A Retrospective for Robert Leach

All West Street Potters are warmly invited to an exhibition of the late Robert William Leach’s pots at the Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham, GU10 4ND.

Friday 15th February, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Robert was a member of WSP from the time classes began at Wrecclesham. This is an opportunity, organised by his wife Sue, for all of us to see and enjoy a fellow potter’s fine work.

Catalogue and light refreshments available.

(RSVP please for numbers for catering, Email: leachs066@gmail.com)

Trip to Ceramic Art London – Sat 23rd March 2019

WSP have organised a trip to Ceramic Art London on Sat 23rd March 2019.

There are 12 available spaces on the minibus, please add your name to the sheet on the noticeboard in the workshop if you are interested.

A payment of £20 will be required to confirm your place.

Entry tickets can be purchase at the venue or on their website: ceramicartlondon.com.   

Pickup at the pottery car park 10am. Leave London 4.30pm.

Taster Throwing Workshop – 2 places available, 2nd Feb


318 Ceramics have two unexpected places available.

Taster Throwing Workshop
Sat 2nd Feb 2019, 10am – 1pm

This a golden opportunity to discover and enhance your creative abilities.

Try your hand at throwing on the wheel. This taster session which will give you a brief introduction into the techniques required to throw a successful pot.

Includes all materials, and two pots finished with a clear glaze and then fired.

Supportive, small classes in the historic surroundings of Farnham Pottery.

Cost £75

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.318ceramics.co.uk/courses-and-events/m/02/

Cookie Scottorn Demonstration – 27th April 2019

Cookie trained in Three Dimensional Design Ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in the 1970’s and subsequently ran a pottery making decorated table ware for many years.

She is currently making figurative sculpture animals, birds, human head planters, boats and subjects from myths and legends. These range from sculptures designed to work outside, especially in a garden setting, to vases and figures on a smaller scale for the home.

She works in a variety of clays: crank, porcelain, white stoneware and occasionally terracotta. Thrown, coiled and hand built, much of the decoration is pressed or sprigged using shells, fossils and found objects.

Cookie moved to North Cornwall in December 2015, near Bodmin Moor and set up a new workshop in the aptly named Potters Barn at Wenford Bridge Pottery.

Walter Keeler Demonstration


The world renown Walter Keeler is one of the most influential of British potters spanning twentieth and twenty first centuries. 

He was educated at Harrow school of Art and later taught on the Harrow and Bristol ceramics courses. His reputation was cemented on his work in the fields of salt-glazing and throwing. Primarily a thrower, Keeler has always combined this with other techniques like press-moulding and extrusion.

Being the progressive artists that he is, Keeler continues to move forward; his more recently developed work features brighter colours and glassy glazes. Keeler is and extraordinary interpreter; his ability to spring ideas form historical sources into a contemporary and relevant language for today.     

318 Ceramics is very proud to present this masterday with one of the greats of British studio pottery. 

BOOK ONLINE: https://www.318ceramics.co.uk/courses-and-events/m/03/

Tickets £35


Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2019


TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2019, 6pm-7pm

318 Ceramics and the Crafts Study Centre are pleased to announce that the 2019 Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture will be given by Felicity Aylieff.

Many thought that with the global digital explosion of the 1990s and virtual technology, the use of clay and making ceramics would be reduced, but there is a renewed interest in matter, craftsmanship, the acquisition of creative skills, and an opening to the sensory world, offered through working with clay.

Clay is the mother of materials – the universal material of the earth. It’s primordial, it’s transformational, it’s tactile, it’s malleable. It’s the material that people respond to. It is charged with philosophical significance dating back to ancient times, and most importantly it is inherently democratic, from the common house brick to rocket science.

The lecture will look at the growing number of contemporary artists working in the expanded field of clay, and also the significance of clay as a form of expression to Aylieff as an artist.

Felicity Aylieff is an artist of international standing, recognised for her research into large-scale ceramics. Working from her studio in Bath for more than three decades, she has more recently developed a collaborative relationship with factories in Jingdezhen, China, where she makes monumental pots. Her work shows her passion for material and process through its use of colour, pattern and decorative techniques. 

Felicity was awarded a Professorship in Ceramics from Bath Spa University in 2000 and has been teaching ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art since 2001. Her work is held in numerous international private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is represented by Adrian Sassoon, London. 

LECTURE: 6.00pm – 7.00pm | UCA Main Lecture Theatre (W02) TICKETS: £10.00 | student concessions apply.

Advanced booking is essential and can be made in person, by calling 01252 891450 or purchasing online at http://www.318ceramics.co.uk/courses-and-events/m/02/