About us

2004 - 2013

2004

17th January: Social Lunch at Dartington Hall

28th February: studio visit to Gilda Westermann

27th March: workshop visit to Philip Simmonds

17th April: AGM at Kenton Village Hall with demonstrator Jennie Hale

19th May: workshop visit to Shakspeare Glass

5th – 26th June: WPA summer exhibition at The Meeting House, Ilminster

12th – 13th June: the WPA had a stand at the inaugural Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

26th June: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Eric Saxby

10th July: photographic workshop by Alan Wynn, Delta Centre, Exeter

25th September: workshop visit to Tim Gee

23rd October: workshop visit to Ama Menec

13th – 14th November: mould-making weekend course with Rod Hare, Bickleigh

10th – 11th December: WPA Christmas Pottery Fair, Exeter Central Library

2005

29th January: Social Lunch at Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey

26th February: Stoneware glaze workshop with Mike Bailey at Bickleigh Village Hall

12th March: AGM at Kenton Village Hall with guest demonstrator Peter Beard

3rd – 5th June: The WPA had a stand and individual members exhibited at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

17th June: Imerys Wheal Martin clay pit visit, St. Austell

18th June: second workshop visit to Tim Gee by popular request

25th June: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Eric Saxby

16th July: Raku Social Event at Peter and Vera Stride’s home
10th September: workshop visit to Amanda Popham

October: WPA exhibition at Pierrepoint Gallery, Bridport

21st October: visit to Imery’s calcining plant, Parkandillick

22nd October: workshop visit to Paul Jackson

12th November: workshop visit to Maggie Curtis

2006

29th January: Social Lunch at the Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey

18th February: demonstration day with Kevin de Choisy at Bickleigh Village Hall

26th March: AGM at Kenton Village Hall with guest demonstrator Blandine Anderson

April 2006: Doreen Gardner returns as WPA Chair

29th April: studio visit to Frank Martin

April/May: Issue 80 saw the first introduction of colour photographs inside the newsletter

20th May: studio visit to Michael Gaitskell

9th – 11th June: WPA stand and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

24th – 25th June: social firing weekend at South Pool, Devon, organised by Karen Edwards, with firings led by Tim Gee, Kati Vamos, Sue Rouillard, Jo Duggan and Anita Peach

1st July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Eric Saxby

29th July: studio visit to Tim Hurn

August 2006: Issue 82 saw the introduction of a coloured newsletter cover, featuring Richard Godfrey. Liz Challis, who was handling the advertising, worked on getting a whole page of colour adverts, which would pay for a cover in colour. This she succeeded in doing and our first colour Newsletter featured a preview of Jo Connell’s demonstration to Members, plus a visit to John Harlow

16th September: studio visit to Jenny Beavan

7th October: studio visit to John Harlow

4th November: demonstration by Jo Connell at Bickleigh Village Hall

25th November – 3rd December: WPA exhibition at Red Earth Gallery

2007

28th January: Social Lunch at Broomhill Art Hotel

24th February: demonstration day with RAMP (Roop and Al Make Pots), Silverton, Devon

24th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Wally Keeler

13 – 29th April: WPA Spring exhibition, Bishopswood Barn Gallery, Somerset

28th April: Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery visit to Reserve Collection/pot handling

19th May: demonstration day with Geoffrey Swindell at Bickleigh Village Hall

8th – 10th June: WPA stand and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

30th June: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Eric Saxby

There was no social firing during this summer, due to unforeseen circumstances

30th August: workshop visit to Doug Fitch

29th September: workshop visit to Richard Godfrey

13th October: workshop visit to Roger Cockram

16th November – 2nd December: WPA exhibition at Stawley Wood Gallery, Wellington, Somerset

17th November: workshop visit to Russell Coates

2008

27th January: Social Lunch at Dartington Hall

23rd February: extruding workshop with Paul Stubbs

8th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Elaine Peto

26th April: workshop visit to Claire Murray

15th May: workshop visit to Arwyn Jones

5th – 8th June: WPA stand and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

18th June: Ballclay Quarry visit, Peters Marland, Devon

28th June: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Eric Saxby

12th – 13th July: Kilnbuilding Weekend Workshop with Steve Mills, organised by Karen Edwards at Frank Martin’s home, Staithe, Bridgwater. Building and firing a wood kiln, paper kiln and sawdust firings

28th September: demonstration day with Paul Young at Frank Martin’s Pottery, Burrowbridge

11th October: workshop visit to Douglas Phillips

15th November: workshop visit to Elizabeth Smith

2009

25th January: Social Lunch at Burton Art Gallery with guest speaker Harry Juniper

14th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Billy Adams

25th April: visit to Eeles Family Pottery

15th May: demonstration day with David and Margaret Frith at South Devon College

5th – 7th June: WPA marquee and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

18th June: visit to British Ceramic Tile Ltd, Newton Abbot

4th July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by John Mather

10th July: social firing at Sally Charteris’ home, Backswood Farm, Bickleigh organised by Karen Edwards and comprising paper kiln, sawdust, cow pat and raku firings. Firings led by Claire Murray, Sue Rouillard, Douglas Phillips, Sally Charteris, John Watson, Elaine Hughes.

