If you are interested in pottery, the Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild is for you. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a professional potter, an art student, tutor or technician, a collector, a beginner, or just interested in studio pottery, you will find a warm welcome amongst others with similar interests.
Well respected local and international potters discuss and demonstrate their work & skills at our regular monthly meetings, from October to May at the Kings Langley Methodist Church Hall, WD4 8BR (next to the Premier Travel Inn). The atmosphere is informal and there is an opportunity to talk to other members over a cup of tea or coffee. Guests are welcome to drop in (£5).
The Guild arranges several workshops during the year, with opportunities to learn about many aspects of pottery, including hand building, throwing, Raku, smoke firing, soda firing, etc. Recent workshops have included glazing, throwing, as well as a special guided tour of the V&A ceramics department.
We hold an annual exhibition at which members show and sell their work. This has been greatly supported by members and public alike. In addition, the Guild has been invited to events such as Childwickbury and Kimpton Arts Fairs, where members run ‘have a go’ throwing sessions, hand building for kids, and also have the opportunity to sell their own work.
We also run educational days at local secondary schools in conjunction with their Art departments. Two such schools are Longdean and Sandringham.
We also have:
- Online gallery – an opportunity for members to exhibit their work.
- Newsletter – we issue quarterly newsletters which cover the monthly meetings, local events and other articles of interest written by our members.
In addition, some suppliers offer discounts to members.
- Library – we have an extensive library on ceramic art which is open to members at the Friday meetings.
This was established in memory of a founding member and funds an annual competition, adding spice to our AGM. The theme of the competition is chosen by members at our Open Day.
A major event in our annual calendar is the Potters Open Day (POD) where we invite leading professionals to present and demonstrate, and who also offer us a chance to buy some of their work. This is attended by members, potters from neighbouring Guilds and the public.