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Leach Pottery - Leach Potters 100 Years On , St. Ives - February 15th to May 10th 2020

An exhibition of personal work by the Leach Pottery potters - Roelof Uys, Britta James, Callum Trudgeon, Matthew Foster, Annabelle Smith and Laurence Eastwood.

Sutton Taylor - Essential Grandeur - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro - December 14th 2019 to January 18th 2020

The Lemon Street Gallery is in Truro, my local city. Their latest show Essential Grandeur features a wonderful range ceramic vessels by Sutton Taylor.

Kat Wheeler - New Beginnings - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - November 2nd 2019 to February 8th 2020

The Leach Pottery presents an exhibition of new pots by Kat Wheeler to celebrate her transition from the Leach Studio, where she has worked for the past 10 years, to her own workshop in the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives.

Jason Wason - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro - September 14th to October 12th 2019

A View from the Edge at the Lemon Street Gallery features a wonderful range ceramic and bronze forms by Jason Wason who lives amongst the rugged scenery of West Penwith in deepest Cornwall.

Ken Matsuzaki - Contemporary Six, Manchester - August 26th to September 8th 2019

On a recent visit to Manchester I was very pleased to see some top quality japanese pottery on show at the Contemporary Six gallery.

Halima Cassell - Manchester Art Gallery - February 2nd 2019 to January 5th 2020

Halima Cassell was born in Kashmir and grew up in Manchester. Central to the exhibition is an installation of clay sculptures entitled Virtues of Unity. Each sculpture represents one of the 195 countries in the world today, for Halima this will be a lifelong project and there is a long way to go.

Michel Francois & Young Gi Seo: Cornwall to Korea - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - August 17th to October 27th 2019

Michel Francois travelled to Korea in 2018 to work with potter Young Gi Seo and recently the two have been collaborating at Michel's studio in Falmouth to produce pots for this exhibition. The exhibition features a number of large moon jars shown alongside domestic Korean forms.

Callum Trudgeon:Japan & Denmark - Wood Fired Pots - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - August 17th to September 29th 2019

Callum is currently on a year log sabbatical from the Leach Pottery and has visited Japan and Denmark. This exhibition shows work made at Bizen in Japan and the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.

Andile Dyalvane: Our Cultures in Constant Collaboration - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - June 29th to August 11th 2019

Features hand built vessels created during Andile's residency at the Leach Pottery. Each piece is a collaboration of Andile’s artistic virtuosity, history, stories and direct experience of being at the Leach Pottery.

Cardew's Craft Circle - Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - May 18th to July 13th 2019

This exhibition features work of a number of potters who worked closely with Michael Cardew in the 1920s and 1930s and celebrates the work of Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie with over a hundred of her pots.

Laurel Keeley - Penwith Gallery, St. Ives - May 18th to June 5th 2019

Joimt exhibition with artist Martin Proctor

Surface - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - May 4th 2019 to March 8th 2020

In the main display cases a collection of pots show how potters use surfaces as three dimensional canvasses.
The exhibition also includes a display of the work of local potter Sarah Dunstan with her sketchbooks, photos and everyday objects that inspire her designs.
Shoji Hamada - 40 Years On - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - December 8th 2018 to February 24th 2019

This retrospective exhibition curated by Oxford Ceramics marks the 40th anniversity of Hamada's death.

Matt Foster: An Apprenticeship - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - October 13th to December 2nd 2018

The first solo show of Matt’s career marking the completion of his three year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery.

Clementina van der Walt: South Africa to South West - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - October 13th to December 2nd 2018

Celebrating Clementina's three-week Leach Pottery residency, the exhibition features pots made during her residency and also in her native South Africa.

Janet Leach - A Private Collection, New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives - September 8th to October 13th 2018

Features 40 pots from a single private collection.

Jack Doherty - Grounding, New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives - September 8th to October 13th 2018

This exhibition features a new collection of soda fired porcelain vessels produced at Jack's pottery in Mousehole near Penzance.

Roelof Uys: Works of Function, Works of Art - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - July 7th to October 7th 2018

Roelof’s first solo show since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago, this exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots.

Leach Pottery Studio: 10 Years On - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - July 7th to September 9th 2018

An exhibition featuring potters who have worked in the Leach Studio since its re-opening in 2008.

Reunion - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - March 24th to July 1st 2018

Reunion features current work from potters who worked at the Leach Pottery while Bernard was alive.

