Farnham Mayor buys WSP pots!

Farnham’s new Town Mayor John Ward together with his wife, visited the Ceramicus Exhibition last week and bought two pots, one from Shirley Shiner and one from Mike Bush on behalf of the Town Council. These will be presented to the Mayor of Andernach, Farnham’s twin town in Germany, when he visits Farnham next week.


A project for children at St Peters Primary School

One project that WSP member might like to be involved in is this:

Last September an Archaeologist and parent of a child at St Peters School, our nearest primary school, did some fund raising for an ambitious project that involved the whole school visiting Farnham pottery to make pots in a Roman, Greek and Anglo Saxon Style as well as trying out Chinese high fired Porcelain.

Funding was achieved to do this and build a Romano British Kiln in the school grounds .

Over 16 visits – using both 318 Ceramics space and WSP when available – 16 children at a time will work on pre prepared pots (because of time constraints) some of which will be fired in the historic kiln.

This is where it gets interesting!

Would any members like to practice their repeat throwing skills by making small porcelain bowls that could be cut into with Bamboo tools when leather hard and glazed with Celadon.  The porcelain would be free – kindly donated towards the project by WSP, turning may also be needed.

If interested in getting involved in this inspirational project for young children, please contact  j.quigley147@btinternet.com. There will have to be a trial in order that pieces are up to Chinese standard!

It’s very likely that members will be welcome to help build or visit the kiln under construction, Julia needs to confirm this with the school.




Young Carers Taster Event

The Young Carers Taster event at Farnham Pottery provided some creative respite for children who have responsibilities beyond their years. WSP Members may have seen some the work displayed in the glass cabinet.

It was such a success that 36 more young people are having a day making on Thursday 2nd June when both WSP and 318 workshops will be used.  £3,000 funding was provided by Surrey Community Foundation for up to 100 children to enjoy working with clay between April and Oct, but it looks as if all will have visited by the end of July.

There’s an article in this weeks Farnham Herald that gives more information.

A brilliant project!

Julia and Emma…on the hunt!

It’s not just the Great Pottery Throw Down that has brought people with a new interest to Farnham Pottery. There are several projects currently underway that members might not be aware of.

An Anonymous donor has given some money for a Mini Pilot Architectural Research scheme that might continue into the future. The Public Art Trust have commissioned a Terracotta Plaque to commemorate Crosby Doors, a local business using clay rather than any other material to celebrate the long history of pottery in this area. Undertaking this means a hunt for clay of the same fired colour as the iron rich local clay now that Selborne Brickworks has closed.

Emma Godden and Julia Quigley visited two Brickworks near Cranleigh and Dorking to collect samples for testing and were shown around both sites. The photos are of Emma and Julia at the clay face, eroding clay – that could be a Rock face – and Leighton withdrawing a white hot brick from the kiln that never stops. The gas bill is £10 million a year !

The project will run until August and the research will be on display at HOD.

Macbeth at Farnham Pottery

MACBETH Banner Mid

Stark, powerful, unsettling. Shakespeare as it should be heard. If you see anything, see this.”
The Scotsman

The Farnham Pottery welcomes David Keller in an exclusive theatre production “Sliced to the Core” base on Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth.

RSC actor David Keller has earned critical acclaim in numerous leading roles including Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago, Hamlet and Leontes; John Merrick – the Elephant Man and Dysart in Equus.

This knife-edge performance cuts to the heart of every character. It’s family friendly and suitable for all ages.

Event Details:

Friday 10th June, Ticket price £10:

The performance will start at 7:15pm. However, we welcome you to join us for a drink and some bar snacks before David take’s us into his solo performance, a dark and immersive take on Macbeth.

Saturday 11th June, Ticket price £25

The performance will start at 8:00pm. We invite you to enjoy dinner cooked in our wood-fired oven and served buffet style in the Gallery from 7:15pm, there will be refreshments available at the bar, a good chance to chat and discuss the evening ahead.

Sunday 12th June, Ticket price £10:

The final performance will start at 3pm, there is a buffet brunch available from 2pm in the galley room (not included in the ticket price), the bar will also be serving hot and cold drinks. Please feel free to stay after the show and discuss the performance too.

Capacity for each show is limited so to avoid disappointment book your tickets now at http://www.thefarnhampottery.co.uk/index.php/home/tickets

MACBETH thumbnail