Go potty during Dorset Art Weeks!
Join us on a trip around the Dorset countryside to see what some of the county's finest potters are making – and selling – during Dorset Art Weeks
Every year the most extraordinary artists pop up in the most unexpected places and our county is brimming with creativity around the buzz that is Dorset Artweeks. Now in its 30th anniversary and with around 500 artist-maker-designers, it’s one the of the largest open studios events in the UK. Have a look at their directory and map, plan your route and catch the artists in their studios/shedios/workshops from now until Sun 29 May. Here’s our pick of the potters.
Anna Stiles & friends, Sherborne
Blue is the colour, pottery is the game. Anna Stiles has been making the stuff since her mother started teaching her at the age of 5 and she still uses the same wheel. And the friends? Nineteen other artist-makers making woven accessories, wildlife lino prints, oil landscapes, silver jewellery and felted wildlife.
The Dower House Studios, nr Blandford
Ceramicist Polly Cazalet’s subtly coloured porcelain tableware is on show in the studios at the charming Dower House in Winterbourne Houghton, alongside work by sculptor Jane Shaw, ceramicist Victoria Jardine and fine artist Mark Russell. If you fall in love with The Dower House, you can book a stay via Airbnb.
Ali Herbert, Nettlecombe
Hand-thrown tableware and vases combining contemporary design with classic craft, strength and simplicity. We love.
JO BURNELL AND LINDSAY KEIR, nr Blandford
Nature lovers: head over to Winterborne Whitechurch for Jo Burnell’s hand thrown and delicately painted earthenware pottery – this bowl is decorated with curlews – and Lindsay Keir’s paintings.
JANE ELMER-SMITH, Creech
Loving these jolly, boldly coloured earthenware mugs and bowls from Jane Elmer-Smith. Glass designer Aline Johnson will be selling her glass, gorgeous cyanotype cushions, scarves and wall pieces at the same venue.
MARTIN DICKSON, nr Sherborne
Martin Dickson makes ceramics for interiors and gardens, from delicate polished porcelain (above) to planters, sundials and fountains. His work, alongside that of painter Anne-Louise Bellis is on show in a beautiful period barn studio/exhibition space in Glanvilles Wootton.
Sarah Gee Ceramics, Bridport
Practical bowls, mugs, pots and vases in earthy colours and shapes that are just calling out to be held. Hand-thrown in Sarah’s studio in Unit 2A on the St Micheal’s Estate, book yourself in for a turn on the wheel during Dorset Art Weeks if you fancy.
Corinna Pyman, Thornecombe
Oh so useful as well as beautiful, these hand-thrown nests of lipped pouring bowls in soft whites, blues and greens were inspired by the countryside views from her hilltop studio. Corinna also makes teapots, mugs, platters and French-style open cups.
Creative Clay, nr Dorchester
It’s the diverse Dorset landscape – rolling hills, woodland, sandy beaches, rocky coastline – that inspires Deborah Clarke’s hand built ceramics. She runs fully inclusive workshops all over the place as well as making her own work and there will be demos during Dorset Art Weeks.