Celebrating Ten Years - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - March 24th to July 2019

This exhibition tells the story of how the pottery has developed since re-opening in 2008.

Carson Culp : A Year at the Leach - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - November 17th to December 1st 2017

Carson's year as a volunteer potter at the Leach Pottery has come to a close and he has flown back to his home town of Portland in the USA. After working in the production team producing standard ware he spent the last month making his own pots which are shown in this exhibition.

Teacher's Pots - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - November 4th 2017 to January 2018

This exhibition features work by the Leach Pottery Education Team - Amanda Brier, Chloe Hefford, Debbie Prosser, Fleur Winter, Jacqueline Clark and Matthew Tyas.

Jim Malone - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - September 9th to October 29th 2017

Jim's first solo exhibition in 2017.

Micki Schloessingk : The Language of Clay - Earth, Fire and Salt - Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran - April 4th to May 27th 2017

Wood fired salt glazed domestic ware at its very best.

Anne-Mette Hjortshøj at the Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - November 19th to December 18th 2016

4 years work, 379 wood fired pots, Goldmark is the only place to see Anne-Mette's work in the U.K.

In The Blood - Somerton Old Town Hall - October 8th to November 19th 2016

In The Blood features the work of Simon Leach, Jeremy Leach, John Leach, Philip Leach and Dylan Bowen who are all descendants of Bernard Leach, also showing are pots by the great man himself.

Stitch45, Malvern - The Pottery Collective - October 2016

A pop-up exhibition at Stitch45, Malvern's sewing centre, featuring pots from two major collections and work by local potter Fleen Doran.

The Leach Pottery - Trevor Corser : 40 Years a Leach Potter- September 10th 2016 to January 9th 2017

Trevor joined the Leach Pottery as a packer and clay mixer in 1966, he later became a potter working on standard ware and producing his own individual pots.

The Leach Pottery - Amanda Brier - September 10th to October 30th 2016

An exhibition of of new work by Amanda who worked alongside Trevor Corser and Joanna Wason before setting up her own studio in Falmouth.

Jason Wason - Inside Out - The Lemon Street Gallery, Truro - September 10th to October 9th 2016

A wonderful exhibition of Jason's pots and bronzes.

Long Room Gallery - Ray Finch 80th Anniversary Tribute - Winchcombe May 7th to May 21st 2016

To mark the 80th anniversary of Ray Finch joining Winchcombe Pottery in 1936, John Edgeler has organised three exhibitions running alongside each other - a selling exhibition of Ray Finch and Michael Cardew slipware, a display of wonderful old Ray Finch pots from the Winchcombe Archive Collection and a selling exhibition of Joe Finch pots.

Winchcombe Pottery - 90th Anniversary Celebration - Cheltenham April 19th to June 5th 2016

Winchcombe Pottery is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. This exhibition at the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen shop in Cheltenham features the pottery's current range of wood fired stoneware pots.

Anna Noel: The Language of Clay - Telling Tales - Ruthin Craft Centre April 23rd to July 10th 2016

The first of The Language of Clay exhibitions at Ruthin features Anna Noel's folk art sculptures.

Michael Cardew - The Winchcombe Years 1926-1939 - Court Barn Museum, Chipping Canpden April 16th to June 5th 2016

An exhibition featuring the work of Michael Cardew at Winchcombe Pottery between 1926-1939 commemorating the 90th anniversary of his arrival in Winchcombe

Robin Welch : Six Decades of Pots - Leach Pottery - St. Ives - September 12th to November 22nd 2015

Robin Welch was one of the young aspiring potters taken on by Bernard Leach to help with standardware production way back in the 1950s. The Leach Pottery welcomes him back to celebrate his 60 year career.

David Leach :Industrial Devils and Standard Ware - Leach Pottery Cube - St. Ives - September 12th to November 22nd 2015

Features individual pots and standard ware produced by David Leach, first at the Leach Pottery and later at his own Lowerdown Pottery.

Henry Sandon Charity Roadshow - Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - May 23rd 2015

Henry discussing and valuing pots in aid of The Childern's Society. Winchcombe Archive Collection of slipware on view.

Michael Cardew and Winchcombe Pottery - 1926 to 1939, Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - November 23rd to December 20th 2014

A retrospective exhibition of Michael Cardew's Winchcombe Pottery slipware. Many important pots shown alongside Cardew's kiln logs and contemporary photographs and letters.

Oxford Ceramics Fair - St. Edward's School, Oxford - October 25th-26th 2014

Over 60 of our best potters at a really good venue, a great day out.

