Friday, November 30, 2007

Jenni Hale Open Weekend

Jenni Hale is having an open weekend 1st and 2nd December Everyone is welcome
for details go to

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bauble Blowing demonstration

The Glassblowing Studio is open to the public this Friday 30th November 2007 for a Christmas Bauble Blowing demonstration.
So if you've ever wondered how it's done, then please come and join us on Friday 30 November between 6 and 9pm and warm yourselves up by the furnace with a glass of mulled wine and a hot, home made mince pie.
We shall also be having a "Bag of Baubles" raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.
It's wonderful to be able to show people how Malcolm makes beautiful christmas baubles out of molten glass and a bit of puff, he makes it look so easy!. (If you fancy having a go at glassblowing why not book a glassblowing lesson, details on our website or give us a ring 01326 377020)

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday evening!

Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass Gallery & Studio
2 West Street,
TR10 8EW, UK

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Christmas Evening

CC&GG member Andy Nicholls and his wife Alison, have kindly invited members to a Christmas evening get together on Sunday December the 16th from 4 pm. Partners are invited and everyone is asked to bring some food and drink, American supper style. There will be a ceramic video or two and some games. Suggestions welcome.
Andy and Alison live in a very new and interesting property at Trevone near Padstow. Their house is the first to be built in the UK by Baufritz who are the leading eco house builders in Germany. His ceramic studio is slate hung with a chamomile green roof. .
The address is: The Breakers, Dobbin Road, Trevone near Padstow PL28 8QW Tel:01841 520 992
Follow signs toward Padstow turning off toward St Merryn on the A389. Take the turning off to Trevone at Windmill (hamlet not a building) and half a mile down on the right, opposite the village hall, there is a sign to the Well Park Pub,
Dobbin Road is straight on along the private road. The house is the new slate and weather boarded house on the right next to Ocean Apartments (parking is restricted there is extra parking by the pub 300 yards away)
If you would like to join us, meet other members and have a great evening please contact Andy at the above address or telephone number or easier still email him at:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Visit to Svend Bayer & Sandy Brown

This year we'll be returning to Svend Bayer’s studio for his annual sale, at which you should be able to acquire wonderful examples of work by this renowned potter at bargain prices. We shall also have the opportunity to see his remarkable wood fired kilns, in which his work is fired to cone 12 over a period of about four days. The pottery is at Duckpool Cottage, Sheepwash, Black Torrington, North Devon and is best approached from Highampton on the Holsworthy to Hatherleigh road, turning left to travel due north, passing straight through Sheepwash village square, continuing for about 1.5 miles to Filleigh Moor, grid reference SX 485086. Please aim to be there at 10.30 am.
Lunch will be at either the Half Moon at Sheepwash (which changes hands in early November) or the Royal George or the Beaver at Appledore. More details on the day.
We travel to Appledore to meet Sandy Brown at 2.30pm at her home, 3 Marine Parade, EX39 1PJ, where we will see her collection of expressive, colourful ceramic artwork. Please be punctual. We will later move on to Sandy’s studio, the Glove Factory.
Please contact Jon Whitten on 01208 880836 or if you are intending to come. Please try to share transport where possible.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Feast AND Famine!

The 13th National Pottery and Ceramics Festival.
Hatfield House 3rd – 5th August
This year’s Festival coincided with the hottest weekend of the summer. A Feast of pottery and ceramics was on show but the very hot weather meant a Famine of punters.
Those who stayed away missed the chance to see fine exhibitions of ceramic art and craft with plenty of space for leisurely viewing. Here was something for everyone. The five large exhibition tents housed much that was traditional or familiar but happily there were many challenging forms especially from the numerous overseas contributors and young ceramic graduates. Surface texture (sometimes extreme) was prominent as a decorative alternative to glazing, perhaps denoting an increasingly organic influence, the best exponents showing freely made pieces. Craig Underhill and Robin Welch displayed colourful hand built pieces with sculptural appeal and Svend Bayer’s part finished vessels gave an insight into the potter’s process.

If I had to pick stars of the show from the feast of exciting work I think they would be Eddie Curtis’s exquisite reduced copper red glazes combined on new Japanese inspired forms, Linda de Nil’s monumental textured anagama fired vessels, Becky Harle’s porcelain ribbon swirls and young Akiko Hirai’s tactile Japanese tea bowls.

Sadly there was a famine of Cornish potters and interesting open air demonstrations though some of the presentations were very informative, particularly Andrew Palin’s hand building and volcanic glazes. And if you ran out of money or cheques then there was no cash machine on site for that one last ”must have” purchase! Maybe next year.

