FCE POTTERY NEWS

Autumn term classes 2020 are up and running

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.
Start Date Tutor Time          No. of weeks/Price                        Code
Monday 21st September Hiro Takahashi 19.00 – 21.00 11 weeks £150 AUPT11
Tuesday 22nd September Craig Eyles 10.00 – 12.30 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT22
Tuesday 22nd September Andrew Eddleston 18.30 – 21.00 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT21
Wednesday 23rd September Hiro Takahashi 10.00 – 12.30 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT31
Wednesday 23rd September Hiro Takahashi 13.30 – 15.30 11 weeks £150 AUPT32
Wednesday 23rd September Craig Eyles 18.45 – 21.15 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT33
Thursday 24th September Russell Coates 10.00 – 12.30 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT41
Thursday 24th September Russell Coates 13.30 – 15.30 11 weeks £150 AUPT42
Thursday 24th September Russell Coates 19.00 – 21.00 11 weeks £150 AUPT43
Friday 25th September Andrew Eddleston 10.00 – 12.30 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT51
Friday 25th September Andrew Eddleston 13.30 – 16.00 11 weeks £187.50 AUPT52
Half Term is Monday 26th – Friday 30th October   Price is 11 weeks for the price of 10.

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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