I have always believed that the closure of remaining ceramics departments in higher education which started in the 80’s threatens the future of ceramics.
I have always made it my mantra to do all I can to provide support helping schools and individuals to work with clay despite these setbacks. This has finally resulted in the claynglaze studios now open to the public filling a space the local authorities seem unable to support due to lack of funding. The demise of skills-training, due to cuts in the remaining courses which have survived until today is threatening the future of studio pottery and the ceramics industry.
Adopt a Potter is working towards setting up a ceramics school that will teach a comprehensive skills-based curriculum in the UK. alongside evening classes, masterclasses, and lectures for the public, the school will run a two-year full-time course for 12 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms.
The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials and students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques.
I hope you will join me on my quest to support this scheme. Over the next few months we will be holding small wine tasting events with the accredited wine taster Dimple A……. If you would like to join our small groups for a very informative session you will find Dimple and her wines a very nice way to support Adopt A Potter. Tickets start at £10 eac. Whisky, gin and port tasting ranges from £20 to £25 a ticket and. You are welcome to donate more!
The fun filled evening around the stable studios or cottage log fire for evening sessions should be interesting and you will love the stories Dimple has to tell about her wines. There will be no obligation to buy any wines this is purely an opportunity to to join us for an intimate evening with group sizes limited to between 6 and 10 invitees only.
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