Thursday, December 07, 2006

Can anyone help Stefanie?

Stefanie Christen aged 35 from Switzerland is looking for a practical stayin a pottery of about 4 months in Cornwall or Devon from July/August 2007 until October/November 20007. She could bring her own potters wheel and doesn`t need much support as she has some experience already.
She is a flexible person and could visit in April 2007 to discuss the further details. If anyone can help her please E-mail or call: 004179/6681825
Thanks a lot.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Richard Goodwin-Jones

Richard Goodwin-Jones has recently moved into a new studio in Helston and has created a small gallery space on site to display his raku ceramics alongside work by a few other makers. It would be good to see you here if you'd like to visit during December.
Raku Ceramics
Rear Workshop
12 Wendron Street
TR13 8PS
telephone:07737 489793

Monday, November 13, 2006

Such Gallery

The private viewing at the Such Gallery Kingsley Village on Friday 8th September 2006.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Visit to three potters

A visit to three potters working in North Devon has been organised to coincide with Sven Bayer’s annual sale, which starts on the date above and is well worth visiting for great pots at very reasonable prices.
We are meeting at Sven’s pottery at Duckpool Cottage, Sheepwash, Black Torrington, North Devon at 10.30am. We shall be looking at his workshop, his two impressive wood fired kilns, and his high fired stoneware pots. The grid reference is SS 485086, Ordinance Survey Map 191, for all you keen map readers, or search on the Ordnance Survey website for the correct location.

We then adjourn to the Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash for an early lunch at 12.00 am. (Home made pasties and salad recommended).
Leaving the pub at 1.30pm we take a circuitous route along narrow but very attractive lanes (Jon Whitten thinks he can remember the way!) to Shebbear Pottery, arriving at 2.00pm, where Clive Bowen will show us around, including a look at his wood fired bottle kiln. Clive makes wonderful freely slip decorated earthenware using traditional techniques. Grid reference SS 433112.

Finally we meet at 3.30pm at Springfield Pottery in Hartland to visit Philip and Frannie Leach, who make decorated earthenware using traditional and contemporary approaches, fired in electric and gas kilns. Park in the village car park and walk to the pottery. Grid reference SS 257244. The visit will conclude at 4.30pm.

No need to book, but phone Jon Whitten on 01208 880836 if you are going, he can advise the pub of likely numbers for lunch.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Rod Hare plaster workshop

Rod Hare ran a plaster workshop for about 15 CCGG members on Saturday 7th October 2006 at Perranaworthal Village Hall. It was an extremely good, informative day, and very hands on as you can see from the photos!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Just Arts Winter Showcase St.Ives

Just Arts Winter Showcase
Mariners Gallery St Ives
29th October – 3rd November 2006
A few years ago, a group of artists and makers formed Just Arts to promote their work. They all have workshops and galleries in St Just: there are painters, sculptors, potters, furniture makers, jewellers, textile artists, photographers and a glass designer. Following the success of their Summer 2005 exhibition, this year the group is holding a winter show at the Mariners Gallery in St Ives.
Three CC&GG members are taking part. There is an open invitation for members to attend the show.

Jonathan Hancock’s earthenware and high fired stoneware pottery is hand thrown. His output ranges from large planters to all types of domestic ware, full dinner services, occasional one-off pieces and his unique trademark “bird jugs”. Jonathan enjoys experimenting with glazes and slips and textures to produce highly unusual and attractive colours and finishes, giving his pots a distinct and unique creative edge.

Helen Jay’s thrown tableware is a riot of colour, inspired by the intensity of light and colour in the local area. She works from her studio in Cot Manor, Cot Valley.
Fi Kilpatrick of Artglass-UK uses stained glass to create fresh innovative designs. From room or fireplace screens to backgammon boards or windows, as well as limited production kiln formed glass bowls & landscapes & figure studies, their potential in modern interiors/architecture is limitless. Artglass is at 30 Fore St, St Just, telephone 01736 788673.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New members

Welcome to Sarah Abbott, Sonje Hibbert, Sakia Israel and Andrew Nicholls.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Plaster Mould making Workshop

