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Where does the time go? It has been a really busy start to the year with two large trade orders and two big shows to get ready for. Its been stop start though with illness, exploding punch bowls and glazes that don’t do as they should.

The good news is that I am all set up at the Country Living Spring Fair! I had such a nice time last year that I booked the same spot so I’m on MB82. This year I am thrilled to be showing as the gallery and sharing my space with Jo Tunmer and Birgitte Bruun. We have some very beautiful work to show, all made especially for the show so come and see us! Check out my photos on Twitter and Instagram @potteryrachel

Here’s the link for the discounted tickets here enter code EX16S25

Over at the gallery its the last chance to see Tess Ainley’s beautiful collage and stitch work and we have some stoneware bowls with scrafitto mark-making by Sarah Jenkins. Showing in the graduate showcase is work by Kate Welton and we’ve just had a new delivery of tea towels with sheds on by Andy McKenzie. There’s lots to see at Burwash so come for some spring sunshine.

In the studio there are still places on the beginners throwing day on April 9th and a few places left on the easter holiday workshops. I’ll be listing the autumn workshops at Easter so sign up to the mailing list now to be the first to know. Here’s the booking

March 16, 2016   No Comments

Hello 2016!

Happy new year, bring on the spring!

Thank you to everyone who came to the shop or studio last year and for those of you who were inspired by the Great British Pottery Throwdown and signed up to a workshop!

It’s sale time over at the shop so come along and say hello. We have 20% off everything excluding vouchers, workshops and paint a pot. So if you had your eye on something and can’t live without it now’s the time. Our new exhibition starts on 20th January with a collection of works inspired by text and lettering. Including new work by me as I change direction and work on some pieces with more surface decoration. My new pieces are launching at Top Drawer as part of Craft, at Olympia in London 17-19th January and I’m on stand C-E25 in the Craft section. I’m also working on the lighting and decorative features for a pub which is opening in February so more about that later….. and making the tableware for a new cafe in Bath which opens in March! Before you know it, it will be time for the Country Living Spring Fair again.

Over in the shop we are hoping to run a Monday morning drawing class, led by Alice Thompson. So if your resolution is to be more creative, get in touch. We need 5 people to make a group and it starts on 11th January at 10.30am, email me for more information info We’ve got the paint a pot all set up at the shop, no need to book.

At the studio, the evening classes start again w/c 25th January but they are full already. There are places in the daytime ceramics classes, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday afternoon. Please contact me to book these as they are not all listed on the booking page.

I’m adding more dates to the weekend workshops and if you were lucky enough to get a voucher please email me to book up, or arrange a day for your session. Here’s the booking page

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2016   No Comments


Saturday 10th October is apple day at Burwash and to celebrate we are having a 10% off day in the shop and running a kids make and take art table £1.50 per go, choose from paper bunting or pottery. There is an entry charge to Burwash on Saturday of £3 with all profits going to charity, find out more here There’s also still time to get 10% off all jewellery in the shop and paintings by Jo Milne but hurry as this offer ends on October 15th!

I’ve just entered a competition with iZettle to have my advert shown on TV, here’s a link to view and to ask for your votes and shares please!

New work is on show at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, and at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. You can also see a good range at the Forest Bailiff in Wimbledon and Red Ticking in Seattle.

Things are getting Cosy and Christmassy over at my shop as we welcome some new exhibitors including more beautiful lambswool scarves by Gabrielle Vary, letterpress cards and prints by Penrhos Press; and a new graduate showcase by ceramicists Kate Welton and Thomas Mann who are two of the students from De Montford University that I’ve been working with over the last couple of years. I’ve got a new selection of porcelain with platinum brushwork and line drawings and we have beautiful cards, prints, handmade decorations and textiles to tempt you with. As well as jewellery by our resident jewellers and oil paintings by Jo Tunmer.

All the spring workshops are listed on my booking page now and there are some free taster workshops in December, please book a place if you would like to come. Families welcome. The daytime classes over at the studio are proving popular and I’m delighted to announce that Lizzy McCaughan will be teaching a 6 week hand-building with ceramics class on Friday afternoons, in the run up to Christmas. She will be covering a range of different making and decorating techniques starting on November 6th.

Looking further ahead I’m offering workshops for young teenagers and some summer ceramics classes, hope to see you on a workshop soon!

Rachel Dormor Ceramics classes at the studio unless otherwise stated.
All materials included, please bring a packed lunch. Classes are small to ensure plenty of tuition time.

