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We’re delighted to announce Jesse Finlay as the winner of the inaugural London Potters Annual Makers Award.  In addition to the £300 first prize, Jesse also receives a mentoring session with Claire Pearce at Thrown Gallery, plus a number of other benefits.

All applicants were required to submit a maker statement outlining how they would benefit from the award for their continuing ceramics professional development.  Jesse is a recent graduate from UCA Farnham and will be using the award towards setting up her home studio to develop her printed fabric and ceramic ink works.  Runners up Ania Perkowska and Justine Jenner each receive £100 for their respective projects.

The award judges were LP Chair Fay De Winter, Vice Chair Lindy Barletta, President Stephen Dee and Claire Pearce from Thrown Gallery London.

A huge thank you to all LP members who applied for the award.  We’ll be announcing the criteria and application details for the 2021 Makers Award next spring.

We’ve added The Clay Garden, a new ceramics studio in Cambridge Grove, London W6 to our Where to Pot in London Guide.

The LP Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 10 October.  After much consideration, and due to the ongoing uncertainty over social gatherings, the meeting will now be held via Zoom video conferencing.  The meeting will start at 11am and last for approximately one hour.

The agenda for the meeting has been emailed to all registered LP members, together with supporting documents.  At the end of official business we will be announcing the winner of the inaugural London Potters Annual Maker Award.  And for members attending there will be an opportunity to take part in a prize draw to win a Potclays voucher or pottery book.

Members wishing to attend should RSVP to Membership Secretary as soon as possible.

Join us on Instagram @london.potters from 19 September through to 21 October where we’ll be hosting our #100under100 Virtual Sale!  From bowls to bottles, shoes to sculpture, we’ll be featuring 100 exciting works, all priced under £100.

We’ve updated our Where to Pot in London Guide listing courses and classes at adult education colleges, co-operatives, open access studios and with individual makers across the capital.

Please remember that all venues are currently operating under social distancing guidelines and you may find spaces are limited at the present time.

Due to the current coronavirus situation, and to support the Government’s social distancing and non-essential travel strategy, we will no longer be connecting enquirers with our members who are able to offer a kiln firing service.

We are sure many people are turning to clay for a creative outlet during these difficult times but we would not wish to put our members at any unnecessary contact risk.

As soon as it is safe to do so, and in line with any government guidance, we will gladly resume this service.

Given the unprecedented coronavirus situation, we have cancelled the Linda Bloomfield event scheduled for 28 March and have suspended our events programme for the time being. LP Council will continue to monitor government advice and aim to restart our events programme as soon as feasible.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the London Potters Annual Makers Award.

Encompassing our charity’s education remit, the award will support London Potters members in specialised ceramics professional development. The award comprises:

  • One year’s membership of London Potters.
  • Cash award of £300 to the winner and two runner-up awards of £100 each.
  • A two hour, one-to-one mentoring session with Claire Pearce at Thrown Contemporary for the winner.
  • Winner and runners up to contribute to and feature in a Makers Focus article in London Potters Newsletter.
  • Certificate of achievement.

To be eligible you need to be a paid up member of London Potters before the submission date of 30 June. Plus, you’ll need to demonstrate that any award granted will be used for the sole purpose of supporting your ceramic development.

If you are an existing LP member application information is on the way to you.

Not yet a LP member? Our new membership year starts on 1 May so now is a really great time to think about joining us.  We look forward to welcoming you.

With her scientific knowledge of glazes, Linda Bloomfield has developed her own range, in particular translucent glaze colours obtained using oxides rather than commercial stains. Linda has written several books on glazes including Colour in Glazes and The Handbook of Glaze Recipes.

For this event, participants should have some basic experience of making and/or using glazes.  The practical session will focus on aspects of making, testing and firing glazes.

Booking enquiries to Luyi Brown: E:

A two-day selling fair featuring handmade studio pottery from 20 local London Potters members. Taking place in the delightful Grade 2 listed Normansfield Theatre, the fair offers a range of functional and sculptural objects to suit all tastes and budgets.

Normansfield Theatre
The Langdon Down Centre
2a Langdon Park
Teddington TW11 9PS

Free admission
Children’s Activity Area
Wheelchair Access

Nearest station: Hampton Wick
Buses 281 and 285
Free parking