Plaster Mould making Workshop by Rod Hare Saturday 7th october 10am - 4pm at The tremough Design Centre, Falmouth College of Art Penryn, TR10 9EZ
Members £20 Non members £25
Email Nicky May For more details.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Christmas Craft Fayre at Camelford

There will be a Christmas Craft Fayre at Camelford Hall (Clease Hall) on Saturday 25th November. The hall will open to the public from 10am until 3.30pm and to crafters from 8.30am. There will be free tea and coffee available for crafters throughout the day. To secure your booking please contact Heather Lewis on 01840 211548.
Each crafter will be allocated an approximate space of 6’8” x 6’, provided Table size 6’8” x 2’3”, which should give you enough room to sit comfortably behind your stall.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Andy Titcomb in the news!

Photo by Mike Thomas
Andy Titcomb, 51, a potter based in the North Cornwall village of St Mabyn, has been making teapots since the late 1970s. Such is Mr Titcomb's devotion to his craft, he set up a blog called Teapots teapots teapots in June last year....
Full Western Morning News article

Paul Jackson

Paul will be exhibiting work at The Smart Gallery, Dumpford Farm, Trotton, West Sussex from 25th September 2006

Friday, July 14, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Jennie Hale Raku Masterclass

Jennie Hale Raku Masterclass - Sunday 2nd July 2006
Jennie Hale gave an outstanding masterclass at Longham pottery to members of CCGG. An article about the day will be in the next newsletter. There are some more photographs on The events page of the website

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Open Studios 27th May - 4 th June 2006

John Palmer will be participating as a guest at this venue please come and visit.

John Palmer
St Gluvias Church
Church Hill

Friday, May 05, 2006

Christmas Exhibition opportunity

Christmas Exhibition opportunity for ccgg members at the Lander Gallery, Lemon Street Market Truro
Viv Hendra at the Lander Gallery would like to include up to 10 members of CCGG in his Christmas Exhibition. The exhibition will run from 24th November until approx 2nd week in January. Exhibition is by selection and if selected he will contact you individually at the beginning of September to arrange how many pieces to deliver - (between 6 - 10 depending on size, plus spares) around 22nd Nov. The gallery mark up is 40%. If you are interested would you submit for selection by the gallery, 2-3 photos of your work with a brief description - size, medium etc .Send images of your work by 1st August to:
Jenni Phillips,
St Cleer,
PL14 6RR

Friday, April 28, 2006

Select British

Is anyone interested in a last minute opportunity to have a stand in the Design Gap area of Select West in Exeter?

A member of Hidden Art in London - Sally Wakelin has booked a stand and now can't do the show. Details can be found here...

11th-13th June 2006
Westpoint Centre, Devon,
Clyst St Mary

Stand 2m by 1.5m in the Design gap section, there are about 15 in that section.
Normal price £352. available now for £300.

If you are interested in taking up this opportunity contact Sally or Shirley of Design Gap

Shirley - 0121 242 0242
Sally 020 8318 4296 -

The deadline for the printing of the show guide is 5th May ( next Friday)- so the decision needs to be made before then, sorry for the short notice. Sally has a copy of the exhibitor manual should anyone like to have it.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Azincourt, Pas-de-Calais, France.
3-12 months duration

A wonderful opportunity has arisen for artisans/crafts-people to spend 3-12 months making and selling their wares in France.

The Medieval Folk Museum in the beautiful village of Azincourt, Pas-de-Calais (site of the famous 1415 battle of Agincourt) is expanding from May 2006 to encompass workshops for English and French artisans.

Artisans will have:-
  • Free accommodation
  • Free use of newly constructed workshops and utilities.
  • Opportunity to sell their wares to the anticipated growing number of visitors to the Centre. The Centre receives a large number of British visitors as well as other nationalities.

Applicants must have an established skill or craft which existed in Medieval times, or a modern day development/derivative (further details can be supplied on request).

There is no requirement for applicants to speak French, although a willingness to learn would help as you will be living and working alongside your French counterparts.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please apply in writing with details of you, your skills and your circumstances to:- Eamonn Cahill, Headteacher, Southlands Community Comprehensive School, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8BB. Fax: - 01797 367315.

Friday, March 31, 2006

East London Design Show?

