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Spring 2018

Well the snow slowed us down but it’s gone now so I’ll be in the studio catching up on the kiln firings. If you came to a workshop between January 10th and February 3rd, your work is ready to collect now. If you haven’t picked up work from workshops between September and December please get in touch now to collect your work before it gets destroyed.

I’ll be taking a break from workshops for a few weeks to concentrate on making some new ceramic work and to concentrate on my orders, but please do get in touch if you have a voucher for a workshop or want to book a small group session. The trials for open access studio time are going well so there should be more dates listed soon on my Eventbrite page. I’ve also decided to have a break from Open Studios this year but we have plenty of stock and visitors are welcome to the studio by appointment.

Kettle’s Yard has just re-opened and I’m really thrilled to have my pots for sale in their new shop, this has definitely been one of my goals and I’m really pleased it finally happened!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to have launched the app for Art and Design students that I’ve been developing with Cambridge Assessment and I’ve just written a book for International Art & Design teachers which will be published in May by Cambridge University Press. I’m also thrilled to have written some projects for Access Art which will be available to download from their website very soon, time for a well deserved rest I think!

March 5, 2018   No Comments

Winter Open Studios

I’ll be having two winter open studios this week and I have lots of lovely sale bargains, samples and one-offs and some new work in a nice grogged porcelain.

Sunday 3rd December 11-4pm and
Thursday 7th December 4-7pm, my neighbours at artworks are also open for a pop up gallery so come and see us!

If you can’t make those times, we are open 1-15th December as follows:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 12-5
Sunday 3rd 11-4, Saturday 9th 10-4
Open from 18th -22nd by arrangement, closed 23rd Dec and open again on January 2nd.

There are spaces on half day and full day workshops, see the Eventbrite link on the Courses and workshops page. I’ll be listing the February and March workshops very soon. If you are on the waiting list for the regular classes, I will be in touch if there are spaces for January.

If you came to a workshop and haven’t collected your work please do come soon, everything for workshops up to 5th November is ready, and anything from April-September will be thrown away on 15th December if not collected.

Thank you for your support again this year, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 30, 2017   No Comments

New workshops listed now!

Thank you to everyone who came to my open studios this month, its such a nice event to be part of.

Just a quick update to say that new workshops are listed on my booking page now! Follow the link to the Eventbrite page, enquiries about private and small group bookings welcome too.

We have fired all the work from workshops up to May and have an huge pile of uncollected work dating back to last year. The studio is open Monday-Wednesday over the summer and days when workshops are on so please arrange to pick up pots if you haven’t done so yet! They will be thrown away in September if not collected.

July 24, 2017   No Comments

Courses for January 2017


There are lots of dates for beginners throwing workshops over on my course booking page. The evening class is full but get in touch if you want to go on the waiting list, info

Here’s the link to book:>

I’m not doing any shows before Christmas but you can buy my work from these lovely stockists:
The Forest Bailiff, Wimbledon
Primavera, Cambridge
The Art Hound, Burwash Manor Farm, Cambridgeshire
Comins Teahouse, Bath and Dorset
Cheshire and Wain, online and at the Prince’s Trust pop up shop, London
Red Ticking, Seattle
Glazuur Aardewerk, Netherlands

I still have some sale stock and there will be a big January sale at the studio, details coming soon…..

Thank you for another year of support, next year is looking busy with some great projects and some new pots! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 7, 2016   No Comments

Change is in the air!

September always feels like the start of the year to me, maybe its all those years of working in a college but there’s definitely a freshness in the air and new things around the corner.

Evening classes start again this week and are full but please contact me if you would like to go on the waiting list. I’m offering lots of weekend workshops and some half day sessions too to keep up with demand. If you got a voucher this year and haven’t cashed it in please email me to book up or have it extended, all the info is on the voucher.

I’ve been working on a new collection of work this year which is decorated with slips and lustres, its available now from my shop at Burwash or from Primavera in Cambridge. I’m working on some much larger works this year and have been throwing pots with 9kg of clay! Look out for the big reveal later this year….There are sale bargains in my shop as I sell off the last of my older collection so if you’ve got your eye on something head over to the shop.

And so that brings me to the change, my adorable shop at Burwash will be closing on October 15th so I can concentrate on the workshop and my own work. I’ve also been teaching in Leicester, developing some digital teaching resources and writing some A levels for Cambridge University, and weirdly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in!

Here’s the link to see what workshops are running this autumn, there will be a small price increase in January and we have kept some days back for private workshops or small groups so if you want to get together with some friends just get in touch to book a session.
Book here

September 18, 2016   No Comments

See you at the fair!

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