Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!

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Ceramics by Lesley Martin at Studiopottery.co.uk

Lesley Martin

Ceramics by Laura De Benedetti at Studiopottery.co.uk

Laura De Benedetti

Upcoming events

2016 - AUGUST FOCUS - Emma Rodgers, Tanya Gomez & Wendy Kershaw at Bevere Gallery 30th July to 30th August, 2016 Includes new work from Tanya Gomez and others
Southern Ceramics Group - Summer Show at Bishop's Kitchen, The 29th July to 14th August, 2016 Includes new work by John Townsend
2016 Doddington Sculpture Exhibition at Doddington Hall and Gardens 30th July to 11th September, 2016 Several of Jo Taylor's large scale works will be going on show
Clearing the Decks: - presented by John Rastall at Harlequin Gallery 28th - 30th July 2016 Two days only: Thursday and Saturday (closed Friday!)

Recently added Courses

Thrown forms with lids, lugs, handles and spouts - Julie Ayton - 14th - 17th July 2016
A four day course suitable for those that have moderate experience on the wheel, and are looking to broaden their experience and technique.   
Hand - building skills with Sarah Purvey - 7th June to 12th July, 2016
Six week evening class 7-9pm starting Tuesday 7th June.  A six week programme of hand building skills.Taught by Sarah Purvey Please make your booking through the Pound 01249 701628
BEGINNER: INTERMEDIATE THROWING COURSES at Leach Pottery - 11th July to 24th August, 2016
We offer a 3 or 5 day practice-based throwing course
Adult Summer Pottery Course with Mohamed Hamid - 29th August to 2nd September, 2016
Hand building, throwing and decorating techniques! (previous week Fully booked!)

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.