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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Rob Bibby at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rob Bibby

Ceramics by Prue Cooper at Studiopottery.co.uk

Prue Cooper

Upcoming events

Rising Stars 2016 at New Ashgate Gallery 4th March to 16th April, 2016 New crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK
Demonstration by John and Jude Jelfs at Portchester Community Centre 28th February 2016 to 16th April, 2016 Demonstration - Thrown and Built Ceramics by well known potters Jude and John Jelfs
Svend Bayer - Demonstration in New York at Greenwich House Pottery 20th February 2016 to 16th April, 2016 SVEND BAYER - For a One-day Demonstration
Artist Talk with Alan Whittaker at Athenaeum (Liverpool), The 23rd February 2016 to 16th April, 2016 Local ceramic artist Alan Whittaker will speak abouthow he creates elegant Bone China vessels and his career in design and education.(at Liverpool Athenaeum)

Recently added Courses

West Dean College - Anna Lambert - Slab built ceramics: responding to place - 14th - 19th February 2016
Working from the Sussex chalk landscape surrounding West Dean, use drawing to develop designs for simple slab built ceramic platters and wall pieces.
Wobage: 5 day Slip Decorated Earthenware: Patia Davis - 20th - 24th July 2016
This course, now in it's 7th year, continues to inspire a spirited and imaginative group of student dishes and bakers.
Animal sculpting in paper clay - Susan Halls at West Dean - 14th - 19th February 2016
Learn a fast and exciting approach to animal sculpting using a variety of pottery techniques.
John Evans - Original Alternative Raku Workshop - Sussex - 27th - 30th May 2016
The 'Original' workshop course will include the use of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques. There will be tips on how to make work for successful firing, how to achieve those solid blacks and whites and the use of colour in naked raku. FULL

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.