Bring your family to enjoy our courtyard garden, lots of offers on pots, shopping for gifts in The Octagon and a relaxing lunch in our cafe, The Straw Kitchen.
Dahlia Tubers - over 25 varieties to choose from, all top quality and hand selected by our Dutch supplier.
Exclusive Talk and Demonstration by Kondo Takahiro
at Whichford Pottery
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at 15.00
Very limited space available - booking essential.
We are honoured to host Kondo Takahiro at the Pottery giving a one-off talk and demonstration on his life and works.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kondo Takahiro was born in Kyoto, Japan, where he still works from his family workshop in the hills of Yamashina. Kondo’s grandfather, Kondo Yuzo was named a Living National Treasure for his works in sometsuke.
However, even-though clay was very much a family heritage Kondo-san only really became interested in the material in his twenties.
Since then his journey from traditional porcelain ware to highly dynamic, striking forms is one that has been celebrated the globe over.
CONNECTION TO WHICHFORD
On his recent trip to Japan, Jim, had the pleasure of meeting Kondo Takahiro. Kondo-san is a third-generation porcelain artist from Kyoto with an international reputation, he is interested in blurring the distinction between utilitarian craft and Art, and in Japan, is considered both a superlative technician and a major conceptual artist.
During their meeting Kondo-san asked to come to work at Whichford Pottery in early April. Kondo-san will spend three days making at Whichford, using various earthenware clays to make ali baba style shapes. These works will then be fired in the April firing of The Oxford Anagam Willow Kiln - they will fire to 1230 degrees so expect some good warping, bloating and collapses!
The Willow Kiln Spring Firing Dates
Loading 15th April
Firing: 20th April
Top Temperature: 25th April
Unloading: 1st and 2nd May
The Willow Kiln firing will be managed by Kazuya Ishida, with help from the Whichford team.
A special event celebrating colour in the garden.
At 11.30am - "Flower Powered Gardening"
an illustrated talk by RHS Horticultural Advisor and award-winning author, Andy Vernon. Learn how to super-charge your borders and containers with bold, colourful plant combinations.
At 2.30pm - "Cut and Come Again Flowers"
an inspirational talk by Julie Ritchie of Hoo House Nursery. She will share her choice of unusual perennials to help brighten up your garden and home.
And much more...
- Exceptional Plants for Sale by Hoo House Nursery, A wonderful selection of herbaceous perennials and alpines for sale by Hoo House Nursery, who now offer over 900 different varieties of plants!;
- Splendid spring offers on pots;
- Handmade British gifts in The Octagon; and
- Take in the spring from the terrace of The Straw Kitchen whilst tucking into your homemade lunch!
Tickets for talks - £12.50 each.
To book tickets to attend Andy Vernons talk, click here
To book tickets to attend Julie Ritchies talk, click here
The Brick Kiln Firing Dates
Loading: from 10th May
Firing: from 17th May
Top Temperature: 25th May
Unloading: 4th June
The May Firing of The Brick Kiln will be managed by Jim, with help from Kaz and the Whichford team.
Volunteers are once again gratefully encouraged and will receive FREE space in the kiln - £20 free space (sizes as per charges on table linked below).
If you would like to fire pieces in The Brick Kiln work must be delivered to Whichford Pottery by Tuesday 8th May or dropped off onsite at Wytham on Sunday 6th May.
Meet the designers, clay technicians, potters, decorators and apprentices behind our pots!
A rare chance to see our workshop in action on a Saturday, our team will be showcasing the skills that go into each Whichford Pot throughout the day with timed demonstrations in each area for you to enjoy (see timetable below).
- Guided Tours every half an hour from 11.30
- Chat to Jim Keeling in his workshop. A one-off opportunity to ask him all your gardening and pottery questions whilst he works.
- Dominique Keeling in her studio demonstrating how she decorates her and Jim's stunning sgraffito earthenware.
Kaz is a leading Japanese potter who has apprenticed under Jim at Whichford and under Isezaki Jun, The Living National Treasure of Bizen, Japan. These rare tutorials offer you a unique chance for in-depth tuition tailored to suit your personal level of skill, be it beginner or professional. Kaz teaches both throwing and hand-building techniques and is renowned for his ability to combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics. Workshop Details
Tickets £150 - Limited space available on each workshop
so please call us on 01608 684416 or buy tickets below
Each Ticket Includes
Teas, Coffees, Biscuits etc and a light lunch at The Straw Kitchen
Plus, two of your pots will be fired in the May firing of the Oxford Anagama Kiln (more can be fired by arrangement).
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Workshops are run in small groups with a limited number of attendees. You will learn throwing and hand-building techniques from one of our highly-skilled potters. We will then supervise the drying and firing of your items, which will take approximately six weeks.
Each workshop runs from 9:30 until 13:30 with a break for tea or coffee and homemade cake.
Cost includes tuition, materials, firing and refreshments.
£75 per person
Please be aware that we do not send out a physical ticket, instead your name will be added to our list. If you would like a physical ticket to give as a gift, they are available on demand.
Additionally we can provide a gift vouchers for workshops to allow the recipient to choose a date that suits them - please call us on 01608 684416 if you would like a workshop gift voucher.