Apologies for the long gap since my last post. The Summer flashed by with glorious days. You can also find me posting on Instagram regularly as carol.ceramics and on facebook as carolceramics.
We are looking forward to another busy Autumn of events and exhibitions.
Prince and Pilgrim Gallery have their September Collection from September 13-16, www.princeandpilgrim.com. We are contributing a few pieces to this.
New mother and baby in progress for P&P
Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild are holding and exhibition and demonstrations at Kingsbury Barn in St Albans also September 13-16. Richard and I will be demonstrating on Sunday September 16 from 1-4pm. www.thedcpg.org.uk
chickens waiting for mounting on antique garden sprayer.
We are also exhibiting in the Visual Arts Exhibtion at St Paul’s Church Hall HP10 0PW, which is part of Wooburn Festival. Times are Sept 29th 1-6, Sunday Sept 30th- Thurs Oct 4th 10-6, Friday October 5th 10-8pm, Saturday Oct 6th 10-4.
blue water female figure on hard wood base. stoneware for in or outside.
Richard and I will be demonstrating at Buckinghamshire Craft Guild Shop, Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville tomorrow, Sunday May 13 from 12-4pm.
Come along and see us work and also see the amazing talent of our colleagues in the craft guild – printmaking, jewellery, furniture, paper art, glass, books, textiles, stone carving and ceramics (and I have probably left something out).
There will be all new work displayed for Bucks Art Weeks 9-24th June, 2018.
Buckinghamshire Craft Guild at Layby Farm.
We will be at Fresh Art Fair this year with the Doorway Gallery. It is a first for us and we are really looking forward to it. Even more exciting is that we are going to be demonstrating on the Friday morning!! Gulp! Nothing like challenging yourself.
Raku fired hare.
2018 has come racing in and it’s February already. Here are some events that R&B Ceramics will be taking part in during the first part of the year. We might not be at each one.
Wednesday February 14th, Richard and I will be manning and demonstrating at Bucks Craft Guild shop from 1-4. You can find it at Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville (The Goat Centre) Further dates to be confirmed.
March 8-11th, Battersea Affordable Art Fair and May 10-13th Hampstead Affordable Art Fair with The Doorway Gallery.
March 24-25th, Art on the ,Brill, Brill School.
April 14th Buckinghamshire Pottery and Sculpture Society Exhibition, The Church Hall, All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AA
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.