Upwey Potters Annual Exhibition

and Open Studio Workshops

The last annual show ran from 22nd May to 6th June 2021 as part of the Dorset Art Weeks. We've left this page giving details of that event - until the next one appears!

DAW21 logo

Welcome to the Upwey Potters webpage about their activities during their annual show.

Our entry in the DAW website can be found at this link :-


"A variety of traditional & contemporary ceramics, sculpture, functional vessels and decorative pieces.
A chance to talk with the potters about their work, inspiration and methods of production.
Workshops, demonstrations and Raku and Soda kiln firings."

The venue is next door to the Famous Upwey Wishing Well & Gardens - well worth a visit to take refreshment, booking advised :- www.upweywishingwell.co.uk

Visit this webpage to find out about how to participate in Raku firing workshops.

This is the link to the YouTube promotional video (in case the embedded version does not work for you!)


Upwey Potters Promo Video for 2021 Exhibition

Printers proof of 2020 DAW guide entry
This is the printer's proof of the entry in the DAW 2020 guide, which forms the basis for the 2021 event. There will not be the usual printed guide, but a website and app for mobile devices will guide folk around the event.

These are the words from 2019 event, with images from the 2021 display :-

Pat March
Hand built stoneware vessels which evoke the colours and forms of the coastal cliffs and beaches. Multi-sectional sculptures are suitable for the garden. 

Maggie Cooke

Impressions of the seashore, seedheads & grasses in her bowls, dishes & wallhangings catch the light with the translucent porcelain that she uses.

Fil Cooke

Warm & chunky casseroles, mugs, jugs and other domestic ware, soda glazed & fired in the Old School Yard!

Bill Crumbleholme

Thrown wares fuse prehistoric shapes and decorations with modern glazing techniques. Drinking beakers, cooking pots and bowls. Pottery fired in a wood fuelled kiln.

These are some of Bill's hand-built replicas of prehistoric pottery.

Laurence Eastwood

Laurence specialises in functional vessels - jugs, teapots and mugs. He has been working at the Leach Pottery in St.Ives, Cornwall, for a few years but is now his own master with his own studio in Cornwall.

These are images of Laurence glazing pots and loading them into the soda kiln.

Old School Village Hall, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QE
On B3159 between Weymouth and Martinstown, next to Upwey Wishing Well Café.

Open Every Day 10am to 6pm  or later by arrangement.

Good access with disabled toilet. Car parking in street or Church car park.

Tel: 01305 815216 (when open) : 01305 812030 (Other times)
Email: all@upweypotters.com

The potters are planning various activities to enhance the "visitor experience", as well as just being there to talk about their work.


Workshops are being run - see this page for details

The potters will be doing demonstrations most of the time.
Bill and Laurence will be throwing some pots to replace what the visitors buy!

Kiln Firings.
The Famous Upwey Potters' Soda Kiln will be fired. See this webpage for a copy of the Ceramic Review 205 Jan/Feb 2004 article on its construction and firing.

The other Famous Upwey Potters' kiln is the portable Raku kiln, featured in Ceramic Review 161. This will be fired during event, during the workshop sessions.

Bill & Laurence's most recent kiln is "Woden" - a large wood fired kiln that has been built at a secret location just along the road, a virtual visit can be made at this link! This will be fired at the end or after the exhibition - filled with pots made during the demonstrations and workshops.

Sales and Commissions.

Most of the items displayed can be taken away immediately upon payment (which can be made using a card via Zettle)

The potters are usually willing to undertake commissions for special pieces.