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Ceramics by Ed Bentley at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ed Bentley

Ceramics by Catherine Portal at Studiopottery.co.uk

Catherine Portal

Upcoming events

Top Drawer, Home and Craft at Olympia London at Olympia 11th - 13th January 2015 A trade show with buyers from independent retailers, multiple retailers, internet, mail order and department stores plus interior designers, agents, wholesalers and press. George Ormerod will be there.
Craft - Redefining Handmade at Earls Court Exhibition Centre 11th - 13th January 2015 CRAFT 2015 is a unique opportunity to see the work of 150 contemporary designer makers.
Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015 (25th year!) at Mall Galleries 8th - 17th January 2015 This ever-popular winter craft exhibition, run by the Society of Designer Craftsmen, is recognised as a leading platform of the best talent in ceramics, furniture, jewellery, glass and textiles. 
Made with Love - includes ceramics at Craft Centre & Design Gallery 17th January to 14th March, 2015 Mixed show with ceramics by Kirsty Adams

Recently added Courses

Making and decorating: Jim Robison - 26th - 31st July 2015
Hands on making in all areas, but with specific emphasis on hand built and extruded forms.
Mould Making For Slip Cast Ceramics with Ed Bentley - 4th - 6th February 2015
These three day residential courses help craft potters, students or anyone wishing to develop their skills in plaster mould making for slip-cast ceramics.   All are welcome to attend, regardless of current skill level and background. 
Masterclass - Glaze Technology (C01003-141501) with Emma Johnstone - 19th January to 30th March, 2015
Designed to give you an introduction to the subject of glaze technology and glaze chemistry (note: start date a week later than published due to moving buildings!)
Mould Making For Slip Cast Ceramics with Ed Bentley - 22nd - 24th April 2015
These three day residential courses help craft potters, students or anyone wishing to develop their skills in plaster mould making for slip-cast ceramics.   All are welcome to attend, regardless of current skill level and background. 

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.