On its new bigger site, the Festival’s true value must surely be the chance to exchange ideas and pick the brains of working potters. Famous or unknown, all exhibitors I spoke to were equally happy to talk about their work and techniques. No-one more so than the enthusiastic Wai Shing Cheung from Farnham College who was engagingly vague about the glazes and clay in his exciting tea bowls!

Barry Marshall-Johnson. Westcliff Pottery, Fowey

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group AGM

Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group AGM meeting with Slideshow, talk and demonstration by Simon Carroll
1pm – 5pm Ladock Village Hall, Saturday 29th September 2007

At 1pm refreshments, including free pasties, will be available plus a chance to look at and buy books and equipment.
2pm onwards, a demonstration and slide show by potter Simon Carroll followed by The Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group AGM.

Simon Carroll’s work is highly original and internationally known. The forms are made from sections that are thrown, pressed into moulds to give surface patterns and textures and assembled together often altered and pushed into eccentric shapes.
He currently works in a studio converted from a derelict airfield building near Padstow. He uses a simple vocabulary of slips and glazes in an exciting and spontaneous way giving great scope for intuitive expression.

Calender of events

14th Oct 2007
Drawing Workshop day with Davina Kirkpatrick Rock Village Institute
10am – 5pm
24th Nov 2007 Trip to Sven Bayer (sale day) and visit to Sandy Brown Workshop Devon ( group transport may be arranged )
3rd Dec – 14th Jan CCGG exhibition at Bodmin Heritage Centre Bodmin
December 2007 (to be arranged) Glass demonstration/event

23rd Feb 2008 ‘Building a relationship with a gallery’
Presentation by Jenny Bailey at Cotehele Gallery on pricing, promotion and working with a gallery Cotehele (NT) 2pm – 4pm (Barn restaurant will be open for lunch)
15th March 2008 Ian Gregory, Master class. Slideshow/Demonstration and presentation on his work and kiln building Full day Venue to be announced
17th /18th May 2008 2 Photography day workshops with Graham Barrett
10 am – 4 pm Newquay AE
May 2008 Exhibition and sale
Port Isaac
22nd June 2008 Tim Gee Porcelain Workshop visit Plymouth

September 2 day major selling event – Lemon Quay
11th October
AGM- Nic Collins talk on firing Ladock

Friday, June 08, 2007

Master classes and workshops

Masterclasses and workshops in Cornwall
Experience an inspiring range of professionally taught master classes and workshops in the field of glass art.

Mould making for glass slumping & open casting

10th and 11th July 2007
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.
Cost £199
Book the glass coldworking workshop at the same time and save £44
Both workshops £335

Contemporary Ceramics & Raku Firing

This 4 day workshop will take the novice or complete beginner through the basic stages of hand building with clay. By learning how to use coiling and slabbing methods, you will quickly find the confidence to produce a series of works. The first 3 sessions will include several short lectures aiming to introduce you to all aspects of clay technology; contemporary ceramics and raku firing; an information pack will be available to ensure that you remember everything once you go home.
The final day of the workshop will get you doing your very own raku firings; you will be inducted into the correct health and safety procedures for using a raku kiln and also given specifications for making your own home construction.
This immediate technique for firing clay began in Japan during the 16th Century. Work is rapidly fired then removed from the kiln when still glowing hot, plunged into sawdust and then sometimes water. Raku firing produces exciting and vibrant surface qualities, the raw firing produces a black smoky effect and a range of glazes produce anything from white crackles and turquoises to copper rainbow lustre.
This exciting new opportunity takes place in our state of the art Design Centre at Tremough and will give you the chance to familiarise yourself with the facilities and equipment, and see first hand what we have to offer. This four day workshop promises to be a lot of fun and the perfect opportunity to learn enough about working with clay to get you well on your way to producing work at home.
A basic ceramics toolkit is included in with the price of the workshop and clay will be available for you to purchase to take away afterwards.
Cost £295
For further information please call:
Vicki Brotherhood, Design Centre Bureau Service Co-Ordinator on: 01326 370756 or email:-

Glass coldworking 3 day workshop

Students would need to bring along: permanent maker pen or chinagraph pencil, a container for water eg, a plastic bottle, ppe (plastic apron), mask, craft knife and rubber gloves.
For further information please call:
Vicki Brotherhood, Design Centre Bureau Service Co-Ordinator on: 01326 370756 or email:-

