Our programme of Courses for 2017 is now live and available for booking. Jeremy runs two 2-day ‘Beginners’ in March and July and two ‘Improvers’ in April and July. The first Improvers is a 3-day and the second invites ‘Jug-making’ as it’s theme with a slightly longer duration of 3 and a half days.
Patia has a very exciting excursion afoot, to tutor and demonstrate in the studio of Margreet Bijpost in Baambrugge, Holland which is on the outskirts of Amsterdam. This is a 5-day course in Porcelain Wheel-throwing. Back at Wobage in July, Patia orchestrates four days of ‘Jar-making’ in earthenware and then in August her ever popular ‘Slip-decorated Earthenware’, also 4 days in duration.
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a maker with many years experience, there is something suitable for everyone! We hope that you enjoy a browse, and very much look forward to welcoming the new season of courses in 2017. Wishing you all a happy and hearty Christmas and New Year. Jeremy, Petra and Patiaxxx
Hi mudslingers. With our festive season fast approaching, we’ve been receiving a flurry of enquiries for next year! Apologies for the delay getting our schedule live on the site. Our dates for next year are as follows. Full details including prices and booking availability will be up very shortly, promise!
*2 day Beginners 23/24 March
*3 day Improvers 4th – 6th April
*2 day Beginners 6/7 July
*Jar-making, earthenware, week beginning 10th July
*3 day Improvers 19th -21st July
*Slip-decoration, earthenware, week beginning 31st July
(photo credit: Ben Boswell)
h.Art, Herefordshire’s Open Studios event is fast approaching, kicking off with our Exhibition Private View on the evening of Friday 9th September. New to the Wobage Artisan Market for 2016 , WAM is delighted to be offering our visitors the opportunity to participate in a selection of taster workshops provided by several of it’s professional makers. These workshops will take place throughout the duration of the Artisan Market, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.
Discover your inner maker at our Taster Workshops under expert tuition: Basketry for children and adults with Clyde Hoare, Pottery for children and adults with Jeremy Steward, Lino-cut, Mono-Print and Direct Relief with Anneliese Appleby, Felt-Making with Pearl Taylor, Bookbinding with Sarah Jarrett-Kerr and Card Braiding with Mary Jolly. Resident Wobage potter Patia Davis will demonstrate wheel-throwing and slab-building of her stunning earthenware domestic-ware and the WAM talk for 2016: ‘Wobage, Mick Casson and his legacy’ Ben Casson will share with us the compelling 40 year history of Wobage; through it’s transformation from dairy farm to a thriving creative hub for pottery, basketry, jewellery and furniture making.
photo: Ben Boswell
Through the crowd funding process of KICKSTARTER… Film maker, Moss Davis will now be able to go ahead with this exciting project. The initial baseline fund of £1,500 has now been reached, which is absolutely fantastic.
Phoebe Clive, owner of TINSMITHS in the local town of Ledbury has been instrumnetal in believing and valuing, the integrity and artistic quality of Martin Clarkes’ Printers, so much so, that she has backed this filming project and believes it merits archiving. Phoebe has also commissioned a short film to celebrate her current Exhibition at Tinsmiths …. a collaboration between printer Martin Clarke and Artist/Printmaker Mark Hearld. This short is beautifully filmed by Moss …but then we would say so, wouldn’t we! Here you can see the style of Moss’ filming. So please do take a look at the Kickstarter information, and support this worthy venture click here and visit Tinsmiths shop to view the current Exhibition, of Mark Hearld, Artist/designer and Paul Young, potter. To view Moss’s other work browse SingularityFilm.
The Wobage Gallery opens for the season this weekend Saturday 5th March 10am, with a one day only bargain sale of seconds and old stock. Pots by Patia Davis, Sheila Herring, Petra Reynolds and Jeremy Steward and a few baskets from Clyde Hoare. DONT’ MISS IT, ONE DAY ONLY. Wobage Gallery is then open for the season, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm.
Our two opening courses of the season in February and March are now fully booked. We have a second 2-day Beginners scheduled for Thurs.7th/Fri.8th July, and then a 3-day Improvers aimed at more experienced makers, Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th July 2016. By popular demand the latter has an extra day in variation to the 2 day course in March, providing budding intermediates with an opportunity to get really stuck in. These courses are now available for booking. Patia’s two earthenware courses in June and July are booking out fast, don’t delay if you fancy a treat this summer!
This Saturday 19th December is the last chance before Christmas to choose from a selection of fabulous hand-made work from the Wobage Gallery, from pots and kitchen-wood to baskets, jewellery and textiles. Returning from a break from pot-making, Petra has a fantastic selection of her slab-built domestic ware, fresh and hot from the wood-salt kiln. Snap ‘em up, they are going fast!
Open 10am – 5pm Wobage Makers Gallery, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye. HR9 7QP. Tel. 01989 780495.
(The gallery is then closed in January and February, re-opening in March. During winter closure please ring for an appointment if you would like to look around the gallery.)
Patia’s hugely popular 5 day red-earthenware courses fall in June and July next year, and they are now live on the site and available for booking. We’re very excited to be welcoming James Burnett-Stuart down from his home and workshop in North Herefordshire for the Earthenware Throwing course. For further details check out the individual course pages and there’s more info’ on James and his beautiful pots on his tutor page.
5 day Earthenware Throwing and Slip-decorating – 29th June – 3rd July
5 day Slip-decorated Earthenware – 20 – 24th July
We are delighted to announce two short intensives for the new year, the first in February, the second in March. The first is ideal if you’ve never as much as touched clay before and wish to give wheel-throwing a go. Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in a previous life many years ago and you’re in need of a refresher.
The second 2-day workshop is designed more for those with some previous experience wishing to extend their skill base and ideas. You’ll find further details here: 2-day Beginners, 2-day Intermediates, where you’ll find links for availability and booking. We look forward to welcoming students old and new.
Two courses are scheduled in for summer 2016.
THROWN AND SLIP DECORATED EARTHENWARE . A five day course with Patia Davis and guest demonstrator James Burnett Stuart. ….. early July 2016, date…to be confirmed
SLIP DECORATED EARTHENWARE DISHES with Patia Davis. A five day course exploring slab moulded dishes and thrown and altered dishes. mid July
Full details will follow very shortly, once all the dates have been finalised…