PACS Potters Group – Emily Myers

Emily Myres

To be held at Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane, GU31 4BW

On Saturday 16th April 2016, 9.30am-4pm

Fee £18

Non-PACS £20

Bookings to Geraldine Maynard-Hoare 01730-231880

Bring a plate of food for lunch contribution and your own plate, cutlery & mug

Emily Myers is a Crafts Council selected maker and member of the Craft Potters Association. She has demonstrated regularly at Art in Action and other craft fairs. She has had solo shows at Beaux Arts in Bath and Contemporary Ceramics in London. Her work has also been shown in Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Paris and New York.

Poster Emily Myers 2016

Richard Miller Demo Day in Pictures…

There was a packed house for Richard Millers talk and demonstration day. The whole day left all of us dizzy with ideas and ways of making from throwing to digital technology to applying transfers. All of us were awed at the staying power needed by full time crafts people to maintain the flow of work while managing administrative irritations. Richard threw a tall pot and when sliced in half it was laid flat to dry . A  tile pattern cut from this slab can then be cast in a plaster mould – which was shown, but using ‘one made earlier’. A ‘Cottle ‘[ new ceramic term to me ] made from plaster board was cut to shape, sealed with Vaseline and liquid plaster poured in. Within an hour this was usable….or rather,  it would have been if the usual ‘demo gremlin’ hadn’t ensured that the original tile stuck completely in the mould and two talented scrubbers had to stand over the sink and wash the clay out. It still worked, and we have tiles cast in this and a mould Richard brought with him.

Watching Richard working and talking about processes reinforced all the important areas of understanding needed to be a crafts person. Intelligence of touch, creative thinking, persistence and sheer bloody hard work .

The whole day was a joy. Having Coffee and an astonishing range of delicous food in the Pugmill room with it’s marvellous ambience added an extra bonus. Many thanks to Guy, Elaine and Glenda  for managing all this.

Julia Quigley

Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2016

IMG_1212Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture. We were very honoured to have Sir Christopher Frayling deliver this year’s lecture. This was the third in the series. The first lecture was given by Professor Simon Olding and the second by Alison Britton.

Sir Christopher’s title was “Craft, a word to start an argument…’ he took a packed theatre on a journey through, largely nineteenth and twentieth century history up to the present day charting the perception of the word craft in society. He cleverly expanded the lexicon of terms used to unpick and define the subject leaving his audience with plenty to think about and challenge themselves with regarding context and position of practice. He also drew attention to the education of crafts. While there maybe wider concerns surrounding this aspect, his lecture endorsed the local culture of Farnham as a Craft Town and how we are all in a position of responsibility to lead a new way forward.

Ashley Howard


Forest Lodge Garden Centre – Teapot Commission

I have been contacted by the Forest Lodge Garden Centre.  They would like to commission a local maker to create some teapots for them in their 250 seater restaurant.

The teapot would be for general use in the restaurant for either cream teas, afternoon teas or just tea on its own.

The teapots need to be quite hard wearing as they will be in a fast moving traffic area and through the wash-up where even tiny chips or slight fractures render the teapot immediately out of action.

They would like to have the Forest Lodge brand marque on the teapot and are happy to have some business cards on hand to promote the maker.

If you are interested, please contact Simon Ward, Head Chef, Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Farnham, GU10 4LD.
01420 23275 Ext 221