Sat 12 Oct, 10am–4pm

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A day of activities, demonstrations and talks about everything clay with the Craft Potters Association. Discover the science behind this ancient material, handle objects and materials, watch and learn from expert makers including Roger Law of Spitting Image, and get a chance to contribute to a collaborative artwork in clay.

Ceramics is everywhere right now, but how much do you really know about this natural material - where does it come from, why does it behaves like it does, and how difficult is it to master?

Well next Saturday October 12th you can find out, as the Craft Potters Association has teamed up with clay maker Potclays to bring a ton of clay and a day-long celebration of ceramics to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 

Between 10am and 4pm the museum will be filled with expert live demonstrations showing the full range of the potter’s art: throwing on a wheel, building by hand and surface decoration from top makers in the field, plus a chance to get stuck in with some clay making of your own with Parasite Ceramics. 

There'll also be a chance to handle ancient and modern ceramic objects and find out from experts more about them, plus ceramic-themed guided tours of the museum. 

Whether just to look or also to make, come along on Saturday 12th and see if you get the bug.  The demos, tours, handling and activities are free. 

Sophie Maccarthy decorating a plate

With Sophie MacCarthy

Sophie MacCarthy's tableware explodes with colour and life, a celebration of the natural world and the seasons, an effect she achieves with her distinctive imagery, full of movement and tonal depth. Join her for a rare masterclass looking at surface decoration, something for which she is particularly well-known.





A man at a potters wheel making a vase

With Ian McIntyre, Jack Doherty & Roger Law

Purchase a ticket to three specially-programmed talks exploring different aspects of ceramics, reflecting current practice and its interation with objects in the Museum's collection. See the full programme of talks here.