Saturday, April 19, 2014

Penny Clifford


Member Penny Clifford now has photographs of her work on the new revamped website. This is one of her tactile cups.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Roseland Festival

The Roseland Festival selling exhibition will be held on September 27th - 28th at St. Mawes and CCGG have been offered space. There is room for 7-8 5ft tables at £15 for one day or £12 for two days.
The organisers are now putting together the program and seek commitments from any interested CCGG members. Confirmation is needed by Mid May. 

Please contact Andy Thomas directly at mrsandythomas@googlemail.com

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New member Maggi Gooding


New member Maggi Gooding has some photographs of her work on the new revamped website

On the Map


A new leaflet out this week called "On the Map" promoting the ceramic and glass studios of Cornwall. Download a copy here


Joe Finch Demonstration and Master Class

Joe Finch World Renowned Studio Potter Demonstration and Master Class Saturday June 14th 10.30 am – 4.00 pm Ladock Village Hall

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Heather Frary new member


New member Heather Frary now has photographs of her work on the website.
Coastal countryside, contemporary glass.
Fused, leaded and copper foiled.
Etched, painted and printed, with traditional materials.
From bespoke window and door panels, to smaller hanging pieces.
All commissions very welcome.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Makers Making a Living

“Makers Making a Living”
Talk and discussion by CC&GG Members+ Museum Tour
         February 15th 1.30 am – 4.00 pm
            Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

CC&GG Members have many different reasons for pursuing their craft, be it a hobby, an artistic expression or a commercial venture. The latter is the hardest road to take and requires dedication, focus, and organisation in addition to the skill required to make saleable pieces and over recent years making a living from handmade crafts such as Ceramics and Glass has become increasingly challenging.

However, several CC&GG members continue to be successful and we a delighted that Heather Swain (pottery), Jane Smith (glass) and Danka Napiorkowska (multidiscipline) have agreed to talk and discuss their successful working lives. In addition they will be joined by Jenni Phillips with her knowledge of working in Education.

This event will of great value both to artists starting a career and those wishing to gain wider recognition for their work.

Event fee £5

Friday, January 24, 2014

West Dean pottery and glass courses

Pottery, ceramics and glass courses at West Dean College, run by charity The Edward James Foundation, near Chichester in West Sussex. The College offers over 700 short courses, including pottery, ceramics and sculpture. Tutors are professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. A sample of courses for spring include:

Exploring porcelain – throwing and hand-building 14 – 17 January £356 tutor Jack Doherty
Stained glass – working with colour and light 2 – 7 February £500 tutor Sasha Ward
Experimenting with paper clay 20 – 23 March £345 tutor Claire Ireland
Layering imagery in glass 23 – 28 February £569 tutor Alex Powell
Exploring Japanese pottery 24 – 27 April £340 tutor Kaori Tatebayashi

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jenny Beavan

Work by new member Jenny Beavan can be seen on our website and also at her own page on StudioPottery.co.uk

Friday, December 20, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Glass Minds

The next ‘Glass Minds’ meeting will be on 26th January 2014, 2-4 pm at Bal Maiden Studio Glass, Trevenen Bal. Directions are  at http://www.balmaidenstudioglass.co.uk.

The meeting will be a general discussion, and will include establishing and allocating jobs for our September exhibition.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Christmas Lunch


CCGG Christmas Lunch Saturday December 14th 2013 at the Victoria Inn, Roche, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8LQ
You are all invited to a Christmas Social Lunch and a chance to meet and discuss with other members anything under the sun. A great way to round off an enjoyable year in the CCGG . The Victoria Inn will arrange a hearty and varied 3 course lunch for us so we do hope as many of you as possible can join us at this social gathering. We are meeting at 12.30 in the bar, for lunch at 1pm.

Friday, October 04, 2013

3-phase pugmill

As part of a pottery rationalisation we recall that we have an old 3-phase pugmill, which we no longer require.  It has not been used for many years, and would need to be taken apart and cleaned out.  The motor would also need checked and possibly refurbished.  It was in perfect working order when we last used it.  This item is free to a good home – and whilst we know that some work and possibly expense would be involved in getting it in perfect working order again, we are talking about an item of equipment which retails new at well over £1000.

Interested? please contact us at 01637 860908 or cominos@mypostoffice.co.uk
Thanks in advance and regards,  

Andrew & Georgina

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CC&GG AGM - 28th September

You are invited to attend the
Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group
Annual General Meeting
With Illustrated talks by Siddy Langley and John Pollex 
September 28th 2013 at Ladock Village Hall Ladock TR2 4PG

10.00 am for 10.30 am Start

Program for the Day

10.30 am - Opening and Illustrated Talk by Siddy Langley – Glass Artist
“I have had a love affair with glass for well over thirty years now and still, it shows no signs of abating.
It allows me to express myself like no other medium I have ever found. At its best, when one is working, it is like performing an intricate, choreographed dance with the glass. Equal partners, working together, to express a thought or idea”
www.siddylangley.com

12.30 pm – 1.15 pm ….. Lunch – a buffet lunch will be provided. Special dietary requests to
                                        ccggwebmail@googlemail.com asap please.