7th – 16th August: WPA Open Exhibition at Red Earth Gallery, Bickleigh

September: special 100th edition of the WPA newsletter featuring `Early Days of the WPA’ by Elizabeth Smith plus photographs from 16 years of WPA activities

19th September: demonstration day with Sasha Wardell at Belstone Village Hall, Okehampton

10th October: studio visit to Ross Emerson

19th November: demonstration day with Françoise Dufayard at Rattery Village Hall

2010

31st January: Social Lunch at The Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey

20th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Jack Doherty. Tim Andrews announced as new Honorary President of the WPA

2nd April – 9th May: WPA exhibition at Duchy Square, Princetown, Devon

17th April: studio visit to Penny Simpson

22nd May: demonstration day with Tim Andrews at Woodbury Village Hall

11th – 13th June: WPA Marquee and individual Members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

3rd June – 26th September: WPA Open Exhibition at Saltram House, Plymouth

June: New WPA website www.westcountrypotters.co.uk launched, including a Members’ Gallery. Website officer Elise Ruffell

5th June to 26th September: WPA Summer Selling Exhibition at Saltram House, Plympton, Devon

3rd July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by John Mather

28th July: Dustbin Kiln Making Day led by Elaine Hughes, with Claire and Gordon Murray, Ashreigney, Devon

13th -23rd August: WPA Open Exhibition at Red Earth Gallery

17th August: annual social firing at Backswood Farm, Bickleigh, organised by Karen Edwards, featuring raku, smoke and newspaper firings. Sally Charteris, John Watson, Sue Rouillard, Jo Duggan, and Elaine Hughes presided.

5th September: demonstration by Alan Foxley at Burrowbridge Village Hall, Bridgwater

16th October: workshop visit to Doug Fitch

5th November: demonstration day with Neil and Sally MacDonell at The Davis Hall, West Camel, Yeovil

2011

30th January: Social Lunch at Burton Art Gallery, Bideford

19th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Morgen Hall

13th April: Photography session with Paul Mounsey at Woodbury Village Hall

26th May: workshop visit to the John Leach Pottery and Peter Hayes exhibition

10th – 12th June: WPA marquee and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

9th July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by John Mather

23rd July – 29th August: WPA Selected Show at Duchy Square, Princetown, Devon

17th August: annual social firing day at Backswood Farm, Bickleigh, organised by John Watson, featuring raku, smoke and pit firings. Sally Charteris, John Watson, Tim Gee, Sue Rouillard, Elaine Hughes and Claire Murray led the firings.

3rd – 9th September: WPA Open Show at Red Earth Gallery, Bickleigh, Devon

6th October: studio visit to Jack Doherty, Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

29th October: studio visit to Paul Jessop

3rd December: demonstration day with Tim Gee at Rattery Village Hall

2012

26th January 2012: studio visit to Philip Simmonds

12th February: Social Lunch at the Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey

17th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Richard Godfrey

1st April, `Discovery of the Real China’ , Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group talk by Penny McBreen and Carol Scott, Belstone Village Hall, Okehampton

11th May: visit to Dennis Chinaworks, Shepston House, Somerset

15th – 17th June: WPA stand and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

14th July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Kat Jenkins

19th July: studio visit to Sandy Brown

16th August: annual social firing day at the home of Rosie Edmonston-Low, Highfield Ceramics, Tiverton, organised by John Watson and featuring raku, smoke and pit firings by John Watson, Tim Gee, Sue Rouillard, Claire Murray and Jeanne Gimblett

21st September to 6th October: WPA Group Show at The Westall Art and Design Centre, Kelly College, Tavistock

30th September: studio visit to Nicola Werner

18th October: demonstration day with Jill Fanshawe Kato at Rattery Village Hall, Devon

25th October – 19th November: WPA Show at 45 Southside Gallery, The Barbican, Plymouth

14th November: Talk and Pot handling Visit at Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton

2013

19th January: Social Lunch at Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple

January: Issue 120 becomes the first full colour newsletter by Editor Adrian Bates, since taking over from Livia Germano who edited the newsletter for four years

16th March: AGM at Plymouth College of Art with guest demonstrator Taja

19th April: presentation talk by Gabrielle Koch at Woodbury Village Hall

10th – 11th May: WPA stand and individual Members exhibited at the first Ceramics Festival at Cockington Court, Torquay. Demonstrators included Tim Gee

25th May: studio visit to Jennie Hale

7th – 9th June: WPA stand and individual members exhibiting at The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey

17th July: studio visit to Carole Vincent

18th June: studio visit to David Winkley to celebrate his 50 years as a potter

13th July: Exeter Potters’ Market on the Quay, organised by Kat Jenkins

13th August: annual social firing day at the home of Rosie Edmondston-Low, Highfield Ceramics, Tiverton, organised by John Watson and featuring raku, smoke and pit firings. Kilns operated by John Watson, Elaine Hughes, Claire Murray, Jeanne Gimblett and Sue Rouillard.

8th September: demonstration day with Jitka Palmer at Cossington Village Hall, Somerset

7th – 23rd October: WPA 20th Anniversary exhibition at The Goodwin Gallery, Petroc, Barnstaple with Members exhibiting from all over the South West

10th November: WPA Film Showing at Belstone Village Hall, Okehampton

Acknowledgements are due to those Members of the WPA past and present, who have helped to compile this timeline and congratulations to all those who made it happen