PAPER CUTTING WORKSHOPS
with Claire Knight
Tuesday 15th September and Tuesday 13th October
10am to 3pm
Lower Courtyard, Alby Crafts & Gardens, NR11 7QE
Learn techniques and tricks of the trade.
All materials provided to cut a design approx 5” square
that can be made into a greetings card or framed.
There will be a selection of templates to choose from
which you can either adapt, cut exactly as drawn, or draw your own.
£40 including coffee and cake, and card making materials.
Box frames will be available to buy on the day.
Places are limited
so if you would like to come along
please reply to this email or call me on 01263 768820
It has taken me some time, but finally I have had some promotional portrait photos completed for marketing my adverts and new website. We have also had some new images taken of the Gallery so I will be adding this soon too..
As a potter my very favourite thing was firing a wood kiln for about 36 hours, waiting a couple of days for it to cool and then opening it up to see what treasures lay within. The unpredictable nature of a wood
firing produces pieces that are truly unique and wholly dependent on the flame, the atmosphere and the wood ash to colour the clay. The best thrown pot can come out of the kiln looking bland and ordinary, whilst the firing can turn a fairly ordinary piece into an undoubted beauty.
So Stephen Parry’s work has been on my radar for a long time and I have had a couple of small pieces on my dresser for years. When we first arrived at Ryburgh Pottery I wasn’t sure which door to go to, as someone had managed to pull the handle off the pottery door the previous day, so it didn’t look like a door any more. I inadvertently found myself wandering round to the back of the house where lovely tall seconds bottle vases punctuated the garden with shino orange and glassy green, the kiln loomed large in its open shed and there were cords of wood stacked neatly ready for the next firing. Reverting to the handle-less door Stephen let us in and we talked (for too long, my daughter said) about pots and clay and glazes, about people and galleries and selling and we got to know each other a little.
And then I followed Stephen upstairs to choose some pieces from his current stock. The most striking pieces for me were a very very large ash glazed bottle vase (just under 5’ maybe) and some large round bottle vases that were beautifully marked by the firing. I chose 9 pieces to bring back to The Hare & Moon Gallery, from a tiny 2.5” shino and wood ash glazed cup at £20 to a 22” sprigged and ash glazed jug at £350 and a 12” round bottle vase at £500.
I intend to fill my little gallery with beautiful things by the very best artists and craftsmen in East Anglia, so today I drove 4o minutes west to meet the potter Stephen Parry and raid his stock!
A long time ago, when I was a mere slip of a girl, I was a potter. I trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design and after graduating was taken on as apprentice to John Leach at Muchelney Pottery in
Somerset and then as a production thrower for Andy and Joanna young at Common Farm Pottery in north Norfolk.
I was lucky enough to get first pick of the kiln at Muchelney when I was there and I have some fabulous examples of John’s work.