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 Rachel Grimshaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rachel Grimshaw

Ceramics by Keith Kent at Studiopottery.co.uk

Keith Kent

Upcoming events

Potfest Scotland - 19th year at Scone Palace, Scotland 9th - 11th June 2017 Marquee event at Scone Palace, Perth with many well known and some yet to be well known potters showing.
Alan Birchall - Attenborough Beeston Chilwell Art Trail (ABCAT) at Red Lion Pottery 3rd - 4th June 2017 Open studio all weekend 11am to 6.00pm. see some of Alan's latest work.
Contemporary Craft Festival at Mill Marsh Park 9th - 11th June 2017 Three day fair of mixed crafts including a wide range of ceramics
Open Studio - Steph Black at Open Studio Steph Black 3rd - 11th June 2017 Steph's open studio is part of North yorkshire Open studios - well worth a visit if you can get there.

Recently added Courses

Naked Raku With John Evans - 14th - 16th July 2017
Learn all there is to know about Naked Raku. Students are required to bring biscuit fired burnished pots to fire.
Hand Building & Smoke Firing Course at the Moulin with Frances Marr - 11th - 17th June 2017
Over the the course of the week we will explore smoke-firing techniques resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. 
Jim Malone - 3 Day Throwing Course - 11th - 13th September 2017
Designed for throwers who can throw a bowl and a basic cylinder and would like to get to the next level, revisit already familiar forms and develop them to a higher level.
Slip Decorating With Richard Wilson - 23rd - 25th June 2017
Students will be throwing or press moulding forms to decorate with slips.

Take care – Forresters Fund For Children – Vardis

Since May we have received 7 reports of what appear to be high pressure sales techniques from a business known as Vardis, seeking advertising in a directory with the indication that proceeds will go to charity.  The reports received have shown dissatisfaction with the quality of material provided, doubt with the advertising value and the high pressure to sign up ‘then and there ‘ for amounts from £199 to £399. These might be exceptions, but there are sufficient to argue caution. The Forresters Fund for Children, clearly from comments on their website, appear to have had some benefit by way of receipts from Vardis, but what percentage of sales this is we do not know.  This may be a genuine attempt to raise funds for this worthy charity, but from the reports we have had we would at least take care before agreeing to contribute.

Generally……it is suggested FOR ANY sales approach by phone  - you should be careful and questioning. For example:

1. Do not agree to any telephone sales from any company on the phone unless you are satisfied of their bona fides and do not agree to pay any money immediately in any circumstances. Ask for a week to consider it and tell them you will phone them back with your decision once you have seen an example of what they propose in writing.

2. Ask them for more details of what they are offering, and if a charitable element….how much goes to charity and the name(s) of the charity(charities) concerned, so that you can check with them. Consider whether you would agree to this promotion if a charity was not involved – try to separate the charitable aspect from the business aspect.

3. Request details of the way in which your advertising will be published, whether there are certified advertising (e.g. ABC) figures available, and for reference to existing advertisers. Get an understanding of whether their target market will actually benefit your business. How will they distribute your advertising and to whom?

4. Telephone sales techniques are designed to be persuasive and tend to try and get the recipient to make an instant decision. This is neither necessary or wise and one should always seek to make the decision later when you are not under pressure.   The golden rule is never to commit to expenditure which you have not sought immediately. Very often in the cold light of day your decision may be different.

We hope these comments will be useful as we seem to be facing an increasing level of ‘cold calling’ and if others wish to tell me of instances where they have faced similar cold calls we would be happy to receive them.


Posted on May 22 2009 under News about Makers.