The Committee are considering whether to book a stall at the East London Design Show in Shoreditch Town Hall in December 2007. This is a weekend event; it would be selected (by the organisers of the design show); it would require a commitment from members selected for the show to work a rota to man the stall and help with the setting up and taking down. There would also have to be a fee for entry (as yet we can't say how much).
I am seeking expressions of interest from members at this stage, to determine whether there's enough interest to pursue the idea further.
Please let me know
Nicky May

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mike Dodd's master-class

Mike gave an interesting talk and slideshow about his life and work this was followed by various demonstrations.
I had been curious how the glaze on the large pot had been achieved. So for me the best part was the final demonstration when, whilst talking about not taking things too serious and allowing oneself time to play Mike very precisely, lovingly, and with total concentration added dry china-clay to a wet pot and then continued to throw the said pot one-handed into the desired shape.
Mike obviously takes his play very serious!
More details on the events page soon

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Photography Workshop

Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group offer a
Photography Workshop led by Graham Barrett (a photography tutor from Cornwall Adult Education Service)
Saturday 8th April 2006 9.30am – 4.30pm
At The Gallery
Wadebridge Primary School
Gonvena Hill Wadebridge

Do you want to learn the basics or improve your digital photography? Be able to take good photographs of your work for a variety of purposes?

The workshop will include
• Basic camera use, lighting and use of flash
• Transfer and saving of images, file types and resolution
• PSP workspace, cropping, brightness/contrast, colour saturation
• A photography session including backgrounds and lighting
• Transferring, manipulating and saving images as jpegs or gifs

You will need to bring to the session
A digital camera (though cameras will be available if necessary)
5 – 6 pieces of your ceramic or glass work to photograph
CD to store your images on
Your own lunch

This course is free to CCGG members only ( 10 people maximum)
Please email the Membership Secretary Nicky May if you wish to reserve a place

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Portrait Modelling Masterclasses

Portrait Modelling Masterclasses with Luke Shepherd
at the sculptor's studio, Ashburton South Devon
Set in rural Devon, an area renowned for artistic life. Luke’s intimate studio is the setting where you will have the opportunity to have tuition from one of the West’s most renowned portrait sculptors. The course will cover all aspects of modelling a portrait, from training one’s eye, bringing the clay to life, through to working to commission. A thorough and challenging approach, strictly limited to 5 participants allowing tuition to be individually tailored to suit requirements, given by the portrait sculpture tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Cost: £400. To include 4 days tuition, materials, scrumptious lunches and refreshments.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Glass Workshops – 2006 Falmouth

Workshop 1 (20 March 2006): Beginners Glass Fusing
Glass fusing involves cutting, assembling and heating sheet glass in a kiln to the point where the glass softens and begins, but does not completely melt. The pieces of glass will naturally adhere to each other at the points where they touch. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to experiment with both 2D and 3D glass constructions besides looking at surface applications. An introduction to some of the specialist glass equipment and machinery will be included.

Workshop 2 (21-22 March 2006) Pate de Verre

Pate de verre is a kiln-formed glass technique utilising finely crushed glass frit, sugar-like in consistency, mixed with water and a binding agent, to form a paste which is applied to the surface of a refractory mould. Layers of paste are built up to form a hollow shell. This process offers controlled placement of colour, intricate patterning and detail.

During this two day workshop you will have the opportunity to produce a clay model from which you can take a mould. You will then work directly with the crushed glass to line the inside of your mould preparing it for firing in the kiln.

Workshop 3 (27 March 2006): An introduction to Mould Making for Slumping and Open Casting

This workshop will introduce you to basic mould making recipes so that simple, yet versatile moulds can be produced for two differing Kiln-formed glass processes. It depends what type of glass you place into/over a mould and the temperature to which the kiln is fired as to what the end result will be: Sheet glass can either be slumped into or over a mould in the kiln to create a new form and texture. Gentle, controlled heating of the surface of the sheet glass causes it to soften and deform in the kiln. Alternatively, glass cullet (chunks of broken glass) can be placed into a mould and heated until the glass melts to take on a solid shape (open casting). You will have the opportunity to make models out of a variety of materials, and working on a small scale, be able to begin to explore both processes. It would be beneficial if you had some experience of glass cutting in order to take full advantage of the time available.

