Potters’ Day 20 January 2018 with Jack Doherty

Saturday 20 January 2018 at Knowl Hill Village Hall

Jack Doherty is a Northern Irish studio potter and author. He is perhaps best known for his vessels made of soda-fired porcelain. He has been featured in a number of books, and his work has been exhibited widely in both Europe and North America.

‘The ceramic pieces that I love are the most fundamental of forms, and most of my recent work is based on just two. Vessels to drink from are surely among the most intimate objects that we use. They can add pleasure to routine daily moments or they can be part of a celebration. Bowls are elemental, forms for sharing, which at their best are open and generous. They can be tiny and fragile or rugged and monumental in scale. I use one clay, one colouring material, and a single firing, believing that focusing on a simple process can produce work of complexity and depth.’
Jack Doherty

Priority is given to members of West Forest Potters until 1 December 2017, when the tickets sales will be open to everyone else. To book your place at this event please download the form here

June Kingsbury (14 February 2018)

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School

June says of her work “I am nearly three years old. My father is carrying me on his shoulders down to the river to feed the swans. I walk part of the way and fill my pockets with banded snails, Cepaea Hortensis. Feathers. Small treasures.
My father was for a time a shepherd. We learn the names of the trees, of the flowers and birds. My mother collected the broken glass from church windows, my grandfather a glassblower in the Netherlands.
I am half Dutch. Stories of war and of loss. I am half English, trout swimming, birds singing, summer green and endless, leaves falling in autumn.
In my pocket, a golden leaf, the brilliant iridescent blue banded feather of a jay.
These are the stories that make up my life.
In my hands a memory. On the table an accumulation of small treasures. Poetry stones of clay, creatures of the forest, antlers, a wren. Windows of brilliant cast glass – colour, diamonds of light. By my side my granddaughter and now also a grandson, small and not yet unfurled, small stones, a leaf, a feather.”
For more information visit June’s website www.junekingsbury.com


Clover Lee (11 April 2018)

Wednesday 11 April 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School

Clover was born and raised in Guangdong, China. She found her passion in art during her youth and started practising pottery making 2011 in London. After watching the first series of The Great Pottery Throw Down TV show, she was inspired to become a craft potter, and participated in the second series of the show, where she was a finalist. Her works are largely influenced by traditional Chinese and Japanese culture, inspired by the interaction of nature and human to promote flow of energy and harmony. Her recent works are mostly functional items with a combination of wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques. She is particularly interested in alternative firing methods such as Raku and pit-firing.

For more information visit Clover’s website www.clover-lee.com


Annual Exhibition (5 – 7 May 2018)

Our annual exhibition is taking place over the May Day bank holiday weekend, as part of the Henley Arts Trail. Members will be exhibiting and selling their work and there is an opportunity to vote for the best in show. Refreshments are on sale with delicious cakes and a chance to take a breather from the trail and admire a great variety of work both functional and decorative.

Please come and visit us at, Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP. We are open between 10am and 5pm Saturday 5 May 2018 to Monday 7 May 2018.

Ursula Waechter (13 June 2018)

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School

Ursula came to the UK in 1979 from Germany to study Three Dimensional Design: Ceramics at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham and graduated in 1982 (BA Hons). In 1986 she joined the team of potters led by Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, where, apart from a few years in Germany, she stayed until 2007 when she moved in to her own workshop.

Ursula says of her work “My work is mostly thrown on the wheel with some shapes made by press moulding. I use a red earthenware body which I cover with a white tin glaze. The designs are brush painted using combinations of coloured oxides, in the tradition of Aldermaston Pottery. I glaze fire to between 1060 and 1080 centigrade.”

For more information visit Ursula’s website www.ursulawaechter.com