Sunday, 27 November 2016

Meet the Artist Fiona Scanlan: Pics from the MPA exhibition

Yesterday the MPA Winterceramics exhibition (Woodbridge Gallery in Moseley) opened and plenty of fun was had, here is our own Fiona - who by the way also edits the MPA Newsletter - with her pots:

Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Market 3rd December

Ort Cafe and the Old Print Works have their Christmas Market/Craft Fair on 3rd December 2016
The Market at the Old Print Works starts half an hour earlier than at the Ort Cafe.
Market Old Print Works 10am - 5pm
Market Ort Cafe: 10.30am - 5pm
The pottery has stalls at both markets.

Fiona will also be at the Alcester Artisan Market on Sunday December 4th

Thursday, 24 November 2016

pottery love :)

one of our potters made a video that encapsulates all the loveliness of throwing:

A video posted by Steven R (@shabbacat) on

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Please support one of our potters running London Marathon 2017 for Multiple Sclerosis Society

from Steven's Just Giving Page:

Why am I doing this, here are a few reasons:
Getting to the half way mark- 40 is getting ever closer so it's a bit of a 40 bucket list thing, along with being on a TV game show, being an extra in a film, delivering a baby
animal etc.
Sounds like a good challenge-
at the beginning of 2016 I couldn’t run for 30 seconds but I stuck with it and am now over three stone lighter. I now run 3-4 times a week and love it. So it feels like a natural progression from 5k to 43k!
Supporting a cause close to me- in 2008 I was diagnosed with MS. Fortunately my episodes have never been really bad but when things have happened it has been scary.
If you don't know anything about MS well it's where your immune system attacks your nerves thinking they’re a foreign body, this leads to a breakdown in communication between your brain and parts of your body.
I have had two scary episodes, one where I lost feeling below my waist for a month, then the next one was loosing my peripheral vision in one eye. Thankfully I recovered from both of these and have not had anything happen for a few years. The thought is always there that at any point I could relapse and may not be so lucky with remittance.

With this in mind I want to complete this challenge whilst making a difference. So this is why I am running for the MS Society, I  have used their services in the past and will
need them in the future so whilst things are good it’s time to give something back.

Your donation will help motivate me to keep going through the next 5 months training on the dark 5 AM runs in the freezing cold and on the day of the Marathon when I inevitably ‘Hit the Wall.’


Thursday, 17 November 2016

What people do @ Fiona's beginners course

Angela and Janet now flying on Fiona Scanlan 's pottery for beginners course. New course to start on Sunday mornings in the new year.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Update on Fiona's Exhibitions, present and forthcoming

You lovely people can still go and admire Fiona's pots, as the Exhibition at Why not Gallery in Burton-on-Trent is still open until 20th of November, longer than initially planned. Here are some images:

Fiona's pots beautifully displayed

 Fiona's pots on mantelpiece

There is a new upcoming Midlands Potters exhibition in Moseley and Fiona has pots in it as well. Go and have a look.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

new Anne Mette Hjortshøj interview

 image courtesy of goldmark

Since we last saw you at your 2012 exhibition at the Goldmark Gallery, what have you been up to?
A week ago I carried work for my November show downstairs and I’m sitting now amongst the best pots of four years with the kiln I built when I had my first exhibition with the Goldmark Gallery. So some pots are four years old, almost, and many pots are from the last firing that we opened yesterday. And it has been quite an unexpected adventure since that exhibition.
When I had my first show, I had my studio somewhere else on the island, so we moved to this farm and built a workshop and a kiln. It’s been a lot of ‘trial and error’, I think is the British way of saying we’ve been throwing out a lot of things and had a lot of new firings.

read the rest here