A fantastic opportunity to get constructive feedback from our Vice President and distinguised artist about your work as we prepare for the Open Exhibition.

The range of work now being made runs from simple coffee mugs and plates to one-off ceramic sculpture for fashionable art galleries, whilst the influences today include the far east, modern European, traditional African art, abstract, and even geological forms.

Peter Longman developed the collecting bug whilst working as Deputy Director of the Crafts Council 35 years ago, and his talk is largely based on pots made in the west country.

Two Rivers was formed in 1976 and has been run and located at Pitt Mill, Somerset, UK since 1990.

The owner/manager is Jim Patterson, a fourth generation paper maker who has spent his entire working life in the paper industry, in larger mills both in England and abroad, including Wansborough Paper Company in Watchet.

A North-east charity initiative to help people with disabilities socialise is enjoying great success 18 months after launching.

Dates-n-Mates helps adults in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire form meaningful friendships and relationships in a safe environment.

The poet and critic Sir Herbert Read wrote that “if you want judge the art of a country, judge the fineness of its sensibility by its pottery; it is a sure touchstone”.

Potters were an essential part of any community, and their skills were often passed down through the generations.

The best known exponent was Bernard Leach who discovered pottery whilst in Japan and in 1920 set up a workshop at St Ives that still survives today.

He helped train a generation of potters from all around the world; his grandson John continues the family tradition at Muchelney near Langport.

The pioneers of studio pottery 100 years ago were influenced by those so-called ‘peasant potters’ who still survived, particularly in the west country, as well as by the traditions and techniques of the far east with their exotic glazes and use of porcelain.