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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

Boss Lady MIA

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It has been a busy start to the year at The Ceramics Studio.  The year started with the boss lady, Leyla, 5,000 miles away, on the other side of the world in Colombia.  Lindsey was also away in the USA.  This left the super team, Holly, Gaye, Rhian and me (Louisa), to hold the fort for the start of the term.  It was a little nerve racking for me but I loved looking after the Tuesday and Thursday classes and it was a brilliant opportunity to get to know our lovely regulars better and for them to get to know me.   Holly, Gaye and Rhian were also superstars running the studio and helping me with the classes.

Leyla hiking in Santander, Colombia

 

Leyla in Bogota, Colombia

 

Thursday Morning class photo sent to Leyla on her travels

Anyway, the Studio survived but it was great having Leyla back and she was really missed by the staff and students!  A lot has happened since Leyla got back from her travels.  I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of February already!  Only five weeks of our regular classes left too.  Many of our classes are booked up and all our beginners’ classes are fully booked until July.  We have just released dates for a porcelain hand building workshop with Rhian Malin, coiling ceramics, slab pots and a pottery decorating focus day.  These are filling up really quickly, which is great!

We launched The Ceramics Studio Photo Competition on social media in December.  We asked for photos of our bags in interesting locations and had loads of great entries.  Leyla was feeling particularly generous on her return from Colombia and decided to give 3 runner up prizes of £10 Ceramics Studio vouchers as well as the main prize of a £50 voucher.  Below is the winning photo taken by Rachel Young in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.  All the staff picked our favourite photos from all our entries and then drew the winner and runners up out of a hat, to make it fair.

Our runners up all winning a £10 voucher were Laura Francioso-Hehir – Snowman photo, Sue Skelding – Beach bag with family and Helen Murphy – Gorilla Statue

Rachel Young’s winning photo from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for more competitions.

We have been keeping busy with our intermediate and beginner classes and also our workshops.  Already this year we have had a press moulding workshop, a pottery geeks and hand building porcelain with Rhian Malin workshop.

Leyla teaching an intermediate class, Sat 27th January

 

Decorating plates with decorating slips at our Press Moulding workshop

 

Stunning porcelain pot made by Amanda at the hand building with Rhian Malin workshop

We were very lucky to be joined by the super talented Jane Adams who makes wonderful animal sculptures from her gallery in St Just in far West Cornwall. It was a very successful day with Jane’s help and expertise.  We had to dry out the animals REALLY slowly as they were solid and we did not want them to crack.  The animals were unloaded from the kiln last week and I think you will agree that they look great!  Jane Adams will be back later in the year for another workshop so keep an eye on our website and newsletters for details.

Handbuilding animals with Jane Adams Workshop

 

Fresh from the kiln!  Wonderful animals from the Jane Adams Workshop

Our ‘Free Love Social’ on Valentine’s Day was a lovely evening and it was great to just hang out and eat nibbles.  Looking forward to our next social – ‘Colombia Night’, Wed 21st March at 4pm where we will have more drinks and nibbles and hear about all Leyla’s adventures in Colombia.

 

Free Love Social, Valentine’s Day

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 ; )……..

 

 

 

2016 – highs n lows and there you go!

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Life happens here at The Ceramics Studio….

2016 went by so quickly! So here is a brief zip though what has passed ….

Our most senior potter : )

A place to get things of your ‘bucket list’…..

Our pottery family

A place to make new friends : )

Ghost Pottery Moment

This year I lived out my dream and ran a ‘Ghost’ themed valentines night,

a good way to start the year!

Pottery experience

Ghost Pottery Moment

And it ended with candle making – a way to pimp your old pottery and

feel all christmassy with it!

 

Christmas candle making social

Candle Making

Karen’s birthday – where else would she go!?

Lots of celebrating happens here.

2016 was the year we sold every bit of You Thom’s work!

Yo Thom Pottery

We also had beautiful prints by Tammy Woodrow of

Tammy Woodrow visits The Ceramics Studio

https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/festival/2016/tammy-woodrow

Team Building with Mark Making

The fabulous Mark Making of Chipping Norton came and had a

Throw Down style Team Building day.