Ceramic shell moulding

Ceramic shell moulding for glass and bronze casting, 13th,14th,15th,16th and 17th August 2007.
5 day workshop with established metal and glass designer Aron McCartney
A completely hands-on workshop demonstrating the process of casting glass using ceramic shell moulds. This mould technique has long been a popular method in metal casting foundries as it can produce superior castings with excellent definition. The process and material use is economic, producing high quality castings with accurate surface detail, achieving superior surface finish than usual investment moulds. The process applied to glass achieves similar qualities while also allowing otherwise difficult shapes and large casting to be realised efficiently.
Participants model their own designs in wax, learn about the application of ceramic shell to wax work, de-wax the mould and load the mould with glass in a kiln for the casting process to begin. Cold process finishing techniques complete the work.
Complete beginners in glass casting as well as practising studio glass artists wishing to learn a new innovative process which can also be applied to hot glass, will find this course equally beneficial and stimulating.
For further information contact Vicki Brotherhood:
or telephone 01326 370756

Pate de Verre

19th, 20th, and 21st September 2007
3 day glass workshop with celebrated glass artist Gayle Matthias
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.
The Pate de Verre workshop is suitable both for beginners and experienced makers.
For further information contact Vicki Brotherhood:
or telephone 01326 370756

Jan Hein van Stiphout Masterclass

24th,25th,26th and 27th September 2007
An intensive four day workshop with internationally renowned glass artist Jan Hein van Stiphout.
Jan Hein van Stiphout is an autonomous glass artist and instructor in glass techniques based in the Netherlands. He is co owner of the Glasveredelingsatelier company and has formed a collaboration ‘De Maatschap International’with two other artists. His work features in many international museum collections.
A variety of technical processes including: tack and full fusing using Artista, Bullseye, System 96 and float compatible glasses will be taught as well as small scale glass casting from organic objects and egg shell pate de verre techniques.
Besides the practical aspects of the course, JanHein will provide the theory behind kiln firing, annealing and glass compatibility. This workshop is suitable for beginners and the more experienced glass maker wishing to broaden their technical skills.
For further information contact Sally Haseman:
or telephone 01326 214399

Monday, May 21, 2007

Glassblowing Taster Lesson

Glassblowing Taster Lesson:
Tues May 29th
Have a go at glass blowing! You will come away with something you have actually made too. Experience the fun and excitement yourself or buy a lesson as a present.
Look out for more lessons in early 2008 they make a great Christmas gift too!
Booking essential ring 01326 377020
2 West Street, PENRYN, Cornwall TR10 8EW

Open Studio Malcolm Sutcliffe

May 28th, 30th, 31st & June 1st
11am – 5pm Free admission
Don’t miss this chance to come and watch the exciting skill of the glassmaker at work, Malcolm will be happy to chat and answer questions while he is glass blowing.
Light refreshments will be available and there is an interesting museum and lovely river walks nearby.
2 West Street, PENRYN, Cornwall TR10 8EW
01326 377020

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Photographing Ceramics and Glass

Following on from last year’s Photography course,
we have arranged 2 Saturday workshops
May 12th and June 9th 10 am – 4pm
Newquay Adult Education Centre
with photographer Graham Barrett
Cost per day £17.50 (including some printing of images)

This course is for people familiar with the basic functions of their digital camera and who now wish to explore the fundamentals of photography in order to photograph their work to best advantage. Those who attend the second day will need to be competent computer users especially in the area of file management but need not be familiar with either Photoshop or Paintshop Pro.

May 12th Day 1 Photography - will cover composition, lighting and camera techniques; white balance, exposure compensation and
Depth of Field - book by end of April

June 9th Day 2 Digital photo manipulation - will cover basic workspace familiarity and tool options for either Photoshop or Paintshop Pro; file formats for web and print; cropping, cloning and sharpening; adjustment of hue and saturation, brightness and contrast; the addition of borders and frames. Printing and printer settings. – book by end of May

You will need to bring a digital camera, download lead, CD
or memory stick, plus on Day 1, 4 –5 pieces of work to photograph.

It is hoped to do some photography on the beach on Day 1, if weather is fine. You may attend either or both of these workshops. If you just attend the second on manipulating images then you must bring digital images to work on. Booking priority will be given to CCGG members – enrol by dates above, after that the courses will be open to others.
Please enrol directly with Newquay Adult Education, Community Learning Centre, (Old Magistrates Court),Tolcarne Road’ NEWQUAY TR7 2NQ
Tel:01637 874688

Kiln and pugmill for sale

Cromartie Kiln Number 564, 6kw, HT3X/Phase 1-69
Very clean, comes with a spare set of elements and has pyrometer
£400 ono

Wenger Pugmill Model 8471, also has an adapted made end so that it pushes out nice sausages for large pots.
£150 ono

