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 Ursula Waechter at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ursula Waechter

Ceramics by Rachel Grimshaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rachel Grimshaw

Upcoming events

Trelissick Christmas Craft Market at Trelissick Garden 15th - 17th December 2017
Janet Halligan - Christmas Sale at Old School, The (Nantwich) 16th - 17th December 2017 Janet Halligan - pre-Christmas clear out sale of old stock at greatly reduced prices
Emily-Kriste Wilcox in London at Contemporary Ceramics Centre 1st January to 1st April, 2018 New work from Emily-Kriste Wilcox for the show at Great Russell Street in London

Recently added Courses

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. 
Celia Allen - Animal Sculpture at West Dean - 22nd - 25th September 2017
Animal Sculpture
Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland - 18th September to 20th November, 2017
This course will explore the use of clay in an experimental way 
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!

Treasures from our Collection: MR. MARSH’S MARTINWARE: 17.04.15-4.07.15

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This exhibition explores Kingston Museum’s unique Martinware ceramic collection, on show for the first time since its donation. It was collected by Kingston resident Ernest Marsh (1863-1945) and along with other items donated to the Museum upon his death in 1945.

With financial means at his disposal and a keen interest in the arts and crafts movement, Marsh indulged his eclectic taste and built an impressive collection of fine art, jewellery, silverware and sculpture. Marsh’s great obsession was contemporary ceramics, specifically those produced by the Martin Brothers, but his collection also evolved to include 20th century studio pottery by other ceramicists, some of which will be on show.

The new museum and art gallery opened in Kingston upon Thames in 1904 and in the absence of experienced curatorial staff, Marsh’s expertise as a connoisseur and collector was often called upon. He was asked to organise several temporary exhibitions in the art gallery and to shape the museum collections, and in this sense he can be seen as Kingston Museum’s first curator, helping to build reputation in the early years. This marked the beginning of a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship between Marsh and the new museum, where a selection of his Martinware was on display from the first day.

This exhibition pays tribute to the remarkable yet unsung work of Ernest Marsh whose influence reached far beyond Kingston Museum, telling the story of the unique achievements of a man driven by an all-consuming passion for ceramics.

The exhibition is open 17 April – 4 July 2015 and has a programme of associated events and talks:

7 May - The Lure of Martinware: Mr. Marsh of Kingston. Lecture by Martinware and Marsh expert, Dr Christopher Jordan. 7-8pm. Free. Call the Museum to book.

14 May - Dreaming in clay, baptized by flame– the marvellous melancholy of the Martin brothers. Story telling event for adults by Olivia Armstrong A storyteller’s response to the lives and work of the Martin Brothers. Like a modern day fairytale this is a magical yet true account of their lives and creations weaving history and fable together, showing how art imitates life and vice versa..7-8pm.Free. Call the Museum to book.

23 May - Weird Wally Birds, Mr. Marsh’s Martinware. Ceramic workshop for children with Sarah Dhanjal. The Martin Brothers made weird and wonderful pots, make your own Martinware inspired bird in this clay workshop. Drop in, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

20 June - Leaping lizards, flying fish and dancing dragons! Beware of their snapping jaws! Count their eyes! Imagine their powers! Be charmed by these folktales and legends inspired by the creatures set in stone by the marvellous, magical Martin Brothers. Children’s storytelling event by Olivia Armstrong. Session 1: 1.15-2pm, Session 2: 2.15-3pm, Session 3: 3.15- 4pm. Ages 3+ to 10. Drop in, no need to book.

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS. Phone: 020 8547 5006, www.kingston.gov.uk/museum,  admission free

Open: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm

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Posted on March 12 2015 under Event Previews, News.