David and Margaret Frith - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby Gallery, Ollerton, Notts - October 4th to 12th 2014

The latest Oakwood Ceramics exhibition at the Thoresby Gallery near Ollerton, Notts features the work of David and Margaret Frith.

Shima Kara Shima E- Leach Pottery, St. Ives - September 13th to October 12th 2014

The latest exhibition at the Leach, Shima Kara Shima E, in English From Island to Island, is an East West venture with Ashley Howard and Risa Oghi working together.

Jack Doherty - Harbouring - Newlyn Art Gallery - 19th July to September 27th 2014

Harbouring is an exhibition of Jack's soda fired porcelain pots from his pottery in Mousehole near Penzance.

Richard Batterham - Sladers Yard, Bridport - June 2014

My favourite potter, a real delight.

Bernard Leach: Artist, Leach Pottery, St. Ives - 15th to 23rd March 2014

Bernard Leach originally went to Japan as an etcher and if he hadn't attended a raku party in Japan he might not have become a potter. This exhibition shows the full range of work that Leach produced. There are pots of course but also a range of artwork including a lovely impressionist style painting of his first wife Muriel.
Mike Dodd - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - 15th to 23rd March 2014

First exhibition of the year at the Leach Pottery features one of my favourite potters - Mike Dodd. Reduction fired stoneware at its very best.

Jim Malone at Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire - 15th to 23rd March 2014

The work of a master potter at the top of his form, Jim Malone has produced a truly memorable exhibition with some great pots including a series of tall porcelain bottles with beautiful fish decoration.

A Lover of Pots - The John O'Meara Collection - Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - March 17th to April 21st 2014

Potter and collector John O'Meara has bequesthed his collection to Rufford Craft Centre. A rare opportunity to see a group of Ewan Henderson pots close up.

Matthew Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection - Oct 12th 2003 - Jan 26th 2014

For this exhibition, Matthew Darbyshire has created an installation which has the same footprint as Bill's terrace house in Wakefield and includes 700 pots with examples by all the makers that Bill supported.

Wobage Makers Christmas Exhibition - November 21st until Christmas

The Wobage Makers Christmas Exhibitionis open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas. Work by potters Sheila Casson, Patia Davis, Jeremy Steward, Sheila Herring and Andrew McGarva is shown alongside woodwork by Ben Casson, indigo dyed textiles by Clare McGarva and jewellery by Clare Hodgson.

Peter Beard - Rufford, Nottinghamshire - June 21st to July 21st 2013

The wonderful gallery space at Rufford has been used to great effect by Peter Beard in this major exhibition which represents two years work.

Tomoo Hamada - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - June 15th to July 15th 2013

This exhibition features pots created at the Hamada pottery in Mashiko, now fully restored after suffering extensive damage in the 2011 earthquake.

Tomoo Hamada - Workshop at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives - June 15th 2013

Tomoo gave a two hour throwing demonstration in the Leach Pottery studio. In the first session he threw a number of small pieces off the hump - yunomis, sake bottle, bowls and chawans. After a short break he threw some vases and a very large bowl.

Modern Masters of Studio Pottery - Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - May 18th to 25th 2013

Thiis exhibition features studio pottery from Britain and Japan includes the work of a number of potters including Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Ray Finch, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, William Marshall, Hamada Shoji and Ken Matsuzaki.

Fellowship of the Fire - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thorseby Gallery, Nottinghamshire -March 2013

The Fellowship of the Fire is an exhibition of work by Bruce and Estelle Martin, Nic Collins, Peter Swanson, Mark Griffiths and Stephen Parry featuring anagama style ceramics.

Cornwall - A Celebration - Part 1 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - June/July 2012

Cornwall comes to Worcester in this, the first of two exhibitions featuring the work of members of the Cornwall Crafts Association.

Figure, Form and Material - Ashraf and Sue Hanna - Rufford, Notts - June/July 2012

Its 4 years since Ashraf and Sue's last exhibition at Rufford, time has moved on, their styles have evolved but top quality persists.

Bill Marshall - Kestle Barton, Helston, Cornwall - May/June 2012

The collection of Paul Vibert, over 300 Bill Marshall pots, a unique opportunity to admire the full range of skills of a true master craftsman.

Excitations - York Art Gallery - October 2011 - December 2012

Excitations features pots that inspired Gordon Baldwin whilst he was a student and led him to move away from painting to become one of the great British sculptural ceramicists.

Porcelain - Oxford Ceramics - May 2012

A memorable exhibition of the work of a truemaster potter.

