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Collective Design Fair - with Halima Cassell at J. Lohmann Gallery 8th - 11th May 2014 Selected Group Show with Halima Cassell
Open Studios West Berkshire & North Hampshire - Ursula Waechter ceramics at Catherine Villa 3rd - 26th May 2014 Ursula Waechter is exhibiting with the painter Christopher Hall in the centre of Newbury: Note - Mostly weekends -see specific dates.
Ceramics Showcase at Porthminster Gallery 17th May to 28th June, 2014 A mixed collection of contemporary ceramics: Tim ANDREWS, Clare CONRAD, Sasha WARDELL, John POLLEX and Antonia SALMON
White Gold - ceramic art at Nantgarw China Works Museum 17th May to 17th August, 2014 Group show including new work from Geoff Swindell

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Inventive Ceramic Projects for the Garden - Claire Ireland - 4th June to 9th July, 2014
A comprehensive introduction into the methods and creative potential of sculptural ceramics. (6 weeks)
Tim Andrews - 1st - 30th April 2015
Tim will be teaching in April 2015 - exact dates nearer the time or contact Coombe farm studios for more information.
Jill Ford - Ceramic Workshops - Japanese Tea bowl - 10th July 2014 - 30th April 2015
Learn to throw pots under the expert guidance of professional potter Jill Ford. Jill will carefully guide you through all the stages needed to throw a vase or bowl, also hand building a brooch
Jill Ford - Ceramic Workshops - Cherub Wall Clock - 12th June 2014 - 30th April 2015
Learn to throw pots under the expert guidance of professional potter Jill Ford. Jill will carefully guide you through all the stages needed to throw a vase or bowl.

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.