Events for next year

We are starting to arrange new events for next year, and so far, dates for your diary are…

December 31st/January 1st
Turner Contemporary Workshop

March 21st
Felicity Lloyd Coombs Workshop

May 23rd
Nicholas Marsh Masterday

July 3rd/4th/5th
Art in Clay, Hatfield

October 10th – 25th
KPA Exhibition at the Beaney Gallery, Canterbury

Check the KPA website at for the latest updates.

By Ian Ramage

Pop up Masterday

David Voorhees
From North Carolina USA
Saturday 26th July 2014
10am – 3.30pm
@ Oast Theatre, London Road, Tonbridge, TN10 3AN

Ever wondered what life as a Potter in America would be like?

Here is a unique chance to find out first hand from a Professional Potter from across the pond, during a visit to England. We welcome David Voorhees who is happy to share his years of experience and knowledge with us. He grew up immersed in art and found himself through clay, working primarily with Porcelain, which David Leach introduced him to, he has now taken a new path, focusing on wood/salt and soda firings using a kiln he has built himself.

BOOKING: Jean McCree on 01892 539690 after 6 p.m

COST: £15.00 members
£30.00 non-members

Send non-refundable cheque made out to KPA to 22 Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RU enclose an sae for a receipt.

LUNCH – Bring & Share, please tell Jean what you intend to bring when you book in


By Ian Ramage

London Potters invitation – Jitka Palmer surface decoration Master Class

London Potters have extended an invitation to Kent Potters members to the event below. Please contact them if interested.

Jitka Palmer
Surface Decoration
Master Class

Jitka Palmer’s work is figurative, narrative and expressive, inspired by stories and themes. She loves watching people, their body language and facial expressions and is always on the lookout for special moments and situations accompanying every human activity. Sketchbooks, books and CDs are used as a valuable collection of raw material with drawing and painting on clay surfaces being a pivot of her work. She particularly likes capturing the movement and energy of people in various activities like work, sport and music and loves the challenge of quick intuitive drawing without unnecessary detail.

Jitka draws upon personal experiences, past and present, reflecting the spontaneity of ordinary human life, making clay vessels and sculptures, painted with slips, oxides and stains. As a professional ceramicist she has exhibited in Britain, Europe and the USA. Her work is in private and public collections including Musee National de Ceramique, Paris and she particularly enjoys working to commission.

Dates: Friday 16 May 2014, 10am – 3pm (lunch 12-1pm)
Venue: Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA), St Nicholas Way,
Sutton, SM1 1EA (pottery room, 2nd floor)
Travel: 5-10 minute walk from Sutton Station, Brighton Road
Cost:  £55 per person (lunch, materials and firing are included in the cost of a ticket
but please bring your own tools and apron)
Enquiries: Fay De Winter, 117 Winchcombe Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 1RZ
M: 07761 840749 E:
Advance Booking Essential, Limited Spaces
London Potters Registered Charity No 1086355

Jitka Palmer: Surface Decoration Master Class
Please send a cheque made payable to SCOLA (enclose a SAE for return of your ticket or tick the box below to request an email ticket). Post to: Fay De Winter (address as above).


