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Scottish Pottery Wemyss Ware Future is uncertain 11 January 2016

The future of a historic Scottish pottery brand collected by Elton John and the Queen is hanging in the balance as the owner signaled the pottery was struggling following a downturn in orders. Griselda Hill, who took over the trademark to Wemyss Ware more than 30 years ago at her eponymous pottery in the village of Ceres, Fife, said she had been forced to make all five of her staff redundant and will from now on be the sole producer of the hand-painted items. Hill said the production of Wemyss Ware, which is known for its brightly painted figurines of animals such as cats and pigs, would reduce by a third over the coming year.

For more info see the  The Scotsman news link.

British Ceramic Biennial 26 September to 8 November 2015

The 6 week programme of the British Ceramics Biennial promotes the best of UK ceramic art and lots more

The historic original Spode factory site is the base for the festival with exhibitions,installations, events, activities, shop and café, all concentrated in the vast and inspiring China Hall. More than 75 artists are taking part in the festival.Sculpture shown is 'Resonate'by Stephen Dixon and Johnny Magee.

For more info see the  British Ceramics Biennial and BBC news link.

The Great British Pottery throw down

Sarah Cox is to host a new program "The Great British Pottery Throw Down" as part of BBC2's series the Great British....The new program is aiming to do for pottery making what the 'Great British Bake off' did for the homemade cakes and pastries. Being recorded in May 2015 it will feature 10 contestants competing to complete various pottery tasks and being eliminated one by one to find the most promising budding potter. It should be avid watching for most potters and amateurs looking to take up pottery for the first time! Don't miss it!

"Saracox" by Alex G from Manchester, Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

For more info see the BBC news link.

 

Why I like Pottery by Johny Vegas

A campaign to challenge people to get creative has been launched by the BBC and major cultural organisations. It is being backed by stars including Johnny Vegas and is described as a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

For more info see the BBC news link.

Potfest in the North Of England 2015

Key information

Dates: Potfest in Scotland Perth 12-14 June.

Dates: Potfest in the Park  Penrith July 24-26th

Dates:Potfest in the Pens Penrith July 31-Aug 2nd

Times: 10am to 5pm each day.

Admission charge: £4-6 per adult

 

Potfest ceramic shows 'putting public and potters together'

We look forward to welcoming you to Potfest  to meet and buy from the very best studio potters around.

For more information see  Potfest  2015

International Ceramics Festival 2015 July 3rd to 5th 2015

Tickets for the 2015 International Ceramics Festival are now on sale

  • Full Price £135
  • NWP/SWP members £125
  • Students / Young People £90
  • Children Under 14 FREE
  • Groups Pay for 12 tickets and get one FREE!
  • Saturday Day Ticket £85
  • Sunday Day Ticket £75
    Your ticket price includes: • Admission to all demonstrations, lectures, slide shows, seminars and exhibitions. • Souvenir programme • Car Parking for the weekend • Saturday evening live music

For more information and to buy tickets visit International Ceramics Festival

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair: 26, 27, 28 June 2015

Key information

Dates: Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June.

Times: 10am to 5pm each day.

Parking charge: £5 per car

Earth and Fire is one of the country's premiere ceramic events.For three days in June, over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe come to Nottinghamshire to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls the ancient abbey ruins and grounds.

The event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden planters and sculptures, to bowls, pie dishes, teapots, mugs, plates and egg cups.

Truly a celebration of clay in all its forms, the Earth and Fire also includes a programme of free demonstrations and talks, trade stands selling all things ceramic, and campus stands showcasing the next generation of potters.

Many of our regular exhibitors, who have been attending since the early days of Earth and Fire over 19 years ago, will be joining us again, including UK potters Robin Welch, Mike Dodd, Lisa Hammond, David and Margaret Frith, Nigel Lambert and Ian Gregory and international exhibitors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

We look forward to welcoming you to Earth and Fire to meet and buy from the very best studio potters around.

For more information see Earth and Fire 2015

European Ceramic Cities Join forces October 2014

The European ceramic cities of Stoke on Trent,Limoges, Delft, Selb, Faenza and Hohr Grenzhausen have joined together to promote their cities to ceramic enthusiasts. Funded mainly by the European Commission the project 'ViaCeram' helps visitors to plan their visits to these European ceramic hotspots. Encouraging the visitors to understand the heritage of the areas as well as improve their experience are key aims of the project.

For more information visit the ViaCeram website

WW1 centenary ceramic poppies 'planted' in Tower of London moat

Updated November 11 2014

 

Hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies have been 'planted' at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. The 888,246 poppies, representing all British and Commonwealth fatalities, have been installed in the dry moat around the famous landmark. The first of the poppies was set in place on August 5th 2014 and the last on 11 November 2014. The finished installation, is designed to look like a sea of red blood.

