18 November—19 November 2017

The Big Pottery Weekend featuring Made in Bristol Makers’ Fair

We’ve teamed up with Made in Bristol to celebrate local contemporary craft.

Inspired by current exhibition Radical Clay: Teaching with the greatest potters of the 1960s, the weekend will feature workshops, tours and demonstrations alongside a specially curated Makers’ Fair to showcase the region’s most skilled designer-makers.

Featuring 30 wonderful stalls of illustrators, painters, jewellers, craft-makers, sculptors, and photographers, this must-see event is the perfect place to discover distinctive and unusual hand-made gifts.

Try your hand at some of the basic techniques of studio pottery, take a curator led tour of the museum’s ceramic collection and even try throwing a pot with Pot Stop’s wheel on wheels.

Image: © Jessica Thorn


Drop-in workshops with ceramic artists Sam Hallett and James Newbold
18 – 19 Nov, 10am – 4pm
Try your hand at some of the basic techniques used by studio potters. Learn about coil pots, slab building, surface decoration, different clays and slips and more.

Curator-led tours of the Radical Clay exhibition
Sat 18 Nov, 11am, 2pm
Sun 19 Nov, 11am, 2pm

Curator-led tours of the Ceramics Gallery
Sat 18 Nov, 12pm, 3pm
Sun 19 Nov, 12pm

Wheel on wheels by Pots Stop
All weekend in various places
Pots Stop will be out and about during the weekend offering passers-by the chance to try throwing a pot!

Hand-building demonstrations from artist Jessica Thorn
18 – 19 Nov, various times
Local ceramicist Jessica Thorn will be demonstrating her unique approach to hand building functional porcelain pieces, inspired by the simplistic design of tin and enamelware. Jessica celebrates craftsmanship through her own work by highlighting her elusive joining technique, allowing the viewer to see the construction and unique trademark of her craft.

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