Leith Hill Place – ‘Clay Stories’, Artists @ 318 Ceramics Exhibition

Energised! is how we felt after a visit to the Artists @ 318 Ceramics exhibition yesterday at Leith Hill Place.  This atmospheric house, with panoramic views, has a rich and interesting past.  It was the childhood home of pianist and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, home to the Wedgewood family and frequented by Charles Darwin.

The ‘Clay Stories’ exhibition is on until 2nd September and a visit is highly recommended for inspiration and a creative vibe.  The ceramic exhibition is very much at home in this house, the works are cleverly displayed…..and there is an unexpected treat in the basement!

We also took the opportunity to take part in making a Wedgewood themed bowl, which will become part of a mass participation installation at the house from mid August.  The workshops were extremely popular (another one next Saturday, 4th August), so the results should be sensational. Thanks for WSP’s Rachel Whitehead and Annie Hardy for your help!

Well done everyone involved, a fabulous success.


Home studio pottery equipment for sale

A lady called Carol has been in touch.  She has the equipment listed below available to ‘sell’, all the proceeds will go to Yellow Door (formerly Southampton Rape Crisis).  Preferably it will be sold as a job lot, rather than individual items.

Items need to be collected from Sussex.

Carol made functional stoneware pots, cone 6 (1200C), and the glazes fit this temp.  Equipment and supplies have been sourced from the US, Canada and England.

  • Approx 50 books on pottery
  • Bailey Pottery Equipment (USA) electric wheel –  all UK electrics, can go clockwise and counter-clockwise
  • lots of batts and equipment for turning
  • lots and lots of all sorts of tools – both for throwing and hand-building
  • well aged stoneware and porcelain clay – originally from Tucker’s Pottery Supply, and paperclay from Clayman
  • a wide range of glaze chemicals – various sources
  • Orton kiln vent
  • unused Dawson kiln sitter
  • air purifier unit plus filters
  • electric kiln; see link for the exact description http://www.bigceramicstore.com/bigceramicstore-com-biggest-little-kiln-with-sentry-controller-s1095-1.html

Carol used this kiln for two years in Dubai and fired it a few times in Sussex. so it’s in good order with all the furniture, spare shelves and numerous posts of various sizes,  firing cones (various temp levels)

…..and other misc. items.  It’s a treasure trove!

Anyone interested or requiring additional information can contact Carol directly (she is not available until after 6th August), email: trippsussex@gmail.com

Suggested offers for the whole inventory £750 – £1000.


Thank you and happy holidays!

Thank You

A BIG thank you to the WSP scene shifters….

We were a tutor down at the end of this term….they are lucky to be enjoying a family wedding in Hawaii. Thank you to all the tutors who stepped in to cover the classes to make this possible.

This seems like a great opportunity to make members, especially new ones, aware of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make WSP classes run as smoothly as possible.

One of our technicians, Jane Henderson has unfortunately broken a rib. Rachel Whitehead, stepped up her work load and kept it all together. Rachel now has a teaching job at Creative Response, where her kindness, creativity and understanding of others will be a bonus. Well done!

A pottery fairy must have heard this news and whispered in Fiona Findlay’s ear! Fiona has kindly offered to take on her role, thank you Fiona.

We would also like to thank Louis Wilkes and Ian Chrystie, who tirelessly volunteer to pack and unpack the glaze kiln, ensuring your pots get through the system.

And, your clay wouldn’t make it to the cupboard without Tim Pilsbury, who sorts and puts away the deliveries, often with Glenda’s help. Thank you!

The unseen heroes of West Street Potters!

With a about 160 people using the workshop each week, these people deserve the thanks of all our members for ensuring our vibrant pottery community works works as well as it does……and our pottery classes are as popular as ever.

Hope you all have very happy and sunny summer holidays.  See you in September!



Please do not remove throwing bats from the workshop.

This year, 50 new throwing bats have been made available in the workshop.  On Friday there were only 4 on the shelf.

There are plenty of other bats for hand builders, but the throwing bats just keep disappearing.

As previously requested, please do not remove bats from the workshop.  We politely request that any bats that you may have at home/in your car are returned by the end of this week.

The throwing bats cost £4 each to make. We may need to consider charging for them if the current stock is not returned.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Experienced Fundraiser Required

An experienced fundraiser is urgently required, willing to take on last minute fund raising to secure the exciting Clayfeast project planned for October this year.  Unfortunately the existing fund raiser has had to withdraw due to family reasons.


If interested, please contact Julia. j.quigley147@btinternet.com. Possible payment involved.

In the event of postponement, fund raising will still be required for a new date early next year, so please still get in touch if you able get help.


Clay Feast a celebration of Tradition and Innovation
Events taking place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October 2018

Based on the 19th Century tradition, when Farnham Potters, paid Clay Diggers, and honoured the occasion with a festive meal.

From tradition to innovation ‘Clayfeast’ offers a marvelous opportunity for all in the community to explore the relationship between clay and food through hands on workshops making clay ‘food’, cooking in clay and preparing an ‘edible’ feast based on 19th Century menus.

Heritage, history and ritual will be stitched together through events, exhibitions and shared food…..we welcome you all to take part.

Missing Moulds?

Fiona from Julia’s Tuesday class made 2 moulds for her own use, taken from the ridge tile moulds.

They had been biscuit fired and placed at the end of the shelves where fired items go, standing upright because of their size.  Some weeks ago they disappeared and Fiona has been looking for them since.

There is a notice about this on the board, but in case you haven’t seen it and know where they may be or what has happened to them, please get it touch.   Somebody may be using them, having mistaken them for the original moulds belonging to the workshop.

Thank you