Raku Blue Lion 2017.
This event has gone from strength to strength and this year we had to run three kilns flat out and stop pot purchases at 3.00pm. We had lots and lots of really positive feedback from people on the day and through our Facebook site. Louise ran two one day making sessions at her studio prior to the event and this generated some fascinating exotic beasts. Penguins and Dragons seemed popular. I have requested photographs and a few that have arrived are shown below. This year due to Carla and Paul running a pottery event a Ruthin Craft Centre an all-star caste stepped into the fray. Sue and husband Dave ran the top hat kiln very effectively all day without a single mishap. Louise and I ran two smaller kilns and gradually got into a very efficient system of alternate loading and emptying. I learnt a lot and feel confident to run this kiln for firing some of my own work soon. Eleni sold pots and ran the tombola, Molly Burgess checked the glazing and Susey Phoenixx sold pots (Molly and Susey you are unsung heroes). Bev was there to make sure everything ran smoothly and Pea came along a bit later to model her new apron. Great fun and a big thanks to everyone involved – I look forward to the next one.
Terry-Bell Hughes talk and demonstration held at Ruthin Craft Centre 25th June 2017.
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Ruthin Craft Centre: Talk and Demonstration by Eddie Curtis.
Eddie Curtis Rusume
Following a one year foundation course at Sunderland Polytechnic Eddie Curtis studied ceramics at Bath Academy of Art from 1973 – 1976. He worked for one year in his home town of Seaham as a repetition thrower with a small semi industrial pottery until 1977 when he took up employment in heavy industry for two years to raise finance for the purchase of Middle Rigg. In 1979 with the support of his wife Margaret he established a studio at Middle Rigg where they both continue to work today.
The first output from the studio was oven to tableware but over the years the emphasis changed to more individually unique works. He developed an almost obsessive passion to master the very demanding but equally rewarding production of copper red porcelain culminating in 2010 with a hugely successful exhibition with Margaret entitled ‘Curtis Red’ hosted at Rufford Park, in the UK and then later that year at Galerie Metzger, near Aschaffenburg, Germany. Around this same time he paid a chance visit to a stretch of coastline near to his home town. This visit led to a massive change of direction and a consequently inspired body of work ‘The Blast Series’. He still works on this series today and has shown this work extensively through the UK and mainland Europe. At the end of 2014 he travelled to India where he exhibited his predominantly sculptural works alongside 23 other international acclaimed ceramic artists in the Habitat Exhibition Centre of New Delhi. In the summer of 2015 his work was shown in New York for the first time at Cavin Morris Gallery and in December 2015 he showed a collection of sake cups along with his wife Margaret and other international ceramic artists in Tokyo. In the Spring of 2017 he will be one of 30 international artists working in various media, showing his work in the German state funded exhibition “Meister der Moderne” (Modern Masters), Munich.
The Pottery Experience 2
Talk Followed by AGM
At Coleg Harlech
Dec 4th Sunday 11am-3pm
Talk ‘The first 25 years into messing around with clay’
By Alan Gayden a former member of the Guild of North Wales Potters
Alan Gayden (Harlech Pottery) trained at Central School of Art and Design in the mid 1950’s. As a young student he was taught by some of the most famous potters of the twentieth century and studied alongside artists who, like him, would latterly become some of the most influential makers of our time. Alan will talk about his first 25 years as a potter – his formative years. As he told me in Ruthin this weekend he has seen some controversial times in studio pottery and his talk should proove lively.
Alan and his wife Lynette are incredible potters with decades of experience behind them. Alan is an enthusiastic teacher and generous mentor whose advice and guidance has helped many potters the world over.
The talk will last approximatly 2 hrs. If anybody wants to ask a specific question after this time scale, they can email them to newsletterNWP@aol.com and we can try and include them.
Coleg Harlech can be reached by car or train. If you follow the road below the Castle without going into the town it will lead you up to the college. The pictures and map above show the route clearly. The building in which the talk will be given will be indicated by arrows and apparently is very easy to find.
The pictures show the White Room Gallery yn Harlech Pottery, Pentre Efail, Harlech, LL46 2YG
The visitors to the white room gallery love it’s beautiful space and friendly atmosphere. It’s range of high quality crafts include pottery and ceramics, colourful woven wall hangings and silver jewellery. It’s walls are hung with paintings and drawings in various media, plus etchings, linocuts and collagraphs.
AGM The meeting will have the traditional format and involve reports by retiring officers and election of a new committee. We are always looking for new blood on the committee so please attend and join in. Also this is the time to raise any suggestions for improving NWP and putting forward proposals for events, activities etc etc. Several events are in preparation including several exciting exhibition oppotunities.
This meeting is in Harlech as part of our wish to hold events throughout the whole of North Wales, suggestions for venues and events are always welcome.
This was NWP second Raku event at the Blue Lion in Cwm; it was very popular last year, and even more so this time around.
Firings started around 11 am and went on well into the afternoon. There was a good mix of NW Potters and members of the public.
An excellent selection of bisque ware made by Louise Schempft, Carla Pownall and Paul Lloyd was available to buy if you hadn’t brought your own. We all had fun glazing our pots with the glazes on offer. Much excitement was had by all, as you can see from the photos. A big thank you goes out to everybody that worked tirelessly throughout the day to make it a success.
The Blue Lion Pub staff were really friendly and accommodating, and I must say I really enjoyed my “home-made chip” butty.
I am looking forward to next year!
The Pottery Experience.
4th June 10am – 4.00pm in Betws-y-Coed Memorial Hall
This event will combine a venue to show your work, demonstrate your skills and engage with the public. Jane Williams of TV Throw Down Fame has been invited to attend and discussing her experiences as a celebrity.
The current stage of planning is to have around 18 tables for members to show and sell their work. A £20.00 fee will be charged for a full table and £10.00 for half a table. The use of half-tables will allow part-time potters to showcase their work. If you take a table you will also be expected to donate up to 1 hour of your time to supervise members of the public “having a go” at throwing or hand building. You will also be expected to donate a small item for the tombola. Our intention is to make this a celebration of the diversity of work by our members and show the public what ceramics is about.
If you wish to book a full or half-table please contact Bev by Email (email@example.com) or telephone 01492 572575
Jacqui Atkins – Demonstration and Hands On.
Sunday March 20th, Ruthin Craft Centre, 10.30am – 4.0pm
Members £15.00 Non-Members £25.00
To book contact Bev Tel 01492 572575 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 18th March
Tea and coffee will be provided. The Craft Centre Cafe may be open for lunch but if not Tesco’s is across the road or bring a packed lunch.
Slide show and talk about influences and focus.
Demonstration of making techniques – rolling textured slabs – drawing into clay – using moulds – construction.
Decorating surfaces – application of colour.
Demonstration of making textured sheets using papers, lace and other materials.
Hands on – Making texture sheets
Bring along a simple image that you might like to translate into texture –
Scissors and a roll of wide masking or sellotape