The Pot Place

 

The Pot Place, originally set up by Frances Hillier, is a small on-site pottery workshop at Valley View HQ.

You can choose between styles:  resident potter Penny Ireland offers workshops, classes and two- or three-hour training courses in hand-built pottery.

Lucy Burns offers 1-2-1 courses in wheel pottery for students at all levels.

Courses are open to Valley View guests and local residents.

Penny Ireland

I studied portraiture and life sculpture at the Art Academy and the Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury, ceramic techniques at City Lit and pottery at the Maze Hill Pottery in Greenwich.  After taking courses with Yorkshire based sculptor Brendan Hesmondhaulgh, I moved from the human figure to specialise in wild life subjects and  experiment with texture and glaze effects on hand built pottery.

My immediate environment is my source of inspiration and the coast at Lyme Regis is fascinating and provides an endless source of material that fires my imagination.

I enjoy inspiring others to discover their own creative potential and support them to find their own unique way of expressing it in a way that feels right for them.

In my classes you will have an opportunity to explore some basic hand-building modelling techniques, making a unique keepsake that reminds you of your holiday/local environment. I will also have a small selection of pieces that can be decorated.

Classes are aimed at all levels. It would be helpful to me if you are able to let me know what experience you do have and what you would hope to achieve from the session prior to the day.

These sessions will hopefully fire your imagination and offer a lasting memory of a wonderful holiday experience, or a continual reminder of the beauty of your surroundings.

The cost of the course: £45 for the first 2 hours and £20 per any extra hours.  This is for a maximum of 2 people; £20 per extra person. 

This includes basic material.  Firing, glazing and postage costs are extra.

For more details please contact Penny on 07702 380 235  or send an email

The cost of the course: £45 for the first 2 hours and £20 per any extra hours.  This is for a maximum of 2 people; £20 per extra person.

This includes basic material.  Firing, glazing and postage costs are extra.

For more details please contact Penny on 07702 380 235  or send an email

Lucy Burns

My interest in art began at a young age, focusing mainly on detailed pen studies and acrylics. Through my teen years, the rustic and barren landscapes of Ireland were a constant artistic inspiration.

I started studying Foundation Art at Belfast School of Art, unsure about where my career in the art world would take me, before quickly realising university was not for me. I hit the road and found myself half way across the world in Australia unaware of my ceramic journey that lay ahead.

I stumbled across a little pottery studio in Brisbane, paid for some lessons with the little money I had and was absolutely hooked. The chaos of the wheel, the adrenaline, the mess. I had found my art calling.

Over the next two years travelling, I joined various studios as I visited different cities, as throwing was not only a hobby but a meditation for me. It brought me back to the mud, a process where you take clay from the ground, and create something beautiful with your hands. There truly is nothing more rewarding.

In Queenstown, NZ, I joined the Wakatipus potters association where I was an active member and volunteer for over a year, teaching beginner throwing classes to the public. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the joy on someone’s face when they throw their first bowl.

I have sold work In Australia and New Zealand, where my piece “Rejuvenate, Don’t hate” was exhibited in Queenstown Contemporary Arts Gallery in 2020. Here my interpretation of lockdown in New Zealand was portrayed.

In my classes you will be able to detach yourself from the world and get your hands dirty.

I will take you through clay preparation, basic tool knowledge, speed of wheel and most importantly… throwing! If you are returning after one day, we can explore the rest of the process such as turning, adding handles and decorating, so it can be fired and yours to keep!

Classes are aimed at all levels, although hand-building classes prior to the wheel will help with an understanding of working with clay.

My classes are all 1-on-1, as I want to get the most out of the time we have together. Please let me know in advance if you have any artistic goals.

Always remember “Every artist was first an amateur”.

Costs:

•1-day course (3 hours) – £75
•2-day course (does not have to be consecutive) 3 hours per day – £140
•Additional requested hours – £25 per hour

*this includes basic materials and clay. Glazing, firing and postage additional small costs*

Here are her contact details:

 

 

 

Lucy – 07549171640
Email- lulusownceramics@gmail.com
Instagram- @lulus_own