Annual Exhibition

Upwey Potters Annual Exhibition

and Open Studio Workshops

The last annual show will ran from 14th to 29th May 2022 as part of the Dorset Art Weeks.

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

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 :-

The event featured Raku firing workshops and Painting with Clay Sessions. Visit this webpage to find out about them.

There was a Facebook event for you to engage with.

This is the link to the YouTube promotional video (in case the embedded version does not work for you!) OK This is the 2021 version, but just change the dates - the rest still applies in 2022!

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.

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.


Old School Village Hall, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QE

On B3159 between Weymouth and Martinstown, next to Upwey Wishing Well Café - recommended for refreshments and some watery peacefulness - booking for meals is a good idea

Hall Open Every Day 10am to 5pm 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)


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


Workshops were run - see this page for details


The potters did demonstrations most of the time.

Fil, Bill and Laurence were throwing some pots to replace what the visitors buy!

Kiln Firings.

The Famous Upwey Potters' Soda Kiln was fired twice. 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 was 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 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 reader or cash)

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