Jim Malone - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire- April/May 2012

A memorable exhibition of the work of a true master potter.

Doug Fitch - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire- November 2011

A great display of traditional slipware pottery including a wonderful harvest jug.

Peter Swanson - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire- October 2011

A range of ash glazed stoneware was exhibited alongside a small number of pots from Peter's wood fired anagama kiln.

Nature: Raw and Wild - The Gallery Upstairs - Henley-in-Arden - June 2011

This year's Summer Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs in Henley-in-Arden marks 25 years of exhibitions and features paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and woodwork.

Peter Hayes - Rufford Craft Cantre, Nottinghamshire - June 2011

Rufford's excellent exhibition space and Peter Hayes' wonderful pots, a great combination.

Wobage Summer Exhibition - May 28th to June 5th 2011

The wonderful old Cathedral Barn is host to pots by the Wobage makers - Sheila Casson, Patia Davis, Jeremy Steward, Sheila Herring and Josh Redman shown alogside Ben Casson's woodwork, Claire McGarva's indigo dyed embroideries and Lucy Casson's sculptural pieces.

William Marshall: First Apprentice - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - April 16th to July 16th 2011

The pottery was packed with people at the exhibition preview. They were not disappointed, there are some wonderful pots which demonstrate the consummate skills of a master potter who is remembered with great affection by all who knew him.

Robin Welch - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - April 2011

A small exhibition of ceramics and paintings by Robin Welch at Bevere Gallery, Worcester.

Mick Casson Retrospective - Wobage Farm, near Ross -on-Wye, Herefordshire - September 2010

The warmth and affection felt for the late Mick Casson at the preview of the retrospective exhibition at Wobage livened up a wet September evening. A goodly crowd of people braved the elements and were rewarded by a great display of Mick's pots in the Cathedral Barn.

The Bowl - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - July 4th - Aug 1st 2010

Featuring the work of Matthew Blakeley, Sheila Casson, Jane Cox, Jack Doherty, Thomas Hoadley, Peter Lane, John Leach, Jim Malone, Phil Rogers and the Australian Steve Harrison.

Curtis Red - Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - June 15th - July 4th 2010

A major exhibition of work by Eddie Curtis including some very large handbuilt and wheel thrown pots shown alongside work by Margaret Curtis.

Celebrating 25 Years - The Gallery Upstairs - Henley-in-Arden - Summer 2010

This year's Summer Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs in Henley-in-Arden marks 25 years of exhibitions and features paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and woodwork.

A Japanese Passion - The Pottery of Edward Hughes - Manchester Metropolitan University - April to June 2010

A truly wonderful exhibition featuring the life and work of Edward Hughes who lost his life in a climbing accident in 2006.

Midland Potters' Association - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - Spring 2010

Celebrating 30 years of the Midland Potters' Association and featuring the work of 19 current members and alumni.

Jason Wason - Newlyn Art Gallery - Spring 2010

The Newlyn Art Gallery provides a great exhibition space with an abundance of the natural light that this area is famous for. Jason's sculptural vessels, some with a metallic lustre seem to glow in the sunshine.

Janet Leach : Her Life and Work - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring/Summer 2010

An exhibition featuring around sixty of Janet's pots accompanied by a timeline display of text and images which documenting her life and work.

The Flower Show - Leach Pottery Cube, St. Ives - Spring 2010

Features work by Nic Collins, Lisa Katzenstein, Amanda Brier, Katerina Evangelidou, Jonathan Phillips, Simon Hulbert and Whichford Pottery. The exhibition is enhanced by Hiromi Bunday's Ikebana.

Figuratively Speaking - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - Spring 2010

Featuring sculptural work by Michael Flynn, Mo Jupp, Christy Keeney, John Maltby, Claire Murray and Emma Rodgers.

Modern British Potters - Goldmark Gallery Uppingham, Rutland - February 2010

Modern British Potters features the work of 24 of Britain's leading potters. In alphabetical order they are Gordon Baldwin, Clive Bowen, Sandy Brown, Neil Brownsword, Carina Ciscato, Claire Curneen, Ken Eastman, Philip Eglin, Daniel Fisher, Michael Flynn, Geoffrey Fuller, Jane Hamlyn, Walter Keeler, Dan Kelly, Jennifer Lee, Carol McNicoll, Jim Malone, Sara Radstone, James Robson, Emma Rodgers, Phil Rogers, Daniel Smith, Annie Turner and Tina Vlassopulos.

