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Ceramics by Catherine Portal at Studiopottery.co.uk

Catherine Portal

Ceramics by Philomena Pretsell at Studiopottery.co.uk

Philomena Pretsell

Upcoming events

Summer Exhibition with Roger Lewis ceramics at Maiden Bridge Gallery 23rd May to 2nd August, 2015 Mixed show with Roger Lewis new ceramic art. Note: weekends and bank holidays only
Hatfield House Craft Fair with ceramic art at Hatfield House 7th - 10th May 2015 Mixed show featuring some of the finest designer-makers from across the UK. Chris Hawkins will be showing.
Solo:Solar: Tim Andrews: Ceramic art at Tim Andrews Gallery 23rd May to 21st June, 2015 Tim Andrews and makers from across the UK
Peach Croft Barn Artists includes ceramic art at Peach Croft Barn 16th - 25th May 2015 Part of Oxfordshire Art Weeks - mixed show includes ceramics from Mia Sarosi

Recently added Courses

Throwing weekend - Matthew Blakely - 21st - 22nd November 2015
A weekend course designed to teach you the basics or really help improve your throwing skills. 
David Rogers, The Vinegar Hill Pottery - 9th May 2015 - 22nd November 2015
This is the perfect course for people who have always wanted to try their hand at making pots on the potter's wheel. 
Jenny Beavan - 1 Day Workshop only - 31st May 2015 - 22nd November 2015
One day workshop in conjunction with Open Studios Cornwall
Creative Clay - Junior Workshop at Easter in Hull - 28th March 2015 - 22nd November 2015
Hand-building and model making for ages 8 - 12 years.

Wali Hawes – Fire Trees

An article by Wali about building and firing a set of fire trees. There is also comment in “Terrart”a Barcelona magazine published by┬áL’Associaci├│ de Ceramistes de Catalunya. See front cover above…

This is a copy of the article on Wali’s blog – for more interesting articles visit his blog.

Heloisa Alvima is a potter from Brazil who lives in Monferrier, France. I was very happy to be invited to build and fire a set of Fire Trees which would coincide with the festival of San Jean which is also the same day as the Summer Solstice. The setting was the Culture Centre and I was ably assisted by students from the ceramics school, local potters and enthusiasts. We started off with the usual coiling techniques and found the clay as supplied by SolarGil to be good allowing us to dry out the structure quite rapidly without cracking. Those who participated in the project were also invited to create decorations that reflected the local landscape or at least inspiration was from our surroundings. I did so in order to make people more aware of the environment in which we inhabit not only in the physical sense but also in the social context. It is another aspect of the Fire Trees that go beyond technique and process.
It was great to have the support of the Asociation de Clubs de Loisir (Hope that is how it is spelt!), Daniel who is the president, Gerard who put up with me and his wife Jo—many evenings were spent enjoying their hospitality, Loule, Izabu, Tibo, Caren and a host of others. Their help and kindness also the hospitality knew no bounds. If I have forgotton anybody then I allow myself to be shot for such an omission. Unfortunately we discovered that the clay did not quite meet up to the tremendous stresses during the firing and structural damage was quite severe…despite our attempts to repair the damage I am afraid the trees will have to be re-built and fired again. We got to temperature and the clay fired well…in some cases it actually fused. The firing was quite a spectacle. Looking forward to the next firing.

Also see the U Tube video of the event.


Posted on October 14 2009 under Event Reviews.