FCE POTTERY NEWS

NEW SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR 2021

Pottery classes have been running in Frome since the 1940s, so the Frome Community Pottery is the latest incarnation of a strong tradition.   There are currently 11 classes a week and four different tutors, so hopefully there is something for everyone.   The current Coronavirus pandemic means that we have cut class sizes to just 10 students per class, with good social distancing and some rules that mean we avoid crowding in certain areas.  Having tested the systems during the summer, we are ready to receive students in September 2020. 

 Frome Community Pottery is based at Frome College right next to the Bath Road entrance – see map below (avoid the Merlin Theatre/Leisure Centre car park.)
There are classes every evening from Monday to Thursday, and every morning from Tuesday to Friday.   Afternoon classes run from Wednesday to Friday.   With new kilns (gas and electric,) 8 wheels and plenty of tables for modelling and hand-building, the Pottery is impressively equipped.   Tutors Andrew Eddleston, Craig Eyles, Hiro Takahashi and Russell Coates bring an incredibly wide range of skills and, with each class open to all abilities, students can follow individual projects or tutor led assignments.

SUMMER WORKSHOPS FROM JULY 21

All classes are with Andrew Eddleston except for the Tree of Life which is with Hiro Takahashi

Throwing for improvers (Summer01)
MAX 7 STUDENTS
July 5th - 9th 10.00-13.00 x 5 days
Wheels will be spaced to allow for social distancing.
Cost £120.00
Course description:
This course is suitable for students who have experience and confidence in working on the potters wheel. It is not for beginners or students with little experience.
It will cover techniques in clay preparation, centring, pulling up and finishing on the wheel.
NB Students will be able to keep one pot per day which the tutor will fire and glaze, to be collected at a later date. There will be an additional cost for this. All other pots will be recycled

Throwing for Beginners (Summer02)
MAX 7 STUDENTS
July 12th - 16th 10.00-13.00 x 5 days
Wheels will be spaced to allow for social distancing.
Cost £120.00
Course description:
This course is for students who have none or little experience of throwing.
It will cover techniques in clay preparation, centring, pulling up and finishing on the wheel.
NB Students will be able to keep one pot per day which the tutor will fire and glaze, to be collected at a later date. There will be an additional cost for this. All other pots will be recycled.

Raku (Summer03)  - this course is now full
MAX 8 STUDENTS
July, Monday 19th and Monday 26th
Monday 10.00-13.00 and Monday 10.00-16.00 
Cost £80.00
Course description:
On Monday 19th, you will make several items using different making techniques. Your work will be dried and bisque fired ready for the following Monday.
On Monday 26th, you will glaze your pieces and fire them outside in a gas fired kiln.
Please note that on firing day you will end up smelling of smoke!

Impressed and organic textures in clay (Summer04)
MAX 8 STUDENTS
July 20th 10.00-13.00 x 1 day 
Cost £24.00
Course description:
Using supplied materials and items you have brought and slip, you will explore pattern, texture and mark making to create several wall pieces.
Please bring any leaves, plant stems, grasses etc that you might like to use. 
Your tutor will glaze and fire your pots to be collected at a later date. There will be a charge for this.

Hand built porcelain forms (Summer05)
MAX 8 STUDENTS
July 21st 10.00-13.00 x 1 day
Cost £24.00
Course description:
Using various techniques, you will explore the challenging qualities of porcelain.
Your tutor will glaze and fire your pots to be collected at a later date. There will be a charge for this.

Low relief modelling in clay, a wall piece for the garden (Summer06)
MAX 8 STUDENTS
July 22nd 10.00-13.00 x 1 day
Cost £24.00
Course description:
You will explore a range of techniques to create a low relief image.
Please bring any visual resources you have.
Your tutor will fire your work to be collected at a later date. There will be a charge for this.

Coil and throw a garden pot (Summer07)
MAX 7 STUDENTS 
Friday July 23th, 10.00 - 13.00 x 1 day
Cost £24.00
Course description:
Your Tutor will demonstrate and lead you through step by step how to make a garden pot using the techniques of coil and throw.
Your finished pot will be fired at a later date. There will be an extra charge for this.

Mosaic/Totem Garden Sculpture (Summer08)
MAX 8 STUDENTS
July 24, August 28 and September 4th 10.00-17.00 x 3 days
Cost £175.00
In session one you will start by making a base and various shapes for your sculpture.   Week two will include glazing and additional shapes with final assembly in week three.