Winter Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden - November 2009

The 2009 Winter Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire features the paintings, ceramics and sculpture of over 40 makers and runs from the 10th to 28th of November.

Clive Bowen - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - November 2009

Clive Bowen works in the English slipware tradition producing a wide range of colourful earthenware pots from his wood fired kiln in deepest Devon.

Exhibited at the Goldmark Gallery are 218 pots ranging from simple tiles through to majestic lidded jars and huge platters.

British Studio Pottery - The Collection of a Discerning Academic - Autumn 2009

The Monnow Valley Arts Centre is a little gem tucked away in the Welsh borderland near Abergavenny :difficult to find but well worth the effort. Their Autumn 2009 exhibition features 64 pots from the collection of an anonymous academic including works by a number of major potters including Bernard Leach, William Staite-Murray, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.

Legacy - Leach Pottery Cube, St. Ives - September 2009

This exhibition at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives shows the work of 6 potters whose work has been influenced by the philosophy of Bernard Leach.

Jack Doherty - National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland - August - September 2009

This major solo exhibition of vessels at the National Craft Gallery of Ireland in Kilkenny brings Jack back to his roots.

Concordia - David and Margaret Frith- Rufford Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - June-July 2009

David and Margaret Frith have been working together for over 45 years. Concordia is a major exhibition of their work at Rufford Craft Centre.

Ken Matsuzaki - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - June 2009

This exhibition of the work of Japanese potter Ken Matsuzaki is a joy to behold with forms and glazes not often seen in the UK.

Jill Fanshawe Kato - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - June 2009

Jill Fanshawe Kato's pots are decorated with designs that are inspired by nature. She trained as a potter in Japan and has held many successful exhibitions over there. Around 50 pots are included in the Bevere exhibition.

Summer Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire - June 2009

2009's Summer exhibition brings together the work of over 40 artists, ceramicists and sculptors with 677 items in total displayed. I visited on a lovely sunny day and so was able to take time to enjoy the wonderful garden where many pieces were exhibited.

South Wales Potters Association - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - May 2009

The SWPA was established way back in 1964 and has over a hundred members. The Bevere exhibition features the work of 15 members

A Celebration of Woodfiring - Octagon Gallery at Whichford Pottery, Cotswolds - Spring 2009

Svend Bayer, Charles Bound, Ben Brierley, Nic Collins, Ray Finch, David Garland, Mark Griffiths, John Jelfs, Gas Kimishima, Adam Keeling, Jim and Dominique Keeling, Stephen Parry, Phil Rogers and Robert Sanderson took part in a special woodfiring weekend and accompanying exhibition.

Lisa Hammond - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - May 2009

Top quality venue, potter and pots, a really special exhibition.

Hamada St. Ives - The Founding of the Leach Pottery 1920 - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring 2009

On August 24th 1920 Hamada Shoji and his friend Bernard Leach arrived in St. Ives to establish a pottery. This exhibition shows early work by Hamada, Leach and Cardew together with pots that may have influenced their work and a fascinating commentary describes the early years at the Leach Pottery.

Tomoo Hamada, Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring 2009

In March 2009 Tomoo made the same journey from his pottery in Mashiko, Japan to make some pots and open his exhibition at the restored Leach Pottery.

John Maltby, Rufford Ceramic Centre - Spring 2009

An earthmarque exhibition featuring 140 of John Maltby's sculptural ceramics.

Together, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - April 2009

A themed exhibition featuring the work of pairs of artists and makers who have shared their experiences and studios over many years.

Ruthanne Tudball, La Borne, France - March-April 2009

A major solo exhibition, Ruthanne has sent in some images of the exhibition.

The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Reg Moon - A Celebration of Life - March 2009

A celebration of the life of Reg Moon who established Torquil Pottery in Henley nearly 50 years ago.

Mike Dodd - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby Gallery, nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - November 2008

A good number of people attended the preview of Oakwood Ceramics' latest exhibition. Mike Dodd is one Britain's most respected traditional potters and it was good to see a selection of around 60 pots including some salt glazed work fired over at Marcus Mahoney's pottery in Ireland.

Winter Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire - 2008

The Gallery Upstairs has two major exhibitions each year, one in Summer the other in Winter. Each features the work of a wide range of contemporary art and craft and there is always a good selection of ceramics.

Phil Rogers - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - November 2008

A Phil Rogers exhibition is always something to look forward to and the latest at the Goldmark Gallery does not disappoint. The main exhibition of 180 pots is enhanced by two display panels where 100 yunomi and 100 guinomi are displayed making this Phil's biggest show to date.

