North Wales Potters is a member’s organisation that is open to anyone interested in ceramics in the widest sense. Our membership includes professional potters, enthusiastic hobby potters, complete beginners and those with a fascination with ceramics. We aim to encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques through practical demonstrations by master potters and hands-on practical sessions. Lectures cover many aspects of ceramics including technical, historical and artistic topics. Leading ceramic artists are invited to discuss their work, its development and inspiration. These events provide an opportunity for meeting members with a shared interest in a social context and can lead to exchanges in knowledge and resources. They are held at various venues throughout North and Mid Wales, often in a member’s studios and home.
In the past two years we have held Raku firings at the end of August. These have been held at the Blue Lion Pub in Cwm near Dyserth. The location is really nice having fantastic views across the Snowdon range. It is our intention to make this an annual event and gradually extend its scope. See “Past Events” to get a flavour of this exciting activity.
North Wales Potters has a busy exhibition programme with venues not only in North Wales but throughout Britain and this provides opportunities for members to sell their work. This year has seen exhibitions in galleries and theatres. Several major exhibitions will take place in 2017 and one at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff is being planned for 2018.
A regular online newsletter, Claywork, is circulated to all members and other interested groups, containing news, views, comments, events information, reviews, articles and photos. The membership is actively encouraged to use and contribute to this publication.
With the support of the Arts Council of Wales (Craft Board); North Wales Potters, together with South Wales Potters and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, organise and host the spectacular International Ceramics Festival every two years. This popular event, the biggest in Europe, invites internationally respected guest demonstrators and attracts participants from all over the world, for this weekend extravaganza of ceramics. 2017 is an ICF year.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in ceramics, whether you are a professional ceramist, enthusiastic amateur, student, teacher or collector. Most of our members live in North or Mid-Wales as most events are held in this region, however, membership is open to anyone with a love of ceramics.
Currently we have approximatly fifty members spread across the whole of North Wales, the Wirral and one in London.