Thursday, January 13, 2011

British slipware potters workshop on Cape Cod





British potters Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch (whose blogs are available in the roll of blogs on the right of this page) bring their 21st century take on traditionally decorated slipware pottery to the U.S. in April.
On the weekend of April 8-10, the Cape Cod Potters will sponsor the first in a series of three East Coast workshops by the two friends. The event will be in the Falmouth High School clay studio, on the weekend of April 8-10. It will cost $145 (members) and $165 (non-members) for the full weekend, including lunch each day. (Scholarships are always available for these workshops, and art students and faculty at the Falmouth school can attend for free.) McAndrew and Fitch continue on to another two-day workshop in Fredericksburg, Va., and then a single day in Shelby, N.C., before returning home.
The two potters are well-known in the United Kingdom and have become familiar to U.S. potters through their blogs. Both were part of "Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story," an international exhibition of potters' work last fall in Southern Pines, N.C. McAndrew lives in southern Scotland and Fitch in Devon, England.
McAndrew and Fitch work with earthenware clay, making functional pots that are decorated with liquid slip in patterns, manipulated surfaces, or images and words. The style dates back centuries, but each potter has brought his or her own contemporary touch to the work.
We'll post more information about the workshop as it develops. In the meantime, e-mail Hollis Engley at hatchvillepottery@comcast.net for reservations, directions and more information for the Cape Cod workshop, or call him at 508-563-1948. For the Virginia workshop, e-mail Dan Finnegan at danfinneganpottery@cox.net. For the North Carolina event, e-mail Ron Philbeck at ronpots2@yahoo.com. Also, look for postings on the workshops in the March and April issues of Ceramics Monthly and the spring issue of Clay Times.
Photos above include, top to bottom: Hannah McAndrew's mugs, Hannah herself, a big Doug Fitch jug, Doug himself with a freshly-thrown cider jar.



12 comments:

Craig Edwards said...

W!ow, it sounds like a great time!

Anna said...

Woohoo!!!

ang said...

sweet....i'll be there :))

Paul Jessop said...

Sounds great, Doug's hair might have grown back by then. we can only hope.

Hannah said...

Crikey heck those pics will put folks off Hollis!
I got butterflies i my tummy just reading that.
Very much looking forward to meeting you.

Hollis Engley said...

I did see Doug's adolescent haircut in that recent video, Paul. But I do think it has time to grow out to adult length by April. We can only hope. And Hannah, I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding your photo; it's Doug's madman look in that image that might give people pause. And we all look forward to the kibitzing presence of Australian claywoman Angela Walford on that weekend. She can wedge clay for you two.

ang said...

does that mean i can heckle???? :))

Hollis Engley said...

I'm guessing, Ang, that we'd have a hard time keeping you from heckling.

John Bauman said...

Looks like you East-Coasters have all the fun.

Hollis Engley said...

Well ... not all the time, John. But this one sounds like fun. Come on out.

MHAD said...

Happy new year to our blogger friend of Cape Cod from the two painters smurfs of Britany (France) !!

Hollis Engley said...

To the Smurfs, too! I love your blog.