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
This November will see the 10th anniversary of Milland’s Contemporary Crafts exhibition and sale, an annual opportunity to meet the
makers and find some unique Christmas gifts. The brainchild of organisers Angela Carter of Milland Pottery and weaver Hilary Charlesworth,
this well-established event brings together local crafts including wood, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and much more. Now a firm fixture
in many people’s winter calendars, Milland Contemporary Crafts also raises money for Samaritans through donations for homemade refreshments,
available all weekend.
So for cake, a catch up and some fabulous finds, come to Milland Hall on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November between 10am and 4pm.
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 an
artist led exhibiting group whose members are contemporary artists and craftspeople currently from the east side of Hampshire. The artists work in a
mixture of media from water colour, oils, mixed media, collage, charcoal and line drawing to various types of print making techniques. The 3D work
includes ceramics, jewellery, glass and textiles.
Formed in 2007, the group was set up to exhibit a range of Contemporary Art and Crafts at The Selborne Gallery, Selborne Hants GU34 3JQ. The Gallery is
open 11am-5pm (11-4pm in the winter) Wednesday - Sundays February – December (weekends only in January)
Since its inception the standard of work produced by the members of the Hampshire Artists Co-operative has been high, and the determination to maintain
the quality means that all new members are carefully chosen. The members of the group have developed close bonds, which can be seen in the way that the work is
displayed, a seamless blend of subject matter, style and technique.
As a cooperative, each member has to participate in the running of the group. One of the main duties is to staff the gallery so that visitors will nearly
always be greeted by one of the artists or craftspeople.
The group is always looking for new artists to exhibit as guest artists ( with the possibility of joining the group). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a selection meeting every couple of months.