Tag Archives: Pottery

Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Caricatures
Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information: susan@susanlongsculpture.com

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Sunday Morning – Blog Time!

This is a blog by ceramic artist Fiona Thompson – look at that neat workshop!

Fiona introduces herself on the blog – ‘My main focus is on one-off ceramic exhibition pieces; I also work to commission. Other activities over the last few years have included residencies, group collaborative projects, writing and teaching. In 2010 I completed a post-graduate research degree.’

Check out the site for yourself – http://fionathompson.blogspot.co.uk/

Stani Studios – New Workshop List for Autumn 2012

Want to paint but don’t know where to start?

The Stani Gallery in Stony Stratford is offering  a new schedule of workshops and courses for Autumn 2012, including An Introduction to Drawing & Painting.  This is a 12 week course in 3 modules. Every Thurs from 10 – 1230.
Beginning on 6 Sep.

Other workshops and courses include The Art of Photography, Pottery and Sculpture, Watercolour Painting and Jewellery Making.

Click here for further details

Stani Studios offer:-

  • A vibrant artistic hub
  • Individual attention and personal support with no more than 6 students per workshop
  • Tutors who are professional artists and artisans from The Stani Gallery
  • Workshops for Half day : 1000 – 1230 or 1330 – 1600 or 1900 – 2130 and Full day : 1000 – 1600 ; from Monday to Sunday, at your convenience.
  • Tea / Coffee included and with a light lunch for full day workshops
  • High Street location with close proximity to all amenities
  • Free Car Parking

Art and Craft Workshops at The Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford

Now Available For Booking

The Stani Studios is now offering the following art and craft workshops from 18 June ;
Card Making | Pottery | Illustration | Stained Glass | Jewellery | Digitial Photography | Graphic Design |
Acrylics | Abstracts | Mixed Media | Watercolour | Print Making | Painting Without A Brush | Freestyle

Book early to avoid disapointment. There are only 6 spaces available on each workshop.

See website for more details The Stani Studios

The Stani Studios intends to develop a vibrant artistic hub in the centre of Stony Stratford to suit all skill levels. Students will receive individual attention and personal support from experienced artists and artisans from The Stani Gallery. The Studios are close to all amenities in the high street and local countryside for outdoor studies. There is free car parking with refreshments and lunch provided on full day workshops.

For more information contact Roger Whittaker, The Stani Studios on 01908 56 76 56

Mark Compton – Ceramic Artist and Potter

Mark Compton is a ceramics artist and potter, based at Westbury Farm Studios, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes.  He uses his own hand made moulds to produce unique pieces of work, extruding handles and spouts from his own hand made dyes.
Mark’s sources of inspiration combine the natural world of plants with machinery, suits of armour and aircraft, following his interest in engineering and manufacturing.  He looks at the shapes coming from the processes of construction, merely alluding to these shapes and forms in his work.
In the past, Mark has used salt to glaze his work and is now working to develop new glazes to enhance the finished pieces.  He hopes people will not only enjoy looking at his work but will also take pleasure from the amusing and witty shapes he has created.
I met Mark at his new studio in Shenley Wood, and he talked about his craft – how and why he was first inspired and what he will be working on in the future.
Your first inspiration?
Mark was first gripped by the pottery bug on a school trip to the pottery factories in Stoke, at the age of 13.  Mark says, “I was fascinated when I saw all the processes involved in turning a lump of clay into a finished piece of work.  I was already interested in all things mechanical, but after that trip the pottery became much more of a passion to me than engineering.”
How and When did you learn?
“I learnt the basics at school, then took a series of jobs, but decided to go to Epsom School of Art and Design in Surrey.  I then worked in pottery factories for a while, gaining more skills before I went back to college, in Cardiff this time, to complete my MA in 1991.  I was lucky enough to be taught by such inspirational characters as Mick Casson, Peter Starkey and Geoffrey Swindell.”
What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your craft?
“I use a technique which involves using salt in the kiln to glaze the work.  The end result is rather haphazard, but with skill and experience it is possible to achieve some control– the placing of each item within the kiln and the timing of each stage in the process is crucial to the final appearance of each piece.
The temperature within the kiln is raised to 1280°C, and after a certain time has elapsed salt is thrown in through the chimney of the kiln.  The salt causes a reaction within the kiln and so the pieces of clay are ‘glazed’.
The most enjoyable aspect of all this, is that when the kiln door closes and the processes begin, there is always the thought that ‘nothing can survive what is about to happen in there’, but when the door opens again, there inside the kiln are several perfect pieces of work – it’s a marvellous feeling.”
How do you see the world of ceramics developing?
“Pottery is slowly becoming recognised as an art form as well as a craft.  More artists are now using clay in installations – as a part of the creative process, rather than just as a material.  This shift in attitude was very clear, when ceramics artist Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003.”
Who inspires you now?
“I continue to be inspired by my three tutors in Cardiff, but also love the work of traditional potters such as Richard Batterham and Wally Keeler, and people like Neil Brownsword, Takeshi Yasuda and Adrian Saxe – all producing exceptional work.”
What are you working on now?
“This is quite an exciting time for me – as it is not possible to have a salt-glaze kiln in my new studio,  I am currently working to develop a completely new range of glazes – the finished pieces will be available soon.”
Do you have any workshops planned?
“Yes, I hope to run some workshops from the new studio at Westbury Farm Studios in Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes – details will be on the website soon.”
You can get some idea from the pictures here, that Mark’s work is unique and fascinating – to see more, or to contact Mark, check out his website at http://www.markcomptonceramics.co.uk

