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Ceramics by Pam Dodds at Studiopottery.co.uk

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Upcoming events

Celia Allen at Biscuit Factory, The 15th - 30th November 2017 Celia allen - new sculpture - must check exact dates
Art Fusion - Stephen Murfitt ceramics at Babylon Gallery 25th October to 5th November, 2017 New work from Stephen Murfitt
Cumbrian Ceramics at UpFront Gallery 18th November to 10th January, 2018 Major exhibition featuring almost all the potters working in Cumbria today.
Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus at New Ashgate Gallery 17th November to 6th January, 2018 Amy Cooper - organic slipcast and beautifully manipulated porcelain lighting. Private view: 17 November 2017, 6-8pm

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Slip Decorating With Richard Wilson - 23rd - 25th June 2017
Students will be throwing or press moulding forms to decorate with slips.
CHILDREN'S SUMMER POTTERY WEEK in East Sussex - 7th - 10th August 2017
Have fun and get messy discovering a variety of hand building, throwing and decorating techniques!
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.
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. 

Craft skills generate £3.4 billion for UK economy

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At last! some real idea of the huge value Craft Skills generate for the UK Economy! thank you Crafts council fordoing this research. Their press release says:

Measuring the Craft Economy looked at all occupations and industries in which craft skills are deployed to provide a full set of economic estimates for craft.

This is the first time this has been possible following a review in 2013 of how the DCMS measures and classifies craft occupations, on which the Crafts Council advised.

The contribution craft makes to the economy is much bigger than previously thought with the research showing that craft skills are contributing;

£745 million to the economy through the craft sector
£243 million to the economy through creative industries such as fashion, film and architecture
£2.4 billion to the wider economy in industries such as bio-medicine, science and engineering.
Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, said:

“The UK’s Creative Industries are a veritable powerhouse and contribute more than £8 million an hour to the national economy. This report highlights the key role that craft plays in this remarkable success story, and demonstrates the huge range of occupations through which craft skills are contributing to the phenomenal growth of the creative industries.”

Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council said:

“This research gives us, for the first time, evidence of how vital craft skills are the to the UK’s economy. They contribute to a wide range of industries – many of which the UK leads the world in. We look forward to continuing our work with the government to ensure that craft’s value is reflected in official economic statistics.”

For more details check the full report: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/downloads/measuring-the-craft-economy/

Our editor comments: Perhaps we could now ask more forcibly why most of the ceramics courses at colleges and universities have either been closed or squeezed into a corner within a more general degree. Short sighted is barely the word for this terrible squandering of resources that should be of such value for the next generation. (any comments to editor@studiopottery.co.uk)


Posted on November 6 2014 under News, News for Makers, Pottery and Ceramic Course News.