Directories

ANGLIAN POTTERS

We are a group of potters, collectors of studio pottery, ceramics sculptors. Anglian Potters is a lively and thriving organisation that aims to provide the opportunity for members to meet and share their experience and enthusiasm. Anglian Potters was originally founded as the East Anglian Potters

Association (EAPA) in 1983. The association has grown over the past 30 years to over 400 active members. We welcome anyone with an interest in clay, makers or non-makers, students or advanced, pottery groups and related institutions

www.anglianpotters.org.uk

 

BUCKS. POTTERY & SCULPTURE GROUP

The Society was formed in 1963, and exists to support and encourage artists who work in 3D.

We hold regular monthly talks, slide shows and demonstrations by a wide range of artists. These are a great opportunity to meet and talk with other local artists over a cup of tea or coffee.

www.buckspotters.com

 

CRAFT POTTERS ASSOCIATION

The Craft Potters Association was formed in 1958 to promote the work of its members and to increase public awareness of contemporary studio pottery, opening their first small shop in Soho, in London’s West End. As the membership grew, the Craftsman Potter’s Shop and Gallery moved around the corner to a larger premises in Marshall Street.

Ceramic Review Magazine was launched, becoming a respected international journal, and always reflecting the diversifying scene in contemporary pottery and ceramics. In 2010. the CPA opened the Contemporary Ceramic Centre in Bloomsbury, opposite the British Museum, bringing the shop, the offices of the association and the magazine under one roof for the first time, and with room to create a dedicated gallery space for a changing programme of shows of the very best artist potters and ceramic artists.

Recently becoming a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the CPA today has a membership of over three hundred Selected and Fellow members and over seven hundred associates, and through its businesses, events and activities continues to be a standard bearer for excellence in British studio ceramics.

www.craftpottersassoc.co.uk

 

DACORUM & CHILTERN POTTERS GUILD

Whether you are a collector of pots, a professional potter, a student, or just interested in studio pottery, you’ll find a warm welcome. We have regular, monthly meetings, at which well-known potters come along to show slides, demonstrate their skills and talk about what they do. The atmosphere is informal and there is an opportunity to talk to other members during the evening.

www.thedcpg.org.uk

 

EAST DORSET POTTERS

East Dorset Potters, founded 20 years ago as a branch of the Bridport-based Dorset Pottery Group, was established for potters in the Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch area. A number of the members exhibit regularly together. The group is an interesting mix of full-time and part-time potters, some of whom teach or have retired from teaching and some who are simply interested in ceramics.

We meet once a month in our homes, studios or other venues. Sometimes we have practical workshops on a theme, led by one of the group or an invited guest. Other months we may visit a local potter or simply meet socially. We also collectively exhibit our work at several local venues.

www.eastdorsetpotters.com

KENT POTTERS

The Kent Potters Association was formed in 1974, and includes professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. Our aim is to promote good craftsmanship and to exchange ideas and experiences in tackling pottery problems. Membership is open to all with an interest in pottery.

www.kentpotters.co.uk

 

LONDON POTTERS

London Potters is a voluntary organisation formed in 1986 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences of all those involved with or interested in ceramics. It is the only London-based society offering membership to both professional and non-professional ceramicists; all its members are united by the appreciation of ceramic art and a desire to further their knowledge and communicate with fellow ceramic artists and collectors.

www.londonpotters.com

 

MIDLANDS POTTERS

The Midlands Potters Association is a non-profit making organisation and is run by a volunteer committee. Founded in 1980, the membership has grown from 35 to over 120.  The membership spans 10 counties in the Midlands area and also has members in Wales, Scotland and overseas. Membership is open to everyone interested in ceramics whether you are a professional, student, complete beginner, hobbyist, workshop group, collector, gallery or supplier.

www.midlandspotters.co.uk

 

NORTHERN POTTERS

The aim of the NPA is to encourage and support artists in the production of sculptural, functional, fine art and decorative studio pottery in all its forms throughout the North of England.

Membership is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in ceramics. We currently have about 500 members, mostly in the North of England.

www.northern-potters.co.uk

 

NORTH WALES POTTERS

North Wales Potters is a member’s organisation open to anyone interested in ceramics in the widest sense. Our membership includes professional potters, enthusiastic hobby potters, complete beginners and those with a fascination with ceramics. We aim to encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques through practical demonstrations by master potters and hands-on practical sessions. Lectures cover many aspects of ceramics including technical, historical and artistic topics. Leading ceramic artists are invited to discuss their work, its development and inspiration. These events are held at various venues throughout North and Mid Wales, often in a member’s studio or home.

www.northwalespotters.wales

 

SCOTTISH POTTERS

The Scottish Potters Association promotes awareness of pottery in Scotland and aims to raise standards in the craft. We are a members’ organisation and we work to support our members. The SPA is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in ceramics. Professionals, amateurs, collectors or those with a commercial interest in ceramics are all welcome to join.

www.scottishpotters.org

 

SOUTHERN CERAMIC GROUP

The Southern Ceramic Group was started in 1975, by a small group of enthusiastic potters. Their aim was to enable potters and sculptors normally working alone to meet other like-minded people and share ideas and techniques. The idea worked so well that the Southern Ceramic Group now has around 120 members from Hampshire and the surrounding counties. Our members are potters, sculptors, professional and amateurs, teachers and students, collectors and enthusiasts.

www.southernceramicgroup.co.uk

 

SOUTH WALES POTTERS

South Wales Potters is one of the largest groups of professional and hobby potters and ceramicists in the UK. We have more than 100 members, based in South, Mid and West Wales, over the water in the South West and the Heart of England and even some working abroad. Members include full-time potters, sculptors and students.

We organise a full programme of events for members including demonstrations, ‘skill-share’ sessions and wood-kiln firings from our brick kiln. We have a busy exhibitions programme, giving members an opportunity to showcase and sell their work. We welcome everyone interested in ceramics, whether you are a maker or not.

www.southwalespotters.org.uk

 

WEST COUNTRY POTTERS

The Association was established in 1993, and has been flourishing ever since, with nearly 300 members distributed throughout the South West of England. We welcome everyone, professional and amateur, who shares an interest in handmade pottery and ceramic sculpture. Our aims are to increase public enthusiasm for the qualities of handmade pottery by an active programme of interesting and informative events, and to provide the opportunity for the enjoyable and stimulating exchange of ideas with fellow potters at social gatherings.

www.westcountrypotters.co.uk

 

WEST FOREST POTTERS

Founded in 1983, West Forest Potters is a guild of potters of all kinds, professionals, amateurs, throwers, handbuilders and sculptors. We promote greater skill and knowledge of all things ceramic through regular meetings with talks and demonstrations given by a wide range of well-known potters. Our friendly and thriving group welcomes members from Berkshire and surrounding counties.

www.westforestpotters.org.uk

 

WEY CERAMICS

The Wey Ceramics Society is a group of individuals who meet regularly for workshops (including pit firing) and demonstration days with leading potters, which foster discussion and the exchange of ideas and techniques.

We create and exhibit a wide variety of work, including raku, clay sculptures and large-scale work and garden pots, domestic ware and one-off stoneware and porcelain studio pieces.

The group stages regular exhibitions to display and market our work. We have also undertaken community projects.

www.weyceramics.co.uk