Raku tomorrow

There is one spare place on the Raku workshop tomorrow due to someone dropping out.  A bit short notice, but if anyone is interested please let me know.  Kathy will be there from 12.3o so that you can glaze your pots.  Session runs from 2-4pm. Cost is £10 to WSP members.

PACS Potters – Tessa Wolfe Murray – 11th March 2017

PACS Potters Group presents a demonstration by Tessa Wolfe Murray

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

On Saturday 11th March 2017, 9.30am-4pm

Fee £18, Non-PACS £20

Bookings via Richard Hollingbery 01730-267262 can supply a map by e-mail, if needed.

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

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Ceramic Buttons

 

A lady called Eileen has been in touch, she would someone to make some ceramic buttons for her. She has something in mind which she thinks has been Raku fired, but would also be interested in a plain terracotta finish.

They need to be about 2.5-3cm in diameter and she may need as many as 100.

Please get in touch with Eileen directly if you think you may be able to help, email eileenprior@btinternet.com

Another contestant on The Great British Throw Down!

Delighted to let you know officially that one of our WSP Directors Daniel Pratap will be taking part in the next series of The Great Pottery Throw Down, starting  Thursday 2nd Feb at 8.00pm BBC2.

From next week I am sure we will once again all be watching and talking about the programme where 10 amateur potters compete to become ‘top potter’.  It really says a lot about the pedigree of the teaching at West Street Potters.  We have seen a contestant demonstrating their skills and creativity in both of the series so far.

Well done Daniel on being selected for the show, we wish you the very best of luck and look forward to seeing what you get up to!

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Mary Wondrausch

Mary Wondrausch, a colourful and irreplaceable character who potted, painted, wrote, gardened and cooked, has died at the age of 93. Mary moved to Brickfields, Compton in 1955  which she referred to as ‘the somewhat still centre of my wayward life’. She is world renowned for her slipware, held in private collections and the V and A Museum. At the OBE ceremony in 2000 when she was recognised for services to the arts a paper-mâché hat based on one of her own slipware plates was worn.

Mary trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now UCA) as a part time ‘West Street Potter’ when the classes had been moved to a Stable and Hay Loft in West Street. The conditions were precarious. The workshop was accessed by an open wooden stair with rope as handrail directly above the top loading electric kiln. Mary set up her own pottery in Godalming in 1974 moving to the converted stables at Brickfields where, surrounded by her own eclectic and wondrous collections of pots, dolls, kitchen ware , textiles and books, she continued to make. Her support for the renovation of Farnham Pottery as a creative space and links to WSP led to her donation of equipment when she returned to painting in 2015.

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West Street Potters should be proud to claim Mary as one of their Alumni.

An exhibition of her paintings runs from Jan 8th to Feb 19th at the Watts Gallery, Compton. Copies of her book, which gives a flavour of Brickfields, is still on sale.

Kiln For Sale – Potterycrafts Mercury Kiln P5922

Potterycrafts Mercury Top Loader P5922

The Mercury is one of Potterycrafts entry level Top Loading kilns, these are ideal for domestic situations and professional studios working on a small scale. This price includes the single programmable controller.

I’ve just got it back from being serviced and new elements fitted and have a service report available.  Although this is an old kiln it is in good condition with new elements and new kiln fibre around the lid.  I’ve found the size ideal to feel I am not wasting energy when wanting to get just a few things fired.  It is a plug in version, so easy to get up and running instantly.

30ltr size (1.1 cu ft)

Fires 1300c maximum

Maximum bat size is 37cm

Height of chamber is 23cm

Some kiln furniture available too

£550

For further information, give me a ring (Sheena)

07796 120304 or 02380 612334

or email me  ceramicdesignandprint@gmail.com