June 30th/ July 1st 2018More than 25 members took part in the Art of Clay, the first Abergavenny Arts Festival. SWP organised two days of clay based events including demonstrations from leading potters, workshops and one to one throwing sessions. Alongside these activities a pottery Fair/ exhibition displayed the work of some of the volunteers.
Sunday September 10th
Cardiff Metropolitan University Ceramics Department kindly allowed us to use their wonderful facilities to hold a day when members and guests could try out a number of ceramic activities with help from some SWP members who gave their time and expertise. The activities included a throwing workshop, a Sgrafitto workshop, printing clay using slips on a plaster board, a plaster mould making workshop from Gemma, the Cardiff Met Technician. The 'Bring and Share' lunch and some 'Pottery Throw down' type competitions to provide us with a lot of fun and contributed to a memorable day. The added bonus was that the School of Art was holding their MA show so we also enjoyed viewing this.
Left: The 'tallest and smallest' competition Right: The plaster workshop
Visit to Clyngwyn Bunkhouse and Waterfall Walk, Ystrad Fellte
SWP Julie Hurst invited members to visit her Bunkhouse, which she runs as a successful business, situated just above the famous Ystrad Fellte waterfalls. We were all impressed by the lovely buildings, renovated by Julie and the lovely views as we sat down to welcoming coffee and brownies. After a visit to her new pottery studio the group split into two. One group heading for the longer walk to the Sgwd yr Eira, a waterfall which one can walk behind, and the other taking in other waterfalls closer to the Bunkhouse. Julie and her partner provided us with a delicious lunch on our return. Thanks Julie for a great day.
Clyngwyn Bunkhouse - http://www.bunkhouse-south-wales.co.uk/
The lovely Ystradfellte waterfalls.
Sunday October 1st - 10.30 to 1.00 pm Llantarnam Grange Cwmbran, NP44 1PD
‘My work has largely centred on the vessel, using ultra thin slabs of textured terracotta, assembled and fired multiple times aiming to transform very simple materials into pottery that has its own distinctive characteristic.
I want to create vessels with nteresting configurations, surfaces and textures.
I am fascinated by the alchemy that occurs when combining clay, smoke and fire culminating in the often magical changes that occur during the firing process. My work is fired multiple times, the final firing is a low temperature saggar firing with combustable materials producing a range of surprising and often unpredictable outcomes.
I have also developed my work to incorporate slip cast forms in terracotta. These are then altered with the application of extruded and sprig moulded additions.
I endeavour to explore the full range of possibilities of one simple form, constantly changing it in an effort to magnify its creative potential as much as possible.
My aim is to create pottery with an almost classical and timeless quality’
For more information please contact: email@south walespotters.org.uk.
This demonstration will be followed at 2.30 by South Wales Potters AGM which can be attended only by SWP members
On Saturday May 20th at the Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall. Twenty-five SWP members attended what proved to be a memorable event when celebrated potter Ashraf Hanna gave a presentation and talk about his work and how it has changed and developed over the years. This was followed by a fascinating and entertaining demonstration of his hand building techniques.
A demonstration by Anna Noel was held at Monmouth Boys School on April 8th, 2017
She showed a film and talked about her animal sculptures and what inspired her. This was followed by a demonstration of some of her techniques.
Demonstration by Geoffrey Swindell - Cardiff Met. University, Llandaff Saturday Feb. 25th
SWP collaborated with Cardiff Met. University for a wonderful demonstration by renowned potter Geoffrey Swindell. Geoff had taught for some years at Cardiff Met and was pleased to demonstrate his unique work (It was also an opportunity for SWP members to be shown around the new Ceramics Department).
Some people say his ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some just remnants turning slowly to dust. Others see unidentified objects from far away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent. They want to touch and take them home in their pockets like a newly found treasure.
He says he has been compelled to make these curious forms. Usually they are vases but sometimes they become teapots, bowls or jugs and sometimes they don't have a name. Their creation has given him joy, despair, friends, money and backache. Over forty Museums and Public Collections own them including the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert in London.
ABOVE: 30 members shared the SWP Christmas Lunch, which was held at The Bear Hotel, Crickhowel, on Monday Dec. 12th
The South Wales Potters Christmas Exhibition (above) took place at the Greenspace Gallery and Tea Rooms, Carmarthen, and ran from 17th November until 24th December 2016.There were 12 potters participating, andthe quality and variety of work on display provided an excellent example of the diversity within the membership of SWP. Not only were visitors able to purchase the work on display, they also had the opportunity to discuss the pieces with whichever exhibiting potter was present that day, and observe some of them demonstrating their techniques.
Cynhaliwyd Arddangosfa Nadolig Crochenwyr De Cymru yn Oriel a Chaffi Greenspace, Caerfyrddin, rhwng 16eg o Dachwedd tan 24ain o Ragfyr 2016. Roedd 12 crochenydd yn cymryd rhan, ac roedd ansawdd ac amrywiaeth y math o waith ar ddangos yn esiampl wych o’r amrywiaeth o fewn aelodaeth CDC. Nid yn unig oedd ymwelwyr yn gallu prynu'r gelf ar werth, fe gawsant hefyd gyfle i sgwrsio a thrafod y gwaith gyda’r crochenydd oedd yn bresennol y diwrnod hwnnw, a gweld rhai ohonynt yn dangos eu technegau.
Fourteen members of SWP attended the excellent presentation on Professional Development by Hywel Pontin. Hywel covered all the business aspects of working as a professional Potter and we look forward to further sessions covering some aspects in more depth at a later date.
The Ceramica Demonstration Weekend is held biennially and is one of the most important of SWP events. Though much smaller and more intimate than the International Ceramics Festival, delegates usually find it a rewarding experience.
This year Ceramica was again held in September to take advantage of the excellent accommodation and facilities at the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The Demonstrators were Doug Fitch and Clare Wakefield