Following our visit last year, Lisa Pritchard has been in touch to let us know how they’re getting on, and it’s very impressive!
Not only is this an update on the progress of the Cheshire Clay Collective, but also an appeal for help. Read on to find out more.
“I can’t quite believe it, but we have been open nearly a year. So much has happened. We enlarged the studio in January to have the whole unit and started modestly with two pottery classes a week. This has increased to three a week – and from five participants we are just about to start a waiting list as we have reached 18 across the three classes.
“In addition, we are running regular workshops on the last Saturday of every month, and are fully booked until November. We now have a website: cheshireclay.com
“We featured at Tarpfest (a big art trail festival in Tarporley) and they were so thrilled with us – we did throwing, sculpture and decoration demos all afternoon) that they want us to take over the civic centre next year and have asked me to organise the day for them. We’ve also been asked to do a whole exhibition at the Lion Salt Works (lionsaltworks.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk) next year – which is very exciting, if a little daunting.
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“So, to celebrate all of this, the Cheshire Clay Collective is going to host a big charity bash on 14 September, called ‘Curry in a Bowl’. We’ve pinched the idea from the Liverpool event that you covered – good old ClayCraft – what would we do without you?
“All the ingredients are being donated by Lowes Farm Shop, and we’ve linked up with ‘My Curry Club’. Owner Habiba Chowdhury is an exceptional cook, who runs brilliant Indian cookery classes, and she will be making pans and pans of her amazing curry.
“We are frantically making soup bowls, and have also invited other local potteries to get involved with the event. We are really keen to link up with other studios and potteries in and around the North West. There is just so much demand for classes and courses that there is no way we can satisfy this on our own, so we want to spread the joy, so to speak.”
If you can help, or to find out more, contact Lisa on: 07931 351183.
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