Adopt a Potter Charitable Trust: From their Easter Newsletter
“You will have noticed that this newsletter is coming out a bit later than usual. The Adopt a Potter team has been extremely busy over the last year and into 2016. Four apprentices completed their placements last year and we’ve awarded two apprentices to start this year. We raised funds at 4 fairs, updated our t-shirts and aprons, launched an exciting new mentoring programme in partnership with the CPA, and started to put together a business plan for a national ceramics school….
Following the completion of her apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, Laura Crosland continued to work as part of the production team until February this year. She has just moved to Chatham, Kent to set up her own studio at Nucleus Arts Centre. This year she will be Earth and Fire, Rufford, and Art in Clay at Hatfield and Farnham.
Simona Stollo is now working for Joanna Howells as the studio assistant at Tythegston Pottery and is developing her own work. We look forward to seeing her new work soon.
AND PREVIOUS APPRENTICES:
Pasha Manzeroli won a Craft & Design magazine Selected Maker Award in 2015 and was commissioned to make tiles for the British Museum shop. She is still working part-time for Jonathan Chiswell-Jones and is setting up her own studio.
Over the last few months we have been working on a project plan for a national ceramics school. Our aim is to set up a skills based training school, which will provide students with the skills they need to work as successful independent studio potters or ceramicists. Students will be taught all aspects of throwing, glazing and various types of kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques.
Crucially, the school will provide a forum for the master potters practising today to pass on their skills to the next generation. We have already had letters and messages of support from many of Britain’s leading potters.
To help us with our planning, we have circulated two surveys and the response has been fantastic. We’ve been impressed not only by how many people have taken the time to do the surveys, but also the amount of detail that people have provided and the enthusiasm that they have shown for the proposal. A big thank you to everyone who responded.
And if you haven’t yet, both surveys are still open:
National Ceramics School survey
Survey for prospective students
We would also be extremely happy to hear from anyone who has fund-raising or marketing skills and would be willing to help us on a voluntary basis. We look forward to hearing from you!
Full details of the Newsletter can be seen at: http://www.adoptapotter.org.uk