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Ceramics by Alan Birchall at Studiopottery.co.uk

Alan Birchall

Ceramics by Ursula Waechter at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ursula Waechter

Upcoming events

Sussex Guild - mixed with ceramics at Hurstpierpoint College 7th - 8th November 2015 Mixed, good quality, show from members of this excellent guild.
Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show at Medieval Abbey Buildings 15th - 18th October 2015 The Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show, now in its 44th year.
Made London at Made London 22nd - 25th October 2015 MADE LONDON will be showing for the 4th time this October. An enjoyable event showcasing the very best and most original makers in this country and beyond
November Introductions - with ceramics at Craft Centre & Design Gallery Leeds 1st - 30th November 2015 Zoe Hillyard and Wendy Kershaw plus wire sculpture from Mel Day

Recently added Courses

Clay sculpting weekend workshop with Julian Jardine - 18th - 19th July 2015
If you are looking for an alternative and relaxing weekend during the summer then clay sculpting might be for you.
Intermediate Throwing Summer School(RKD 318) with Emma Johnstone - 10th - 14th August 2015
This is a fun practical course, which aims to further enhance your understanding and aptitude of throwing on the wheel. 
Workshop led by Sarah Purvey, Claire Loder or Amanda Duggan - 10th - 17th September 2015
Clay hand building workshop:  2 Thursdays in September 2015
The Art & Craft of Throwing - A Base to Build From' Jim Malone - 20th - 24th July 2015
 A 5 day throwing course led by world renowned potter, Jim Malone.

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.