Call Cathy Dennis on 07739 701555.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Carolyn Genders

Sources of Inspiration’ Workshop
by Carolyn Genders
Saturday 28th April, 10am - 4pm 2007
At Rock Institute Hall, Rock near Wadebridge

There are times when, as an artist, you struggle for inspiration.
Carolyn Genders author of ‘Sources of Inspiration for Ceramics and the applied arts’ has been invited to give a workshop on ideas that will spark the creative imagination. As a professional ceramist for over 20 years and a fellow of the Craft Potters Association, she has over this time, amassed an eclectic collection of photographic images which, along with her sketchbooks form the basis from which she draws inspiration for her ceramics. She will describe how images can be visually abstracted and developed to create other beautiful patterns, designs and forms, suitable for ceramicists, glassmakers and artists alike.
The talk and slideshow will be followed by a visit to the nearby beach at Porthilly and practical participation for members. There will be an end of workshop discussion.
Please bring sketchbooks, drawing and painting implements, cameras and anything from which you draw inspiration and ideas.
Rock is found on OS Landranger map series no.200, grid ref: sw933757
The Hall which has a large car park, is to be found 2/3 of the way down through Rock.
Pass filling station, houses, restaurant, estate agent and shop set back on left then long right hand bend, slow down as the hall entrance is on right.
Please bring a packed lunch for picnicking on the beach (weather permitting) or there are local pubs and cafĂ©’s within a few minutes drive of the hall.

Cost to members £14 non members £18

Click here to download a booking form

Monday, February 19, 2007

Rosemary Cochrane master class

Salt Glazed Ceramics
Saturday 24th March 10 am - 4 pm 2007
St Cleer Memorial Hall, Liskeard [Grid Ref: SX250684]
As you go down the hill in St Cleer from the junction near church and Market pub, the Holy Well is on the right, St Cleer Junior School is on the right and Memorial Hall is further along on the left
A Talk and practical demonstration day with slides of Rosemary’s work, history of salt glazing, information on slips, clays, textural qualities and throwing techniques suitable for salt firing.
There will be with some hands on opportunities for members, please bring your own tools.
CCGG members £12, non-members £17
If you would like to reserve a place on the Rosemary Cochrane Masterclass
on Saturday 24th March 2007 send a cheque with name and contact email or telephone number with s.a.e. to:
Frances Osborne,
Fraddon Pottery,
Fraddon, St Columb,
TR9 6QU.
Tel: 01726860206

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


On show at Badcocks Gallery, The Strand, Newlyn, Cornwall
An Exhibition by Fine Art Professional Development Diploma Students includes work by CC&GG member Linda Kierdorff
Monday 12th February - Saturday 24th February
Open 10.30 am - 5.30 pm
Private View Thursday 15th 6pm - 8.30pm

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Other events being planned...

Masterclass with Caroline Genders in April.

Photographing your work and editing it in PC software - 2 day workshop -- Graham Barrett May/June.

Steve Harrison Kiln Building July.

Details of these events and programme for the rest of the year to follow shortly.

Masterclass from Rosemary Cochrane

( author of Salt-Glaze Ceramics)
Saturday 24th March 10 am - 4 pm
Talk with slides and demonstration of surface textures.
St Cleer Memorial Hall, Liskeard
CCGG members £12, non-members £17
Details to be mailed out shortly to members

Potter Morgan Glass Visit

Saturday 10th February 10.30 am - 1 pm
Talk and Demonstration about Potter Morgan Glass
Laurelin Gallery, near Altarnun
Examples of Andrew and Rebecca's work can be seen here
CCGG members £10 , non members £15

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Aberystwyth Ceramics Festival

If you are interested in going to the Aberystwyth Ceramics Festival this summer, dates are 29th June - 1st July,, there may be a chance of some accommodation for one or two if you email Andrew Nicholls
Since it began in 1987 the International Ceramics Festival has grown to become the UK's leading ceramics event. It offers teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs alike the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known craftspersons from Wales, the UK and many countries worldwide.
The Festival attracts about 800 participants to a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and exhibitions over three days. The focus is both practical and inspirational - kilns are built and fired, pots made and demonstrations given. Guest artists also have their own workspace enabling more in depth discussions and exchange of ideas.Over the years the Festival has built up a reputation for featuring some of the world's best known ceramic artists and potters, many new to this country and 2007 will be no exception.
During the festival there are also selling exhibitions, bookstands and a comprehensive display of products from leading pottery manufacturers and suppliers. The aim is to make the weekend as relaxed and accessible as possible.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007