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Unique Star Student

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There is not another student like her! Our Sue Mylott really does dance to the beat of her own drum!

Each piece is unique and often goes through a transformation or even two.

I’ve stopped asking, what are you making Sue as often she is not sure until the final touches!

 

Sue spends time in Cornwall each year and you can easily see the influence of the sea in her work

This is Sue’s 13th term! She has a very special place in my heart because she was my Ettington studio’s first student!

We had a lovely few sessions together in 2014 before others joined, she was great company and she helped spread the word.

I am so grateful to all of those early people who helped us get up and running. It was such a gamble moving up here to Warwickshire. I don’t mind admitting I was terrified for a while I d done the wrong thing.

It seems like a dream now when we are so full.


I asked Sue what she likes most about the classes,

‘ It s time to relax during the week. ‘ says Sue.

And what are you working on now, do you know?

‘A coil pot, probably with swimmers and maybe sea themed ….’ she laughs.

Sue likes to use slips and underglazes mostly, sometimes adding a bit of glaze as a highlight.

Coiling is Sue’s favorite technique, she calls it ‘therapy’!

I love it when she applies images in relief on the surface, very effective!

I am intrigued as to which piece she will choose for the student exhibition in October….?

 

 

Applause for a Pause

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End of term staff meeting

Summer!! I am sitting at my kitchen table writing this, it s 7am. This when I think best. We are half way through our Summer Break and I am feeling a bit reflective. For me, these pauses between terms are essential. To the outside it may seem crazy when we are in such demand to close down, and I truly have questioned it myself.

Working in cycles as possibly become ingrained in me. Since I went and re-trained in Ceramics in 2000 my year has been divided in to three terms. Straight after Uni I was technician and teacher in two collages, and have been until I set up my own business in 2011. I guess you could argue it s habit, it s a habit that suits me.

When I was at Brighton Uni. one of the continual contentious arguments was when do the Technicians get student free time to do maintenance, many believe you need uninterrupted time and space to do this efficiently. The smelly sink trap being the most notorious example!

Up to my eyes in it!

When students are washing their tools in the sinks they have no idea that that sediment will need be scooped my hand in to a bucket and disposed of. It s not a pleasant job, as I said, clay gets a little bit smelly after sitting around for a month or two. Ceramics particularly requires a break, because it s such a drawn out process – a conveyor belt …. it takes planning to cease production, wind up and clear the decks.

Ask Louisa to see her jobs list, poor girl, not what she signed up for! For me one of the essentials is a deep clean, I am sure you know the health risks of a dirty studio. Dust clouds are created every time you move something – this is a danger to anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the space – ie. me! I am determined to keep potting & yogic breathing until I leave this spinning play ground, so I am hot on house-keeping.

 

Creativity immersion….

On a less practical: and for me an even more important note, creatively. I really believe in keeping a rhythm going. If life becomes one long monotone note I loose the will to create. I do love running my own business but it is actually the setting up that excites me. In my previous life in Pasty retail, I set up and managed Franchisees for a while, I really kinda loved it….. but I began to resent setting up other peoples dreams so decided to get a Pasty Shop of my own. To keep the story short, after the initial couple of years getting it established it did because a long boring slog and with very little break. A gift in many ways because it gave me the determination to pursue a different way of life.

My Colombia range, my latest passion!

So yes, when Louisa and I are on our knees scooping the goo, I have to remember this was my biggest dream : )

Every break I make sure I do get creative time in between seeing friends and family and cleaning my kitchen cupboards. Time to wander as a cloud.

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Yesterday was a fantastic day, Russell Collins of Hook Norton Pottery fame and mastery came and spent the day with Rhian and I. A real privilege to be taught by this man, he has more knowledge of ceramics that the internet, it s mind blowing. Rhian concentrated on throwing large moon jars and I focused on perfecting my teapots.

The Master Class – Russell Collins

It s challenging for me to be taught by anyone. I have never been a natural learner, I find it quite stressful! This may be what helps me be a patient teacher? I think it s really healthy to put myself in that position from time to time to keep me fresh and remember what my poor student go through. I believe this is a reason why Louisa is such a perfect compliment to our team because she has been through the beginning challenge more recently and is better tuned in to the initially hopes and fears of a typical Ceramics Studio student.

