Annual Exhibition

Upwey Potters Annual Exhibition

and Open Studio Workshops

The annual show will run from 25th May to 9th June 2024 
This is part of Dorset Art Weeks this year, see

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

"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, recent winner of Dorset Tourism Awards Tea Room category, booking advised :-

The event will feature Raku firing workshops and painting with clay sessions. Visit this webpage to find out about them.

We hope Laurence Eastwood will be staging throwing masterclasses, maybe live streamed, watch this space. sign up below to get details.  

There is a Facebook event for you to engage with, this is the link :-

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 - most of the rest still applies in 2024!  

You can  sign up below to receive future emails about creative activities in and around Upwey.

This is a proof copy of the Upwey Potters entry in the Dorset Art Week printed guide.

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.  Sadly he will not be in attendance all of the time.


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 10.30am to 5.30pm  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.


Raku Firing and other Workshops  - see this page for details


The potters do demonstrations most of the time.

Fil, Bill and Laurence are usually  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, details  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.