Six-week hand-building with ceramics workshop taught by Lizzy McCaughan starts November 6th 1-3pm all materials included £90.

December taster session at the studio FREE but you need a ticket Saturday 5th December 2-3, 3.30-4.30 Open studios 1pm-5pm Saturday 5th December

Pottery Make and take workshop at the shop FREE drop in sessions for children Sunday 6th December 12-4pm (firing extra or take away on the day)

30th January 10-4 £100 Throwing for beginners (4 places only). A wheel to yourself for the day to get to grips with wedging, centering and throwing. We will work on cylinders and bowl shapes. Your best piece will be fired and glazed for collection at a later date (postage extra)

6th February 10-4 £95 Skinny silver bangles. Make a set of skinny textured bangles from silver. All materials included.

20th February 10-4 £70 Printing on fabric and clay. Mono-printing and screen printing using paper resist, stamps, oxides and wax. We will start off printing on fabric and then move designs on to clay to make flat or 3D pieces. A creative colourful workshop suitable for all abilities.

27th February 10-4 £100 throwing with porcelain, includes all materials and firings, four places only, suitable for all abilities but especially good for intermediate students who want to try working with porcelain.

6th March 10-4 £70 hand-building with porcelain; jugs and vases. Espresso cups, vases, dishes and jugs can all be made from a sheet of textured porcelain in this relaxing and inspiring workshop.

9th April 10-4 £90 Skinny silver stacking rings. Learn to make a set of skinny textured silver and copper rings. All materials included.

16th April 10-4 £70 hand-building with porcelain; jugs and vases. Espresso cups, vases, dishes and jugs can all be made from a sheet of textured porcelain in this relaxing and inspiring workshop.

30th April and 1st May Throwing weekend £200. A wheel to yourself for a full weekend. Have a go at making a set of mugs or bowls!

Easter holiday workshops for young teenagers 12-16, or accompanied younger children: £18.50 per session
4th April 2-5pm Pottery workshop (hand building and throwing)
5th April 2-5pm Silver jewellery (make a ring)
6th April 2-5pm Printed textiles (tea towels/ tote bags)

23rd July 10-4 £100 Throwing workshop. Want some time and tuition to develop your throwing or just to make a start, this is the workshop for you. 4 places only.
24th July 10-4 £100 Throwing workshop, all abilities.

Summer ceramics course 1-3rd August 10-4 each day £200. Three days in the studio covering a range of different making and decorating techniques. We will be using stoneware and porcelain clay and there will be time on the potters wheels included.

October 6, 2015   No Comments

Open studios and new exhibition!

It’s not too late to catch the last weekend of Cambridge Open Studios and there’s still plenty to see. My studio will be open 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday in Kidman’s Yard off Primrose St, visitors welcome!

Over at my gallery at Burwash, the beautiful ‘Coastal Living’ exhibition is drawing to a close and ends on July 31st. We’ve got some summer discounts too on the last few Gabrielle Vary scarves, porcelain beach hut jewellery by Phiona Richards and Sam Robinson and boat sculptures from reclaimed wood by Andy Povey.

The next show is called ‘A Room with a View’ and features travel inspired paintings by Jo Milne, Alice Thomson and Jo Tunmer. We have landscape themed prints and textiles by Anna Pye and mixed media canvases and cards by Tess Ainley; Alison Hullyer has a new range of cards and textiles inspired by a recent trip to Sweden and we are also exhibiting travel inspired glass panels by Rebecca Mansbridge and mounted fused glass by Gail Bushell. I’ve even managed to make some new vases and tea bowls and we have more silver jewellery by Birgitte Bruun and Bek Genery. The private view will be on Friday 7th August 4-6pm so please come and join us for a Pimms and slice of cake over at my gallery at Burwash.

Sign up to a workshop- new dates added including a Throwing for Beginners day on September 12th 10-4 £100 book online via my Eventbrite page.

Further afield:
A fresh shipment is on its way to Red Ticking in Seattle
Look out for my work in Country Living magazine September
Next trade event is ShowUp Holland August 23-24th with Glazuur Aardewerk

July 23, 2015   No Comments

Summer rain!

Its a bit drizzly today but this type of weather is perfect for making porcelain and I’m busy getting ready for open studios. I’ve been making lots of mugs, jugs and vases and salad bowls in the hope that the weather picks up and we can all be eating outside and filling our houses with jugs of flowers!
My studio will be open each full weekend in July 11-6 and I’m running some throwing lessons and a silver bangle making workshop so come along and say hello! Book online here

I’m running lessons on the potters wheel for four people at a time on selected days but other times are available so get in touch.