Workshop 4 (28-29 March 2006): Lost wax casting

Wax model making opens up a wide range of options for glass casting. If required, the model can be intricate in form and detail, undercut and delicate. Moulds will be taken from wax models, the wax is then steamed out of the mould. The cavity in the mould is filled with glass and fired in a kiln so that the glass melts and takes on the form and detail of the original wax model.

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to translate your ideas or existing models into this versatile material through a series of model and mould making exercises. Moulds can also be taken from ready made objects. The workshop will be introducing you to flexible rubber mould making as well as refractory mould making. There will also be talks on kiln firing programmes.

No previous glass experience is necessary though some understanding of basic model making would be beneficial.
Venue: Glass Studio, Design Centre, Tremough, Penryn, Cornwall
Cost: Workshop1 - £80.00

Workshop 2 - £150.00 (2 day)

Workshop 3 - £80.00

Workshop 4 - £140.00

Costs include the cost of basic materials and include VAT.
Lunches are not included, but Tremough Refectory will be serving throughout the day.

Contact: Vic Machon, Design Centre Bureau Service Co-ordinator, University College Falmouth, Design Centre, Tremough, Penryn, TR10 9EZ. Tel: 01326 370756. E-mail:

Support the Leach Pottery

Marion Whybrow is organising a fundraising pottery sale to support the Leach Pottery, in St Ives 22nd -23rd July this year in the Guildhall, St Ives. The show will run from 10.30am each day and there will be a daily fee (to be confirmed). There are about 15 places, on a first come first served basis. For more details contact
Marion Whybrow
01736 795939

Fauna Cottage
Norway PLace
St Ives
TR26 1NB

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Making the most of Marketing

Just to avoid any confusion the 'Making the most of Marketing' is one of Creative Kernow's Crafts at Work Roadshows which they have developed in partnership with Creative Skills and CCA. Julie has used the Creative Skills website simply to promote the event. You don't have to be a member of either Creative Kernow or Creative Skills to attend. If you are a member of CCA you get a discount off the booking fee.
The roadshows last year were very good events and this one looks really good too - loads of good speakers running small group workshops including designers, journalists and photographers.
Hope this helps to clarify things.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

new members Ed & Sue Dawes

Our current work is centred on capturing the colour and light of land, sky and seascapes. Forms are released from their original function, becoming timeless earthscapes. In recreating an accelerated geological process, selected elements are fused at high temperature in an atmosphere that provides both reduction and oxidization simultaneously, so displaying every surface colour imaginable.

New Member Malcolm Sutcliffe

Malcolm Sutcliffe has been blowing glass since leaving Birmingham Polytechnic back in 1977. He moved to Penryn, Cornwall in 2001 and converted an old bake house into his glassmaking studio and the bakers shop became the Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery. Malcolm's distinctive work is sold throughout the UK and worldwide and is also represented in various art galleries and museum collections.
The gallery is open Wed to Fri 11-5, Sat 10-1 and he also holds "open studio" days when visitors can watch the glassmaking, see his website for more details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

If you are really gluttons for punishment and want 2 trips to Tremough on weekend 4th - 5th March , in addition to the CC&GG event there is 'Making the most of Marketing' from Creative Skills - organised by Julie Davies, on Sat 4th . It costs £15 and details can be found on You have to sign in for membership, but if you haven't looked at what Creative skills put on before, its worth signing in.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Ceramic Art London 2006

Paul Jackson will be showing at Ceramic Art London 2006, at the Royal College of Art galleries,stand 58 on 3rd - 5th March 2006
He is also supporting at Beside the Wave, 3rd March 2006 featuring a new collection of Sea Vessels.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Master Class Workshop with Mike Dodd

Sunday 5th March 2006
10am - 4pm
The Tremough Design Centre
Falmouth College of Art Penryn
C&GG Members £15, Non Members £20
Contact Nicky May
Mike Dodd will demonstrate a fascinating range of techniques, through throwing and manipulation of pots; with ideas on the use of local minerals. His work is inspired by oriental pots.

gossiping pitchers!

Nicky May isn't boasting but...her gossiping pitchers have been featured in Cornwall Today February edition!