Raku Fish

Thank you Jane Eastell for sending a picture of your latest raku project.  Some really lovely things being created in Kathy’s Raku sessions…well done Jane, I love these, especially the copper one, he is beautiful!

jane eastell - Raku

Local Earthenware Clay available

WSP, Pat Boyle, who lives at Rowledge, has some superb clay to give away before the end of term. It’s a low firing, Earthenware clay, suitable for slipware, garden pots etc. The local clay is called Gault   Which matures around 1000 degrees, similar to the clay used at the pottery . However – this clay is clean, smooth and ready to use straight out of the ground – very unusual.

Tests have shown shrinkage to be around 10 per cent. At least 10 – 15 per cent sand or grog needs to be added to prevent cracking when drying.


The images , right to left ; Raw Clay (yes , it’s black !) Biscuit fired and Glaze fired with WSP Green glaze. It’s also been fired to 1100 when it goes darker but still OK.

At Stoneware temp (gas kiln) it becomes a Malteser, bubbly and brittle.

Clay collection dates will be set up if enough members are interested in having some . Contact j.quigley147@btinternet.com if interested.


Biscuit firing – help A Level Art Student?

I have been contacted by Lara, who is a student trying to do ceramic work for her A Level art project.

Unfortunately our kilns at the pottery run at full capacity and logistically we are not set up to fire non-members works.

Is there anyone with a kiln at home able to help her fire some biscuit work.


Please get in touch directly via email if you are able to assist, she is happy to pay a fee for use of the kiln.  Email: laraelizabethheaney@gmail.com


Majolica Decoration Workshop with Myra McDonnell #2

Due to very popular demand Myra McDonnell is running another Majolica Decorating Workshop.  This is a follow up to the course held in May, but is also suitable for beginners.  The results from the first workshop were outstanding, so book quick if you would like to give it a go.

Have you wanted to perfect (or begin to learn) some professional decorating techniques?
Or learn some useful tips about colour blending? Come along to a DECORATING DAY

on Saturday July 22nd, 10am – 3.30/4pm

Our Monday tutor Myra McDonnell will be running a day workshop focusing on ‘onglaze majolica decoration’.  Having spent her life as a decorating potter in the industry and studio pottery world, her knowledge is extensive and this will be an interesting and inspiring session.

In the morning you will discuss the history, demonstrate and trial various techniques.

After lunch you will decorate pieces for firing.

Choice and use of brushes and preparation of pigments and stains is included.

You will get the opportunity to try sponge, banding and pouncing (design transfer) along with traditional brush work and anything else there is time for like resist, scraffito and easy lettering.

Though you will be using Aldermaston’s tin glaze as the base, these techniques can be transferred to stoneware and this will be discussed.

If you want to use a stoneware glaze you can use WSP’s FH7 glaze. Stoneware bisque can be used with my tin glaze, but with the possibility of pinging later!

Plain bisque plates and brushes will be available, but bring your own bisque bowls and brushes for your final pieces.

Work will be fired and returned to West Street Potters for collection.

This class will be for 8 people only at a cost of £45 payable on booking. Please contact Rachel to book, email: weststreetpotters@btinternet.com

The Farnham Pottery café will be open or bring your own lunch.