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Ceramics by Jenny Beavan at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jenny Beavan

Ceramics by Nici Ruggiero at Studiopottery.co.uk

Nici Ruggiero

Upcoming events

Ludlow Spring Fair - ceramics from Alex Allpress at Ludlow Castle 10th - 11th May 2014 Alex Allpress will be there
Martha Grover - Ceramic Art at Pewabic Pottery Gallery 16th May to 30th June, 2014 Martha Grover - Solo show
Patricia Volk - Sculpture in Belgium at Beukenhof - Phoenix galleries 13th May to 23rd August, 2014 Patricia Volk will be showing in their summer exhibition - exact dates not yet known - check before visiting
Collect 2014 at Saatchi Gallery 9th - 12th May 2014 The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects brings together the world's finest galleries representing exceptional work of museum-quality from their portfolio of artists. 

Recently added Courses

Smoke and Fire - Two-Day Workshop with Claire Ireland - 5th - 6th July 2014
This two day workshop will explore a variety of smoke-firing techniques resulting from the interaction of clay and fire.
Jill Ford - Ceramic Workshops - Owl, kitchen herbs planter - 24th July 2014 - 6th July 2014
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 build Valentine Hearts in this session.
Jill Ford - Ceramic Workshops - Green Man Garden Plaque - 1st May 2014 - 6th July 2014
Under the expert guidance of professional potter Jill Ford. Jill will carefully guide you through all the stages needed to create the Green man Garden Plaque
Pottery, pattern, colour Ė and sources of inspiration - Carolyn Genders - 26th July to 1st August, 2014
The wonderful Kitchen Garden at West Dean, vibrant in colour and full of fruit and veg with intriguing shapes that make fantastic starting points for ceramic pieces, will be the source of inspiration for making ceramics.

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.