City Arts Newbury's great pottery throwdown
On Saturday afternoon a talented group of local ceramic enthusiasts gathered at City Arts Newbury to take part in the September Ceramics 2021 prize-giving ceremony. They had come to see their work exhibited alongside pieces by more established ceramicists and to find out who among them had been awarded prizes for their work.
The exhibition runs at the Hampton Road community arts venue from 10.30am - 4.30 pm until Sunday.
Isabel Carmona from City Arts Newbury said: "We are delighted to host the September Ceramics 2021 event as it encourages creativity and community involvement in the visual arts for all ages. We hope that the show takes joy in the power of hand-making and care that all these talented ceramicists and potters nurture."
In the lead up to the exhibition, the organisers ran an 'Up and Coming' competition for students and amateur potters. Twenty-one pieces were selected and are now on display alongside the work of the more established local ceramicists. The competition was divided into three categories: Under 14, 14-18 and 18+, with prizes awarded in each category.
Prizes were donated by City Arts Newbury, Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House, Bluematchbox, The Tilehurst Pottery, Helen Long Ceramics and Katherine Kingdon of Fatbellypots.
The judges were Cait Gould, a local ceramicist who appeared on Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throwdown and an artist in residence at The Base, Greenham and Grant Pratt, potter and owner of Bluematchbox, the Tilehurst Pottery.
The prize-winners were:
Under 14 years
• First Prize - Tilly
• Second Prize - Alice
• Third Prize - Imogen
14 to 18 years
• First Prize - Chiara
• Second Prize - Millie
• Third Prize - Roisin
• First Prize - Susana Carvalho
• Second Prize - John Tanner
• Third Prize - Mandy Dodd
City Arts Newbury runs events and courses for all ages on a variety of art practices - details can be found on the website: www.cityartsnewbury.co.uk