Demonstrations and Talks

Join us in the beautiful cricket pavilion, designed by famed minimalist architect John Pawson, for a weekend of demonstrations by a selection of our exhibitors and a rare edition of Potter’s Question Time.

Saturday 26 October


Francoise Dufayard

Françoise will demonstrate various slipware techniques to decorate her Calligraphy dishes.

She set up her own studio in 1988 (Rennes, Brittany) after 10 years of ceramics studies and travelling.
Her brushstroke, between traditional oriental technique and contemporary research shows that meeting.
Her work has been part of several exhibitions across the world and she is giving regular lectures and demonstrations abroad.

Public Collections : Musée national de céramique, Sèvres (France), University of Wales, Aberystwyth
– SOTHEBY’S Price (2006), Potfest in the Park Competition (UK)
– Invited demonstrator for the Aberystwyth Ceramic Festival in 2007


Julie Massie

Julie will be demonstrating the processes she uses to create her thin shards of stained porcelain. Rolled thinly, they have fragile and vulnerable edges that could possible break on exposure to human contact.

Julie likes to explore the senses, especially touch, sight and sound. Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture and she enjoys watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like, what does it sound like or will it break?

After many years of teaching art in secondary schools and with her passion for ceramics Julie embarked on a MA Ceramics course at UCA Farnham, which she completed in 2016. She takes her inspiration for her artwork from the Jurassic Coastline which is a beautiful, interesting and internationally important place because of its fragility.


Midori Takaki

The Spontaneous Nature of Art.

Midori is a Japanese artist based in Canterbury, making hand built stoneware ceramic figurative sculptures, inspired by dreams and reality. Her works are collected globally.


John Jelfs

John stumbled into making pots whilst doing A level Art in the ’60s, and was immediately hooked. He set up present workshop in the Cotswolds in 1972 with his sculptor wife Jude, who he met at Cheltenham College of Art and has operated a successful business as The Cotswold Pottery ever since.

“I am no decorator and rely on hopefully strong forms and subtle glazes ,to get by. 20 years ago I built a soda kiln ,and now work mainly with this kiln and a 50 cubic foot stoneware kiln, in which I fire mainly wood ash based glazes.  Pottery making  for me is a continuous experiment, and an exercise in determination.”

Sunday 27 October


Phil Jolley

“My recent pieces have evolved from the use of layers and colour and I am very much interested in hidden detail and surface quality. I like the suggestion of what might have once been and archaeological finds and remains, with their contrast in materials and surfaces, have led to the development of my current work. The use of glaze has become more important and their action upon the various clays, stains, oxides and slips are crucial to the final result.

Each piece is formed from slabs which are built using layers of different clays. Some are printed with plaster or clay stamps (made from found surfaces) or printed with the objects themselves. Clay is often coloured with oxide or stain and this is then used to construct the desired form. More colours are either added at the leather hard stage or after the biscuit firing. A number of glazes are used on each panel or vessel to achieve the variety of colour response to achieve the desired finish.

The pieces are meant to be touched, their tactile quality and surface contrasts are an integral part of the final intention.”


Lara Scobie

My demonstration will focus on the various decorating methods I employ in the production of my work. The demonstration will be done Blue Peter style (“here’s one I made earlier”) in order to fully explore my techniques in a concentrated period. I will demonstrate, amongst other elements of my making, how I draw free-hand onto the leather hard clay and build up layers of surface pattern using inlay and sgraffito techniques.


Potter’s Question Time

Panel: Ben Brierley, Ruth King, Tony Laverick
Chair: Toby Brundin (CPA)

Unashamedly modelled on BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time, we give you the chance to challenge our panel of experts with your pottery problems. Cracked glazes, shrinkage, dinting? We’ve got it covered. Feel free to bring in your own pots for the team to look at.