The pots are produced on the potter's wheel using a red earthenware
clay and decorated with coloured
slips under a transparent or matt glaze.
Most of the pots are functional, either one-offs or small production runs.
Commissions are welcomed, either individual commemorative pieces or special order pots, plates, bowls etc. Ideal for wedding, birthday, Christmas presents.
A new range of non functional pots using a variation on primitive bonfire firing techniques are being produced.
Sawdust, seaweed, coffee grounds, wire wool, copper wire and common pottery chemicals are burnt to give random and exciting colours on the pots.
The black pots are fired in a sealed "saga" full of sawdust. The oxygen supply is restricted, the saw dust does not burn cleanly and turns the pots black.
The pots are burnished before firing and polished after to bring out the colours. To keep the burnish, the pots cannot be fired very high so they are porous and should
only be used for decorative purposes.
Milland Contemporary Craft Exhibition and Sale
Saturday 23rd and 24th November 10am - 4pm
Milland Memorial Hall Milland Nr Liphook GU30 7NA
Once again Hilary Charlesworth and Angela Carter are organising the Milland Contemporary Craft Fair on Saturday 23rd and 24th November 10am - 4pm in Milland Village
Hall. As in previous years craftspeople from around the area will be displaying a variety of their latest work, all of which is for sale. This is an opportunity for
you will come and talk to these specialists about their techniques and inspirations.
Angela Carter has been working at Milland Pottery for over 30 years. She makes pots on the wheel using earthenware clay which are decorated with bright coloured
slips under a transparent glaze. Each pot that comes out of the kiln gives inspiration for the next one both for shape and the development of colour combinations.
Angela also runs pottery sessions for all ages to come along and discover the amazing properties of clay, particularly on the potter's wheel.
Hilary Charlesworth whose rug weaving studio is in Stedham, says of her work: " I am very excited by colour and colour blending and this is reflected in my work.
Inspiration comes from many sources including overheard fragments of conversation which I 'hear' as pattern and colour. I also work to commission and teach workshops
in various textile techniques including woven tapestry and felt making."
Other new exhibitors at this year's Milland Contemporary Craft Exhibition and Sale will include the Barrett Danes family - Ruth with prints, Jon with his ceramic animal
based sculptures which are full of character and humour and Jane with gloves and blankets. Mary Noble will be showing her calligraphy and Mark Smith his copper and stone
sculptures along with ceramics, jewellery, weaving and upholstery millinery and book binding by local artists and crafts people.
As in previous years there will be a focus on home-made soups and cakes, supplied by the stall holders and friends, for which we ask a donation for Samaritans.
Clay is one of the most satisfying and soothing materials to work with. In its most simple form it can be dug from the ground
and fashioned into simple forms and heated to a high temperature (fired) to form a usable pot.
Clay is made up of millions of tiny plate shaped particles. When water is present in the correct proportion these particles will
slide easily over each other without breaking and the clay can be easily moulded or shaped. From the earliest times people have used
the qualities of clay to form functional and decorative artefacts.
At Milland Pottery, we like to share the excitement of shaping a lump of clay into a pot.
The pottery is well known for classes for children and adults. Sessions are usually for one to one and a half hours long. To
truly understand the making processes it is preferable if a couple of visits are possible. Groups are kept small so everyone gets
plenty of attention. Techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel are all covered.
Many adults find making pots on the wheel so absorbing that all life's stresses get forgotten for a while.
Birthday Parties are another popular event at the pottery. Under the banner of 'Messy Fun for the young'; it is self descriptive.
Parties for the 'not quite so young' are also popular. A pottery session fits in well to a ‘hen party’ weekend or a friend's 'get together'.
A gift voucher for a pottery session or two makes an original birthday, Christmas or special occasion present. These can be easily arranged via our email.
Started in austere times after the Second World War, the pottery was built using traditional techniques of wattle and daub and
chestnut timbers cut from the nearby woods.
Angela Dannreuther Carter and Jane Hawkins worked together at MILLAND POTTERY for many years until Jane's retirement. Jane studied at Guildford
Art School before setting up the pottery at Milland in 1947. In the early days she worked with fellow potter, Ray Marshall and later
with her husband George Hawkins until his death in 1977. Angela joined Jane in 1979 after a three year Ceramics course at West Surrey
College of Art & Design, Farnham.
Woodblock print of pottery by Pat Kettle
Hampshire Artists Cooperative
Angela is also a member of the Hampshire Artists Cooperative exhibiting at Selborne gallery.
The Hampshire Artists' Co-operative is a non-profit making group of individual artists, created to give local professional artists and craftspeople
an opportunity to work and exhibit together.
Members are Hampshire based, producing contemporary art of high quality - paintings, artists' prints, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles
This exciting and dynamic new venture was launched at the Selborne Gallery in the summer of 2007. Exhibitions by members are staged throughout the
fresh collections of work displayed every ten weeks or so, ensuring there is always something new to see, with plenty of variety and choice for all.