Problems with the Gas Kiln

Members may be aware that the gas kiln has had a few problems recently with the ignition system.   The sensitive equipment that operates the burners has failed after 7 years of constant use.  Northern Kilns were on site yesterday, but unfortunately could not get all the burners to work, so it is currently operating with two.   They will return next week with the new electrical components, that will hopefully resolved the issue.

This situation means that we are behind on firings, which we understand is  frustrating, especially at this busy time of year.  Once the kiln is repaired, we will endeavour to get back on track. 

Everyone will try their very best to get your work through the firing system before Christmas. 

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

John Evans’ Alternative Firing Workshops 2019

John Evans has been in touch today with information about some workshops he has planned for next year.  I thought some of you may be interested.

Greetings Raku Aficionados,

Apologies for the delay to all those who have been in touch about workshop dates. Its taken rather longer than I envisaged to sort everything out.

Workshops will now be at my studio in Worthing, W.Sussex UK and no longer be at the Angmering venue. We have successfully organised a few already this year to try everything out and very recently had the firing area covered with a large metal canopy. My prayers to the fair-weather and kiln gods now don’t have to be quite so in earnest!

We can offer most of the kiln and barrel firing techniques and, to keep costs down, are initially looking to run the naked clay courses over just a couple of days. Glazed raku courses can be full or half day. The number of participants attending will initially be limited to  5 while we test out the new programmes.

The workshop is very close to Worthing seafront and town centre, easily accessible by road, rail, and air (London-Gatwick), and with plenty of accommodation options  close at hand. We are also able to offer limited en-suite accommodation at our house adjoining the workshop.

The dates currently available are –

24/25 March 2019 – Introduction to Naked Clay – ideal for ceramicists who have no previous experience of these decorating and firing techniques. Covering burnishing, terra sigilatta, naked raku (two types), saggar, horsehair/feather raku. (Early bird price £210)

5th May (pm) & 6th May 2019 – Naked Raku Intensive – for ceramicists with some previous experience of naked clay firing who want to explore more advanced decorating techniques. An introduction to firing with ferric chloride. will also be included. (Early bird price £160)

Full details and booking forms for each workshop are on my website at

Further workshop dates will be offered during the year. We are also able to offer tailored workshops for your pottery group. Contact me to discuss further if this is of interest.

Happy firing


West End Centre, Aldershot – Job Vacancies

Vacancy Summary

Job Title: Casual Tutors
Salary: £24.35 per hour
Location: West End Centre
Hours: Variable

The West End Centre is a highly acclaimed arts venue based in Aldershot delivering outstanding live music, theatre, comedy, events, festivals, crafts and workshops for all ages. We run a wide range of workshops and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic tutors help bolster our course programme in the spring term of 2019. We are looking for two tutors to prepare and successfully deliver our well subscribed weekly classes and occasional workshops in:

• Pottery
• Silver Jewellery

There may be opportunities for further teaching hours or related courses in the future. For an initial informal conversation please contact Lucy Crockford (Community Programme Coordinator) on 01252 330040.

To find out more about the WEC and Hampshire cultural trust please visit our website

Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter specifying which post you are interested to

Closing date for applications: 10 December 2018
Interview date: w/c 17th December

About the trust
Hampshire Cultural Trust was established in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a great cultural county, and our vision is to be renowned for creating world-class cultural experiences that enrich and transform lives. We manage and support 26 arts and museums attractions across Hampshire and deliver county-wide outreach programmes that bring great culture to local communities. We also deliver a diverse range of wider social impact initiatives targeted at those who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged and who would not usually have access to arts and culture.

WSP Archives

A party is planned for February 2019 to celebrate West Street Potters’ 20th year at the pottery.    It’s also nearly 50 yrs since West Street Potters took on the name after the Street where they were based and maybe 70 yrs since the classes were started by Henry Hammond and Paul Barron to help finance the new pottery academic course at Farnham School of Art.

We are looking for any photos and archive information to create a display board.

Any activity, demo, class photos, party with hat throwing, particularly any historical events would be welcome.

Please send them to and

Any hard copies that you happy to be part of the display can be left in a marked envelope (with your name) in Julia’s pouch at the pottery.

We look forward to some nostalgic viewing!



WSP Winter Exhibition – WOW!

Blown away by the exceptional standard of work on show at the WSP Winter Exhibition this weekend…the variety was incredible…an absolute joy to visit.  All excellently curated in the Farnham Pottery fancy loft, the perfect showcase!

Hope that everyone who took part is proud to have a role in such a vibrant and inspirational creative community.

A huge thank you to the organising team and all the WSP volunteers who supported the event and enabled it to take place. Amazing job!

Some comments from the visitors book:

“Lovely pieces & atmosphere”

“What a wonderful display”

“What wonderful variety! A lovely show”

“Beautifully Displayed”

“ Inspiring, thank you”

“Thoroughly enjoyed looking at the variety and skill of the potters”

And if you didn’t make it over the weekend…’s some of what you missed……