Saturday, December 15, 2012

Event Calender 2013

January 26th 2013
Film Day - Ceramic and Glass Films
And CC&GG Social Lunch
Stithians Village Hall
10.30 start

February 16th
Mike Edwards – Illustrated talk
on Cornwall’s Lakes Pottery and guided
tour of Museum’s Ceramic collection
Royal Cornwall Museum
Truro – 1.30 pm – 4.00pm

March 16th
Sandy Brown – Ceramics and Art
Studio visit and demonstration

Appledore, North Devon
10.30 am

April 20th
Gabrielle Koch – Ceramic artist
Illustrated talk about her work and methods.

Ladock Community Hall
2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

May 18th
Roberta Ayles – Fused Glass Artist
Talk and “hands on” workshop
Noreen Todd’s Studio
Wheal Betty, Helston
June TBC    Delan Cookson - Potter
Small studio visit    Potter’s studio

June 28th – 30th
International Ceramics Festival
Aberystwyth    Aberystwyth

July 24th
CC&GG Visit to Kigbeare Studios/Galleries
Workshop with Japanese potters and private Tea Ceremony

Kigbeare, Okehampton Devon

Date TBC
CC&GG Kiln Building/Firing Weekend
Bring own bisque pots, glaze and fire
Raku and pit firing Trolver Farm, Feock
Nr. Truro

September 28th
AGM    2013 AGM + Presentations by
Siddy Langley (Glass)
John Pollox (Pottery)

TBC    Richard Godfrey Ceramics talk and demonstration    TBA

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Malcolm Sutcliffe

Watch Malcolm blowing baubles all evening, eat home made mince pies and mulled wine and enjoy a sparkly, warm start to the Christmas festivities.
Win baubles in our raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Celebrate our 10 happy years in Penryn with 10% off during the evening.
You and your friends are all welcome!

MALCOLM SUTCLIFFE Glass Gallery & Studio
2 West Street, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8EW
01326 377020

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas open evening and pottery sale

Jon Whitten is having a pre Christmas open evening and pottery sale (20% discount) with mulled wine and mince pies on Friday 30th November at the St Kew Pottery 6.00pm - 10.00pm- All welcome (RSVP to 01208 880836 or email).

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jennie Hale

You are invited to join Jennie at her open weekend in the newly refurbished barn display area.

Nick Harrison exhibiting

"Art in Clay" The 16th Art in Clay Farnham Saturday 17th November, Sunday 18th November, Venue:- The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR Opening Times:-10am to 5pm Saturday & 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday
"Contemporary Craft Fair" Wednesday 21st November, Thursday 22nd November, Friday 23rd November, Saturday 24th November Sunday 25th November Venue:- RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking, Surrey. GU23 6QB Please note that the fair is being held centrally to the parking areas, and not in the garden itself. Opening Times:- 9am to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday & 9am to 5pm on Sunday
 "Made by Hand" Friday 30th November, Saturday 1st December & Sunday 2nd December Venue:- Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales Opening Times:- 10am-5pm daily

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Raku and Paper Kiln Firing

Raku and Paper Kiln Firing weekend 29th /30th September at Trolver Old Farm by kind permission of Nina and Rod Ducker

Ceramic Review Magazine

'Ceramic Review' is the magazine of the Craft Potters Association.
A very rare opportunity to purchase the entire collection of  257 copies from "issue number 1" dated February 1970, to the most recent "issue number 257" September/October 2012.
All have been read and referred to over the years but are still in good condition.
I would invite an offer for the whole collection as I do not wish to sell individual copies.
Guide Price £500.00 to £750.00
Nic Harrison will have the entire collection at the AGM for anyone who is interested in seeing them.
or contact him at
Trelowarren Pottery, 
Penhale Jakes, 
Crava Lane, Ashton, 
Helston, Cornwall. TR13 9SE.
01736 762638

Monday, June 25, 2012

CC&GG Summer Exhibition opening

Penny , Barry, Peter Heywood, local Olympic torchbearer raising money for Ellie's Haven charity and Carol
Fran Osborne, Peter Heywood and Penny McBreen

Talk and demonstration by Ruthanne Tudball

On the 16th June we were very fortunate to have Ruthanne Tudball come to give us a talk with images and a demonstration of how she throws several of her signature pieces.  Ruthanne Tudball was born and brought up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in California, a short ride from the sea to the west and the Mojave Desert in the east. So the primal connections to such physical elements as the mountains, sea and desert formed her and been essential to the inspiration for her making pots.  To great effect she demonstrated her influences with images of land strata, beaches, rocks, seeds, leaves ad scenery with direct comparisons displayed in her work.  She lives now in Norfolk with her husband, David, who she met when she was only 15 and he was 18.  Nowadays her influences are worldwide as she travels a great deal.

