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Ceramics by Philomena Pretsell at Studiopottery.co.uk

Philomena Pretsell

Ceramics by Ursula Waechter at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ursula Waechter

Upcoming events

Sussex Guild - with ceramics (Midhurst) at Midhurst Rother College 29th - 30th November 2014 mixed show with ceramics from John Evans  and others
Craft Show at Wisley with ceramics at Royal Horticultural Society Gardens 25th - 30th November 2014 Christmas Event at RHS gardens.
Gifted 14 mixed fair with ceramics at National Centre for Craft & Design 29th November 2014 - 30th November 2014 Over 50 stalls - British contemporary craft and design and specialist local grown produce.
Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair with ceramics at Courtyard Centre for the Arts 14th - 16th November 2014 In its 21st year featuring around 60 of the finest makers of contemporary craft. Choose from a stunning range of ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, metal work, fashion accessories and much more.

Recently added Courses

Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 22nd November 2014
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop
Julian Jardine - Children's Clay Sculpting - 28th October to 20th December, 2014
This is a series of classes for children giving them an introduction to hand building with clay. (5-13 years old)
Bethan Jones - Regular Weekly workshops - 15th November 2014 to 20th December, 2014
Bethan teaches regular weekly workshops, as well as Saturday mornings.
Evening Classes at Wobage - Jeremy Steward, Patia Davis & Ana Simmons - 5th January to 9th March, 2015
Jeremy Steward, Patia Davis & Ana Simmons - These 10 week courses, predominantly in thrown ceramics are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced makers. (Now **Monday evenings too!)

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.