Form, Tone Texture - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - Autumn 2008

Form, Tone and Texture features sculptural ceramics by Regina Heinz, Tim Andrews, Matthew Chambers and Lisa Ellul exhibited alongside artwork by local artists Ian Cruickshank, Rod Willis, Trevor Smith, Linda Judkins, Beth Fletcher, Sarah Whapples, Jules Smith and Thelma Ayers.

David Frith - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby Gallery, nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - Autumn 2008

A wide range of pots from small yunomis and lidded boxes through to wonderful large chargers and a couple of huge wheel thrown pieces show the tremendous ability of David Frith who with his wife Margaret established Brookhouse Pottery in Norh Wales over 40 years ago.

Clive Bowen - Octagon Gallery at Whichford Pottery - Autumn 2008

Clive Bowen's wonderful traditional slipware is fashioned from local Fremington clay and fired in a wood burning kiln. His pots fill the Octagon with an array of rich autumnal colours just right for teh current season.

A Harvest of Jugs - Barnstaple Museum - Autumn 2008

A rare opportunity to see some of the best of North Devon's harvest jugs.

Leach Pots - Tremayne Applied Arts, St. Ives, Cornwall - September 13th 2008

Tremayne Applied Arts specialise in twentieth century design and always have some interesting studio pottery in stock. At the 2008 St. Ives September Festival, a selection of Leach Pottery Standard Ware was exhibited on the second Saturday.

An English Tea Ceremony - Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall - Summer 2008

An English Tea Ceremony - Contemporary Pots for the Tea Table includes the work of eight potters and features some Jack Doherty's first pots from the new kilns at the Leach Pottery.

Peter Swanson - St. Ives Ceramics, St. Ives, Cornwall - September 2008

The show coincides with the St. Ives September Festival, opening on September 6th and running until October 3rd. Tenmoku and ash glazed pots from Peter's gas kiln together with wood fired pots from his anagama kiln.

Summer Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire - July 2008

Each year their Summer exhibition features the work of many artists, ceramicists and sculptors, included in 2008 were over 650 items from 40 makers. As always the exhibition flows over into the garden behind the gallery where many sculptural pieces were displayed to great effect.

Peter Hayes - Rufford Craft Cantre, Nottinghamshire - June 2008

It was good to see the Rufford exhibition space hosting another great ceramics exhibition. After firing his raku forms, Peter develops their surface textures with techniques such as lengthy submergence water, sanding and burnishing. The work exhibited ranged from small burnished forms through to large totems and a wonderful water feature in the form of a large raku disc form with a central turquioise resin band.

Malone - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland - May 2008

A truly wonderful exhibition featuring 180 pots by master potter Jim Malone, the most impressive display of Jim's work tht I have ever seen.

Hamada Shoji, Shimaoka Tatsuzo and Hamada Shinsaku - Phil Rogers - Marston Pottery - March 2008

Full marks must go to Phil and Lynn Rogers for their efforts in staging this wonderful exhibition of pottery by Hamada Shoji, his apprentice Shimaoka Tatsuzo and his eldest son Hamada Shinsaku. Long will I treasure the experience of being able to touch and feel these very special pots, to see so many pieces in one place outside Japan was a rare privilege.

A selection of Phil's latest work was exhibited at John Bedding's St. Ives Ceramics gallery in March 2008. The exhibition was scheduled to coincide with the re-opening of the Leach Pottery and provided visiting studio pottery enthusiasts with a welcome extra attraction to see during their visit to St. Ives.

Collector's Choice - Oakwood Gallery, Thorseby, Notts - March 2008

Collector's Choice looks back over the last twenty years and features the work of a number of Britain's top flight potters, the pots are complimented by the Leach inspired calligraphy of Andy Moore

Goldmark Gallery Potter's Day with Phil Rogers Film Premiere, February 2008

A wonderful Potter’s Day at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, Rutland. A mixed show of pots Phil Rogers, Lisa Hammond, Svend Bayer, Mike Dodd, Ken Matsuzaki and Clive Bowen was complimented by the premiere of the Goldmark sponsored film profile of Phil Rogers and talks by Phil and collector Alistair Hawtin.

Totally Teabowls III - Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby, Notts - October 2007

The third Totally Teabowls exhibition staged by the Oakwood Ceramics team. Visitors to the preview had the privilege of learning about the Japanese tea ceremony from potter Yo Thom who resplendent in her kimono made Japanese green tea and explained the significance of the ceremony and the bowls.

