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A Life in Ceramics - Jon Barrett-Danes

A Life in Ceramics – Jon Barrett-Danes

A Life in Ceramics – Jon Barrett-Danes April 15, 2021 Ceramics was always something my parents did, and when I was growing up it was just something that was happening around me. Although I did have an interest, I was far more interested in other things as you would expect from a teenage boy. Most of my

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From first pinch pot to the Sussex Guild – Kate Hackett

From first pinch pot to the Sussex Guild – Kate Hackett April 15, 2021 My first experience of clay was with my Mum, who was an artist and weaver, but decided to take a course in pottery at our local college in Chichester. Following this, our family all got the clay bug and my sister and

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Lisa Katzenstein

Plant Based – Lisa Katzenstein

Plant Based – Lisa Katzenstein April 15, 2021 I spent my early childhood in Rome, and the early influences of colour and pattern have informed my craft ever since. I went to the Central School in the latter 1970s, a time and a place where old conventions of what “craft” was about were being overturned. Out

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A short history of the Guild

A Short History of the Guild

A Short History of the Guild May 28, 2021 ORIGINS A Guild of Sussex Craftsmen existed between1931 and 1953.  Born of the depression years, interrupted by the war, it is interesting to read the list of crafts which were to be prioritised in 1946. It included: blacksmithing; wheelwrighting and cart building; brick making; saddlery; trug making

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Jessica Jordan

A moment in Time – Jessica Jordan Ceramics

A moment in Time – Jessica Jordan Ceramics April 15, 2021 My career as a ceramicist began when I was still in school. I had a wonderful tutor who was interested in clay – she was so passionate about it that I was drawn to the medium too. It was something about the clay and its flexibility, and the seemingly endless

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Why I do What I do - Andrew Hague

Why I do What I do – Andrew Hague

Why I do What I do – Andrew Hague April 15, 2021 I think it’s part of being human to want to make things. Often people who become professional designer/makers have had an influencing figure in their lives who made them aware of it as a possibility. For me it was my Grandad, although everyone else

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Sophie Cadogen

Creative Knitwear – Sophie Cadogan

Creative Knitwear – Sophie Cadogan April 15, 2021 Cadogan Cardigans – so named as I thought it was good alliteration especially as cardigans were exactly what I made when I initially started my knitwear business. That has now developed into the production of jumpers, tunics and lots of accessories such as mittens and scarves too. People ask

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Stephen Atkinson Jones

A Life with Mud – Stephen & Caroline Atkinson-Jones

A Life with Mud – Stephen & Caroline Atkinson-Jones April 15, 2021 I have been producing ceramics in my various workshops since I was 17…I’m still doing that – it’s a lifetime’s work and interest, although I have been involved in a great variety of other pursuits over the years. After working and training in business

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Sue Scullard - Wood Engraving

Sue Scullard – Wood Engraving

Sue Scullard – Wood Engraving March 8, 2021 Wood engraving must be one of the slowest ways of creating an image.  It can take up to 6 weeks to complete one, even something the size of a postcard, so it doesn’t lend itself to tight deadlines, but at least after all that work an edition of

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Jonathan Chiswell Jones

How did it start? – Jonathan Chiswell Jones

How did it start? – Jonathan Chiswell Jones February 15, 2021 Anyone who has ever picked up a piece of clay and rolled it between their fingers or hollowed it in the palm of their hand, is a maker. My introduction to the lure of clay was rather more extended.  On the banks of the Hoogli

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