top of page

Season 1


Exploring the intimacy of the ‘Hand Made’ when fingertips and material come together in wonderful union, for the creation of human expression and leave behind a powerfully personal result. 


This is what we look to explore in this season of courses, exhibitions & lectures, and we are privileged to welcome a select group of highly acclaimed artists whose working practice is very immediate.

Cordelia Hampton-John – Director of Arts Programming

Creative Willow Work

Dominic Parrette – Basketmaker, Coppice Craftsman & experienced Tutor

Course Dates: Saturday 29 (*SOLD OUT) & Sunday 30  April 10am – 4pm

Using willow harvested from willow beds in Sussex, students will learn how to weave a robust yet beautiful conical plant support working with ancient techniques, the design of which is based on a period salmon trap.


To achieve this, students will acquire simple traditional basketry skills and leave with a structure that will add form and height in a garden as a strong support for climbing plants. No experience is necessary and the tutor will provide all the materials and tools needed. The support can be made to any height but is typically around 6“ tall.

The course costs £60 including lunch To register your interest email

Willow Work Exhibition 11 April – 12 May

Open Tues – Sat 10am - 4pm free entry

Dominic Parrette acclaimed willow work craftsman, with specialised knowledge in traditional and historic designs, brings his breath-taking structures to The Farnham Pottery Kiln Room Gallery, along with Sarah Wenban’s stunning photography of him harvesting his Willow Beds in East Sussex.  

All visitors to the exhibition are invited to make a little piece of willow work to take home, or you can sign up for a day workshop and create a beautiful structure for the garden just in time for Spring.

Season 2

It is with great joy that Farnham Pottery Arts moves into its second season of 2017, bringing more creative making in various disciplines to this beautiful period venue. In Season Two, the Magic of Making, we explore hand building in clay with the inspirational Adele Goulty, who not just teaches us the techniques of this craft but leads us on our own journey to find creative inspiration from the world around us. Then Celia Lewis enchants us with her lovely rustic impressions taken from first-hand experience of raising ducks and chickens, with a lino cutting course for beginners in which she shares her personal practice.


Next, we can delight in the exquisite forms created by

Malcolm Martin in his magical hand carved wooden vessels, luscious organic forms, full of fluid movement and his workshop which guides us in the skills of mark making and the carving of our own simple vessel from scratch. Finally, in a rather different tempo, the dynamic Jamie Chalmers - Mr X Stitch, kingpin of creative embroidery, fires life into cross stitch and brings us a powerful mixed exhibition, shown earlier this year at Olympia, London, while teaching us design and the wonders of cross stitch and its many creative possibilities in his lively workshop.

To book your space email

bottom of page