Licence to pot?

Thanks Pat for sharing your orginal membership certificate of West Street Potters. Issue No.007 (a ‘licence to pot’?)

It is fantastic that you remain an active part of our potting community and are able to provide these memories of the early days at Wrecclesham.

We currently have 161 members attending classes, but over 700 potters have come and gone since this certificate was issued.

Ode to lighting the kiln

The archive material continues…

Lighting the kiln at West Street was a complicated affair which Shirley turned into a delightful poem.

It was their duty to brick up the door of this old kiln and light it before the start of the Thursday evening class. It soon became a kind of anthem of the class. Everyone could sing it too!!

Up the ladder, check the damper

When it’s open, down you scamper.

Next the gas, make sure it’s flowing,

Turn on main switch, red light glowing.

Now we’d better light the taper, forgot the matches? what a caper!

Then press the pilot on the right

Kneel down and wait for click, then light.

Repeat for left, then turn up gas to a high position,

Switch on and Boom, we have ignition!

Kneel down again, if still alive

And turn gas down to 0.5.

The very last important factor

Before you leave-turn on extractor!

Later on, but not too late

Turn gas up to two point eight!

Happy memories of all the Clamming up too! Hope it reminds folk of the ‘olden days’.


Source Material..

While loading my car to teach my Tuesday evening class the other week, I spotted this small stone – amazing what it led to once Jane Henderson got hold of it!!


Christine Bull (Tuesday evening tutor)

Just a taste of Sunday…with Walter Keeler

318 Ceramics hosted a master class with ceramic engineer Walter (Wally) Keeler. A fascination with sherds led Wally from Mud Larking, via Art School where he found his vocation, to world respected artist/maker.

His rigorous approach and attention to detail was tempered by his warmth and humanity. He gave generously, everyone at the demonstration was enlightened, enchanted and humbled.

The images: Thrown and altered jug, extruded and altered jug plus home made tools for marking, thrown and altered teapot.

Julia Quigley

The original West Street!

Looks like we’ve started something and everyone is delving into their archives! Daniel has found this photo of Katrina’s Friday night class, taken at West Street probably over twenty five years ago.

The pottery is the lean to behind everyone, take note of the corrugated iron structure of the pottery.

From the left: Julian, Fran, Mel, David, Katrina, Wendy, Nina, David, Daniel, Gordon, ?, Lea, Julia.