They are used to more clean creativity http://www.mark-making.com/

http://www.sampadagurung.com/

Sampada – our website genius runs her very own paper-clay jewellery session!

Our very own Sampada ran a gorgeous little jewellery workshop

Tim Collard at The Ceramics Studio

The very lovely Timothy Collard started helping out in between making

his wonderful creations http://timcollard.wixsite.com/fineartist

Chloe sleeping in a bucket of towels – there s sausage involved in this story.

In November we said goodbye to Chloe the dog, her sofa snoozing

and bag inspecting days are done : (

Jodie had a beautiful baby girl called Fearn and we did her foot prints : )

https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/festival/2016/susan-ogrady

Susan O’Grady joins us for Raku

Artist Susan O’Grady joined us for Raku and made these beautiful birds

Not only did Holly get all our admin under control,

she made these wonderful nest of bowls!

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Leyla takes a leaf out of Rhian’s book and hits the production line!

http://wigwamceramics.com/ gets a re-vamp for 2017

Chilling out with my favorite pottery and Downton Abbey.

Despite all that, here is always some precious down time and it includes

at teapot by Akiko and a plate from Dylan

http://www.akikohiraiceramics.com/

http://www.akikohiraiceramics.com/

Happy New Year! Leyla xx

What a year!! So far ……

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Just having a quick reminisce before I go of on holiday…..

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Our lovely Pottery has been in business for TWO whole years! Unbelievable!

What a year it has been. Last years Open Studios brought so much interest,

only to be followed by the Great British Throw Down. We have been flying!

At this point I must mentioned that none of this would have been possible with out our lovely team.

Rhian Malin, Sampada Gurung, Katherine Barker & Holly Summers.

We could not have made it without your help!

 

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I just scrolled through my photo gallery to see what delighted me.

Last week Anna & I did a cheeky little Raku firing ready for her new

Niece to be photographed in her own belly cast.

 

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Geek Workshops, I really love talking about the sciencey bit : )

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The aforementioned team building – a great afternoon!

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Chloe the Dog – she has been through some poorly days but still with us : )

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Jodie, one of our very first students brought little Fearn in to meet us ….

snapped up her foot-prints while she was here : )

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Holly NAILED throwing & decorating!! Lovely bowls Holly! So proud!

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Sir Lancelot, our fabulous new Northern Kilns addition : )

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Lovely Yo Thom’s work was a joy to have in the gallery!


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We did A LOT of this!!!!!!!

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I realized a dream and we ran a Ghost themed Valentines evening : )

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There was lots of bonding and friends made : )

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I made some work!

I could go on but it is time to wrap up for now….. back in September for Part 2

Hugs xx Leyla

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…

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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!

The Ceramics Studio Christmas Exhibition Vernissage

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended the vernissage this weekend! For everyone who hasn’t seen the exhibition yet, here is a sneak peek of all the fabulous work on display. The exhibition continues everyday 11am-5pm (thursdays until 8.30pm) until 30th January 2016…

Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

Diego Palasgo Paintings & John Higgins Ceramics

 

Wendy Campbell-Briggs wall piece and Dylan Bowen Ceramics

Wendy Campbell-Briggs wall piece and Dylan Bowen Ceramics

 

Yo Thom cabinet with Leyla Folwell sculpture on top

Yo Thom cabinet with Leyla Folwell sculpture on top

 

Jane Bowen & Wendy Campbell Briggs

Jane Bowen & Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Leyla Folwell Collage

Leyla Folwell Collage

 

Roxanne & Barney - Ostinelli & Priest

Roxanne & Barney – Ostinelli & Priest

 

Yo Thom

Yo Thom

 

Wendy Campbell Briggs

Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Dylan Bowen & John Higgins

Dylan Bowen & John Higgins

 

Leyla Folwell & Dylan Bowen

Leyla Folwell & Dylan Bowen

 

Ostinelli & Priest

Ostinelli & Priest

 

Diego Palasgo & Jane Bowen

Diego Palasgo & Jane Bowen

 

Dylan Bowen

Dylan Bowen

 

Wendy Campbell Briggs

Wendy Campbell Briggs

 

Ostinelli & Priest

Ostinelli & Priest