Raku Sessions – Autumn Term

Kathy is planning Raku sessions on Monday afternoons 2pm-5pm up until half term starting from the 17th September (24th Sept, 1st, 8th and 15th Oct).

You will need to book, but pay Kathy on the day.

Please be aware that times may over run.

You will need to bring bisque pots that have been pre-glazed ready for firing.

Please get in touch if you would like to reserve a place.  £15 WSP members, £20 non-members. Max of 8 people per session.

Priority will be given to WSP members.  It is pay on the day, but if you do not give more than 48 hours notice that you are unable to attend, you will still be charged if the place cannot be filled.


Pit Firing

Kathy is planning a Pit Firing during the Autumn term.

Fliss Blackburn, a WSP member from Jane’s sculpture class, who lives locally, has kindly offered some of her garden to allow this to happen.

The plan is as follows: (weather permitting)

Friday 7th September at about 2.30pm a small team of volunteers is required to dig the pit.

Anyone wishing to take part will require bisque fired items that are suitable for pit firing. There may be spare bisque work available at the workshop.

The firing date will either be Wed 12th or Wed 19th September at 10.30am.

Saw dust will be provided but anyone interesting in joining may want to gather sea weed/banana skins/copper wire/washing powder etc.

On the firing day we will pack start the kilns. Fliss will monitor it over the subsequent days until it is cool enough to unpack, probably the following Sunday, and then help will be needed to fill up the pit again.

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed.

Please email me if you are interesting in taking part: weststreetpotters@btinternet.com



Clay Feast – TASTER! 25th – 27th October

A Clay Feast taster is being run from October 25th – 27th as part of Farnham Craft Month. 11am- 4pm daily.  It will take place in the West Street Potters workshop at The Farnham Pottery.  This is a drop in, hands on event.


There is no charge but donations will be happily received.

All welcome to make clay food from locally sourced or donated clay for a banquet to be destroyed with water pistols on the final day.

This will be an experimental session using kitchen tools, potato ricers, ravioli rolling pins and icing sets to trial all the equipment before the main event in April 2019.

April was the original time that local Potters paid clay diggers and feasted at Farnham Castle, hence the idea of reinventing the celebration by using the word in a topsy turvy context.

Please note, no unaccompanied children, dogs or other pets.

WSP Volunteers are very welcome to help and get the chance to make their favourite meal!

#farnhamcraftmonth  #crafttownengland

Julia Quigley

James Parsons

The ceremony to commemorate and celebrate the life of James Parsons, Soldier, Banker and Potter, was held at the Watts Gallery, Compton on August 20th, where he volunteered and tutored.

James Parsons (2)

James attended West Street Potters’ classes for several years adapting his understanding of ceramics for students at the Watts .

As he said when he began this role – “I’m learning on the job”.

James was a joy to teach. Everyone who came in contact with him warm-hearted and generous spirited enthusiasm was fond of him.

One member’s comment cannot be bettered, “He was the man I would like to have been, if I could have chosen”.

WSP can be proud that James ‘spread the word’ using the skills that he took on board while being part of the group.

Julia Quigley