Talks and Demos November 2023


  11am  David William Sampson   ‘Perfectly Imperfect’  

David will be talking about the concept of beauty and how his work and sculpture sit within the idea of being perfectly imperfect. He will discuss the conceptual ideas behind some of his work and demonstrate a selection of his sculptural techniques. 

  1pm  Kat Wheeler     ‘Throwing and Decorating’

Kat will demonstrate her slip decoration techniques onto leather hard pots, as well as throwing some forms on the wheel.

   3pm  Jack Durling     ‘Bear Bust’
Jack will discuss a public art commission unveiled earlier this year, and demonstrate how he creates a bear bust.


  12pm      Sharon Griffin   ‘expression and emotion’         

Sharon Griffin will demonstrate how she captures expression and emotion within her clay sculptures using a simple slab – building technique. A fast and furious, energetic demonstration using personal experiences and folklore as inspiration.

  2pm       Elaine Bolt                

Elaine will be demonstrating her thrown and hand built forms. She uses porcelain, stoneware and mixed media, in a muted palette informed by the flint and chalk landscape of the Sussex Downs


Talks and Demos November 2021


       11am      Richard Baxter   ‘Ways and means’               

Richard Baxter will do a ‘show and tell’ on making tips. Usually there are logical reasons for the way tools are used, and these make things happen in a particular way. Every potter works slightly differently. Come along and see if you learn anything from his odd ways

        1pm        Justine Allison                  

Justine will be demonstrating making a slab built tapered vessel from porcelain, rolling out the clay and constructing one of her beautiful pieces

      3pm        Ashley Howard           ‘Meditations’

Ashley Howard’s Meditations exhibition held in Guilford cathedral in 2018 resulted from a four-year project involving the development of ideas uncovered in his previous research project Ritual and Setting at Winchester cathedral in 2009. It began with a residency at Shigaraki, Japan and culminated in the exhibition at Guildford. The project saw the development of onglaze enamel colours leading to a new body of work that is continued today. Meditations was the latest in a tradition of contemporary ceramics exhibited in ecclesiastical settings in the UK. Earlier precedents were set by Hans Coper in Coventry Cathedral (1960s) and Robin Welch at Lincoln Cathedral (1980s).


        12pm      Hiro Takahashi                

Hiro will demonstrate her way of making shapes, a created process she calls ‘pinch and slap method’. It relates to principles of zen at the time Raku was invented. She will also show how she finds inspiration for design. Althogether it is an aspect of Wabi-Sabi in mind.

         2pm       Richard Wilson    ‘ Form and design’ 

A demonstration Exploring the connection between form and design  colour and slip techniques.




Talks and Demos November 2019


   11am       Sharon Griffin    ‘The Human Form’

Sharon will be demonstrating how she builds a life sized clay head without the need to use an armature or “hollowing out” afterwards

    1pm          Jane Cox                                                

Jane Cox, CPA Fellow & Past Master of The Art Workers Guild  will talk about her work & early influences ( Caiger Smith, Peggy Angus, Eric Ravilious) and her move from London to the Isle of Wight.
She will also discuss her recent role as Master of the Art Workers Guild and her new role as Chair of their Outreach Committee.

    3pm         Tessa Wolfe Murray       ‘Taking Shape – My journey from Inspiration to Vessel’                                                                                                                                               

Tessa will show the width of her influences. Starting with her 7 year old’s obsession with football, to museum artefacts, natural surroundings and worldwide travel.


12pm  Craig Underhill              ‘Surface’

Craig will demo slab building and some surface mark making techniques using engobes, and talk a little about his influences and journey so far.

2pm  Steve Woodhead              ‘Art for Everyday Living’

Steve describes his traditional and funky domestic ware as “art for
everyday living”. In this lively session, Steve will be demonstrating how
he brings life and individuality to every domestic pieces.


Film Screenings 2019


12.15pm                                           Ceramic Review ‘Masterclass Tapes’

5 of the Ceramic review masterclass tapes

     2.15pm                       Unfired  

A film by Arijit Chatterjee, Patrick Shanahan and Asha Sumra

Unfired is a lyrical reflection on the spaces and resources of the Mangalore Tile industry. Terracotta production was initiated on the Malabar Coast, South India by German Missionaries in 1865 and triggered a widespread practice of building and living with clay. With the industry in a state of severe decline, this short film interweaves footage of functioning, abandoned and falling factories to reveal the rhythms and qualities of these environments. Select spaces are subtly re-appropriated to project imaginations for the future use of the spaces, products and clay.




11am                          Ceramic Review ‘Masterclass Tapes’

5 of the Ceramic review masterclass tapes.


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This year we are extremely excited to announce that Andy and Di McInnes, former owners of the show, will be exhibiting! For those not already in the know, as well as running the Art in Clay shows, Andy and Di have been keen collectors of fabulous ceramics for many years. They will be bringing a selection of pieces to sell – more information on this soon!

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