London Potters News: No. 164 December January 2014/15
London Potters News is produced 6 times a year and is free to members. London Potters (LP) also runs an Annual Unselected Show
when around 90 members (out of over 260) show their work. It is on at present (2-16 December 2014) and details can be found in our events listing or on the LP website. During the year there is a range of demonstrations and masterclasses by leading makers and other visits/activities.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in ceramics, whether you are a full or part-time maker, just touched clay for the first time, a collector, a gallery owner or simply share our passion for the wonder of clay.
The current LP News contains:
- View from the Chair – Geoff Kenward talks about the topical subject of education and how everyone who attends courses can help try and stop the rot!
- LP News editor highlights the ‘vast reservoir of experience and wisdom’ within the membership. This Issue contains the first Special Feature designed to provide technical and practical knowledge to members.
- LP profile – Najha Saleh (Najha talks about her work, process and her ideas and philosophy) ………..I believe that the formation of anything out of ceramicis an architectural creation rather than a decorative one. Consequently, I am careful with colours and intend on bringing out several shades from the ceramic material itself (right, dancing lady). My art tends to encompass shades of blue and turquoise, the colour deeply associated with the Middle East………….
- LP Profile – Mohamed Hamid. (Mohamed tells us his story of being a potter but he is also a teacher who runs a successful and award-winning enterprise.) …………where I have been based since 1989. I teach pottery classes to children and adults and fire pieces for sculptors and potters working locally. I enjoy the sound and activity of all of the other craftspeople and artists in the building and………..
- LP Special Feature – Buying a wheel by Geoff Kenward. (this is an extract of Geoff’s forthcoming book aimed at providing Pottery Solutions for teachers and students ). The article, over 15 pages, covers all the intricacies of buying a wheel either new or second-hand by someone who has been there many times and knows the pitfalls and pleasures of purchasing a wheel enabling the reader to be in a position to make an informed choice. It covers: Safety issues; Power train design; Types of Wheel and the pros and cons of different types and the quality of the tray. It covers various UK wheels that the writer has experienced; what to look for in a second-hand wheel and what to watch out for! (If I was thinking of buying a wheel I would want to read this article! – Editor )
- Transporting a wheel – Geoff Kenward shares his thoughts and experience on the subject. (More wise words on the practicalities of this task!)
In addition there is:
- News of the next items in the Programme: In the New Year – a visit to the V&A; a visit to the William Morris Gallery
- Members News (including a new initiative “London Potters Local” to help promote members work) and exhibition details.
Studiopottery.co.uk : While I (Stephen Dee) must declare an interest, in that I am currently Hon. President of London Potters, I would still like to recommend to all interested in Contemporary Ceramics, including makers, collectors, gallery owners…. that they join and support their local group (see list of associations/ceramics groups ) . Ceramic Art/Pottery is under greater threat (in the UK) than ever before – MANY courses have been closed, others are being greedily assessed by the colleges, providers of further education who are looking to make cuts to make budgets balance. By standing together those with a shared love of ceramics have a much better chance of stopping at least some cuts - Aesop’s fable of the sticks is relevant – a single stick is easily broken – a bundle is almost unbreakable! Join a Group near you and help makers to raise their voice in protest at the almost systematic erosion of courses and facilities that is still taking place!