A Demonstration by Geoffrey Swindell was held at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Llandaff, on Saturday February 25th. It was a joint event organised by South Wales Potters and the College.
Some people say his ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, some just remnants turning slowly to dust. Others see unidentified objects from far away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent. They want to touch and take them home in their pockets like a newly found treasure.
He says he has been compelled to make these curious forms. Usually they are vases but sometimes they become teapots, bowls or jugs and sometimes they don't have a name. Their creation has given him joy, despair, friends, money and backache. Over forty Museums and Public Collections own them including the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert in London.
ABOVE: 30 members shared the SWP Christmas Lunch, which was held at The Bear Hotel, Crickhowel, on Monday Dec. 12th
The South Wales Potters Christmas Exhibition (above) took place at the Greenspace Gallery and Tea Rooms, Carmarthen, and ran from 17th November until 24th December 2016.There were 12 potters participating, andthe quality and variety of work on display provided an excellent example of the diversity within the membership of SWP. Not only were visitors able to purchase the work on display, they also had the opportunity to discuss the pieces with whichever exhibiting potter was present that day, and observe some of them demonstrating their techniques.
Cynhaliwyd Arddangosfa Nadolig Crochenwyr De Cymru yn Oriel a Chaffi Greenspace, Caerfyrddin, rhwng 16eg o Dachwedd tan 24ain o Ragfyr 2016. Roedd 12 crochenydd yn cymryd rhan, ac roedd ansawdd ac amrywiaeth y math o waith ar ddangos yn esiampl wych o’r amrywiaeth o fewn aelodaeth CDC. Nid yn unig oedd ymwelwyr yn gallu prynu'r gelf ar werth, fe gawsant hefyd gyfle i sgwrsio a thrafod y gwaith gyda’r crochenydd oedd yn bresennol y diwrnod hwnnw, a gweld rhai ohonynt yn dangos eu technegau.
Fourteen members of SWP attended the excellent presentation on Professional Development by Hywel Pontin. Hywel covered all the business aspects of working as a professional Potter and we look forward to further sessions covering some aspects in more depth at a later date.
The Ceramica Demonstration Weekend is held biennially and is one of the most important of SWP events. Though much smaller and more intimate than the International Ceramics Festival, delegates usually find it a rewarding experience.
This year Ceramica was again held in September to take advantage of the excellent accommodation and facilities at the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The Demonstrators were Doug Fitch and Clare Wakefield