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 Laura De Benedetti at Studiopottery.co.uk

Laura De Benedetti

Ceramics by Philip N Wilks at Studiopottery.co.uk

Philip N Wilks

Upcoming events

Rhythms, An Exhibition at Kellie Miller Arts Gallery 24th February to 13th March, 2017 Private View Friday 24th February  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. includes Danish ceramicist Finn Dam Rasmussen
SuperBowls at Craft in the Bay 11th March to 7th May, 2017 New work from a group of makers not known for making bowls!
MADE LONDON Ė CANARY WHARF at Canada Square Park 17th - 25th March 2017 Design and Craft Fair - Note: ONLY 17 - 20 and 22 - 25 MARCH 2017
A Fine Line - Jeremy Nichols at Cambridge Contemporary Art 11th March to 2nd April, 2017 New work from Jeremy Nichols

Recently added Courses

Traditional Pottery Techniques with Katharine Gleeson - 14th February to 30th November, 2017
Tuition in Traditional Techniques of Throwing, Hand Building , Decoration, Glazing and Firing for all ages and abilities.
Personal 'Bespoke'Tuition - Bob and Mary Kershaw - 16th February to 28th February, 2018
Mary and Bob offer private tuition in clay modelling, sculpture AND the potter's wheel for complete beginners through to intermediate level.. (Gift Vouchers available for Christmas, Birthdays etc...)
Wobage: 4 Day Jar making/slip decorated Earthenware - 13th - 16th July 2017
This jar making course will run over 4 days.  Patia makes jars in both porcelain and earthenware
6 week Pottery Course with Jessica Jordan - 1st March to 5th April, 2017
You will have the opportunity to cover a wide range of skills including; hand building, throwing on a pottery wheel, coiling, slip decoration, glazing and more.

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.