Jim Malone - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - October 2007

A great set of pots from one of Britain's foremost traditional potters.

William Marshall - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood - September 2007

This sellout exhibition features work from what turned out to be Bill Marshall's last firing in December 2006 before his death in May 2007. Bill was taken on as an apprentice at the Leach Pottery by Bernard Leach way back in 1938 and was later to become the mainstay of the pottery before leaving in 1977 to set up he own workshop in Lelant just up the road from St. Ives where he worked with his son Andrew.

Robin Welch - Rufford Ceramic Centre, Notts - Autumn 2007

An amazing exhibition which took my braeth away, what a prodigious talent Robin Welch has.

Peter Beard - Rufford Ceramic Centre, Notts - May to July 2007

A collection of 80 recent works featuring ceramic vessels together with ceramic, stone and bronze sculptural forms.

The CPA at 50 - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - June/July 2007

A celebration of the first 50 years of the Craftsman Potters Association. The exhibition features the work of 40 CPA members and is accompanied by a sculpture trail around the gardens with large scale work by 20 ceramicists.

Phil Rogers - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - May 2007

I agree with Henry Sandon who opened this exhibition, Phil Rogers is one of our best studio potters. His work is continually evolving and in this exhibition he shows nearly a hundred pots which demonstrate his skills to good effect.

The team at Bevere are working hard to become a top class ceramics venue. Their exhibitions are beautifully staged and future ceramics events at Bevere include >The CPA at 50 with over 40 CPA members participating and a Jim Malone exhibition.

Bevere is just a couple of miles from junction 6 of the M5, well worth the short detour if you are passing.

Pots From France - Rufford Ceramic Centre, Notts - March 2007

An exhibition of contemporary French ceramics curated by the Pots From France team of Jack Blackburn and Margot Bartlett.

Mark Griffiths and Peter Swanson - March 2007

A joint exhibition featuring salt glazed stoneware from Mark Griffiths and ash glazed stoneware by Peter Swanson

Janet Leach Retrospective - Crafts Study Centre, Farnham - March 2007

A major retrospective exhibition and symposium covering the life and work of Bernard Leach's wife Janet.

Six Potters - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham - February 2007

A major retrospective exhibition and symposium covering the life and work of Bernard Leach's wife Janet.

Mark Griffiths - Christmas Exhibition - December 2006

Mark Griffiths is a highly skilled potter and woodturner based in Shropshire, England. His Christmas Exhibition features new salt glazed wood fired pots together with bowls turned from local woods.

Joanna Howells, Jack Doherty, Chris Keenan - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - November 2006

An exhibition of beautiful porcelain pots by Joanna Howells, Jack Doherty and Chris Keenan accompanied by still life oil paintings by Chris Howells.

Jim Malone - Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby, Notts - October 2006

Jim Malone is one of Britain's most respected studio potters and this, his first exhibition for a couple of years did not disappoint. A wonderful collection of 67 pots were exhibited by the Oakwood Gallery and most were eagerly snapped up by enthusiastic and knowledgable collectors at the very well attended preview event.

The pots formed the first firing of Jim's new two chamber climbing kiln built by with his own hands at his Lessonhall Pottery in the English Lake District.

The exhibition was beautifully staged and the Oakwood team are to be congratulated for providing a first class venue.

Ruthanne Tudball - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire - April/May 2006

Ruthanne's soda glazed stoneware is complimented by Julie Herring's seascape paintings in the new Bettles Gallery in Ringwood. A major inspiration for Ruthanne's contorted pots is the creative forces of nature that she remembers from her childhood in California. Unlike most potters Ruthanne's pots are finished on the wheel rather than being assembled when hardened off. Fifty three pots were exhibited, mostly domestic ware - bottles, platters, jugs, teapots, dishes and lidded jars with tea ceremony yunomis and chawans.

Lisa Hammond - Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby, Notts - March 2006

After a number of successful exhibitions featuring the work of potters such as Jim Malone, Phil Rogers, Mike Dodd and Nick Rees the Oakwood Gallery in Edwinstowe, Notts closed in 2004. Since then David Binch has developed a successful website - Oakwood Ceramics. This has been good news for studio pottery collectors all over the world but until now the special atmosphere of an Oakwood exhibition provided by David, Ausma and his team has been sorely missed.

