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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Patricia Shone at Studiopottery.co.uk

Patricia Shone

Ceramics by Paul Smith at Studiopottery.co.uk

Paul Smith

Upcoming events

Stitch - Emily-Kriste Wilcox at Guild at 51, The - (Gloucestershire Guild) 11th April to 4th June, 2017 Emily-Kriste Wilcox at the Gloucestershire Guild show
Le Printemps des Potiers market at Le Printemps des Potiers market 15th - 17th April 2017 John Townsend and many other makers
Phil Rogers - solo show at Goldmark Gallery 25th March 2017 - 17th April 2017 New work with a short talk by Phil at 12.00noon
Ten Years On - ceramics from Emily-Kriste Wilcox at Porthminster Gallery 25th March to 6th May, 2017 New work - Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Recently added Courses

RAKU FIRING ONE DAY WORKSHOPS - Andy Mason - 8th - 9th April 2017
Now is your chance to have a go at this fiery method for yourselves under the expert guidance of Seymour Road Studios' guest potter Andy Mason.
My Coast in Clay - Two day Workshop - 8th - 22nd April 2017
Two days only - 8 and 22 April!
Easter School Holiday Courses - Katharine Gleeson - 1st - 30th April 2017
Easter School Holiday Courses
Handbuilding Workshop with Mary-Jane Evans - 29th April 2017 - 30th April 2017
The class will be a fun way to explore clay, learn new skills and to relax in our small workshop aimed at only x6 attendees. No previous experience with clay is necessary.

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.