After her talk Ruthanne commenced to throw pots.  Her unique style involves completing the piece entirely while it is still attached to the wheel head, to this end handles, lids and spouts are all thrown first and the body of the piece is then thrown to fit.  As with all experienced and expert craftsman Ruthanne made it all look so easy.  Her working method is clear to see and while being precise is also free and loose and relaxed.  She talked of the need to make time to play and of recognising that there are occasionally days when head and hands are not working together and so it is better to go and catch up on chores.  I have attended many CCGG (and other) events, never have I been so engrossed and never has the audience been so silent and attentive.  Comments included being thrilled to have just joined as new members and “now I understand what is meant by ‘freeing up’”.  For those who were unfortunate to miss this splendid day please go to Ruthanne’s website:
Ruthanne is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association and a member of the Contemporary Applied Arts and was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of ceramics.  She can be seen at Art in Action again this year 19th -22nd July.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kiln Firing Day at Crofthandy

 May 12th 2012
 Following a busy day building a wood burning kiln and paper kiln at Crofthandy the previous week, the Firing Day on 12th May was held under clear blue skies. The result was really excellent, though a few pots blew, but that was a learning curve for the kiln controlling team of Nina, Lynn, John and helpers. We learned a lot about that kiln and once it got to temperature it was so efficient that we managed firing after firing and only fired up the gas Raku kiln at about three o'clock to finish off the day’s pots and to show the kiln in action. The Raku team of Fran and Lynn managed to get many really good results  and all who took part were enthused and excited by the results, going away happy at the end of a long day. The paper kiln firing, inspired by Jane Gibson’s day at Krowji, unfortunately didn't get to the desired temperature, but great interest was shown in the technique which is one to master over time. We will try again before too long. Looked so easy when Jane did it!

Now that the kiln has been built it will remain at Brenda’s place for the foreseeable future so we can plan and organise another members’ day with fire and possibly roast potatoes! A very successful get together and much learned about the mysteries of building and firing. Thanks to all who helped make such a good event; Brenda for hosting and cooking, those that helped build the kilns, the firing team of Lynn, Nina and Fran and John for his knowledge, skill and trailer! See you all again at the next Firing Day.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Residential Ceramics Courses

Residential Ceramics Courses with Jill Fanshawe-Kato and Laurel Keeley at Coombe Farm Studios
The courses offer the opportunity to work with two of the best ceramic artists working in the UK and the chance to work directly from the beautiful surrounds of Coombe in South Devon..
Coombe Farm Studios has been established for over 25 years and are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty one mile from the village of Dittisham on the River Dart in South Devon. Coombe Farm Studios enables students of all ages to discover and develop their creative interests through short courses tutored by professional artists who make a living from their art.
For more information and to book a place contact Lara Lloyd at Tel 01803 722352 
Coombe Farm Studios
Dartmouth Devon TQ6 0JA
01803 722352

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jane Gibson - Paper Kiln Firing

On Saturday 14th April 19 members met at Krowji, Arts Centre Redruth for a talk and demonstration of paper kilns by Jane Gibson. Jane’s interest in paper kilns and pit firing was inspired by the fire markings on low fired pots and the colour flashes from pit firing she saw on her travels to the Indian sub continent where she observed and documented the skills of village potters.
From this she has evolved a making and firing process that most can manage in a small workshop and back garden.
When we arrived at Krowji , Jane, with the help of John Osborne and other committee members, had already set up a base of firebricks and sawdust, ready for the ‘beehive’ kiln. She soon had us all tightly rolling newspapers ( preferably the Telegraph, she joked) into circles of varying sizes and constructing a dome shape about 3 ft in diameter and 2 ft high.We had all brought 2-3 bisque fired pots , some burnished. Pots were wrapped round in
a selection of copper wire, packets of salt or copper oxide, copper sulphate, dried banana skins or seaweed, copper wire, held on with cloth bandages. We hoped this alchemy would give fire markings of pinks, yellows and browns. Once the pots and sculptures were placed inside the paper beehive thin slats of wood were built like a wigwam around the outside and the kiln was lit.
While the kiln burned, we lunched and then were treated to second excellent presentation from Jane. She talked about the technique, her work, her travels to India and China (where she met CCGG members last year) that inform and inspire her, and her involvement with Kent Potters Association.
We managed to unpack the kiln later that afternoon. Better fuming and colour results were obtained from pots that had been burnished first, particularly over a terra sigillata slip. We all came away knowing how to construct a paper kiln, apply oxides, and other materials to our pots, and how fire a paper kiln. (The pots are finally washed and polished with beeswax to
protect them.)