1.15 pm ….. CC&GG AGM official business.

2.00 pm ….. Illustrated Talk by John Pollex – Master Ceramicist
John Pollex has carved out a unique niche in the world of studio pottery. During the 70s and early 80s he established himself as a respected maker of traditional slipware, before his work took a dramatic turn in 1984. He dispensed with slip trailers in favour of brushes and sponges; intensely coloured earthenware slips are applied in a free and painterly abstract manner.
www.johnpollex.co.uk

4.00 pm ….. Close

¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬CC&GG Annual Subscriptions.
Our subscription year begins on October 1st and we are pleased to announce that members’ subscriptions are being held for another year at £22, or £20 if paid at the AGM. For ease of payment and to reduce admin, we would urge you to pay by Standing Order if possible. You can easily set this up online yourself if you use online banking. October 1st is the annual payment date. Notify Carol Scott or Danka Napiorkowska when you have set up your SO.
Payments to Natwest A/c Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group, A/c No. 54073219, Sort Code 535037

Non Members attending the AGM talks.
CC&GG welcomes non -members to its events and non-members may attend the talks at this AGM for a fee of £10 including lunch. If a non-member decides to join the CC&GG at the AGM, the £10 will be discounted from annual subscription. CC&GG welcomes non -members to its events and non-members may attend the talks at this AGM for a fee of £10 including lunch. If a non-member decides to join the CC&GG at the AGM, the £10 will be discounted from annual subscription.

Monday, September 09, 2013

CCGG Kiln firing 2013

CCGG Kiln firing 2013

The day dawned...the Raku kiln was lit at 8 am and Nina, Rod, Barry and Lynn perked up their dozy sunday morning selves with a nice strong coffee!

From 10am 25 members arrived laden with pots, bowls, sculptures and very generously with soft wood sourced from skips, house renovations etc. The kiln performed magnificently and got to 1000 degrees centigrade in a couple of hours.....ably stoked by Georgina, Jackie, Jan and a few others who wanted to try to learn the language and rhythm of our great little club kiln.

After much chatter and splattering of glazes the first pots started to be fired. Lynn Forth worked hard lifting the pots out of the kiln and plunging them into sawdust...aided by a rolling team of helpers. Nina packed a pit kiln with pots, sawdust, organic material, salt, oxides and wood. The pit had been dug earlier in the week by Rod, Ninas’ husband, it was then lit and covered with corrugated iron. A small housebrick smoke kiln was constructed...Unfortunately we only had a few burnished pots but a few unburnished pots were added, this was then lit and covered to gently smolder.

Everyone pitched in either chopping wood, making coffee, helping to prepare lunch...it was a very jolly, friendly atmosphere only slightly dampened by a couple of rain showers when we all had to dash for cover.

Lunch of home made soups, homegrown sausages from Nina and Rod’s herd of Gloucester Old Spot pigs, bread made by Barry Marshall-Johnson, cheese scones by Georgina Cominos and cakes by Brenda Albert were hungrily consumed. Everyone gave £5 towards the lunch and a £70 donation will be sent off to ‘Cornwall Hospice Care’.

The day was long but no one faltered in their enthusiam. Towards the close after laying out all the results we had a little ‘crit’ to see what had been successful and what could have happened differently in terms of glaze application, clay type, form etc.. It was generally thought that the more expressive application of glazes had more of a vibrancy and charm...when too much thought and control was brought to bear then they tended not to work quite as well. Some of the glaze colours were just plain nasty when used on large areas but interestingly did work when just a small amount was expressively added or dropped onto the surface, they then gave the pots a little subtle liveliness and quirky identity.

The pit and smoke kilns were unpacked next day. As predicted the burnished, white clay pots worked far, far the best....they can now be polished with bee or furniture wax to bring out the colours from the fire. The rough unburnished pots are still good to see for the potential of both types of primitive firings.

So all in all it was a very successful day. CCGG intend to invest in more glazes for next time. We also hope that members will rise to the challenge of making burnished ware and then we can build on the experience and reflections of what we have achieved. In terms of the Raku maybe we could all glaze one pot early on arrival, fire them to get 25 results, do a ‘crit’ and from that then go and glaze another pot so the learnings are integrated on the day rather than wait a year.

