The restrictions imposed by the government with regard to the coronavirus outbreak have meant that all classes have been postponed until further notice. Hopefully small group sessions can resume in July. Conditional bookings can now be made. All vouchers and prepaid sessions will be honoured and the time limit of a year for vouchers extended as necessary.
With regard to pot sales - the showroom is open with social distancing. I am using Facebook and Instagram to showcase some of my stock and I can give a virtual tour of the showroom if contacted. Purchases can be posted.
For those who are local to Milland I am making pots for adults and children to decorate at home.
Decorating bisque pots made by Milland Pottery seems to be helping people through the lock down. Here are of some of the results so far. Pot decorating has even been chosen as a replacement to a birthday trip to Paris which got cancelled. Some larger pots have been commissioned with the view to decoration 'a la Grayson Perry'
At present the range of pots available are mugs (2 sizes), jugs, dishes and large cups, prices for these range from £12.50-£18.00. Other pots can be made to order.
The pack comes with a range of colours, brushes can be borrowed. Delivery and collection can be arranged locally or contactless collection from the pottery.
Contact Angela at Milland Pottery for more information.
Milland Pottery is tucked away in the beautiful rural valley of Milland in Hampshire / Sussex.
It is run by ceramicist, Angela Carter. Situated 1 mile off the B2070 Liphook - Petersfield road,
just 5 miles from Midhurst in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the pottery is open most
weekdays and Saturdays (not Sundays or Mondays). It is advisable to telephone before visiting, 01428 741530.
Pots are produced on the potter's wheel using a red earthenware clay and decorated with coloured slips under a transparent glaze. Most of the pots are functional, either one-offs or small production runs. Some pots are glazed on the inside but the exterior is decorated with slips, burnished and left unglazed.
Commissions are welcomed, either individual commemorative pieces or special order pots, plates, bowls etc. Ideal for wedding, birthday, Christmas presents.
Over the winter of 2019-2020 the pottery was upgraded by our adjoining timber company, Timber Resources. The old workshop floor was damp and the front wall suffering from rot. The ceiling has been opened up and large windows added to give a wonderful large, airy open space with plenty of room for the 4 wheels and a large table for hand building. Larger groups can now be comfortably accommodated.
Clay is one of the most satisfying and soothing materials to work with. In its most simple form it can be dug from the ground
and fashioned into simple forms and heated to a high temperature (fired) to form a usable pot.
Clay is made up of millions of tiny plate shaped particles. When water is present in the correct proportion these particles will
slide easily over each other without breaking and the clay can be easily moulded or shaped. From the earliest times people have used
the qualities of clay to form functional and decorative artefacts.
At Milland Pottery, we like to share the excitement of shaping a lump of clay into a pot. The pottery is well known for workshops for children and adults. Sessions are usually for one to one and a half hours long. To truly understand the making processes it is preferable if a couple of visits are possible. Groups are kept small so everyone gets plenty of attention. Techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel are all covered. Many adults find making pots on the wheel so absorbing that all life's stresses get forgotten for a while.
Parties are a popular event at the pottery. A pottery session fits in well into a 'hen party' weekend or a friend's 'get together'.
A multi generational party for a family is fun for all ages and very popular.
Boys and girls aged 6 and over can have messy fun creating objects in clay, an ideal birthday party.
A gift voucher for a pottery session or two makes an original birthday, Christmas or special occasion present. These can be easily arranged via our email, email@example.com or by phone 01428 741530
Started in austere times after the Second World War, the pottery was built using traditional techniques of wattle and daub and
chestnut timbers cut from the nearby woods.
Angela Dannreuther Carter and Jane Hawkins worked together at Milland Pottery for many years until Jane's retirement.
Jane studied at Guildford Art School before setting up the pottery at Milland in 1947.
In the early days she worked with fellow potter, Ray Marshall and later with her husband George Hawkins until his death in 1977.
Angela joined Jane in 1979 after a three year Ceramics course at West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham. Jane worked at the pottery until she finally retired aged 80, she died in May 2016.
Pots Waiting to be Fired
This annual event is a great success with it's friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Held at the Milland Memorial Hall, the exhibition is organised by Angela and local weaver
Hilary Charlesworth of Totally Textiles. Many visitors come back year after year and new ones
are made very welcome. The event is made special by the refreshments, all supplied by the exhibitors, with
donations for Samaritans.
So for cake, a catch up and some fabulous finds, make a note in your diary of this year's show - Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November!
Angela is also a member of the Hampshire Artists Cooperative.
The Hampshire Artists Co-operative is an artist led exhibiting group, whose members vary from painters to glassmakers with ceramics, jewellery and textiles, as well as printmaking and drawing all being represented. Formed in 2007, the group was set up to bring together artists and craftspeople in Hampshire to exhibit a range of Contemporary Art and Crafts at The Selborne Gallery, Selborne Hants. As the Selborne Gallery has been sold the artists no longer has a permanent home.
The group now exhibits at various local venues. Since its inception the standard of work produced by the members of HAC has been high, and the determination to maintain the quality means that all new members have to go through a vetting procedure. The members of the group have developed close bonds, this can be seen in the unique way of juxtaposing the different disciplines to show off the diverse techniques and mediums used by members.
The variety of work shown at each exhibition means that there is always something fresh and new to see, in a range of prices to suit all budgets. To keep in touch with HAC's news and events please go to www.hampshireartistscooperative.co.uk or find us on Facebook. The website has links to each member.
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