News from Penny Withers

I’m busy preparing for my first fair of the year; the inaugural Contemporary Ceramics Fair at the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield. I have been restocking and making plenty of new work over the winter and will have the very best on show here.

The Hepworth is an exciting and inspiring new gallery set in beautifully proportioned architecture. Their print fairs and  mixed contemporary craft fairs in the Caulder building have been very well attended and successful for artists and organisers alike. Now they are testing the idea of a fair dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Please come along to see the very best from the region and beyond.

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Diary 2018

May 5 – 6th———- The Hepworth Contemporary Ceramics Fair, the Hepworth gallery, Wakefield. WF1 5AW

May 13th————-Ceramics in Charnwood. Charnwood Market Place, Loghborough. LE11 3EB

June 8 – 10———–Potfest Scotland. Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland.

June 23 – 24th——-The Maker’s Mark. Thornham, Norfolk.

June 26 – July 26th–Picture Post exhibition at Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1RU

July 13 – 15th———Peak District Artisans at Buxton Dome, Buxton, Derbyshire.

August 26th———-Ceramics in Southwell, Southwell Market Place, Nottinghamshire.

September 8 – 9th—Pots and Food. The Three Stags Head, Wardlow Mires. Derbyshire.

September 22 – 23rd-Sheffield Ceramics Festival. Meersbrook Walled Garden, Sheffield.

November 16 – 18th- Open Studio! at home in Studio 13, Persistence Works/Yorkshire Artspace, 21 Brown St. S12BS.


February 3 – March 4: ,POP ART AND POTS. Lotte Inch Gallery, YORK, YO30 7BL      

May 2 –  Craft Centre and Design Gallery, The Headrow, LEEDS. LS1 3AB

May 14  : Ceramics in Charnwood. › Places › Loughborough › Region

June 9 – 11 : Potfest Scotland.

June 12 – July 1st: Church House Designs –

July 21 – 23: Buxton Dome – Peak District Artisans

September 1 – 3: Ceramic Wales.

September 9 – 10: Pots and Food, Wardlow Mires.

September 23 – 24: Sheffield Ceramics Festival.

September 22 – October 9: Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

October 12 – 15: Handmade Kew. 

November : Open Studio. YA/Persistence Works, 21 Brown St. Sheffield. S12BS. http:

November 24 – 26: Hepworth Christmas Market, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield.



May 2017

Photo session, making Freeforms, with Ben Boswell. It was a privilege to work with Ben who is such an expert in photographing ceramics in the making. I was inspired to return to the Freeforms for their dramatic visual effects and in doing so discovering possibilities to develop them further.


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