 

The work has been designed by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins and created in conjunction with Olivier Award-winning theatre designer Tom Piper. 

 

The ceramic poppies will later be removed and sold to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Charity.

For more information see BBC News 2014

 

  

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair: 20, 21, 22 June 2014

Key information

Dates: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June.

Times: 10am to 5pm each day.

Parking charge: £5 per car

Earth and Fire is one of the country's premiere ceramic events.For three days in June, over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe come to Nottinghamshire to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls the ancient abbey ruins and grounds.

The event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden planters and sculptures, to bowls, pie dishes, teapots, mugs, plates and egg cups.

Truly a celebration of clay in all its forms, the Earth and Fire also includes a programme of free demonstrations and talks, trade stands selling all things ceramic, and campus stands showcasing the next generation of potters.

Many of our regular exhibitors, who have been attending since the early days of Earth and Fire over 19 years ago, will be joining us again, including UK potters Robin Welch, Mike Dodd, Lisa Hammond, David and Margaret Frith, Nigel Lambert and Ian Gregory and international exhibitors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

We look forward to welcoming you to Earth and Fire to meet and buy from the very best studio potters around.

For more information see Earth and Fire 2014

Sacmi celebrates 30 years in the Sanitaryware Industry             

May 2014

Sacmi will celebrate 30 years in the industry with an Open Day at its Rimini, Italy, facility on September 22,2014. Visitors can see the plant and examine the company’s latest technological solutions. The agenda includes a symposium on the sanitaryware production process, with speakers discussing the latest trends affecting global markets—from sales patterns to technology. For more information on Sacmi history, visit www.sacmi.com.

For more article info visit Ceramic Industry.com

Denby Pottery to create dozens of new jobs as exports boom                   

May 2014

Denby Pottery

A DERBYSHIRE ceramics manufacturer has announced it will be creating dozens of new jobs thanks to booming export sales. Denby Pottery has said it will be recruiting 37 new manufacturing staff at its factory in Denby. It will bring the total number of manufacturing jobs at the site to 238 and allow the firm to produce almost 120,000 pieces of pottery a week. The new recruits will be starting over the next few weeks in response to growing demand for the company's stoneware products in overseas markets.

For more info visit Derby Telegraph

Ceramic Art London 2014                    4 April 2014 to 6 April 2014

February 2014

This leading exhibition in the ceramics calendar is presented by The Craft Potters Association with Ceramic Review magazine. The event provides a unique focus on excellence in contemporary studio ceramics based on the work of leading makers from the UK and overseas. RCA Ceramics & Glass students will be exhibiting new work along with over 75 leading contemporary ceramic artists who will be selling their work. There will be a programme of talks, demonstrations and films.

For admission charges and opening times visit: Ceramics.org.uk

Indian Ceramics 2014                    26-28 February 2014

February 2014

This trade show is attracting all the key global players and exhibitors. The event showcases the entire spectrum of classical ceramics, from raw materials to technical ceramics. Among the line-up of companies already registered are international market leaders such as Craven Fawcett, Cretaprint, De Boer, Dorst, Eirich, Esmalglass-Itaca, Händle, H&R Johnson, Imerys, Netzsch, SACMI, Sibelco, SITI B&T, Smalticeram, Smaltochimica, System, Torrecid and Verdes.

For more information and opening times visit: Indian Ceramics.com

3D Digital Printing Systems of Ceramics will open up to the world of ceramics as Cerajet plans launch of printer for under $10k

January 2014

 

CeraJet is being showcased for the first time at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. CeraJet's affordability, utility and powerful functionality is sure to revolutionise ceramic artisanship for the benefit of brands, retailers, designers, shops and hobbyists. 
The printer manufacturers are expected to commence commercial shipments during the second half of 2014.

For more information see TCT magazine news

Rare Ming bowl sells for $18m at auction

8 October 2013

A Ming ceramic bowl has sold for $18m (£11.2m) at auction in Hong Kong. The rare piece, said to have been used by a 15th century king, sparked fierce bidding at Sotheby's on Tuesday. It is now the second most expensive piece of Ming porcelain ever auctioned.

For more information see BBC news

Ceramics 2013 September 26 2013

British design and innovation will take centre stage at a major ceramic industry event in Stoke-on-Trent.

Design innovator Wayne Hemingway MBE has been unveiled as the keynote speaker for Ceramics 2013. Hemingway – of Red or Dead fame – will talk on a great British Design theme at the September event in Stoke-on-Trent.

The event is set to be better than ever this year with a move to an exciting new venue and the introduction of live demonstrations. Ceramics 2013 will take place at CoRE (the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence), an impressive new exhibition space developed in an old pottery factory (pot bank) with four listed bottle kilns, in the heart of the Potteries.

"CoRE is an impressive and fascinating venue which I am sure will be of great interest to exhibitors and visitors," said Max Dudson, chair of the Ceramics 2013 committee. "The venue has been built as a showcase for the future and is in keeping with our aims to show the world a go-ahead, innovative industry which is confidently moving forward while paying due reverence to its glorious past."

For more information see Ceramics 2013

Stoke-on-Trent Middleport Pottery Bottle Kiln Challenge

Gladstone Pottery

Teresa Fox-Wells, visitor services manager at Middleport Pottery, said: “There used to be over 4,000 kilns in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Even in the 1950s, well within living memory, there were over 2,000.

As part of the launch exhibition at Middleport Pottery we want your help to recreate at least 2,000 of these iconic structures… in minature! “We will be out and about at local events and festivals and would love to work with schools, groups, anyone at all who would like to make a kiln and feature in our exhibition next year.

“The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s work at the pottery is not just about saving the building. We want communities to get involved. So if you would like to help us reach our target of 2,000 kilns let us know. It’s completely FREE to make one and I can come out to your group daytime, evening or weekend – or look out for us on our travels!”

For more information see Burslem Live        

Stoke-on-Trent Enson Pottery Bottle Kiln Works re-opens as training centre

April 2013

A former Stoke-on-Trent pottery factory has reopened after a £12.5m redevelopment. The Enson Pottery Works on Chelston Street, Longton, has been converted into a training centre for the construction industry.

The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence is expected to specialise in training for restoration of historic buildings. An open day has been held at the grade-II listed site for local residents. Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which owns the site, said the restoration had retained much of the original character of the 1843 factory, including four bottle kilns. The America Hotel, which is based on the site and where many of the pottery workers used to drink, has also been restored as part of the project.

For more information see This is Staffordshire        

Photograph © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Moorcroft celebrates 100years

April 2013

Copyright john salter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

ONE hundred years ago, visionary potter William Moorcroft signed a deal that would seal his place in the history of the ceramics industry. His agreement with the prestigious Liberty and Co, of Regent Street, London, would establish W Moorcroft Limited as an independent company in Stoke-on-Trent.

William had already established a reputation as a designer at Macintyre & Co in Burslem,Stoke on Trent, but now he would be able to build his own factory in the Mother Town and establish a lasting legacy of his own. A century later and the company it still going strong at its Sandbach Road base, having gained a worldwide reputation for creating unique and beautifully artistic pottery.

Photograph © Copyright John Salter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

For more information see This is Staffordshire                            

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair: 21, 22 and 23 June 2013

Key information

Dates: Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June.

Times: 10am to 5pm each day.

Parking charge: £5 per car

Earth and Fire is one of the country's premiere ceramic events.For three days in June, over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe come to Nottinghamshire to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls the ancient abbey ruins and grounds.

The event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden planters and sculptures, to bowls, pie dishes, teapots, mugs, plates and egg cups.

Truly a celebration of clay in all its forms, the Earth and Fire also includes a programme of free demonstrations and talks, trade stands selling all things ceramic, and campus stands showcasing the next generation of potters.

Many of our regular exhibitors, who have been attending since the early days of Earth and Fire over 18 years ago, will be joining us again, including Robin Welch, Niek Hoogland, David and Margaret Frith, Richard Godfrey, Roger Cockram and John Wheeldon. They will be joined by international ‘first timers’ from South Africa, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and France.

We look forward to welcoming you to Earth and Fire to meet and buy from the very best studio potters around.

For more information see Earth and Fire 2013

Potfest releases dates for 2013 events

Potfest in the Peak May 10th - 12th Mart event at Bakewell, Derbyshire

Potfest Scotland Fri. June 7th - Sun. June 9th 2013 Marquee event at Scone Palace, Perth ...

Potfest in the Park,Near Penrith Fri. July 26th - Sun. July 28th 2013

An amazing day out amongst some of the most creative makers in clay from all over the UK, Europe and beyond in the magnificent surroundings of Hutton-in-the-Forest, nr. Penrith, Cumbria .....more details

Potfest in the Pens Fri. Aug. 2nd - Sun. Aug 4th, near Penrith

Meet the potters, get inspired and get involved. The hustle and bustle of a potters' market. Established professional potters alongside the next generation. Free workshops taught by real potters....

More details can be found at the potfest website

Support for longer term Antidumping laws for Chinese ceramic imports into Europe

The European Commission imposed provisional anti-dumping duties against imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in China on 15 November 2012. The duties, imposed for a period of 6 months, i.e. until mid-May, range from 17.6% to 31.2% for all the Chinese companies that cooperated with the Commission's investigation. A residual duty of 58.8% applies to other Chinese companies that chose not to cooperate.

European ceramic tableware and kitchenware producers would highly welcome the imposition of definitive antidumping duties for a period of 5 years, as it is stressed already in the position of the European ceramic industry's position paper of 4 March 2013. Definitive trade measures are expected to be adopted by the EU Member States, taking effect in mid-May 2013.

Gulgong Clay Push 28 April-4 May 2013, Australia

Join us for the biggest ceramic event in Australia this year! Clay Push! With 17 international ceramic masters coming to Gulgong, it is a unique opportunity to join with fellow mud lovers and enjoy a week long immersion in all things clay!

Clay Push Gulgong 2013 will be held, as planned, in celebration of the life of Janet Mansfield – potter, exhibitor, author, editor, publisher and convenor of clay festivals in Gulgong. Clay Push Gulgong 2013 is the ninth in the series of ceramics events which have been held every three years (since beginning in 1989) in Gulgong, NSW, Australia.

For more information see Clay Push 2013

Indian Ceramics Exhibition 2013 (19-21 March) fully sold out for exhibitors

15 January 2013

With just over 2 months to go to the 8th Indian Ceramics exhibition, the organisers report that all the available exhibition space has been fully sold out. “Unlike other companies” says Derek Burston, exhibition director, “when we say ‘fully sold’, we actually mean it”, alluding to recent other exhibitions that have taken place in the region that have completely misled exhibitors, and the few visitors they attracted, alike.

Since its inception in 2006, Indian Ceramics has grown to become the second largest annual show in the industry, and the largest that there has ever been held in India. “It is always our goal, along with our media partners Asian Ceramics, to ensure we provide a quality meeting platform for the world’s leading technology providers to match up with manufacturers from not just the sub-continent, but right across Asia and beyond, who all view this exhibition as the most important meeting point for them” he concludes.

Indian Ceramics 2013 takes place at the University Exhibition Centre, Ahmedabad, from 19-21 March.

For more information see Indian Ceramics 2013

Annual self guided Ceramic Tour of Arizona, USA

January 15 2013.

The Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour is an annual event sponsored by the Ceramics Research Center at the ASU Art Museum.

Ceramic artists across the Valley open their studios to the public on the last weekend in February, February 23rd and 24th.

For more information see Facebook page Ceramic Studio Tour

Ceramic academy bid to save Stoke-on-Trent pottery skills

November 2012 By Matt Lee BBC News Middleport Pottery building

Could a bid to set up a ceramics skills academy in Stoke-on-Trent encourage more young people to take up a career in pottery? For centuries, Stoke-on-Trent was has been known as a ceramics heartland, with more than 2,000 bottle ovens and kilns firing millions of pottery products. In recent years however, a decline in British manufacturing has hit the industry hard and many fear traditional skills could be lost. Between 1998 and 2008, the Potteries lost more than 20,000 jobs. The British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) said many skilled people had been lost to the industry forever and chief executive Laura Cohen warned: "Some companies are facing a critical skills shortage." She said: "They face challenges in being able to attract good people with the right skills into the industry and there's been little support to train them." Now the BCC, along with North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, has submitted a bid for £1.5m to the government's Growth and Innovation Fund to set up a ceramics skills academy. A decision is due in December.

For more information see BBC News online

New limits for lead and cadmium levels released into foodstuffs being considered in Europe

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The European Commission is looking into revising limits for the release of lead and cadmium from ceramic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, as currently laid down in Council Directive 84/500. The Commission is also considering the inclusion of other materials, such as glass, in the new measure. Limits for lead could be reduced by as much as 400 times current levels. New standards are likely to be introduced by mid 2013 Views are now being sought from relevant stakeholders.

For more info, see FSA consultation document

25th October, Ceramics 2012 gains momentum

Monday, October 22, 2012

Roller kilnCeramics 2012 is a unique showcase for the UK Ceramics industry and supply chain. Held each year in Stoke-on-Trent, renowned as the world capital of ceramics and home of the UK pottery industry, it continue to attract businesses from across the UK . The aim is to help grow a sustainable ceramics industry which will provide jobs and make money for the UK economy for years to come. A great opportunity for delegates to gain insights from industry leaders on how to grow new business. Ceramics 2012 will feature exhibitions showcasing some of the industry’s most successful brands and products and provide a great opportunity to meet new contacts with networking breaks built into the schedule. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to attend a range of seminars on the key issues facing the industry today. Our speakers are all experts who have either helped to build a successful manufacturing or supply chain business.

