sam and Ros stoking

International ‘Rabbit’ Teapot Exhibition – Shanghai

The International ‘Year of the Rabbit’ Teapot exhibition has been suggested by WSP member Nina Peskett, who made, entered and sold a teapot in last years ‘Year of the Tiger exhibition.

Hennie Meyer from South Africa

Registration for the exhibition needs to be done quickly as the closing date is Sept 30th 2010.  All it involves is sending photo and details about yourself by this date. NO PICTURES OF YOUR TEAPOT ARE REQUIRED UNTIL JAN 1st 2011

The conditions and details of how to register are attached below.  You will need to pay for your teapot to be sent to Shanghai….but the idea sounds like fun and people enter their teapots from all over the world.

Click on the ‘Teapots’ link below to see works from previous “rat/mouse “, “cow/ox”, and “tiger” teapot exhibitions to inspire you.


Conditions for Rabbit Teapot Exhibition

Throwing Master Class – Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd October

A Ceramics Master Class in Throwing

Tutored by Graham Ellerby

The weekend Saturday 2nd / Sunday3rd October 2010, 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

It will be held at West Street Potters’ Studios, Wrecclesham Potteries, Farnham.

Join Graham for a Master class weekend throwing on the wheel.

The programme will include demonstrations as required but the emphasis will be on the students refining and developing their own work. Do you need help with lid options, pots in sections, two way throwing, handles, turning on a chuck, foot rings?  Then this is the weekend for you.

Graham, as most of you will know by now, is a ceramicist who works mainly on the wheel and has a deep knowledge of the craft. He also designs and builds his own wood fired kilns.

This course is designed mainly for ceramicists with throwing skills but beginners are more than welcome. It is going to be a small group as usual of about 10 people. So book early to avoid disappointment.

Fee for the weekend is £50 but this does not include glazing or firing.

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

Graham Ellerby. West Street Potters, Doras Green Cottage, Doras Green, Ewshot, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5DZ

Your booking will be confirmed.

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