WPA member Tiffany Scull at Dorset Arts Festival

Tiffany Scull will be taking part in this year’s Dorset Arts Festival where she will be demonstrating how she decorates her detailed sgraffito ceramic pieces. On show will be a new collection of tropical themed ceramics, giclee prints and cards. The festival runs from the 23rd of June until the 3rd of July and is an exciting and award-winning five-day…

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New Website Officer and Membership Secretary take up their roles

We are very pleased to welcome Sonya Wilkins as our new Website Officer – our thanks go to Alison Hannah who previously held the post and launched this new website in 2021. Sonya’s position was confirmed at our AGM in March. More recently, Miranda Qualtrough has taken over from Norma Harris as Membership Secretary co-opted by committee. Norma has been…

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CREATIVE BUSINESS SKILLS – Courses Exeter Pheonix

RUNNING YOUR OWN FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM ADS HALF DAY WORKSHOP (EVENING) VENUE: EXETER PHOENIX, MEETING ROOM BOOK HERE SESSION DATES: Thu 28 April: 6pm – 9pm PRICE £30* (£5 off if booked with another Creative Business Skills course) These workshops are aimed at people with a small creative business. Whether you are an artist, maker or musician these are practical,…

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INVITATION : DCPG Open Day: Wood Firing

  An invite to all WPA members to Dacorum & Chiltern Potters Guild annual Potters Open Day – Saturday 26 March 2022.   It’s a WOOD FIRING day – full of interesting talks and demos about wood firing. Our key demonstrators are Ben Brierley and Sabine Nemet, but we are also delighted to be joined live from Australia by Pie Bolton, Jack…

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ECHOES exhibition at Malthouse Gallery

Please join Lisa and Eilean for their ECHOES exhibition at the Malthouse Gallery at The Town Mill in Lyme Regis. Previously unknown to each other, at very different life stages and backgrounds, Eilean Eland and Lisa Parkyn are delighted to be collaborating on this exhibition after making contact through Instagram. This has been a rewarding journey of discussion and reflection,…

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Craig Underhill: A day of inspiration and expertise

Craig Underhill led the demonstration and workshop with WPA members on Sunday 7th November. Sharing his story, advice and skills with an eager and receptive audience over over 50 potters he shared his personal journey from Fine Art undergraduate at Portsmouth Polytechnic to renowned sculptor as he his today.   The demonstration featured the creation of a range his sculptural forms,…

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Potfest 2022 Applications Open

Applications have now opened for Potfest events in 2022. In addition to the existing locations, including Compton Verney which was introduced this year, there are 2 new venues. For more details visit Potfest The dates are: Potfest SE – April 22nd, 23rd & 24th , 2022  – VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED SOON Potfest Scotland – June 10th, 11th & 12th,…

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Bridport Arts Centre invites West Country makers and artists to feature in GIFTED

Bridport Arts Centre invites West Country makers and artists to feature in GIFTED – our Christmas selling exhibition at the beautiful Allsop Gallery from the 24th of November to the 22nd of December 2021. For more information and how to apply go to www.bridport-arts.com/gifted Deadline for entries: 9th of October

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WPA stand a roaring success at Craft Festival

Congratulations to all those involved with our stand at the Bovey craft festival during 10-12 September. We recruited twelve new members, welcome all, we look forward to meeting you in the future. With work exhibited from twenty of our members it was no surprise sales were impressive. Thanks for all the hard work of our exhibitions team, exhibitors, stewards and…

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An American Potter in St Ives at St Ives Arts Club

The St Ives September Festival of music and arts will include a special screening of the 2013 documentary film about Warren Mackenzie, the celebrated American Potter apprenticed to Bernard Leach from 1949 to 1952. The film At St Ives Arts Club on Wednesday, September 15 (1pm) will be followed by a discussion and Q&A hosted by Roelef Uys, lead potter…

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The Leach Potters of North Devon

A new exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. Looks too good to miss. FREE Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon (barnstaplemuseum.org.uk)  

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WPA member Tiffany Scull Features in Ceramic Review

Westcountry Potter Member, Tiffany Scull features in the current issue of Ceramic Review.  Contacted by the editor earlier in the year, Tiffany was approached to be invited to feature in the Master Class section of the magazine. The video features the process of creating work step-by-step using both printed images and a film. Photographer Layton Thompson  spent the day with Tiffany…

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WPA holds successful online AGM

Over 50 members attended a lively online AGM on Sunday 23rd May. Having been forced to cancel the AGM in 2020 we experimented with an online meeting in 2021 using the experience gained through our successful series of online demonstrations. The meeting reviewed our work over the past year and agreed that our membership fees would remain unchanged for a…

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Exciting plans for the second half of 2021

Whilst it is still unclear exactly when we will be able to organise in person events and what form they may take, we have tried to include a mix of activities for the second half of the year. We have already published details of our Potters’ Markets in Exeter and Tavistock, and our stand at the Craft Festival in Bovey…

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“Floral Feast” 18th May – 12th June

Work by ceramicist Liz Watts and painter Susan Thomson. Their combined work “celebrates the coming of summer in a confectionary of colour, surrounded by birds and flowers as we regain our freedom to meet and roam.” Ilminster Arts Centre, 35 East Street, Ilminster, Somerset  TA19  0AN (check website for days open)

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Artwey Marquee – Dorset Arts Weeks 23 – 31 May 2021

WPA member Babs Kirkby, a member of Artwey, will be exhibiting in their huge marquee at Nothe Fort, Barrack Road, Weymouth DT4 8UD, from the 22nd to 31st May between 10.30am and 4.00pm as part of this year’s Dorset Arts Weeks.

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Open studio – Dorset Art Week 22nd of May to the 6th of June

Tiffany Scull will be exhibiting during this year’s Dorset Art Weeks  On show will be an extensive selection of her sgraffito ceramics including a new and exciting tropical themed collection she has created especially for opening her studio. This is a great opportunity to talk to her about her journey, thoughts and how she designs and makes her unique and…

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Jim Robison online demonstration now available to view on his website

In March we were fortunate to have an online demonstration by renowned maker Jim Robison from his studio in Holmfirth. We are pleased to report that you can now view the video on that demonstration on Jim’s website at this link.  

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John Pollex Demonstration

Our colleagues from the Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group (CCGG) kindly extended an invitation to an exclusive online demonstration from renowned slipware potter John Pollex on Thursday 29th April. “Never pick up what you can’t put down.” Working with SWE white earthenware, John shared his tips for creating bottles, jugs and plates and for working in a studio.  In the…

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Chris Bramble demonstration

Over 60 members were treated to an excellent masterclass combining throwing and modelling on Saturday 1st May. Everyone was most appreciative of Chris’s skill and knowledge. A full write-up will appear in the July/August issue of our magazine.

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