We are working hard to keep your studio a sanctuary of peace and delight, we are looking forward to unavailing it again on the 1st of September when the wonderful Jane Adams runs her Animal Workshop again.

TTFN xx

Wigwam Gallery Coordinator- 3 month residency

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Wigwam Creative Collective – Artist Community

Wigwam Gallery is a creative artist run space at The Ceramics Studio in Ettington Park, Warwickshire.

Wigwam has a collective philosophy and is gathering momentum as it draws more local creative people to join in.

We are a mixture of full time artists, creative professionals and other passionate volunteers.

Our aim is to make art & craft in a communal and accessible environment, to show original work and to promote our open minded and collaborative approach to creativity.

https://www.facebook.com/wigwamcreativecollective/

Opportunity

A three month residency at The Ceramics Studio, days and terms negotiable.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to help build our community and gallery space.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with their own practice as the role includes displaying & promoting their own work along side the work of others.

There is also a small work space and access to all the ceramics facilities.

Other benifits include working in a beautiful enviroment with a very happy and positive team of people.

Duties Include:

Maintaining our small gallery area. Re-arranging, dusting, labelling.

Selling, taking payment and wrapping art work.

Finding and talking to other artists about what we offer.

Help to organise one social event per month, often in the evenings and occasionally on a Sunday.

Running the social media for Wigwam and communicating about promotion and events with other members.

Ideal Candidate would be…

Friendly and out-going.

Already have a regular art practice.

Be able to work on your own work in the studio at least once a week.

Be able to work one paid day per week on Wigwam duties listed above.

There will be further opportunities as the business grows.

 

To apply:

Answer these three questions, please keep your answers brief:

1. Why are you an ideal candidate for the job.

2. Are you looking for permanent or temporary work?

3. Tell us about your art practice, include links to website and/or social media.

Write to wigwamceramics@gmail.com copying in peoplespottery@gmail.com

Closing date 20 April 2018

Shiny New Pics for 2018

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We are currently updating our website with new images…watch this space.  Our new photos have been taken by the super talented Lucy Barriball

Our website designer is the equally talented and patient David Pearson

Leyla Folwell Throwing

Sunny Summer Summery

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What a crazy year so far! It s been SO busy here!

An abundance of people have been in touch to come and try pottery after the success

of  The Great British Throwdown on BBC2.

We had fun trying Jonnie Vagas’ one minute tea pot

Warwickshire Open Studios came around again quickly!

I had great pleasure in showing off my very own Recycled Bone necklace made by Lindsey Archer.

That’s her beautiful Boro stitch painting in the back ground!

This woman can take anything and make it beautiful again, see here!

Rhian Malin & Lindsey discovered they were a home decor match made in heaven : )

I made a come back with Wigwam Ceramics‘ joyful new look : )

Wendy Campbell-Briggs kindly joined us again, some lucky visitors

snapped up some of her older pieces at fabulous prices.

We were very proud to be able to use the little garden we have.

Several wonderful souls have contributed to make it the gorgeous tranquil space it has become ….

One of the most thrilling things for me was visiting students past & present who have set up at home or elsewhere… I am so proud!  Several have taken advantage of my Geeks One workshop – ‘How to Set Up at Home‘.

These include, my dearest buddy, Polly-Anna Ceramics.

Nina Bale took time out from her very successful Ginger Print business to give

being a potter a go for a while. Her studio was an inspiration! All done from pallets!

 

And of course there were lots of workshops and plenty of delicious lunches ; )……..

 

 

 

Warwickshire Open Studios

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Thank you to everyone who visited our second Warwickshire Open Studios exhibition. It was so lovely to see familiar faces as well as meet lots of new ones!

Here are a few snaps from the work of the 6 local artists we had in our gallery – Leyla Folwell, Katharine Barker, Mila Rosinska, Peter Watson, Viv Hunt and Rhian Malin.