Mark Compton is a ceramics artist and potter, based at Westbury Farm Studios, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes.  He uses his own hand made moulds to produce unique pieces of work, extruding handles and spouts from his own hand made dyes.
Mark’s sources of inspiration combine the natural world of plants with machinery, suits of armour and aircraft, following his interest in engineering and manufacturing.  He looks at the shapes coming from the processes of construction, merely alluding to these shapes and forms in his work.
In the past, Mark has used salt to glaze his work and is now working to develop new glazes to enhance the finished pieces.  He hopes people will not only enjoy looking at his work but will also take pleasure from the amusing and witty shapes he has created.
I met Mark at his new studio in Shenley Wood, and he talked about his craft – how and why he was first inspired and what he will be working on in the future.
Your first inspiration?Mark was first gripped by the pottery bug on a school trip to the pottery factories in Stoke, at the age of 13.  Mark says, “I was fascinated when I saw all the processes involved in turning a lump of clay into a finished piece of work.  I was already interested in all things mechanical, but after that trip the pottery became much more of a passion to me than engineering.”
How and When did you learn?“I learnt the basics at school, then took a series of jobs, but decided to go to Epsom School of Art and Design in Surrey.  I then worked in pottery factories for a while, gaining more skills before I went back to college, in Cardiff this time, to complete my MA in 1991.  I was lucky enough to be taught by such inspirational characters as Mick Casson, Peter Starkey and Geoffrey Swindell.”
What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your craft?“I use a technique which involves using salt in the kiln to glaze the work.  The end result is rather haphazard, but with skill and experience it is possible to achieve some control– the placing of each item within the kiln and the timing of each stage in the process is crucial to the final appearance of each piece.
The temperature within the kiln is raised to 1280°C, and after a certain time has elapsed salt is thrown in through the chimney of the kiln.  The salt causes a reaction within the kiln and so the pieces of clay are ‘glazed’.
The most enjoyable aspect of all this, is that when the kiln door closes and the processes begin, there is always the thought that ‘nothing can survive what is about to happen in there’, but when the door opens again, there inside the kiln are several perfect pieces of work – it’s a marvellous feeling.”
How do you see the world of ceramics developing?“Pottery is slowly becoming recognised as an art form as well as a craft.  More artists are now using clay in installations – as a part of the creative process, rather than just as a material.  This shift in attitude was very clear, when ceramics artist Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003.”
Who inspires you now?“I continue to be inspired by my three tutors in Cardiff, but also love the work of traditional potters such as Richard Batterham and Wally Keeler, and people like Neil Brownsword, Takeshi Yasuda and Adrian Saxe – all producing exceptional work.”
What are you working on now?“This is quite an exciting time for me – as it is not possible to have a salt-glaze kiln in my new studio,  I am currently working to develop a completely new range of glazes – the finished pieces will be available soon.”
Do you have any workshops planned?“Yes, I hope to run some workshops from the new studio at Westbury Farm Studios in Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes – details will be on the website soon.”
You can get some idea from the pictures here, that Mark’s work is unique and fascinating – to see more, or to contact Mark, check out his website at http://www.markcomptonceramics.co.uk