So thank you for all of you...everyone stayed, cleared up and thoughly threw themselves into a fantastic club event.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

AGM

You are invited to attend the Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group Annual General Meeting

With Illustrated talks by Siddy Langley and John Pollex September 28 Ladock Village Hall Ladock TR2 4PG 10.00 am for 10.30 am Start

10.30 am - Opening and Illustrated Talk by Siddy Langley – Glass Artist

“I have had a love affair with glass for well over thirty years now and still, it shows no signs of abating. It allows me to express myself like no other medium I have ever found. At its best, when one is working, it is like performing an intricate, choreographed dance with the glass. Equal partners, working together, to express a thought or idea” http://www.siddylangley.com/

 Program for the Day
12.30 pm – 1.15 pm ….. Lunch – a buffet lunch will be provided. Special dietary requests to ccggwebmail@googlemail.com asap please.

1.15 pm ….. CC&GG AGM official business.

2.00 pm ….. Illustrated Talk by John Pollex – Master Ceramicist

John Pollex has carved out a unique niche in the world of studio pottery. During the 70s and early 80s he established himself as a respected maker of traditional slipware, before his work took a dramatic turn in 1984. He dispensed with slip trailers in favour of brushes and sponges; intensely coloured earthenware slips are applied in a free and painterly abstract manner. www.johnpollex.co.uk

CC&GG Annual Subscriptions.

Our subscription year begins on October 1st subscriptions are being held for another year at £22, or £20 if paid at the AGM. For ease of payment and to reduce admin, we would urge you to pay by Standing Order if possible.

You can easily set this up online yourself if you use online banking. October 1st payment date. Notify Carol Scott or Danka Napiorkowska when you have set up your SO.

Non Members attending the AGM talks.

CC&GG welcomes non ­members to its events and non­ members may attend the talks at this  AGM for a fee of £10 including lunch. If a non­ member decides to join the CC&GG at the AGM, the £10 will be discounted from annual subscription.
 and we are pleased to announce that members’

Kiln Firing Event

Last year's kiln firing event was very successful and much fun was had by all. This year the CC&GG kiln firing day will again be Nina Ducker's farm in Feock and we do not have to build a kiln this year as we did it last time but Nina has dug a hole for an additional  “Pit Firing” cost. There will be a small cost to cover materials - £5 (pay at the door when we need to sign you in for Health and Safety) .

Nina will provide homemade soup and bread, coffee, tea and cake for £5 and proceeds of soup sales will go to Cornwall Hospice charity, but she does need an idea of numbers so please email her at ninaducker@hotmail.com  if you think you want her soup.

If you want to bring you own nosh and beer do so by all means. And remember, there is usually plenty of hot ash at the end so why not bring a foil wrapped potato.

The Wood Kiln firing is essentially Raku and CC&GG have a selection of Raku glazes. You just need to bring bisque fired pots and as much dry softwood as you can (no painted wood or MDF).

Please make your pots cup or Tea bowl sized as these are best for decorating and handling. Small figures and thin plates can easily break. Bring up to 6 pots and depending on numbers we will get as many as possible fired in the day.

For Pit/Smoke firing either red or white burnished clay preferably something that takes a thermal shock.....or be prepared for failures....to try to stop this ensure that the thickness is pretty even. For the Pit Firing it is best to have a burnished pot or dish of whitish/light clay for the greatest effects

All pots should be marked with makers name for ease of identification...especially if the pit firing is not finished....and certainly won't be cooled...You will have to collect pieces after the event or at the AGM.

Directions. A39 Truro to Falmouth, at Playing Place (shell garage) leave roundabout towards Feock.

Keep going straight, past Pub and KHF crossroads until Feock Methodist church on left. Take next turning right into Trolver Hill. After 300 meters turn left down small lane signed 'Trolver Old Farm', follow parking signs.

This will be the last event in the CC&GG calendar year before the AGM on September 28 forward to seeing you and your friends on the 8th September.

If you have questions please email me at  ccggwebmail@googlemail.com

BM-J

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jennie Hale Shippon sessions


Draw and paint in the beautiful surroundings of my shippen studio and garden.
Artist lead walks in the Lyd valley, tuition in watercolours, drawing from life and keeping a journal.
Contact Jennie for more details on jennie@jenniehale.co.uk
Or 01822 860287:
Cost £38 per day 10am -4pm

Materials list
Pencils
Watercolours
Water containers
Brushes
Bag that is easy to carry things in.
Sit mat
Your general sketching stuff.
I have light boards you can work on.
Sketch book watercolour paper.
Hat, coat, gloves, suncream? boots or shoes you can walk in.
If you don't want to walk far the garden is lovely and full of things to paint and draw,
Don't forget your packed lunch, arrival from 9.30