Previous Speakers

Russell Kingston (10 April 2019)

Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School Russell Kingston  Spending my youth spread between heavy metal festivals and sub heavy raves (that’s loud music for you older folks). It dawned on me that at some point I was going to need a “real job”. I decided that a 2 year course in ceramics might calm the soul…it didn’t, but it certainly fired it up and it turned out I was quite good at it. So after escaping Devon to the Hustle and Bustle of Brighton (that’s as near to a city I would live), to see what metropolis […]

Mick and Lesley Dixon 13 March 2019

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School Mick and Lesley Dixon (13 March 2019)   Mick & Lesley Dixon run Bartley Heath Pottery which is situated in North Warnborough near Odiham in Hampshire. The Pottery is close to Junction 5 of the M3 between Hook & Odiham. They opened in 1974. They have a Showroom attached to their cottage and their workshop & kiln are in the garden to the rear. They work mainly in reduced stoneware. They use electric kilns for biscuit firings and a gas kiln for the Stoneware, which is glaze fired to 1260C. All […]

Richard Ballantyne & Carol Read (13 Feb 2019)

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School Richard Ballantyne and Carol Read have been working together and collaborating for around 8-9 years. Richard from a background of a degree in Interior Design and many years of teaching followed by completing a BA in Glass and Ceramics. Carol worked as a nurse while completing an Access to Art and Design Course and then Adult education classes in sculpture and ceramics. She gave up the nursing in April 2016 to focus on ceramics. “We both enjoy the process of throwing. Working together enables us to push ourselves and each  other […]

Potters’ Day (January 2019)

  26 January 2019 at Knowl Hill Village Hall Mark Smith Each piece of work by Mark Smith draws inspiration from the sea, and each as it’s own unique appearance and story to tell. Objects found on travels or by shoreline often become part of the work. Mark uses a variety of techniques to achieve the finished look of a piece, focusing mainly on decay and repair. The work is constantly changing due to the materials found, each piece can never be replicated. Ships, boats, wrecks, beach huts and houses are the main focus of the work, all textured with […]

Robyn Cove (14 November 2018)

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School Robyn makes functional wheel thrown stoneware from her home studio in Cardiff.  She received a BA(hons) Ceramics from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2008 and has been actively working within the field of ceramics since. Her pottery captures a rustic warmth with full forms and contemporary surface designs. The main focus of the pottery is that it functions. The form and size of the pots are made with usability in mind. Texture and other decoration are not only for aesthetic interest but also for function. These either give grip or highlight the contours […]

Harriet Coleridge (10 October 2018)

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School   Harriet Coleridge October 2018 Harriet gave us a throwing demonstration including a ‘landscape rim tea bowl, a faceted bowl a bamboo mug and a jug spout, using white St Thomas clay. Having learned her techniques in the Aldermaston pottery where precise form was practised, she has had to adapt her throwing style to become more ‘loose’ in order to throw a landscape rim. Using 600gms (1.5 lbs in old money) of clay she forms a classic donut then into a short cylinder and pulls up and out to form the […]

Gill Waller (12 September 2018)

Gill says of her work “I find inspiration for my work from natural forms and the ceramics of the east. I have always loved the purity of form and subtle glazes of ancient Chinese ceramics specialising in porcelain and stoneware clays. I enjoy all types of ceramic construction and consequently my work contains many different styles and techniques. Since retiring, three years ago, I have been able to concentrate on developing my own work. I built a studio in my garden at home and have been experimenting with a wide range of clays and construction techniques. Porcelain slab pots are […]

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 […]

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. To take part, members […]

Clover Lee (11 April 2018)

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. […]

Martin Eastabrook (14 March 2018)

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7:45pm at Polehampton Junior School Martin says of his work “Clay seems to have chosen to be my art medium. It seduces me to experiment with form and texture whilst glazing can be so elusive that opening the kiln is filled with expectant optimism. I can never be too sure what will happen. And so I dabble with many of the ceramic processes Raku, Oxidation and reduction firing, kiln building, wheel and hand building, glaze formulation and tool making. As long as it is still fun in the making but always searching for the perfect pot. […]

June Kingsbury (14 February 2018)

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 […]

Jack Doherty (Potters’ Day 20 January 2018)

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, […]

John Pollex and AGM (8 November 2017)

Annual General Meeting at 7pm followed by John’s talk at 7:45pm Wednesday 8 November 2017 at Polehampton Junior School John has carved out a unique niche in the world of studio pottery. During the 70s and early 80s he established himself as a respected maker of traditional Slipware, before his work took a dramatic turn. In 1981 he was invited to take part in a lecture tour of New Zealand with the contemporary American ceramist Don Reitz. The bold use of colour in the work of Reitz was exciting compared to the muted tones of celadons, tenmokus and honey glazes […]

Jacob Bodilly (11 October 2017)

Jacob studied for a ceramics degree at Cardiff University and has worked for the Leach Pottery and the Boscean Pottery. He now has his own business based in Devon. Jacob is familiar with the pottery techniques of European slipware, salt glaze and reduction stoneware. He personally produces functional pottery for the kitchen table, ovenware and tea and coffee drinking. He also produces more personal works, such as vases, and one-off pieces. For more information about Jacob see his facebook page here.       Jacob gave us a most enjoyable and refreshing talk about what inspires him and his journey […]

Paul Jessop (13 September 2017)

With his workshop situated in the grounds of Barrington Court in Somerset, Paul specialises in simple, elegant and practical slipware pottery. Paul loves the plain and simple country styles of the west country. He expects his pots to be used on a daily basis, and to enrich the lives of those who use them. For more information visit Paul’s website here              

Mary Kembery (14 June 2017)

Somerset Countryware is a range of stoneware pottery made and decorated by Mary Kembery in her studio at Drayton, where she has lived since 1985. Apart from the Somerset landscape, she also draws inspiration from fish, fruit and flowers. Coloured slips and underglaze colours with a combination of decorating techniques, including waxing, stencilling and scraffitto, may be used on a single piece to achieve the desired effect. The work is fired  to stoneware temperature around 1235c in an electric kiln.

Annual Exhibition (29 April – 1 May 2017)

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 Venue 30, Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP. We are open between 10am and 5pm Saturday 29 April 2017 to Monday 1 May 2017.

Sue Mundy (Feb 2017)

Sue draws inspiration from visits to Cornwall, the moon and “everything in between”. Artists who have particularly influenced her are Naum Garbo, Martin Creed and Agnes Martin. Inspiration for her shapes comes from lots of found objects from the fields surrounding her studios; skeletons, bone fragments, stones, and from the seaside, shells. Even though she has produced many objects in her moon series she doesn’t work from templates, each piece is made from scratch and evolves through the making process maintaining spontaneity. She draws directly onto a slab freestyle using a potter’s pin then cuts out the shapes and joins […]