Oxford Ceramics Fair

29-30 October 2022

St Edward's School, OXFORD, OX2 7NZ

Oxford Ceramics Fair

29-30 October 2022

St Edward's School, OXFORD, OX2 7NZ

Demonstrations and Talks

Join us in the beautiful cricket pavilion, designed by famed minimalist architect John Pawson,

for a weekend of demonstrations by a selection of our exhibitors.

All talks and demonstrations are included in your ticket price and do not need to be booked. Seating is allocated on a first come first served basis.

Saturday 29th October

11:00 – Dylan Bowen

Dylan Bowen will demonstrate his hand building and slip decorating techniques

12:30 – Tom Knowles-Jackson: Maintaining Momentum

A demonstration and talk on transitioning to being a full-time potter, running a ceramics makerspace and developing pottery tools and equipment as part of a portfolio of interests in the ceramics space.

I will talk about the development of The McMeekin Momentum wheel and how it has influenced my style of working. The wheel will be the basis for a short talk with slides on its history and I will demonstrate throwing and finishing a number of different forms on the wheel.

14:00 – Katie Braida

Katie will demonstrate some of the handbuilding techniques she uses for creating her sculptural vessels as well as how she refines and textures the forms.

Sunday 30 October

11:00 – Yo Thom

I will be demonstrating how I decorate my work using indigo slip and sgraffito technique.

My decoration is based on the idea of Japanese indigo patch work “Boro”, but also inspired by the British countryside.

With most of my individual vases, I organise the patchwork arrangement spontaneously depending on each forms.

You will see how I decide the arrangement and the process of filling the windows of patches.



12:30 – Jane Cox: ‘From Town to Country – A Potters Journey’

CPA Fellow and Past Master of The Art Workers Guild will talk about her work and early influences (Caiger Smith, Peggy Angus and Eric Ravilious) and discuss her move from London to the Isle of Wight. She will also discuss her recent role as Master of The Art Workers Guild and role in helping organise the Guild event at London Craft Week

Jane Cox’s signature ceramics combine elegant shapes with wild emerald blues, turquoises and speckle glazes inspired by the island’s shoreline. She will also show examples of some more recent hand built experimental pieces as well as items from her popular black and white monochrome designs commissioned by The British Library.

14:00 – Richard Heeley: A Sense of Place

How 5 years in at Hempmill Pottery & Cookery School, has shaped my working practice.

Richard will give an illustrated talk, demonstrating throwing and decorating. He will also discuss kiln design and development, wood firing and brush making.