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Located at the old Farnham Pottery, 318 Ceramics is an independent, creative organisation which aims to offer a variety of ceramic courses for both novice and professional potters. The pottery, whose main buildings have been closed for over 10 years has become a active hub of ceramics.       

In July 2011, Guy and Elaine Hains purchased the Farnham Pottery site. Working closely with 318 Ceramics, the Hains embarked on a sympathetic conversion of the buildings to create practical work areas while retaining the intrinsic charm of the interior and the important features that acknowledge its origins as a former working pottery.     

Once a thriving pottery established by Absolom Harris in 1873, the business continued on the same site for nearly 130 years, and run by the five successive generations of the Harris family. Operating its own clay pits, the site boasted four working kilns and produced domestic, architectural and garden wares in large quantities. In conjunction with the then Farnham Art School, the pottery produced a range of Farnham Art Pottery, which was sold at Liberty’s, Heals and across the world. Many well-known potters including Jim Keeling, David Queensbury and one of our own Patrons, Sir Terence Conran learnt their craft at Wrecclesham.      

The pottery is a wonderful site in the craft town of Farnham and is one of the best-preserved examples of a Victorian country pottery in England. In a corner of the room that will become artist studios there is still dry clay splashed up the wall and a wooden wedging bench where one of Absoloms descendants Reg Harris produced his wares. It is an extremely evocative reminder of the country pottery that was produced within those walls.     

We are delighted to call such an inspiring place our home and play a part in continuing the town’s long and rich relationship with clay. We are fortunate to have the support of the University for the Creative Arts alongside many inspirational and internationally renowned ceramicists such as Magdalene Odundo, Gareth Mason, Carolyn Genders, Carol McNicoll and Janice Tchalenko who will work with us to deliver our aim of creating a ceramics centre of excellence for the 21st Century.      

The facilities include fully equipped pottery studios for six makers, a throwing room, glaze room and kiln room. We run a full ceramics programme of workshops and events for all ages and abilities throughout the year.