Gleanings from USA and Australia that may interest…

 Bernard Leach: Archival footage shot in 1952 by John Anderson, now with the addition of a recording of Leach speaking and discovered separately as a ¼ inch audio tape reel and found in 2010 in a box of films donated to the Leach Pottery by the widow of John Anderson …. recently restored and transferred to DVD. There is the addition of a recording of Warren Mackenzie’s remembrances of his time at the Leach Pottery that is apparently different to, yet enhances the experience of watching and listening to Leach himself. For those with a passion for all things Leachean… write to…..

John Anderson (the UK one)  is particularly remembered for his series of six short films for potters made between 1963 and 1985 and distributed among the pottery fraternity of the UK. The video masters of five of these were given to the Leach Pottery for safekeeping. The sixth, and possibly best-known is devoted to the Yorkshire country potter, Isaac Button, the master tape of which is preserved in the Yorkshire Film Archive and a copy can possibly be purchased from there.


Slow Clay in Melbourne is a private teaching centre where the Director, Jane Sawyer, was trained in Japan. If you are visiting Melbourne, Slow Clay offers weekly, day or evening classes, on and off-wheel. There is a specialty with some wheel classes teaching Japanese techniques. There are also Guest Artist workshops such as an up-coming one on wood-fire with Robert Barron where he comes to town for a weekend of making and a while later the students (or only their pots if necessary) go to his country workshop in Gippsland, to load their pots into the kiln and help with the firing.

Slow Clay is also planning a Japan Tour in April 6-19 next year covering the historical and traditional to contemporary perspectives. The tour starts in Osaka and ends in Kyoto focussing on the rich area of South-West Honshu and includes sites that are difficult to access as a regular tourist. The tour will be led by Jane Sawyer and accompanied by Jo Tanaka-King – a graduate of Waseda University where she studied Mingei/folk-craft. There will be a hands-on workshop at Shussai-gama pottery as highlight. The tour will also visit workshops for indigo dying, kasuri textiles, a resist-paste stencilling and visit Onta – a pottery village in the hills of Kyushu and stay for a night at a hot springs inn in Yufun. For inquiries and more details go to…


Japanese Pottery Equipment (e.g. tools or 100 different tissue transfer designs, and various accessories… can be purchased through and using the code ‘subversive’ gets you a discount of 15%.


More things Japanese or Japanese in ambiance can be found at a storehouse of indigo-dyed textiles, clothing such as jackets, trousers, shirts etc in this – with shibori incorporated, plus the simple, wood-fired porcelain, superb tableware of Sandy Lockwood.


Another ceramic teaching centre that could prove to be more of a holiday…. In Sayan, Ubud, in the middle of  Bali.

Gaya Ceramic and Design.

Offers two-week intensives or weekly/casual classes, “taught by internationally renowned clay artists from all over the world”.

Resident Artist Programme for two months – “for concentration, growth and exposure”


And another…

Vallauris Institute of Arts – an international art centre on the French Riviera offers classes, masters and student workshops, a variety of cultural activities, exhibition opportunities and hold Artist in Residence programmes. This is pretty clearly a business rather than any philanthropic opportunity but more info can be obtained from


Finally, a new magazine hitherto undiscovered. CERAMICS IRELAND is much like the good old New Zealand Potter used to be… A4 format and a mix of articles, mainly about the regional but one or two with international focus about individual and groups of artists, exhibitions, galleries etc. You’ll find exhibition reviews of all sorts and articles on the degree shows at the six tertiary training centres still extant in Ireland. (Aren’t they lucky!) There are also how-to-do-it sections, obits and generally uncritical book reviews, news on competitions and events (They get to hold some in real castles!). Articles range from the critical text through to those that read as if written by the artist’s best friend.

It’s a kindly eye upon the wide arena that is current practice in Ireland. The stated purpose of the magazine is to promote and inform about, and to, ceramics in Ireland. And that is exactly what it does.

My eye was drawn to the stunning work on the cover made by a fairly recent graduate, David Withers, who has just been offered a scholarship by The Royal College.

Ireland Cover


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  1. thanks so much for the plug for Slow Clay Centre Moyra – for some reason I’m not receiving your posts anymore so I missed it at the time. Will have to check my status with the blogasphere….don’t want to miss anything you write! Hope all is well with you. Enjoyed reading about the Portage too. Thanks, Jane

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