The Guild holds monthly meetings which include TALKS and DEMONSTRATIONS from October through to May. These mostly take place on Friday evenings with an occasional Saturday meeting. In addition, we hold Coffee Mornings for members to meet, greet and share pottery stories.
COVID-19 UPDATE – like so many things, our talks and demonstrations have very successfully moved online for the foreseeable future in 2020. Reviews are taken at our Committee Meetings to assess the viability and timing of re-instigating our physical monthly meetings. In the meantime, members are notified via our Chair’s emails of forthcoming Zoom events (demonstrations and coffee mornings). Our quarterly Newsletters include write-ups of events for those who’ve not been able to attend.
DCPG Exhibition and Sale of Ceramics at St Albans Market: September-December, every Saturday, 9am-4pm – stall for 3 members* each week
If members would like to take part, please contact our Vice Chair, Jackie Harrop to reserve a Saturday slot.
DCPG Members* Zoom Coffee Mornings: 10.30-12.30pm
Wednesday 9th September – including short talk on Once Firing by Mandy English
Thursday 1st October – including ‘Bring a Pot’ to talk about
Tuesday 20th October – including short talk on Sustainable Ceramics by Sara Howard
Wednesday 25th November – including short talk by Fiona Booy about her work and the Digswell Arts Trust
Tuesday 15th December
*If you’re interested in joining see our membership options here.
Saturday 5th September, 2020 10am – Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch – from their home and studio in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Hannah and Doug are happy for us to share this 12 minute video they kindly made as part of their morning with us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okcVb3rfAeA&app=desktop
You can also learn more about their life and work by subscribing to their YouTube channel below and their annual ONLINE EXHIBITION starts on October 30th 2020 – visit their website for more information. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWk0oFol_9i3gbnk59-F7gQ
Friday 14th August, 2020, 7pm – Enrique Perezalba Red – from his studio in Deptford, London
Friday 12th June, 2020, 8pm – Denis Di Luca – from his studio in Urbino, Italy
Click HERE to see the presentation slides shown by Nadine Blakemore during her talk on the 9th Nov 2018
Meetings Calendar 2019-2020
Saturday 12th October (10am – 1pm)
AGM + Fitzwilliam Competition (bird baths/birds)
judge and demonstrator: John Higgins
Friday 8 November
Friday 6 December
Margaret Gardiner http://www.maggygardiner.com
Denis Di Luca – MOVED ONLINE fRIDAY 12TH JUNE
Friday 15 May
Midori Takaki CANCELLED
ALL WELCOME. Members FREE. Guests £5.00
( Tea, coffee, biscuits and chat from 7.30pm )
8.00pm – 10.00pm held at :
Kings Langley Methodist Church
The DCPG borrowing library is also available throughout the evening.
Meetings Calendar 2018-2019
Friday 9 November
Nadine Blakemore on making best use of instagram to promote your work.
Vivienne Rodwell-Davies will give a demonstration of different techniques for printing on clay.
Friday 7 December
Colin Hazelwood‘s guide to glazing for beginners and Wendy Peters’ experimental approach to hand-building
Friday 8 February
Gin Durham. Lively animal figures.
Richard Baxter will talk about his way of colouring glazes and demonstrate throwing techniques.
Friday 10 May
Linda Bloomfield – scientist turned potter who has researched new glaze colours from rare minerals and written books on colours, glazes, science for potters and contemporary tableware.
Meetings Calendar 2017-2018
Friday 13th October (start time 7.30pm)- AGM + *The Fitzwilliam Competition
Judge and demonstrator: Richard Miller (tile business, wood-fired stoneware for pleasure, filming experience as technician on ‘Throwdown’) http://www.froyletiles.co.uk
*Each year a new subject for the competition is selected and any current member of the Guild may enter this
competition. This year, the category is ‘things with lids’. The awards are presented by the Fitzwilliam family in memory of Mervyn Fitzwilliam who was one of the founding members of the Guild as well as the chair of DCPG for many years.
Friday 10th November Jo Taylor – Baroque sculptural forms
Friday 8th December Pratima Kramer beautifully coloured decorative ceramics, inspired by the culture and textiles of India. (Robert Cooper CANCELLED)
Saturday 13th January Paul Rowbottom – News and views from Japan
Friday 9th February Jim Newboult – Archeological ceramics and making replicas.
Saturday 24th February Potters Open Day (POD) – 9.00pm – 5.00pm
Sandringham School, St Albans. http://www.sandpittheatre.co.uk
Friday 13th April Mori Yamauchi
Friday 11th May Stuart Smith – Fine ceramic sculptor