Pottery Courses Classes Lessons Ceramics Lewes East Sussex

   
     

Rowena Williams
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  • Paddock Studios

  • Courses

  • Stoneware Gallery

  • Raku Gallery

  • Rowena Williams the Potter

    I studied ceramics for three years at Eastbourne College of Art. Since then I have worked as a potter and tutor for twenty six years. I am currently dividing my time between producing my own handmade ceramics and running pottery classes for people of all abilities at my studio in Lewes UK. I am a qualified adult education tutor.

    My principle interest is in Raku Firing using a Raku kiln. I produce one off pieces using this ancient technique. The results are unpredictable and use of copper and silver wire enchance the finished piece.

    I also produce a range of domestic stoneware. My inspiration for this work is the coastline of Sussex, where many summers were spent exploring the colours and textures of the coastal landscape.
    Rock pooling, searching for shells, fossils and stones.

    My work can found in Alfriston Gallery, East Sussex and Lavernam Comtempory Art Gallery, Suffolk. Open houses during the Brighton Festival in May and Artwave August-September in Lewes and surrounding area.

     
           

    Raku

    The History of RAKU

    Today raku has become known as a ceramic firing technique which also became the family name of a ceramic dynasty established 15 generations ago. All starting when "Chojiro" made a tea bowl in the style of "Wabicha" as championed by “Sen Rikyu” a leading tea master of the time. The kiln is fired to 800°c to 900°c until the glazes are matured. The work is then submerged in sawdust, which produce interesting effects, whereby the copper oxide in the glaze reverts to copper. Some of the pottery has copper and aluminium wire added to enhance the design.
    Note: the pottery is porous and unsuitable for food.

    Stoneware

    My inspiration for this work is the coastline of Sussex, where many summers were spent exploring the colours and textures of the coastal landscape.
    Rock pooling, searching for shells, fossils and stones.

    The white and crackle glaze range was inspired by flint which is prevalent along the coast and here in Lewes as old buiding material in local architecture.
    The Aquamarine range incorporates an impressions of ammonites, which was were found locally. The ammonite also has a link with Lewes, being the town where Gideon Mantell the famous fossil hunter and Palaentologist was born.

    The domestic stoneware e.g. mugs, bowls and jugs etc. as mentioned above are hardwaring and suitable for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.

    Pottery Commissions

    Looking for a unique piece or set of pottery.

    Handmade pottery has a far more lasting appeal than mass produced items plus it hold it value far better!

    So if you want a truely unique dinner service,say, then it can be made for you.

    Pottery Gallery

    Pottery Day Courses


    One to One Pottery lessons with Rowena Williams

    Two hour session on the Potter's Wheel. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced throwers.
    £50 inc. all materials

    Wheel throwing and hand building workshops (all year)

    I can provide flexible courses to suit your timetable. Working on the following payment scale

    Individual Pottery Classes


    • 2 hrs. £ 50
    • 1 day £ 125
    • 2 days £ 250
    • 3 days £ 350
    • 4 days £ 450
    • 5 days £ 550

    2 people sharing Pottery Classes


    • 2 hrs. £ 75
    • 1 day £ 200
    • 2 days £ 400
    • 3 days £ 600
    • 4 days £ 800
    • 5 days £ 1000

    All pottery courses run from 10am - 4pm daily

    01273 476527
    07944 336335

    Raku Firing Days


    Glazes and pots provided.
    Cost £50 per day

    Summer/Autumn 2013
    • Saturday 4th May
    • Saturday 1st June
    • Saturday 13th July
    • Saturday 10th August
    • Sun 1st Sept-Artwave Opportunity to fire a tea bowl for £5 2 firings taking place in the Paddock studios garden at 11am and 2pm
    • Saturday 5th Oct

    2 day Pottery Courses

    One to One with Rowena Williams

    One hour sessions on the Potter's Wheel. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced throwers. £20

    Raku Firing Days


    Glazes and pots provided.

    10am-4pm
    Cost £50 per day
    01273 476527
    07944 336335

    One to One Pottery lessons with Rowena Williams

    Two hour session on the Potter's Wheel. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced throwers.
    £40 inc. all materials

    Raku Firing Days


    Glazes and pots provided.
    Cost £50 per day

    Summer/Autumn 2012
    • Saturday 7th April
    • Saturday 2nd June.
    • Saturday 14th July.

    Paddock Studio

    Paddock Art Studio is a lovely old building close to the historic centre of Lewes, hidden in a back lane below Lewes Castle. It is a pleasure to make pottery here with a delightful aspect overlooking the Paddocks and its charming garden.

    The Paddock is run by Lewes & District Visual Arts Association (a registered charity). Its remit is to provide affordable art classes for adults. These range from drawing, painting, clay modeling, printing, mosiacs and pottery.

    How to find the studios

    Paddock Art Studio is very close to the town centre (see map)

    On Foot- From the High Street walk down Westgate and take the footpath on the left to Paddock Lane. Access on foot from other directions too.

    By Car - Paddock Lane is accessed from Offham Road. It is very narrow but there are a few parking spaces outside the studio. There is also reasonably priced street parking within the area, for example in Bradford Road. Some car parks are marked on the map.

    Public Transport- There are regular trains from London, Brighton and Eastbourne. Lewes is also on the Tunbridge Wells to Brighton Bus Route


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    Jewellery Pots

    Porcelain and Silver Jewellery/Keepsake Pots

    Raku Firing on You Tube with Rowena Williams

    (The background noise is the Kiln)