About South Wales Potters

South Wales Potters is one of the largest groups of professional and hobby potters and ceramicists in the UK.
We have more than 180 members, based in South, Mid and West Wales, over the water in the South West and the Heart of England and even some working abroad.
Members include full-time potters, sculptors and students as well as hobby potters and those interested in ceramics...
We organise a full programme for members including demonstrations, 'skill-share' sessions and social events.

Members receive our Shards newsletter four times a year.

Other benefits for members include:

  • A discount on professional indemnity insurance through Axisweb;
  • Free website hosting;
  • Use of professional photo lighting equipment; and
  • A discount on pottery equipment and supplies bought through selected retailers.

We also have an exhibitions programme, giving members an opportunity to showcase and sell their work.
We welcome everyone interested in ceramics, whether you are a maker or not.


To join South Wales Potters, which costs less than £30 a year, please get in touch with our membership secretary. Click Here to Email

...and a few words from our Hon. President, Walter Keeler

There is in Britain, a very close knit community of potters into which I was drawn from my earliest student days.

Even for the most experienced, pottery is fraught with pitfalls and unanticipated disasters, yet in times of despair there is always support from those who, in any other business, would be competitors.

This spirit of fraternal generosity is evident in the way that groups of enthusiasts draw together to share skills, experience, technical knowledge and indefatigable enthusiasm, whether they are beginners at a night class or renowned professionals they are somehow all in it together.

It was a little sobering to be invited to be Hon. President of SWP (am I really that old?) but I was delighted to accept.

Walter Keeler

International Ceramics Festival

South Wales Potters is one of the founding partners of what is one of the foremost ceramics events in Europe - the International Ceramics Festival which is held every two years at Aberystwyth in mid-Wales. (The next Festival will be held at the end of June 2019). 

In its early days SWP staged potters camps in locations across South Wales.  The first International Potters Camp took place at Aberystwyth in 1987.

Later SWP became joint organisers of the festival with North Wales Potters and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre - and many marvellous festivals have brought skilled and inspiring ceramicists, traditional and contemporary, from across the world.