Until couple of years ago Lisa Hammond specialised in soda glazed domestic ware. In 2004 she took the opportunity to work in Japan with shino expert Rizu Takahashi and this exhibition shows how Lisa's work has moved on in both form and decoration. Included were a range of traditional Japanese drinking vessels, some specially commissioned for the event, lidded caddies, bottles, jars and vases. The exhibition was beautifully staged, the minimalistic setting providing just the right background for Lisa's work.

The preview was very well attended and the profusion of red spots soon confirmed that Lisa's pots met with widespread approval.

I am already looking forward to the Jim Malone exhibition in October!

Reuben Batterham - Bath November 2005

Reuben Batterham's Poterie D'Aval is near St. Claude in Eastern France. This exhibition was very much a family event, the venue was the doctor's surgery where his sister works, the surgery buildings being designed by his brother. The influence of his father Richard is evident in Reuben's ash and salt glazed stoneware. The exhibition consisted of around 150 storage jars, bowls, plates, casseroles and vases. The preview was well attended and the lively atmosphere was generated in part due to the french wine and food provided.

Fired Up - York City Art Gallery 2005

One of three exhibitions opening in September 2005 featuring studio pottery from the 13,000 pieces held by the York Museums Trust.

Fired up features the the journey of a pot from the clay in the ground to the plate on the table. Ceramics from Iron Age times through to twentieth century studio pottery are shown in themed displays - posh pots, from the kitchen to the table, tippling, tea or coffee, construction : bricks and mortar, construction - keeping the roof over your head, beliefs and idols, pots for shops and home comforts - illustrating how potters have responded to the demands of the population.

Modern studio pots includes work by Hans Coper, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Liz Frizsch, Jim Malone, Michael Cardew, William Staite-Murray, Michael Casson and the local potter David Lloyd-Jones.

Although the valuable pots are in cases or behind wired alarms, the exhibition includes a display of pots to be handled, these include work by Ray Finch and Ursula Mommens.

A Passion for Pots - Wakefield Art Gallery 2005

One of three exhibitions opening in September 2005 featuring studio pottery from the 13,000 pieces held by the York Museums Trust.

A Passion for Pots celebrates the life and studio pottery of Wakefield librarian Bill Ismay who amassed a 3,500 piece collection which filled his small terraced house in the city. Bill died in 2001 and bequeathed his pots to the museum trust.

The exhibition is in two rooms. One exhibits large pots by Shoji Hamada, Hans Coper, Svend Bayer, Ladi Kwali and Barbara Cass together with the 80th birthday plate created by Eric Mellon featuring Bill Ismay with some of Mellon's usual characters! A video in which Barley Roscoe, Jim Robison and Chris Keenan talk about Bill and the Coper and Hamada pots and huge enlarged images of some of Bill's letters are also included together with some pots to be handled including work from the Leach Pottery in St. Ives and Svend Bayer. The second room tries to give the visitor an idea of what Bill Ismay's house must have been like. Cased displays of Bill's pots are surrounded by wall sized images of how the pots were stored in his house - stacked on top of each other and covered in dust.

Matsuzaki Ken - Ruthin Craft Centre - May 2005

Matsuzaki Ken is one of Japan's leading potters studying under Tatsuko Shimaoka before setting up his own studio near Mashiko over thirty years ago. In 2002 Ken was invited over to the UK and took part in a number of events including Clay Art 2005 at Ruthin in North Wales. An exhibition of Matsuzaki Ken's work was held at Ruthin Craft Centre to accompany the Clay Art event.

Totally Teabowls - Oakwood Gallery, Nottinghamshire - March 2004

The second Totally Teabowls exhibition at the Oakwood Gallery in March 2004 featured 449 (yes, 449) teabowls by 48 different makers.

A Leach Family Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden - September 2002

The Gallery Upstairs is above Reg Moon's Torquil Pottery in picturesque Henley-in-Arden. The selling exhibition featuring pots by David and John Leach, sculpture by Ben Leach and paintings by Elizabeth Travis (Ben's wife) was enhanced by the appearance of a number of pots by Bernard and David Leach loaned from private collections.

The preview was attended by all four artists and was opened by local pottery expert Henry Sandon.

David Leach - 20th Century Ceramics 2002

As I write in June 2004, this major retrospective exhibition of the work of David Leach is near to completing it's tour of the U.K.

David made his first pot as a boy in Japan in 1917 and he is still potting well into his nineties. The exhibition included over 130 pots showing how David's work has evolved over the years. The accompanying book simply entitled David Leach contains a biography by Emmanuel Cooper as well as photographs of the exhibition.