By Ian Ramage

James Oughtibridge Masterday

James Oughtibridge Masterday
Don’t miss out on this brilliant masterday! We recommend you book in advance to be guaranteed a place. 
Date:           10th May
Venue:         The Oast Theatre, Hildenborough, Kent.
Time:           10.00am to 4.00p.m
Cost:            £15.00 for members, £30.00 for non-members
Booking:      Jean McCree on 01892 539690 after 6 p.m
                      Please send a non-refundable cheque, made out to KPAto 22 Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells,
                    TN1 1RU.  Enclose an SAE if you want a receipt.
Lunch:          Bring and Share, please tell Jean what you intend to bring when you book in.
We are very pleased to be welcoming James to Kent, to hear about his journey with clay and to observe at first hand the formation of his enticingly curvaceous sculptures.
This is from his website:
Curved sections of clay are constructed with numerous planes and perspectives, inviting the viewer to peer inside a world of contorted shadows.  Pieces often appear to float, with no visible flat base creating a tension with their surroundings.  The structures, initially overpowering, hold delicate and enticing surfaces, with many hours spent refining, scraping and sanding surfaces to create gentle flowing curves.
 Layers of slips, stains and oxides are applied and fired to 1240 degrees.  The dark and light granulated surface and imposing colour creates shadows and areas that invite closer inspection.
This is from his Artist Profile:
I was first drawn to clay back in 1995 on an Art Foundation course under the guidance of raku Artist David Roberts.  I was immediately struck by the way it could be turned into almost anything.  After this exciting introduction to the material I gained a place at Loughborough University, and began developing a range of making processes.  The physicality of the making and the challenge to work on a large scale has always been at the forefront of my work.Image
By Ian Ramage

Ostinelli and Priest – Hand Building Classes Animal and Figurative


We will be running one and two day weekend courses at The Bluematchbox Gallery, 205 Halls Road, Tilehurst, Reading Berks.RG30 4PT.  There will only be four to a class to enable maximum individual tuition.

The courses are designed to teach you how to make an armature through to hand building, modelling and sculpting skills, and are suitable for adults of all ability levels from beginner onwards.  You will be working closely alongside Paul at each stage to the finished piece.  A separate colouring day can be provided for students wishing to colour and finish their work.

The cost of the days will include 1 bag of clay per student per day (more can be purchased from Grant at the Bluematchbox if needed) firing, and all materials for the armatures, i.e. wooden armatures, bubble wrap, masking tape, dowelling.  All tools will be provided on the day but please bring any favourites and lots of pictorial reference.

The day will start at 10.00 though to 4.30 with a break of one hour for lunch (please bring your own).  Tea coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Please email Gaynor for dates, costings and booking form and for any further information and questions you may have.

By Ian Ramage

Alan & Billy at Aylesford Pottery

An Evening with
Alan & Billy at Aylesford Pottery

* Looking back to the start of their career’s in Kent and London 

* Two different paths to becoming master potters
* Stories about what goes on in behind closed doors
* Commission from the richest man in the country
* Demonstrations in making large pots
* Audience in invited to join in – if they dare!
* Bar available
Tickets are still available for this evening event on Friday 21st/Saturday 22nd March 2014 at the Priory. Estimated running time 2hrs. Cost is £15 per ticket. Tel: 01622 790796

By Ian Ramage

Kent Potters Newsletter

 The next copy date for your Newsletter is March 1st for the April/May edition.  February is a very short month so the deadline is not far away. I welcome all photos, articles, letters and would love a profile for the next edition.  If you have an event coming up like SEOS let us know. While the rain falls it would be great to find out about another of our members in a Profile and their pots will be on the front page.  I have not had any replies to the question I posed in the last editorial.  Some of you out there must have a view – share it.
I look forward to receiving your contributions. It is your newsletter.
Many thanks


By Ian Ramage

Don’t miss out!

There are still places left to exhibit with the KPA at the prestigious Craft in Focus in Canterbury. The show opens on Friday 4th April and closes Sunday 6th April. We would need to set up the stands and work on Wednesday 3rd April. Everyone taking part would be expected to help with the set up and taking down, plus covering the stands during selling days on a rota system.
The cost will be £65 each plus a small commission to cover credit card fees, packaging etc. All members who have exhibited previosly at selected exhibitions and events are eligible to apply.

 If you would like to be considered for a place, please contact Bev Burt at or call in the evening 0208289109 or 07742363437

By Ian Ramage

Events arranged so far for this year

February 12th
Canterbury Museum Visit

March 8th
Richard Phetheans – Masterday

Toni and Suki In House workshop

July 4th, 5th & 6th
Hatfield – Art in Clay

AGM masterday Peter Hayes

By Ian Ramage