Over at the gallery we have the beautiful Coastal Living show on until the end of July. The gallery is open everyday and we have a gorgeous range of handmade things to tempt you from cards to prints, paintings by Jo Tunmer, lightweight lambswool scarves and wraps by Gabrielle Vary, machine embroidery and bunting by Suzanne Hurst, driftwood sculptures of boats and beach huts by Andy Povey, tea towels by Alison Hullyer; brooches, tea towels, notebooks and cups by Alice Shields; wooden bowls by Edmund Rose, silver jewellery by Birgitte Bruun, silver and semi-precious stone jewellery by Bek Genery, porcelain beach hut and boat inspired porcelain cufflinks, earrings and jewellery by Phiona Richards and Sam Robinson and of course, my ceramics. You can also sign up for classes and pick up an open studios guide, and if you are really lucky you might see the baby alpacas over on the Burwash Farm, they are very fluffy!

Want to see more pictures? You can follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @potteryrachel or hop over and check out my blog which I promise not to ignore for three years again…

June 13, 2015   No Comments

Coastal Living

A bit of the beach is coming to Burwash this summer!
I’ll be bringing a bit of the beach to my lovely gallery with beautiful lambswool wraps made in Brighton by Gabrielle Vary, porcelain jewellery inspired by boats and beach huts by Phiona Richards and Sam Robinson; driftwood boats and beach hut sculptures by Andy Povey from Norfolk; tea towels, notebooks and badges from Alice Shields in Bristol. Birgitte Bruun has been making earrings and pendants with silver and topaz. Bek Genery is exhibiting her pearl collection and rings set with ruby and moonstone. Jo Tunmer is showing an exclusive collection of oil paintings of coastal views and I’ll be showing an exclusive collection of work in soft blues, greens and greys. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10-5 and Sundays 12-5, free parking, you don’t hear that often enough in Cambridge!

Not local? You can buy online from Made By Hand online

or visit one of my stockists in Wimbledon, Nottingham, Jersey, Suffolk, Holland or Seattle! I’m busy making teabowls for Comins Tea house in Dorset and salad bowls for Red Ticking in Seattle.

Feeling creative? I’ve got four potter’s wheels now and during open studios in July, you can book a throwing lesson for up to four people at a time. Book here


June 2, 2015   No Comments

Happy Easter!

Hello and Happy Easter! It’s not warm and sunny yet but the daffodils are out and the days are getting longer at last! Have you seen my lovely shop yet? It’s very pretty, the current exhibition is called ‘Made in Cambridge’ and as well as my new collection it features silver jewellery by Birgitte Bruun and Bek Genery. Prints and cards by Jo Tunmer and crochet bunnies and bunting by Suzanne Hurst. The next show is inspired by coastal living and I’ve got some lovely things lined up.

I’ve also just updated the list of workshops from my studio, please have a look on the Courses page, you can now book online but a few places will be available for those who prefer to pay in person at the shop. Evening classes fill up really quickly but please email me to go on the waiting list. We are also hoping to offer some workshops and mini tasters at the shop, please let me know if this would be of interest. I’d love to get a drawing group going and maybe a jewellery day class at the shop, what do you think?

Here’s the link to book online now on my Eventbrite page! Here

April 4, 2015   No Comments

Country Living Spring Fair


Just a quick reminder that the Country Living Spring Fair is fast approaching and I will be there with my work including some lovely new bowls decorated with underglaze pencils. I’m on stand M118 and I have a discount code for you if you would like to buy tickets in advance. You can call 0844 848 0150 or book online here: and the discount code is S15EX21. It’s at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London and the nearest tube is Angel, its also right near Loop, my favourite knitting shop……

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More details on the Courses page of my website or scroll down to the previous post.

NEW* Throwing for beginners (3 places) Sat 14th March 10-4 £100.
Sat 18th April Porcelain hand-building and vases 10-4 £70.
Saturday 25th April Printing on clay and fabric 10-4 £70.
May 2nd Teapot cup and saucer 10-4 £70.

Evening classes start again w/c 20th April, contact me to join the waiting list and be the top of the queue.

Have you seen my gorgeous new shop at Burwash Manor Farm? The exhibition at the moment is called Made in Cambridge and features lovely textiles, jewellery, prints and card by local artists as well as a full display of my current collection. We are open everyday so please come along and say hello!

