Clay Connections – They’re everywhere you go!

I am Thursday evening West Street Potter.  It’s become an annual outing for a group of us to go to a local auction house to celebrate my January birthday.  This year was no exception.  I love an auction, the sense of imminent discovery, of finding a hidden treasure – and all that George III furniture going for a song!  Our outing was great – I confess, I have a crockery habit!  I determined to keep strictly to my budget and so I bid on only two lots – one, a Chris Carter piece (along with an interesting African piece of pottery) and the other, a lot of 5 assorted cardboard boxes full of stuff.  Here’s what was in one of the boxes…..Connection #1

The next weekend, I went with a friend to the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham to look at the Michael O’Brien Exhibition, which has been curated by Simon Olding and Magdalene Odundo.  There we looked at African connections, West Surrey College of Art & Design connections and, of course, Michael Cardew connections.  I noticed that Magdelena had visited Michael Cardew’s Wenford Bridge Pottery in the early 1970s, whilst studying at WSCAD under the direction of Henry Hammond (whose FH7 glaze we use at West Street Potters). Connections #2, 3, 4 & 5

I was reminded of my summer holidays in 2018.  My children and grandchildren live in Cornwall.  I like to visit for 8 weeks or so but I don’t want to impose on them (small children are very noisy!)  In the previous May, I had visited the Open Studios Cornwall and made the journey to two villages near St Breward, one of them being Wenford Bridge.  Many of you will know that the Cardew pottery no longer exists but I discovered, quite by chance, another potter, living and working on part of that site.  Her name was Cookie Scottorn.  Cookie had trained at WSCAD in the early 70s, under the direction of Henry Hammond and it was to Cookie I turned when I needed accommodation last summer.  I stayed at Wenford Bridge Pottery, in The Letterbox, a charming simple conversion of what had been Cardew’s pottery shop.  It was just perfect.  You can find its details here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21758343?guests=1&adults=1

So Connection #6 is Cookie Scottorn, who is visiting West Street Potters workshop on 27th April to talk about her work as a potter and her journey from WSCAD to Wenford.  Interesting, eh?

Come along and join us on Saturday 27th April and make a connection of your own! You will be very welcome.

Ian Titchener

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Ian Titchener.

Ian was a founder director of West Street Potters and our first chairman.

A talented potter, Ian attended classes for many years and exhibited his work in all our exhibitions.

Although we have not seen much of Ian recently, West Street Potters owe much of our current success to his hard work and dedication when we were setting up and maintaining the company through its turbulent early years.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised. We will let you know when we hear.

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

NOW FULLY BOOKED

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.