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Ceramics by Patricia Shone at Studiopottery.co.uk

Patricia Shone

Ceramics by Janette Fry at Studiopottery.co.uk

Janette Fry

Upcoming events

Fur and Feather with ceramics at Bils and Rye Gallery 1st - 30th September 2014 Brendan Hesmondhalgh, Emerson Mayes, Jack Banister
Argilla Italia 2014 at Argilla Italia 5th - 7th September 2014 International Fair in Faenza, Italy expecting 180 entrants. Tony Laverick and Jeremy Nichols will be showing
MARY SUMNER Paintings and SUSAN O'BYRNE Ceramics Bird & Animal Sculpture at Bircham Gallery 13th September to 8th October, 2014 SUSAN O'BYRNE Ceramic Bird & Animal Sculpture
Georgie Beadman ceramics at Chastleton House 10th - 21st September 2014 New work from Georgie Beadman, Exhibiting with the Oxfordshire Crafts Guild.

Recently added Courses

Wheel thrown lidded forms in porcelain - 15th - 18th December 2014
Explore the making of a variety of lidded forms - for example a butter dish, teapot or ginger jar.
John Evans - Original Alternative Raku Workshop - Sussex - 22nd - 25th May 2015
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.
Exploring porcelain - throwing and hand-building:Jack Doherty - 20th - 23rd November 2014
Develop dynamic porcelain forms or containers by learning how to understand and exploit the intrinsic plastic quality of porcelain. 
Throwing teapots and teaware. Tim Andrews - 6th - 9th February 2015
Using throwing and turning techniques in porcelain and stoneware, explore the form and function of teapots and teaware. 

International Arts and Crafts Fair – Burkino Faso/Micro Finance Project

Every other year Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou hosts an International Arts and Crafts Fair the CIAO. Ursula Waechter visited the fair in 2011 and as a result set up a Micro Credit Project in a village in Burkino Faso this year (2012).

Burkina Faso which means “Land of the upright people” is one of the french speaking countries in West Africa and shares borders with Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Niger. It is completely landlocked and relies on subsistance farming as the main way of feeding its population. Right now the north is severely affected by drought and failing crops like several other countries in the Sahel zone.
The CIAO is a ten day event that excels in bringing all African arts and crafts together. It is scheduled to happen again this year from 26th October to 4th November. Insha’Allah.
If anyone would like more details Ursula can be contacted from her page on the website: www.studiopottery.co.uk/profile/Ursula/Waechter 

The lower picture that shows some of the women on the day that they signed their name to be part of this Micro Finance project. So far one group – about 12 women – has taken out and repaid their loan; they produced shea butter.

At the moment two further groups have taken out loans to grow vegetables and raise life stock.

In October Ursula Waechter will be visiting Burkina and Yilou village to see how things are going.  I am sure that if anyone wanted to contact her there may be some help that could be offered which could be useful to the villages?


Posted on August 9 2012 under News about Makers.