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318 Ceramics is very excited to be able to announce that this year they will be running a summer school with the highly acclaimed slipware potter Niek Hoogland. This is a rare opportunity to attend an intensive master class course with this internationally renowned slipware potter who has exhibited all over the world.
“Decoration starts in the making, the shape of the pot, a pouring lip on a jug or a well pulled handle, a texture made on the wheel all become part of the whole process of decoration” 
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to throw a pot on the wheel, as part of Farnham Craft month, 318 Ceramics will be running some Throwing Taster workshops on Saturday 8th and 29th October.  There will be two sessions on each date from 10-12pm and 2-4pm.    
They will cost £40 which includes one fired pot. 
To book your place go: 

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We're delighted to announce our new studio resident joining us is Rosie Connolly.  Rosie is joining us over the summer as a graduate from Chelsea College of Art.  We're really excited to have her on board and look forward to seeing her at work. 

We're also going to be joined by the fabulous Judy Dibaise. Judy has worked in a range of different media with all outcomes stemming from drawing. Now she concentrates primarily on sculptural ceramics and has exhibited work widely in the UK and abroad within a fine art and craft context. 

Watch out on our blog over the coming weeks as we introduce you to our studio artists further.

Award winning photographer Jay Armstrong will be spending the day at 318 Ceramics on Thursday 15th May 2013 photographing local artists, makers and designers 'at work' through a series of staged mini-photoshoots designed specifically to capture the essence of you and your craft.

Each photoshoot will last between 30 and 45 minutes. Following on from a thorough consultation to find out more about what you do, staging requirements and so on, you will need to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your shoot to set up and get yourself ready and relaxed.
We don't just have access to potters wheels and clay. We have a small craft room which can be dressed according to individual requirement and plenty of beautiful backgrounds to shoot against if you happen to play the violin or paint on an easel, and we have a lovely old desk to stage the perfect environment for illustrators.   
This October sees the realisation of a dream long held by many, as Farnham officially becomes England’s ‘Craft Town’.  

Earlier this year, the Farnham Town Council secured £10,000 'Town Team' funding to focus on Farnham’s ambition.   

The distinctive edge that is Farnham’s significant art and crafts history will be used to attract new people to visit the town and increase footfall to local businesses and organisations.     

Together with the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham Maltings, the New Ashgate Gallery, University for the Creative Arts and many more craft based organisations, 318 Ceramics will play host to what will become an annual, monthly celebration of crafts. 

This years activities taking place throughout October include a willow workshop at Farnham Library, knitting, sewing, drawing and pottery demonstrations and workshops popping up in unexpected places across the town, there will be something to pique the interests of all from novices to experienced makers.    

All events are free and open to all age groups, with the exception of two Friday evening beginners sessions which will be held at the pottery. 
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Annie Hardy, a volunteer for 318 Ceramics, signed up for two of our first ever workshops at 318. She chose Gareth Mason’s ‘Throwing Masterclass’ and Steve Brown’s ‘Collaged Transfers & Found Ceramic Objects’. This is what she had to say about the workshops. . .    

The inaugural class in the beautifully refurbished studios at 318 was a great success. Gareth Mason came to give ten students a Masterclass in throwing. Our task for the day was to return to basics and throw a cylinder.  Gareth began with a demonstration of each of the stages of throwing. As with the whole day Gareth’s instruction and advice was precise and eloquent.  Coming to each of us in turn he very quickly and accurately diagnosed where our technique was weak. Giving us concise instructions, hands on help and advice for adjustments in our hand and body positions we were all soon throwing with greater ease and precision. 
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318 Ceramics is a creative organisation which promotes excellence in ceramics by providing education and support to all makers from beginners to professional. 
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