Vesuvius has erupted!

A pot made of Earthenware clay  was by mistake fired in the gas kiln. The resulting lava flow damaged other people’s work and the kiln shelves. The member whose pot it was is devastated at the damage done and wants to apologise to everyone who lost their work.


The clay was not one that WSP sell. It would be sensible if members use clay supplied by WSP or recommended by their tutors. If members want to try out clays bought ‘out of house’ please ensure that test tiles are made and fired at all temperatures before making anything else.

Our marvellous Tuesday Technician spent almost her entire allotted time cleaning the kiln and shelves.

This is all put in perspective when compared to the people of Hawaii who thought they going suffer a missile attack after someone pressed the wrong button!



Spare place – Wed pm Sculpture

A spare place has unexpectedly come up in the Wednesday afternoon Sculpture class with Jane Jones 1-3pm.

If you are able to attend tomorrow there would be 11 of 12 classes remaining, or due to short notice, the place is available from next week leaving 10 remaining sessions.

Class fee would be pro rata, £120 for 11 classes, or £109 for 10 classes.

Get in touch if you are interested.

Free Kiln

Free front loading Kiln available needs some work, elements  in good condition. Could be converted to a raku kiln.

Please contact Kathy Mason ( or Fiona Knight ( if you are interested.

Dacorum and Chilterns Potters Guild – Annual Potters Open Day

Invitation to all potters, ceramicists, sculptors, tutors, collectors and visitors in the South East

The Dacorum and Chilterns Potters Guild (DCPG) has an impressive line-up for its annual Potters Open Day (POD) to be held on Saturday 24 February 2018 in St Albans, Hertfordshire.   I am contacting you to invite you and your ceramic colleagues to come along.

The presenters :-

We are trying to reach all potters, ceramicists and enthusiasts in the Southeast and wider.

The event is also on Facebook –

POD 2018 flyer


Date: 24 February, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Venue: Sandpit Theatre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9NX

Cost: Non-members £30; DCPG Members £20, Full time students (with ID) £15

(Anyone becoming a member on the day will be refunded the £10 if they have previously bought a non-member ticket)

To get your event tickets:-

Online :

Or call/ visit : 01727 799565 (11.30am – 3.30pm)

Many thanks

Fiona Booy

(POD Team)


The DCPG is a registered charity supporting the pottery & ceramics in the northern Home Counties.  We have over 100 members and meet regularly for demonstrations, workshops and firings.  More information on the guild and its events can be found at: