Art in Clay Farnham 16 -17 November 2019

Art in Clay showcases some of the finest ceramics currently being made by individual makers in the UK and Europe.

Art in Clay Farnham takes place in November, the perfect time to buy beautiful, unique pieces before Christmas. There will be a range of exhibitors from newly qualified and emerging ceramic artists, to established makers with many years of creative work behind them. The show offers a fantastic variety of work, all made in clay. From animal sculptures to pots designed for domestic use, with a vast range in between to interest anyone that appreciates ceramics.

Held in the Farnham Maltings, Art in Clay Farnham offers a weekend of talks and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to purchase works directly from the makers. The Maltings is a lovely welcoming, accessible venue, with good transport links nearby, parking and catering onsite. It is a lovely way to spend a winters day, assured that you can escape the elements. If you want to make a weekend of it, there is also the craft study centre nearby and the new ashgate gallery, both within walking distance

visiting information

The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR


Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4.30pm


Adult £5.00
Concession £4.50
Children 15yrs and under FREE


The Maltings has limited Car Parking, but in Farnham there are a number of Car Parks within a few minutes walk of the Maltings. All are Pay and Display on Saturday, including The Maltings own car park, and FREE on Sunday. Waggons Yard is the nearest and is a large car park – access to the Maltings is via a footbridge and less than a five minute walk.

Art in Clay Farnham

Jennifer Lee Ceramics Exhibition

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge has recently held a major solo ceramics exhibition of the renowned artist, Jennifer Lee.

It was the first solo presentation of Lee’s work in a UK public institution since 1994. The show included 40 pieces made from different periods of Lee’s entire career. There were also pots which she made especially for the exhibition at Kettle’s Yard.

Scottish born potter, Jennifer Lee studied ceramics and tapestry at Edinburgh College of Arts.⁣ She then spent eight months travelling on scholarship to the USA where she researched South-West Indian prehistoric ceramics and visited contemporary West Coast potters. From 1980 she worked in ceramics at the Royal College of Arts London. ⁣

working method

Jennifer Lee is most famous for her handbuilt pots, made with coloured clay. She starts by pinching the base of the pot, which is one of the earliest form of clay making. She’ll then add coils to build and shape the pot. Jennifer uses metallic oxides, which she adds to the clay and leaves them unglazed, creating smooth colour reach surface.⁣

Jennifer Lee has been exhibiting her work internationally since 1970’s and is represented in major public collections worldwide.⁣ Her ceramics exhibitions were held at Victoria and Albert Museum London, Sokyo Gallery Kyoto, Frank Lloyd Gallery Los Angeles, Graham Gallery New York, just to name a few.

In 2018 she was awarded a prestigious Loewe Craft Prize. 

Jennifer Lee Ceramics Exhibition
Jennifer Lee Ceramics Exhibition

Oxford Ceramics Fair 26-27 October

Oxford Ceramics Fair is returning to St Edward’s for this longstanding event, favourite with makers and buyers alike.

This year Craft Potters Association will present more exhibitors than ever before. As usual, the show will include a full program of talks and demonstrations in the beautiful John Pawson designed pavillion.

Oxford Ceramics Fair presents mainly British studio ceramics but there are European potters as well. It is know for its incredibly high standard of work, very knowledgeable visitors and great atmosphere.

Amongst the exhibitors you will find leading British studio pottery makes. For instance: Anna Lambert, Svend Bayer, Lisa Hammond, Sue Hannah, Tony Laverick, Karen Bunting. In addition, CPA will also present a number of emerging makers. Therefore you can expect an interesting selection of various pottery techniques and styles.

I am delighted to say that will be exhibiting at Oxford Ceramics Fair for the first time!

Oxford Ceramics Fair - Ania Perkowska Ceramics

Visiting Information

26th – 27th October

St Edward’s School, Oxford, OX2 7NN

St Edward’s School is just over a mile from Oxford city centre. There is visitors parking for those driving. Moreover, the school refectory will be open for snacks and hot and cold drinks

Opening Times:

Saturday 10.00 – 17.00

Sunday 10.00 – 17.00

This event tends to get very busy with visitors.

Admission is just £5.00. You can buy tickets at the door or online by visiting:

Art in Clay Hatfield 16-18 August 2019

Art in Clay is a show that needs no introduction to anyone who is serious about pottery, ceramics and clay!

Celebrating 25 years in 2019, this show is now one of the most important ceramic events in Europe.

Art in Clay showcases some of the finest ceramics currently being made by individual potters in the UK and continental Europe. This outdoor summer event is held in marquees in the beautiful parklands of Hatfield House. Over 200 exhibitors will be showing and selling their work, many also doing talks and demonstrations.

Art in Clay brings a huge variety of styles and techniques. You will be able to admire and buy functional and decorative pottery, dinnerware, sculpture, garden pieces. The aim of the event is to bring a wide range of ceramics to wider audience, members of public as well as known collectors. The exhibitors include leading national and international makers as well as relative newcomers and imaginative students. If you are a potter, there is also a selection of trade stands. Therefore you will be able to stock up on books, tools, glazes or even wheels and kilns.

This year will be the third time I’m exhibiting at Hatfield and I will be delighted to bring my new collection of work.

Art in Clay Hatfield

Visiting Information

16th 17th 18th August 2019

Hatfield House

Opening Times:

Friday – Saturday: 10.00- 17.30

Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Hatfield has good connection with London, frequent trains run from Kings Cross and Finsbury Park. If you are driving, there is plenty of parking space on the grounds of Hatfield House.

To buy tickets, please visit the official Art in Clay website:

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair is one of UK’s most popular handmade pottery events. It takes place every year at the end of June in Welbeck, North Nottinghamshire. Welbeck Estate, houses The Harley Gallery, The Portland Collection and an array of artist studios.

Earth & Fire showcases over 135 potters from across the UK and mainland Europe who come to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls.

This event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts as well as the general public. It is certainly a great opportunity to meet and talk to the potters, selling everything from decorative and functional pieces, sculptures, coffee mugs, bowls, teapots, plates and egg cups and even garden planters.

There will also be a full programme of talks and demonstrations by well known British potters. For instance, slab building with porcelain with Roger Cockram, making square vessels on the wheel by James Hake, handbuilding birds and beasts by Jennie Hale.

visiting the show

The Harley Gallery is situated on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, close to the Derbyshire border. If you are coming by car, there is free parking available onsite.

Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair is on a level site accessible to users of wheelchairs and those with restricted mobility.

Opening times are 10.00- 17.00 daily.

For more information on the show, list of exhibitors and tickets please visit:

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair 2019

David Roberts – Naked Raku Ceramics

Craft Potters Association in London has recently held David Roberts’ ceramics exhibition, Evolving Forms.

David Roberts has been by many described as one of the most significant ceramic artists working in Europe today. The origins of his work go back to sixteenth century Japan and the Tea Ceremony. He’s the one being acknowledged to be responsible for introducing and promoting large scale raku ceramics in Europe.

All Roberts’ work is coil built. Some of the surfaces are burnished using various slips. Pieces are raku fired and completed by prolonged smoking and cooling process.

Roberts was born in Sheffield in 1947. He was first introduced to ceramics during education degree at Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire. He moved to raku in mid 1970s.

Over the years his ceramics evolved from two elemental forms – a closed containing shape derived from vessels for storage and an open bowl shape derived from vessels for presentation. There is a clear influence and reference to landscape and nature in many if his pieces.

He is not concerned with colour but with the way richness of tonal variation enhances and defines form. These surfaces are derived from two phenomena; the control of crackle patterns and spotting; resulting from the chemical and physical changes to materials that occur during the rapid firing and cooling of the Raku process.

David Roberts raku ceramics
David Roberts ceramics at Craft Potters Association
David Roberts raku ceramics exhibition

Roberts has been exhibiting in UK and internationally for number of years now. His ceramics is in collection at V&A Museum London, Scottish Museum Edinburgh, Ulster Museum Belfast, Museum of Wales, Bolton Art Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, World Ceramics Centre Itcheon South Korea and many others.

John Ward pottery exhibition

Yesterday I went to see John Ward’s pottery exhibition at the Erskin, Hall & Coe Gallery in London.

John Ward is regarded as one of Britain’s most important modern potters and also one of my personal favourites. There isn’t probably a contemporary pottery and ceramics book that doesn’t mention his name.

He was born in 1938 in London and studied at the Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts under Hans Coper and Lucie Rie. He set up his London workshop in 1971, whilst still teaching pottery. Finally, in 1979 he moved to Wales and focuses solely on making pots.

working method

John handbuilds most of his pieces. He starts with pinching out a base and and then adds coils of clay to shape a hollow vessel. He alters and shapes them at leatherhard stage, creating ridges or grooves between curved surfaces. To finish them off, he scrapes and partly burnishes them with a stone.

Ward uses mainly matt glazes, which he applies either by pouring, spraying or painting. He fires his work twice, in an electric kiln.

Ward’s ceramics is widely exhibited, including the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, National Museum of Wales, Fitzwilliam Museum.

What particularly appeals to me about John Ward’s style is the simplicity of both form and decoration, playfulness and texture. His pottery has this particular quiet but yet powerful elegance and subtlety. You can see clear reference to ancient Chinese and Egyptian pottery, as well as work of more contemporary studio ceramicists such as Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Ian Godfrey.

John Ward sculptural stoneware vessels are distinguished for their simple yet sometimes complex structures and their minimalistic abstract and geometric decoration. There is a beautiful balance between dynamic form and a sense of stillness.

In his own words, it is not surprising that the colours he’s using (white, green, blue) are reflection of the surface colours and textures of where he’s living. Rocks, sea.

My favourite pieces are certainly his black and white vessels, as this is actually how I first became to know his work. But I also love all the shades of organic and subtle greens, off white and orche.

John Ward pottery exhibition at Erskin, Hall & Coe Gallery
John Ward pottery exhibition at Erskin, Hall & Coe Gallery
John Ward pottery exhibition at Erskin, Hall & Coe Gallery