March 8, 2015   No Comments


I’m delighted to announce the opening of my shop! It’s at Burwash Manor Farm and will be a showcase for Contemporary Craft and Design by leading makers and local artists, and of course my work! There will be a changing programme of exhibitions linked with workshops at my studio and I have lots of lovely things planned.The doors open at 10am tomorrow just in time for the Love Food festival at Burwash, the festival is 10-4 Saturday and Sunday and the Food Park vans will be outside the shop on Saturday evening for a wonderful Valentines evening of food and music more info on the Burwash Manor website here:

Next month I’ll be exhibiting at the Country Living Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington, I’m on stand M118 and I have a discount code for you if you would like to buy tickets in advance. You can call 0844 848 0150 or book online here: and the discount code is S15EX21.

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More details on the Courses page of my website or scroll down to the previous post.
Mould-making Drop out mould and two part for slip-casting Saturday 28th Feb 10-4 £70 pp.
Decal making Sun 1st March 10-4 and Sat 28th 10-12 (to apply the decal) £90.
Slip casting with porcelain Sat 14th March 10-4 £70.
Sat 18th April Porcelain hand-building and vases 10-4 £70.
Saturday 25th April Printing on clay and fabric 10-4 £70.
May 2nd Teapot cup and saucer 10-4 £70.
Sunday 3rd May throwing 10-4 £100 (only 2 places left).

And even more news for those of you that aren’t local, I’m delighted to announce new stockists: Debbie Bryan Shop in Nottingham, Gwyneth and Grey in Guernsey, Urbanista Retail in Maidstone and coming soon Snape Maltings in Suffolk.

That’s enough from me now, I’m off to paint a wall and try and work out how to programme my till. Hope to see you in the shop or on a creative course soon!

February 13, 2015   No Comments

January news!

Happy New Year!

There’s lots to look forward to this year and I’m starting the year with a trade fair. From 11-13th January 2015 I will be presenting my new collection at Craft which is part of Top Drawer at Olympia. Come along and say hello if you are visiting and if you can’t make the show but are interested in becoming a stockist, please contact me for a link to the photos of the new work. Glazuur Aardewerk will be presenting my new work at a trade fair in Holland at the beginning of February so please contact me for more details.

I will soon be updating my online shops and I have an exhibition of new work planned for February. I’ll also be busy in the studio getting ready for the Country Living Spring Fair, at the Business Design Centre 18-22nd March.

Evening classes fill up pretty quickly but please see below for the list of Spring workshops and get in touch to book. Most courses are for 8-10 people so you get lots of tuition time, throwing classes have a wheel each! Please bring a packed lunch, cotton apron and a notebook.

Here is the programme for Spring classes, please get in touch if you would like more information, I will shortly be trialling an online booking page for the one day workshops but email me if you are interested. You can pay over the phone in person, via paypal and good ol’fashioned cheque in the post.

February 15th 2015 10-4 £100 Throwing for beginners. Three places only.

February 28th 10-4 £70 Mould-making. Make a simple drop out mould and a two part mould for slip casting. All materials provided, bring an object or a pot you have made and want to make a mould from.

March 1st 10-4 and Saturday 28th March 10-12 £90 Digital Decal workshop. Learn how to translate your ideas into drawings and then transform them into digital transfers for your own ceramics or to decorate factory bone china. A fun creative day suitable for all levels, the cost of an A3 sheet of transfers and two mugs are included and you can buy extra china at cost price or decorate your own work. There will be some homework after the course and a follow up visit to the studio will be required or you can pay an extra £10 to have your work posted after the course (UK mainland only), bring a note book and a packed lunch.

March 14th 10-4 £70 Slip casting with porcelain. This is a great follow up from the mould making course. Learn how to cast work from your own mould, or from a stock mould. Price includes firings and glazing.

April 18th 10-4 £70 porcelain hand-building jugs and vases. This is such a popular course! Come and make some gorgeous textured porcelain pieces to treasure.

April 25th 10-4 £70 Printing on fabric and clay. Mono-printing and screen printing using paper resist, oxides and wax. We will start off printing on fabric and then move designs on to clay to make flat or 3D pieces.

May 2nd 10-4 £70 Teapot, cup and saucer. Make a little pinched-out teapot, with a matching cup and saucer. Great for beginners!

May 3rd 10-4 £100 Throwing day. These workshops fill up fast, four places only!

January 9, 2015   No Comments