Bench Time*** (Roz Dunwell will be in the Pottery as technician – and to assist you with tasks of your choice.)   Book via email.
MAX 10 STUDENTS
August Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th, Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th – 6.30-9pm
Cost: £12.50 per session (You may book 1,2,3 or all 4 sessions)

August Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 10-4pm
Cost: £60 for the weekend

August Friday 13th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd – 10-4pm
£30 each day (you may book 1,2,3 or all 4 sessions)

Please remember special procedures apply at this time and bring your own mask, gloves and sanitiser if you have them.   We anticipate that by keeping student numbers down, social distancing will be possible.   "Pinch" points around the kettle, sink, clay bin and glaze area will be restricted.   Also, please bring your own flask containing drinks and food for snacks (so you don't need the kettle.)   Toilet facilities are available.   As always, please bring an apron or similar and any tools that you might wish to use.

Enrolment is via email to: malcolm.lloyd@hotmail.co.uk   Malcolm will confirm your place and provide payment instructions via BACS to Frome Community Pottery.

How to enrol for the Summer Courses 2021 

A) payment by BACS to:

Frome Community Pottery

20-68-15

33550524

Use your surname and the course code as the reference e.g. Smith01

plus email Malcolm to inform him of your payment.
He will confirm your place once payment has been received.

B) by cheque

Made payable to Frome Community Pottery and posted to
14, Berkley Marsh, Frome, BA11 5JE 
Write the Course Code on the back of the cheque

C) by Cash – into the Weigh and Pay tin.   Please enter the payment into the book including amount and course code.

plus email Malcolm to inform him of your payment.
He will confirm your place once payment has been received.

Malcolm's email is: malcolm.lloyd@hotmail.co.uk

Bench Time – please confirm sessions by email.

Classes below begin in September 2021 and booking is from August 1st
Code Time of day Day Time Weeks Start Cost Tutor
AUPT11 Evening Mon 19.00-21.00 11 20-Sep £165.00 Hiro Takahashi
AUPT22 Morning Tue 10.00-12.30 11 21-Sep £206.25 Craig Eyles
AUPT21 Evening Tue 18.30-21.00 11 21-Sep £206.25 Andrew Eddleston
AUPT31 Morning Wed 10.00-12.30 11 22-Sep £206.25 Hiro Takahashi
AUPT32 Afternoon Wed 13.30-15.30 11 22-Sep £165.00 Hiro Takahashi
AUPT33 Evening Wed 18.45-21.15 11 22-Sep £206.25 Craig Eyles
AUPT41 Morning Thur 10.00-12.30 11 23-Sep £206.25 Russell Coates
AUPT42 Afternoon Thur 13.30-15.30 11 23-Sep £165.00 Russell Coates
AUPT43 Evening Thur 19.00-21.00 11 23-Sep £165.00 Russell Coates
AUPT51 Morning Fri 10.00-12.30 11 24-Sep £206.25 Andrew Eddleston
AUPT52 Afternoon Fri 13.30-16.00 11 24-Sep £206.25 Andrew Eddleston
Email Malcolm Lloyd at malcolm.lloyd@hotmail.co.uk
Malcolm will confirm your place and then request a cheque or BACS payment (details will be sent with the confirmation.)
 

Tutor Profiles

Russell Coates has taught pottery in Frome since 1988.   At one time Russell taught all the classes, ran study trips to Morocco and Crete, and built a wood fired snake kiln in the College grounds.   Russell teaches three classes on a Thursday when he also fires the gas kiln, enabling students to experience Stoneware Oxidation and Reduction firing.   He offers instruction in a wide range of pottery projects and help with individual areas of interest.

Hiro Takahashi has been teaching pottery more than 30 years to many different groups, ages and abilities.  Hiro teaches design, wheel based work, hand building and sculpture and especially glazing.  Hiro is a member of The Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and is our specialist in Raku. 
Andrew Eddleston is another multi-talented potter and artist who also works as the Pottery Technician.   Producing his own domestic and decorative pottery and sculpture, Andrew works with many artists and groups in the area.   Andrew organises our annual exhibition of student work at The Black Swan and teaches most of our summer courses.
Craig Eyles is the newest of our tutors, starting with Frome Community Pottery in 2018.   However, as a trained teacher, Craig has been teaching pottery for twenty years and also produces his own work which is sold through outlets across the south-west.

Roz Dunwell has been a pottery student both here and in Australia, and has taught for many years.   Roz also started with us in 2018 and runs the "Bench Time" workshop that began in the summer of 2019.

How to find us

The Pottery is housed in the Art Department at Frome College.   This is at the top (north) of the campus.   The entrance is on Bath Road just below the junction of Gypsy Lane and Cuckoo Lane.   There is parking just outside the pottery.   DO NOT park in the Merlin Theatre/Leisure Centre car park as there is no way through to the pottery.

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