The summer of 2012 saw the opening of our new showroom, with a dedicated room to display the pots on beautiful sycamore shelving (made by our neighbouring company, Timber
This has enabled us to have a larger work area to accommodate bigger groups of budding potters.
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
Last November will saw 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.
Once again the Milland Contemporary Craft Show was a great success with it's friendly, relaxed atmosphere. For many this has become an annual
event and it is great to see returning visitors and new ones. The amount we collected from the refreshments for Samaritans was considerably
up - £318.59. All thanks to the great efforts of the exhibitors supplying delicious cakes and soups for the refreshmenrs. So popular are the cakes that
there is a suggestion to print out as many recipes as possible and sell the sheets at this year's sale with the proceeds going to Samaritans.
So for cake, a catch up and some fabulous finds, make a note in your diary of this year's show - 21st and 22nd November 2015!!
Pottery Workshops for Children & Adults
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 workshops for children and adults 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.
The Hampshire Artists Co-operative is an artist led exhibiting group, whose members vary from painters to glassmakers with ceramics, jewellery and textiles, as
well as printmaking and drawing all being represented..
Formed in 2007, the group was set up to bring together artists and craftspeople in Hampshire to exhibit a range of Contemporary Art and Crafts at The Selborne
Gallery, Selborne Hants. Five shows were put on each year, running consecutively from February to December with guest artists featuring in every new exhibition.
The Gallery has been put on the market and as a sale has now been secured the group awaits the results of negotiations with new owners to be able to continue
exhibiting in Selborne. In the interim the group is looking further afield for new venues.
Since its inception the standard of work produced by the members of HAC has been high, and the determination to maintain the quality means that all new members
have to go through a vetting procedure.
The members of the group have developed close bonds, this can be seen in the development of a unique system of juxtaposing the different disciplines to show off
the diverse techniques and mediums used by members.
The variety of work shown at each exhibition means that there is always something fresh and new to see, in a range of prices to suit all budgets.
To keep in touch with HAC's news and events please
go to www.hampshireartistscooperative.co.uk
or find us on Facebook.
The website has links to each member.