News from the Pottery
Earth and Fire – International Ceramic Fair
On Friday 23rd June the Unique Cottage Potters packed up their lunchboxes and headed to the picturesque Welbeck Estate in Worksop. The annual visit serves to inspire and give personal making a refreshing boost, as well as a chance to meet the artists standing nervously behind their stalls whilst their pots are ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhed’ over by masses.
There really was something for everyone and with the addition of trade stalls and demonstrations by some master potters, the very best of studio pottery was celebrated by all.
A couple of small purchases were made (it would be rude not to!) and although the photograph of Tony looks like he is about to steal a David Frith pot and put it in his satchel, he actually plumped for buying a beautiful Patricia Shone piece.
For those interested in pottery, put it in your diary for next June, it really is a smashing day out!
Open Day – 24th June 2017
For the second year in a row, the Unique Cottage Potters wowed the crowds with their very own Great Pottery Throwdown. Keith Brymer-Jones and Kate Malone were nowhere to be seen so Carolyn stood in as judge, jury and executioner.
It kicked off with three very brave students. The winner would be the one who threw the widest bowl after 10 minutes of work at the wheel, using a whopping three kilos of clay. Wide bowls are notorious for flopping down and losing their shape if the rim is taken to extreme widths but not one of our potters had this problem. Fantastic work by all three meant that it had to be decided with a tape measure. It was close, very close, with Sharon coming through victorious with a bowl 25cm across; only half a centimetre wider than the runner up! Good work, Sharon.
After lunch Fiona and Kim pitched their throwing skills against Tony (he can’t stay away) to produce five teapots in five minutes. They didn’t have to be pretty, but they did have to be able to pour water out of their spouts. For the full five minutes the pedals were against the metal. Again, it was a close competition but Fiona and Kim didn’t get lids and handles on all of their teapots. It was debateable whether Tony’s lids and handles actually classed as such (sorry, it’s difficult not to sound bitter) but he was crowned Throwdown champion for this year. Well done, Mr Orvis!
Throughout the entire day we were lucky enough to have potters and non-potters wander through out studio door. It was lovely to show them the space we work in and discuss skills/ techniques used to produce various pieces. Thank you for popping in.
Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios
This year Fiona and Tony applied to take part in the PAOS weekends. Our first open studio day coincided with Unique’s very own Open Day, which was fantastic as we had lots of people coming through the pottery. Our next Open Studio Day will be on Saturday 8th July, 10am – 4pm and all are guaranteed a very warm welcome. For more information, please visit www.paos.org.uk .
One of our Tuesday students has been seriously bitten by the pottery bug and has passed it on to her family. These wonderful sculptures are by her two talented sons. Keep up the good work, boys!