A pottery studio in St Civran, France

Welcome to this blog about the quiet rural life in the Berry Province of France where I have tried to open a pottery studio to hobby potters.
Your comments will be appreciated.

28 July 2013

66. Poterie entrée libre

 Nearly there...

Some of the furniture stored in my pottery studio has been sold and some more junk has been sorted out.

I have cleared one meter of the 3m work bench and I have made small heaps of some dry clay previously put to soak.

With the hot and dry weather we are having now it should be ready for throwing on the potter's wheel by... by to-morrow!

02 April 2013

65. A kiln building workshop in Dordogne

This post is to give a bit of publicity to a holiday workshop taking place in Dordogne, France, at the end of June this year 2013.

I got the information this morning from a friend potter www.lesmainsdanslaterre.com living in Dordogne and running a website with all sorts of announcements to do with the pottery scene in France.
Here's the info:

An American couple from Arizona www.caneloproject.com are giving a workshop in building a kiln with clay and lime and things... it does sound interesting but it remains to be seen!

They will be hosted in Dordogne by Sara Daniels www.terre-et-toi.com who runs a "gîte", French equivalent to a B&B. The address is at 24700 St Géraud de Corps in France, i.e. 30 minutes from Bergerac and 1h from Bordeaux. The workshop will be from 30 June to 5 July and will cost €750.

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I'd love to attend and take part.

If any potter here in Ireland is interested to join me to go, please contact me, I have spare free seats in my car!

19 March 2013


Last August I wrote on this blog: "I am moving back for real to the house attached to the pottery studio and as permanently as can be!"... Famous last words. In January, i.e. four months later, I moved to Ireland. Yes, IRELAND.

Getting slowly acquainted with the pottery scene here.

Not long ago, through the diplomatic help of a new friend, I was able to meet Patricia Howard in her workshop in Duncormick, County Wexford. Alice and I had organised to block an afternoon for two events, one meeting at the Presbyterian church in Wexford about a potential future minister there, and afterwards to drive to Duncormick to meet Patricia the potter. Yes, but this type of organisation assumes that all goes as planned all the time for everyone. It didn't. We were very late starting on the road and what's more under a foggy sky plus heavy rain with screen wipers going like mad. Country roads in Ireland are romantic the first time you drive on one. See my description of driving to Wicklow in January. The second and subsequent times it is more of a nightmare... To go and see Patricia's pottery I was the passenger, so, it was not too bad!

See: The Potter's Yard  www.thepottersyard.com

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On Friday 15 March, after having enquired previously at the Tourist Office in the old fortress at Eniscorthy, I ventured with my own car to find the Kiltrea Pottery. I had been told to take the top road to Kiltealy and at the round about to turn left. That took me wandering on a narrow busy country road until I decided to turn back and drive to the round about again. The sign for the Kiltrea Pottery is there pointing straight on. How far? Not far. How far is 'not far'? This is the major problem. Luckily there were signs for the Kiltrea Pottery at irregular intervals. At one stage I had to leave the sort of main road onto a very country road. Pot holes to the pottery. When I finally got there, I thought I had been crossing a continent... but in number of kilometers, t'is true, it is not far from Eniscorthy.

At the Kiltrea Pottery I was welcomed by Johanna who listened to my story and showed me around their huge workshop with a giant kiln firing their next load for the Easter sale on at the end of the month. She also gave me some addresses of other potters to visit and praised the Kilkenny arts centre so that I felt I had to go and see it. I didn't that very day but I will drive to Kilkenny soon.

See:  Kiltrea Pottery   www.kiltreapottery.com

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 In the area of Wexford in a village on the other side of the Slaney river called Castlebridge I found a young woman potter in her workshop. When we turned up at her shop she was busy on her computer doing admin work! The weather outside was horrendous, so we lingered in the shop where Mairead Stafford exhibits her work. I particularly liked the 'mermaid green' line. Mairead explained she was going to spend some time with a potter in Greece next May. We wished her good luck and I promised to come back.

See:  Ballyelland Pottery  www.ballyellandpottery.ie

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It is all for to-day. I shall add up as I get acquainted with more potters and add photos when I can use my camera.