14th Art in Clay Festival
Now well established as one of the most important events in the ceramics calendar, the Art in Clay Pottery & Ceramics Festival returns to the Farnham Maltings, George Square, Farnham, Surrey on 20th & 21st Nov 2010.
10am – 5pm Saturday
10am – 4.30pm Sunday
There will be a range of work from newly qualified artists working in clay to potters with many years of creative work behind them. From animal sculptures and circus clowns to kitchen and garden pots with a variety in between to interest any one that enjoys skilfully crafted objects.
Adults: £5.00 Seniors: £4.50 Children up to 15 free
(There are 2 for 1 entrance vouchers available for members by the noticeboard in the pottery)
12 students from Wednesday and Thursday evening classes (Judith Anderson, Leah Brand, Mike Bush, Christiane Hayles, Nigel Hobbs, Simon Hunt, Veronica Jeans, Hilary Macdonald, Fran Payne, Nina Peskett, Tim Pilsbury and Shirley Shiner) plus tutor Katerina Evangelidou and her husband Graham Ellerby have got together to form ‘Ceramicus’. Their first exhibition can be seen at The Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester from 22nd November ’til 4th December open 10am – 4.30pm. The private view is on Sunday 21st November 6pm – 8pm.
It fills me with horror to be talking about Christmas whilst it is still October, but thought it best so you can get producing.
Smith & Causey are not holding their usual Christmas Market this year, since our Christmas Pot Shop relies on shoppers from the market we have decided against it this year.
However, do not dispair…..it has been agreed that from the middle of November and for the run up to Christmas, we will dedicate the display cabinet to members who wish to sell their work…..so get those ceramic tree decorations made and fired!
I will ask Smith & Causey to put up a notice in the Coffee Shop and Farm Shop advertising the sale of work in the hope that this attracts some interest.
Belinda Gottlieb (Thursday Morning) has kindly agreed to manage the display cabinet sales and the plan is for there to be an outlet for members to sell their work via the cabinet throughout the year.
Interesting article in The Guardian on Saturday about the decline of the pottery industry in Stoke on Trent and some potential glimmers of hope for continuing ceramic production there.
Fire returns to the Potteries’ Heart
Farnham Maltings is hosting the ‘Festival of Crafts’ this Saturday, 16th October 10am – 5pm.
The 14th annual festival of crafts, with over 80 leading designer-makers showcasing bespoke and beautiful work. Contemporary crafts on show include ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, jewellery and wood. A great opportunity to buy something special: individual and original craft work created by skilled British craft makers.
£3 (free for under 15s)
For more information, please call the box office on: 01252 745444, or see their website Festival of Crafts
All West Street Potters and associates are invited to a Public Meeting on Sunday 7th November at 4.30 – 5.30pm. It will directly follow Ashley Howard’s Demonstration.
The purpose of the meeting is for the Farnham Pottery Trust to present their proposal for the future of the Farnham Pottery buildings and for members to pledge their support.
The Pottery Trusts proposal is centred around creating a ceramic centre of excellence in preference to the sale of the buildings for comercial enterprise.
The backing of the people who currently utilise the building is vital to the success of the proposal. We hope you will show your support by attending this meeting.
We have been lucky enough to secure Ashley Howard for a demonstration day on Sunday 7th November 10am – 4pm at the West Street Potters workshop.
Ashley is the senior lecturer in ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, Surrey, where he oversees both the undergraduate programme in 3-D Design and the MA in Contemporary Crafts. He has published a number of articles on technical and aesthetic issues.
His work is made from porcelain and stoneware bodies. Almost all work is thrown on the wheel although at times it might be subject to varying degrees of manipulation and altering.
To book your place, please contact Rachel on 07918 666898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.