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Ceramics by Ailsa Nicholson at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ailsa Nicholson

Ceramics by Mark Titchiner at Studiopottery.co.uk

Mark Titchiner

Upcoming events

Decorex International 2014 at Syon Park 21st - 24th September 2014 Claire Ireland  will be exhibiting her larger sculptures at this event and Regina Heinz will be showing her new Flow 2 collection of architectural ceramics. Trade only - EXCEPT Wednesday
Peter Beard - ceramic sculpture at Contemporary Ceramics Centre 16th October to 15th November, 2014 New Ground - Peter Beard - solo show
Bath Spa MA Show at Bath Spa University 19th - 26th September 2014 MA show includes some ceramics from Vilas Ed Silverton
Solo Exhibition - Georgie Beadman ceramics at 23 Kensington Place 3rd - 4th October 2014 New work from Georgie Beadman

Recently added Courses

Tanimoto Yoh Ė Shu Ha Ri - 20th June 2014
Book Now for our 'workshop' with Japanese master potter Tanimoto Yoh who will present and demonstrate Iga yaki pottery
Exploring porcelain - throwing and hand-building:Jack Doherty - 20th - 23rd November 2014
Develop dynamic porcelain forms or containers by learning how to understand and exploit the intrinsic plastic quality of porcelain. 
David Melville and Bev Burt - ceramics workshop - 31st December to 1st January, 2015
Workshop open to all ages, making cylinders inspired by Edmund de Waal which will be displayed along with Edmund de Waal's at the exhibition.
John Evans - Original Alternative Raku Workshop - Sussex - 22nd - 25th May 2015
The 'Original' workshop course will include the use of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques. There will be tips on how to make work for successful firing, how to achieve those solid blacks and whites and the use of colour in naked raku.

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 Рabout 12 women Рhas 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.