For more info, see Ceramics 2012 showcase and exhibition

Congleton Bossons pottery creates global interest

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bossons potteryHeard of Bossons pottery? No? Well same for me! Nevertheless figures and plates crafted decades ago by a small factory in Congleton are fast grabbing a worldwide reputation. ​ Organsier Martyn Chapman has attracted visitors from America and Canada as well as all over Britain to a conference last weekend to celebrate the work of the Bossons company. They were at the fifth annual European Bossons collectors meeting in the town's Lion and Swan pub. On show were art products – such as character heads and wall masks, plaques and figurines – produced at Brook Mills, in Mountbatten Way, between 1946 and 1996.

For more info, see The Weekend Sentinel.

Pottery invented in China to cook food and brew alcohol is 20,000 years old

By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News, 28 June 2012

The oldest known samples of pottery have been unearthed in southern China.

The US archaeologists involved have determined that fragments from a large bowl found in Xianrendong Cave, Jiangxi Province, are 20,000 years old. The discovery, published in the journal Science, is the latest in recent years that have pushed back the invention of pottery by 10,000 years.

It is thought that the bowl was a cauldron to cook food, or possibly to brew alcohol.

Read more information at BBC News

CERAMITEC 2012 May 22 to 25 New Munich Trade Fair Centre

Manufacturers, users and scientists from across the clay industry will come together at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre this May for an exhibition and conference covering all areas of clay and ceramics. CERAMITEC is where the industry showcases its entire product/service portfolio. The leading exhibition also has an outstanding reputation in the industry as a premiere platform and is constantly expanding its circle of interested participants. For example, the sectors for technical ceramics and powder metallurgy have also succeeded in establishing themselves at the fair.

Read more information at Ceramitec 2012

Denby pottery expansion could create 600 jobs

Denby Pottery12 March 2012

A proposal to create a “village-style development” at Denby Pottery, which bosses say will create 600 new jobs has been unveiled. The scheme will feature an 80-bedroom hotel, a village inn, a bigger garden emporium and an outdoor activity centre. A planning application is due to be submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council. Denby’s managing director, Garry Biggs, said: “We believe that this development will be a real boost for Denby and Derbyshire as a whole. “We remain committed to maintaining manufacturing at the historic home of Denby Pottery, and we believe this development will help secure the long term future of the site.”

Read more information at Ripley and Heanor News

 

Portmeirion pottery group reports sales rise

8 February 2012

Stoke-on-Trent pottery manufacturer Portmeirion has said a successful Christmas trading period has put the company in a strong position. Portmeirion Group PLC, which also owns Spode, Pimpernel and Royal Worcester, said it made more than £53m of sales in 2011, a 4% increase on 2010. It is the third year in a row it has reported an increase in revenues. Group non-executive chairman Dick Steele said Portmeirion was predicting to make a profit of £6m this year. The company employs 570 staff. Portmeirion said it had seen particular growth in the UK, United States and South Korea. Mr Steele said: "Three quarters of what we make gets exported. We really are an export-led business." The Spode and the Royal Worcester brands were bought by the Portmeirion Group in 2009.

Read more information at BBC News

 

Spode museum to be launched at former factory site

Spode factory

8 January 2012

A new museum dedicated to Stoke-on-Trent pottery is expected to open next spring thanks to a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Many of the items that will make up the Spode exhibition were rescued from the former museum in 2008 when the Royal Worcester company collapsed. The two-year project will be based in the old Spode factory, now owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Spode Museum Trust said it would also celebrate factory workers' lives. It said the temporary museum would "tell the story of Spode and the social and economic history of Stoke".

Read more information at BBC News

£350,000 to restore bottle kilns

Friday, January 06, 2012

Gladstone Pottery

WORK is underway to bring three iconic bottle ovens back to their former glory. More than £350,000 is being spent on renovating the kilns at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, which date back as far as the 1770s.It was feared the ovens could become structurally unsafe within a few decades if essential repair work was not carried out, after centuries of gradual erosion had taken their toll. But the £360,000 maintenance project, which is being jointly funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and English Heritage, will preserve the world famous bottle ovens for years to come. The work at the museum, which draws 50,000 visitors a year to the city from all over the world, is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Read more information at This is staffordshire

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