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Ceramics by Emily-Kriste Wilcox at Studiopottery.co.uk

Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Ceramics by Janet Halligan at Studiopottery.co.uk

Janet Halligan

Upcoming events

Featured Potters at Bevere Gallery 2nd November to 4th January, 2018 David and Margaret Frith, Claire Seneviratne, Tim Andrews, Charlotte Mary Pack
Shades of Clay at Kunsthius Gallery 3rd November to 24th December, 2017 New work from Janet Halligan
Wild Wood at Gavagan Art 21st October to 1st December, 2017 Mixed show with ceramics by Stephen Murfitt, Chris Barnes and Anna Lambert.
Midlands Potters Association demonstration by Sue Dyer at Bannersgate Community Hall 29th October 2017 to 1st December, 2017 Demonstration of porcelain slip inlay work and talk by Sue Dyer.

Recently added Courses

Potters Wheel Courses and Workshops at Eastnor Pottery - 5th August to 2nd December, 2018
Escape to the country and spend a relaxing day or weekend learning how to make pottery on the potter's wheel.
Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland - 18th September to 20th November, 2017
This course will explore the use of clay in an experimental way 
Adult Summer Pottery Course with Mohamed Hamid - 28th August to 1st September, 2017
Hand building, throwing and decorating techniques! (previous week Fully booked!)
Celia Allen - Animal Sculpture at West Dean - 22nd - 25th September 2017
Animal Sculpture

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.