News from Penny Withers

Diary 2017

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.



‘ZWART – WIT’     Friday 15th January – Sunday 20th March

The Zwart – Wit exhibition showcases a select group of innovative photographers, printmakers, draftsmen and ceramicists from around the UK who are leading in their field, producing highly unique and arresting work.

Printmakers  Dawn Brooks, Andrew Dalton

Draftsmen  Sally Taylor, Stephen Carley

Photographers  Tom Rodgers, Lucy Saggers, Steven Eric Parker

Ceramicists  Penny Withers, Andrew Temple Smith, Catherine Warwick, Dianne Cross, Jin Eui Kim

“‘We believe your work and practice represents a unique and captivating collection which demonstrates a strong interest in contemporary arts discourse.”


On 30th June Terry Leung and  Ngai Ming Yip  came all the way from Hong Kong to learn the art of Freeform throwing.

On the Autumn equinox, 23rd of September 2014, I took part in a day of walking, talking and  feasting. The day was organised by Emilie Taylor as a finale to her residency at Chatsworth and Sheffield Manor Lodge. Much of the discussion concerned social inequality, housing and the sharing of food. We arrived at Manor Lodge to find a barrel of ale and a table spread for a delicious meal. The tableware came from my Manor Ware range. As we dined we were entertained by Ray Hearn.The film was made by Richard Bolam.


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