There was enthusiastic talk of building another paper kiln on 12th May as well as the wood fired raku kiln, so if you are going to the next Kiln Firing day start making some pots, and save some newspaper !
It was a fascinating day. Jane was an excellent presenter and we left inspired to explore this technique further.
Further photos of the kiln firing are on our Facebook page and some interesting articles by Jane on India potters are on

Jenni Phillips

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

“From the Shore”

Barry Marshall-Johnson with Andy Nicholls
An exhibition of thrown and hand built ceramics inspired by the Cornish shore and the sea.
May 12th – 19th . 11am – 4 pm
at 22 Tower Park, Fowey, PL23 1JB.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Kiln Building and Firing days

CCGG Kiln Building and Firing days
Poldice Halt, Crofthandy, nr Redruth
May 5th - Building from 10 am
May 12th –Firing starts 10 am

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Andy Titcomb teapots

These three teapots made by member Andy Titcomb have been selected for an exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California. Big Fish Small Pot V: International Small Teapot Show and Competition.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Visit to Tony Lattimer, Ceramic Sculptor, in Penzance

Tony Lattimer’s monumental ceramic sculptures show how far he has
journeyed in his artistic life. Now centred in the far reaches of West Cornwall his sculptures sit equally well in the intimate space of his gallery in Penzance, where they take on the appearance of so many attendant figures, or in the bleak openness of the Lands End peninsular complementing the granite monoliths scattered in the exposed landscape.
Tony has evolved a ceramic form of expression that although it has resulted in very large pieces, has an undoubted human connection. Witness the number of viewers drawn to hug the examples in Tony’s gallery. And who could doubt the particular presence of so many standing figures in the eerily lit WW2 bunker that serves as his unique exhibition space in a field near Lands End.

His work also presents a feeling of place demonstrated by the rugged slab built shapes and the use of local clay slips providing a contrasting palette of white body and free applied dark marks. His surface layering, glazing and firing techniques result in organic textures and, big as they are, Tony’s sculptures demand close inspection and handling by the viewer. An element of Wabi Sabi is never far away in much of Tony’s work, many of the marks and surface treatment arising spontaneously during the making of piece.
Large ceramic sculptures require special building techniques, special equipment and not least a large kiln. Tony and his wife Kathy together continue to develop the processes needed to make, fire and transport such pieces, a scale of operation alien to average potter or ceramicist.
Tony’s dedication to his art is exemplified by turning “a perfectly good four bedroom Victorian house into a Gallery with a one bedroom flat above”, the building of a studio and kiln in a Lands End field and the conversion of a dank bunker into a truly contemplative space for his work. Tony and his wife are generous with their time and knowledge and anyone visiting Cornwall would be well advised to make for Penzance and see these unique ceramics. Hugging is allowed!
by Barry Marshall-Johnson

Malcolm Sutcliffe Studio Visit

25th February 2012-02-29

21 CCGG members attended this studio visit and were rewarded by seeing Malcolm demonstrate glass blowing and colouring an open rimmed bowl, an upright bowl with tighter rim and then, most dramatically, a plate. It was so much more informative to see serious pots being made (instead of demonstration style "easy", simply showman-ship pieces). The demonstration then became interactive as two lucky names were drawn out of the hat for hands on instruction. Helen Jay and Lee Warton then had their safety instruction and a chance to make a clear vase each.

Malcolm and his wife were extremely hospitable and generous with their time, donating their £115 fee to Shelter Box. CCGG is very grateful to Malcolm for his inspiring glass studio day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nic Harrison and Peter Fluck

March 17th Studio visit to Nic Harrison
(Helston) and Peter Fluck (Helford)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MAAC event

Saturday March 24th, 2012 Studio Visit: Sally and Alasdair (Neil) MacDonnell

Alasdair's wide range of sculptural forms, mostly wall hangings, using textures and patterns derived from found objects, wrappings and industrial scrap, reflect his interest in architecture, antiquities and tribal art. Sally's unique, amusing and quirky figures relate to her view of femininity and humanity.

2, Kennington Road, Bath BA1 3EA Saturday 24th March 2012, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Contact Joy Bosworth, tel. 07779 221678 or e-mail for more information and an early booking.

NB MAAC is the Members and Associates Advisory Committee of the Craft Potters Association.