Same again next year 🙂

Paintings: Mila Rosinska, Ceramics: Rhian Malin, Glass Lamp: Viv Hunt

Coiled Ceramic Sculpture: Leyla Folwel

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Slab Build Ceramic Sculpture: Katharine Barker

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Watercolour Paintings: Peter Watson, Ceramics: Rhian Malin

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Origami: Leyla Folwell

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Jewellery: Mila Rosinska

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Glass Panel: Viv Hunt

Team Building Events at The Ceramics Studio

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We had Mark-Making, a creative agency based in Oxford, here at The Ceramics Studio for their team building event a few weeks ago – and what fun it was!

They were after a fun filled afternoon of challenges based around The Great Pottery Throw Down. We had  two teams of 7, The Mardy Mintons and The Wedgewood Wangers, who took it in turns to do each challenge and a winner was selected for each at the end by Leyla and Rhian.

Schedule for the day

First up was who could throw the tallest pot… it was most of their first times throwing, so this was no mean feat!

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Next, was who could throw the best pot blind folded!

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And finally each team had to create a tea-set for their office using the colours of their logo – 8 plates or bowls, 8 cups and 1 completed teapot each. They were able to hand build or use the wheel for this! And here are a just a few of the results from both teams…

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The Ceramics Studio Best Bits of 2015!

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Wow… What a year we’ve had! Thank you to everyone who’s supported us throughout the year and helped us grow into a thriving little pottery and gallery!

Here are some of our 2015 best bits!

Some of the truly beautiful work from our four full classes…

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and in our specialist workshops…

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Leyla, Rhian & Evgenia took part in our first Warwickshire Open Studios…

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We had some beautiful work arrive at the gallery for our Christmas Exhibition…

Ostinelli & Priest

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Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

Leyla & Bruno did new designs on their Wigwam Ceramics range…

The Ceramics Studio founder Leyla Folwell painting ceramics

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Rhian made herself at home and has now been with us for over a year…

The Ceramics Studio - Rhian Marlin decorating plate

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And we filled our job vacancy with not one but two lovely ladies – Katharine & Holly!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year…

We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

Winter Wonderland Workshops

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Ceramic Christmas decorations

After being open for three months we are proud to say we are very busy!!

Making Christmas decorations

It is a great time of year!

We had 16 people making Christmas decorations last night!!

Rosemary's Sculpture

Rosemary has been working hard this term on her dog Meg.

It s looking great,

so convincing in fact that Chloe got out of bed to bark at it!!

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Ladies potting afternoon

A few lovely local ladies came down to make pots for a worthy charity

event on 21st Feb 2015.

They are planning a bowl raffle and soup lunch at Whichford Pottery.

Of course we donating and we will be helping people make their own donations.

Ladies Potting Afternoon

The Charities are Shipston Home Nursing and SMA

– Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

We will be posting more about this in the new year.

Artist Gabrielle just received  pots in the post.

Look how happy people are to get their own hand made bowls!

Ettington Park

We still don forget to take a bit of time out and

stay tuned in to our beautiful surroundings ; )

Winter walk

 

Gone in a FLASH!

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Seriously! Where has the time gone?? Next week is the end of NOVEMBER!

So much has happened, here is a brief update:

Rhian Malin

Rhian Malin is now artist in residence. She works so hard, she has raised the bar here!

http://www.rhianmalin.co.uk/hand-held-vesselss

Tara Osborne took time out from building her gorgeous new website.

Pottery is a good antidote to time on the computer. http://shop.taraosbornejewellery.co.uk/

Not on the sofa!!!

Brock sneaked in for a snooze,

how can you tell him off  when he is so handsome??

EFX Commision

EFX are so busy they have spread in to the studio.

Nice to see the results of the models I made : )

Tagine-tastic!

My tagine challenge continues …

Spooky!

Bruno made a pumpkin on the wheel for Halloween ; $

Tanya Gomez

We are thoroughly excited about our Christmas Exhibition, it is filled with our heroes!

http://www.tgceramics.co.uk/

http://www.ian-gregory.co.uk/

http://www.ben-brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk/

http://www.spwoodfiredceramics.co.uk/

Madame Coco

Chloe, still not impressed…..