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Raku Firing Event 2018

This was held at JoJo Rowley’s garden in Ockley, Surrey during her Open Studio.

The event was blessed by perfect weather and attracted 70 bookings from people who then were able to glaze a pot and have it fired in a raku kiln for them

Claire Waterhouse’s Portable Pottery also supplied her own kiln and team so that this event could take place.  We had some very good results and hopefully some very happy new potters

Click here to see some of the fun we all had

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on Friday 14th September at Terri’s.  A good attendance and a new member Lene Rydon has kindly agreed to join the Committee

Pit Firing 2018

Our annual Pit Firing was held on the weekend of 8th/9th September. JoJo and Nigel worked hard to ensure that everyone had a successsful and fun day.  See our Social Activities section.

Fired Works Our recent, very successful group exhibition at Haslemere Educational Museum.

Fourteen members exhibited here including seven members exhibiting with the society for the first time - a feast for the eyes and well earned complements from all who visited.

Recent Events

Obvara Firing - at Jojo’s Garden in Ockley.

It has to be said that our first experiment with this fascinating technique using our raku kiln and a rather magical formula (which seems more culinary than pottery) had mixed results!

Some spectacular, some disappointing and some frankly hilarious. (You MUST have a look at this Video)

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Christmas Lunch Party

Super Bring and Share lunch at East Clandon Village Hall. What you can do with Play Dough!

Barrel Firing Some great colours and effects from an experimental Barrel Firing.  Using two full sized drums for a sort of above ground pit fire plus two half barrels for some smoke firing we achieved some remarkable effects.  Lots of colour and almost no breakages.

Raku Firing for Members.  More smoky fun and a lot of useful experimentation at our raku firing day at Jojo’s.  Welcome to the new members who came along and hopefully enjoyed the day.

Christmas Party East Clandon Village Hall

AGM A well attended meeting with useful discussion about future events.  Elaine Coles agreed to join the committee.

Pit Firing Jojo and Nigel again let us all become pyromaniacs in their garden and treated us to a delicious barbecue afterwards. Again some lovely results emerged from the pit.  

Exhibition at The Forge ArtSpace SHERE

We were given a super opportunity to hold a three day exhibition at this beautiful venue.

Very successful three day ‘pop-up’ exhibition

Pit Firing at Jojo’s in Ockley.  Another super-successful pit-fire.  Social distancing changed the format (no great bring and share lunch) but the results achieved lived up to our usual  standards.  

Raku/Obvara firing at Jojo’s in Ockley

Barrel Firing at Jan’s in Haslemere

10th/11th April

Virtual Demo by Wendy Lawrence.  Our first, very successful, foray into on-line demonstrations.

Wendy had prepared this for us and it was a fascinating morning. Definitely the way forward.

Pit Pot Prep day at Jan’s in Haslemere

Barrel Firing at Jan’s in Haslemere.  We managed to achieve some lovely colouration. We used 1 barrel for 5 members work and left plenty of wood for another firing in November.

Exhibition at The Forge ArtSpace in Shere

10th/12 July

Demo by Paul Taylor via Zoom

18th July 2021

Raku/Obvara Firing at Jojo’s in Ockley

30th July- 1st August

10th August

Pit Pot Prep at Jan’s in Haslemere

Exhibition at Haslemere Educational Museum

9th-30th October

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To learn more about our barrel firing

A very successful ‘Open Studio’ held in our marquee.  A huge thank you to Mary Lindon who let us take over her garden and studio for the event.

13 Members each had a 6ft space in the marquee and arranged their own display.

We held two raku demonstrations on each of the three weekends which were very well received and led to some new members joining the society.

6th - 20th June

Annual Pit Fire at Jojo’s in Ockley.

Demo by Jim Robison via Zoom

7th  November

3rd 4th December

Barrel Firing Jan’s in Haslemere

3 day exhibition/fair at West Horsley Place

26th-29th November

11th 12th September

Raku Firing at JoJo’s in Ockley.  Another splendid day in lovely weather.

7th  November

Barrel Firing at Jan’s in Haslemere

9th/10th April

Three Day ‘pop-up’ exhibition at the Old Forge Gallery in Shere

22nd - 24th July

Raku Firing at JoJo’s in Ockley.  New Date!

30th July

The Society held its annual group exhibition at Mary’s in South Holmwood.  The marquee was be used to showcase the work of several of the Society’s members.  Raku demonstartions were heldon the first Saturday and middle Sunday.  Although down on last year, the event was well attended and several visitors joined the society

Pit Pot Prep day at Jan’s in Haslemere

Relaxed and sociable day making something for the pit firing

10th August

Annual Pit Firing at JoJo’s in Ockley.  Start making your pots and start saving that wood.

Sept 10th- 11th