Buckinghamshire Craft Guild launched last week,on October 26th. It is based at Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville and will be open 10-4 Tuesday- Sunday. Check out the facebook page for more details- search for Buckinghamshire Craft Guild. There are 31 members who will be selling their work, manning the gallery and demonstrating their crafts as they do.
Richard and I will be there on November 24th in the morning (10-1ish), if you would like to come along.
Buckinghamshire Craft Guild at Layby Farm.
Bucks Open Studios starts on June 10th and runs until June 25th. We’ll be opening the doors at beautiful Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, HP16 9PE at 10.30 on that Saturday. Roger will be showing new and old favourites from his amazing landscape photography. Richard and I will be bringing Raku animals with quirky character, thrown functional pottery, and sculpture.
We are open on June 10th,11th,16th,17th,18th from 10.30-5.30. It is the tenth year that Roger and I have taken part in Bucks Open Studios- seems hard to believe. So, it will be a bit of a celebration. We are thinking of taking a break next year, so possibly a farewell, too.
Near us in Rignall Road are Wendy Johnson and friends in Broomfield Hill and Fin Orrom Carr at Rignall Lodge.
We are looking forward to seeing you.
female figure on wood, approx 75cm
small porcelain bowls with glass, approx 6cm diameter.
Agate thrown porcelain bowls, various sizes.
The exhibition- Korn-u-Kopia starts at the Upstairs Gallery Berkhamsted tomorrow March 28th.
Richard and Carol’s ceramics
Sally Stocker textiles
Yvonne Cornes ceramics
Jeremy’s work with Sally Bostock painting in the background
Lucy Hausman work
A collection of artworks by Sally Bostock, Lucy Hausman paintings/prints, Sally Stocker -textiles and ceramics from Richard Ballantyne, Jeremy White, Chantal Fordham, Yvonne Cornes and Carol Read.
Demonstrations by the artists confirmed – Sally Bostock will be in the gallery on April 5th. Carol Read and Richard Ballantyne will be in the gallery on April 11th (11-1.30ish), Sally Stocker will be demonstrating her textiles April 4th (to be confirmed)
See website for directions and opening times www.upstairsgallery.co.uk
Earlier in the year Richard was approached by film maker Tom Hartwell. He suggested making a short film of us at work, as he was putting together some films on crafts. Never ones to say no to something new, we agreed.
A meeting was held to decide what and how we were going to film and to map every step of the process. We spent a cold but sunny day in February with Tom following our every move as we made and fired hares.
It was surprisingly enjoyable. I certainly felt very self-conscious to start with, but Tom was excellent at his job. I can’t say that I forgot he was there, but apart from when he put the camera right up close, it was not intimidating.
This is the finished result which he has entered into a craft film festival.
Good luck to him.
We set up the exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted today. It is looking good. Peter’s lovely landscapes and portraits on the wall and the ceramics of Chantal, Chris, Jeremy, Richard and I around the gallery. The exhibition starts tomorrow, February 16th.
Richard and I will be demonstrating this Friday, February 19th, from 10am for a couple of hours. We will be making some of our Raku animals. Peter Keegan will also be demonstrating his painting skills. Hope to see some of you there.
Busy most of Friday with “Throw a Pot” customers….
This year’s Art in Clay at Hatfield House has so far been blessed with sunshine and hazy blue skies. Once again I have joined a group of five potters running the “Throw a Pot” tent. For a small fee of £2 we help anyone from 2 to 92 years of age to have a go. Such fun and amazingly grateful customers. Everyone goes home with a pot, however it looks!
…but there was time for a few short breaks during the day
Hatfield House is a lovely venue for the event. The grounds are huge – we managed to get lost in the one way system on set-up day, getting on the wrong side of The Lady of the House! The exhibitor tents house the main show, however the “Throw a Pot” potters also have their own work on display.
View from the display
Jeremy shows a customer how to make a……. can you see what it is yet?
I’ll be there all weekend, with Richard looking after the display. So please come and see us between10am and 5.30pm on Sat or 10am and 5pm on Sunday.
We braved a hot sun and gusty breeze setting up last Thursday for Art in Clay at Hatfield House. The event ran from Friday through to Sunday evening. The “Throw a Pot” Marquee was manned by five of us, Ruby Sharp (leader), Eddie Kent, Steve Ellis, Lutz Krainhoefner and myself. They are talented potters and all had a wonderful variety of ceramic art on show. We worked hard but had time for some fun, perhaps most memorable was Eddie in the role of a five year old so that Ruby could demonstrate her technique to us! I am not sure what I expected, but we worked pretty solidly throughout the three days, giving the eager public a chance to try their hand at throwing. All ages came, from little ones on their parent’s knee to those that needed help on and off the seat. Ability also varied… a memorable experience for me was a young chap who was blind but keen to learn how to throw.
First attempts – some of the impressive results!
It was great to see so many friends in the ceramic/pottery community and I hope I have the opportunity to take part again. Here are a few more of Chris’s images from the event:
I spent this weekend at Chiltern Open Air Museum for the Chiltern Arts Festival. Richard and I set up a glazing workbench and the Raku kiln which enabled us to produce more animal sculptures as well as demonstrate the process to onlookers. Although the mixed weather – thundery showers punctuated with some sunshine – may have discouraged big crowds, the event kept us busy answering questions from a steady stream of curious visitors.
Getting pieces out of the kiln in the rain was challenging and as the picture shows, this was a two-person operation with umbrellas needed to prevent water damaging the work. The Pimms tent and live jazz from the Green nearby helped to prevent stress levels getting too high!
Another hare cools to crackle the glaze while being protected from the rain. Not ideal conditions for watching the process!
The hare emerges from the wood shavings prior to final cooling and clean-up
Glazed cow waits on the glazing bench for the next kiln run
Completed guinea fowl pose for a portrait (see picture of work in progress in the final BoS posting on 26 June)
Short notice, but with the forecasters suggesting the warmest day of the year so far we will be heating things up a bit more at Broomfield Farm with a Raku firing. Come along to see the process in action and have a go yourself!