We have just celebrated twenty-five years in the Pottery at the Bath Road site of Frome College. Under the auspices of Frome Community Education we have been able to start to replace the equipment that makes Frome Community Pottery such a treasured resource. New electric kilns and a spray booth are now in place, and will hopefully last another twenty five years, and we haven't finished yet.
We are changing the titles of our classes – to just "Pottery." This replaces "Pottery for all abilities," "Mixed Pottery" and "Clay Modelling and Hand Building" and emphasises our belief that all our classes are for all abilities. They include projects that range from hand building (including slab and coiled pots) to sculpture and throwing on the wheel. Our tutors have a breadth of experience and expertise that means we can offer a huge range of opportunities for beginners and experienced potters alike.
We have a new evening class this term on Wednesdays, bringing our total to four evenings, plus four mornings and three afternoon classes. With around one hundred students each week, Frome Community Pottery is a lively place with space for all tastes and skills. Come and join us. We have two "taster" sessions for those who are new to Pottery or want to know more about the classes.
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.
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.