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looking at pots in europe

updated tue 25 aug 98


Francine Epstein on fri 21 aug 98

I am turning 50 in October and my husband and I are thinking of a trip to
Europe to celebrate. I have never been there and would like to plan my
trip to see a lot of pottery. Where do I start? I would appreciate your

Timothy Dean Malm on sat 22 aug 98

Are you interested in historical, contemporary or what?Tim Malm

Israel Amirav on sun 23 aug 98


England is a very good place to start with.London has some wonderful
galleries and there are of course potters to visit outside of London.
One of them is John Leach,grandson of Bernard Leach and son of David Leach.
I visited there last April and had a very interesting time, touring the
studio and talking with John.
All you have to do is write to him and schedule your visit.(I can give you
his address if you would like.)He lives 2 hours from London ,in an old
village in the beautiful country.
I am also posting information from my pottery files,hope it helps.

Enjoy,and Good Luck

Naama in Israel

Approx. 40km NNW of Bourges in central France is the small town of
Henrichemont. To the west some 7+km is the village of la Borne (in old
French: "the Boundary"). La Borne is (in my opinion) to France what
Mashiko is to Japan. It is the centre of traditional Pottery,
woodfiring, salt glazing, you name it. Its history goes back hundreds of
years. The conservative citizens of Henrichemont apparently banished
the unruly, anarchic, maverick potters of their town to "the Boundary"
on the principle of "out of sight out of mind" many centuries ago, and
created an environment which suited these craftsmen to the ground. It
was close to the clay beds they were using, which produce an almost
black, highly plastic clay which is very high in mica, has enormous
green strength, and fires a wonderfully warm, toasty brown.
The last time I counted there were more than 36 potters from all over
the world, working in the town and surrounding area.
As you can tell it's my Mecca.


In message , Katheryn Corbin writes
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Greetings...
>Are any of you working in France, or know of potters working in France?
>Thanks ... Katheryn

Steve Mills
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about a month and a half ago, i posted an inquiry about london galleries and
museums. not only on the clayart, but also directly I received many e-mails from
clayarters with precious suggestions. thank you to all for all the guidance.
they were all very helpful and i enjoyed very much of my london clay-trip. there
were a lot to report. but, i put my london trip report on my web page,, instead of placing a rather long and
self-indulging report on this clayart forum. thank you again. terry
They also have a shop devoted
to potters in Soho, off Carnaby Street. I haven't got the exact
address, but I'll look it up.

That is Contempory Ceramics the shop belonging to the Craft Potter's
Association, 7 Marshall Street, London W1V 1LP Telephone 0171 437 7605
Open Mon -Sat 10.00 - 5.30 Thurs 10.00 - 7.00 right in the centre of London
near Regents Street. A very good place to start, they have a selection of
very good ceramics for sale plus books and magazines. They should be able
to tell you what is on and where. There own magazine, Ceramic Review, has
advertisements for current exhibitions at the front. The web site for
Ceramic Review is:

>Your third stop, if you are looking for a day or weekend trip, should
be out to Cornwall. The Leach family is out there, and it is a mecca
for British artists.

Check before you go, the Leach Studio may be shut following the death of
Janet Leach and it is a LONG way to go if it's not open! Incidentally I
hear that the Leach pots are to go to Bath so hopefully they will be
available for viewing there at some stage.

Have a great trip
The nicest pottery I've seen just about anywhere is John Leach's
Muchelney pottery
just outside of Langport. Beautiful pots and beautiful setting. Its
not far out of the
way between London and Wales (a little south of the direct route).
Also, Phil
Rogers' pottery in Rhayader in central Wales, and Michael & Sheila
Casson at
the Wobage Farm pottery in Upton Bishop near Ross-on-Wye, just East of
Wales (a number of potters sell there).

Best book to find these is "Potters" (10th edition), printed by Ceramic

In London stop by Contemporary Ceramics, just off Carnaby Street (Oxford

Circus tube stop) to see pots and buy books. Also, the Victoria and
Albert Museum
has more pots than you can imagine. Crafts council in Pentonville Road
(Angel tube stop) has interesting exhibits (sometimes a bit off-the-wall
to my
tastes) and books.

Hope this helps,,Naama

Stephen Mills on mon 24 aug 98

In France go to la Borne a Potters village for hundreds of
years, and home to more than 30 working individual Pot makers.
Give yourself more than one day there, it's an amazing place.
La Borne is about 5 km east of Henrichment, approx. 28km north
of Bourges in central France.


In message , Francine Epstein writes
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>I am turning 50 in October and my husband and I are thinking of a trip to
>Europe to celebrate. I have never been there and would like to plan my
>trip to see a lot of pottery. Where do I start? I would appreciate your

Steve Mills
home e-mail:
work e-mail:
own website:
BPS website:

Russel Fouts on mon 24 aug 98


In London don't forget:

Plan to spend at least an afternoon in the ceramics and glass sections of
the Victoria and Albert museum. They're open on Sundays.

Gallery Besson in the Royal Galleries off Old Bond Street

The Hart Gallery in Islington, Angel tube, near the Crafts Council.

In Paris:

The National Ceramics Museum at Sevres. This is the French "equivalent" of
the V&A ceramic section.

The Museum of Decorative arts

DM Sarver(?) Gallery

Mitsukoshi Centre at Etoille often has wonderful exhibits of japanese pots
but also show other japanese crafts.


Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
32 2 223 02 75

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