PACS Potters Demo Day – March 11th

The PACS potters demo day is to be held at the Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane GU31 4BW on Saturday 11th March 2017 9.30am-4pm.

The cost of the workshop is £18 for PACS members, £20 for non members. Please book through the contact page.

Bring a plate of food for a shared lunch (also bring your own plate, cutlery and mug please).

Tessa Wolfe Murray is a ceramicist and part-time tutor currently working from her studio in Hove, East Sussex. She produces one-off vessels and wall pieces along with a commercial range of jewellery, buttons and batch-produced vases.

Tessa studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and attained a postgraduate diploma in ceramics from Goldsmith’s College in the early eighties. After a period in London, she moved to Yorkshire and worked full-time in her studio, producing work for shows across Europe and commissions for stores, such as Conran.

The challenge of making  20  Ikebana vases for an exhibition in Kyoto led  to the development of her current elegant and classically simple shapes. More recently she has found an international market for her hand-built jewellery pieces and wall hangings.

Tessa is inspired by textures and surfaces she comes across whilst out walking, and brings bits and pieces back to her studio to make marks and impressions into a white earthenware clay slab. She then either keeps these as flat wall pieces or hand constructs larger vessels from the slabs. Because Tessa found that she

wanted to be able to glaze the insides of her vases, but still decorate the outsides with raw body colour and smoke, she developed her own low- temperature, method for smoking, which doesn’t damage her earthenware, hand-built  pots. She is planning to show us both how she creates her vessels and jewellery, then, later, demonstrate her fast and unusual smoking and resist technique in the car park – weather permitting!