Unique pre-festive showcase for local crafts


The work of potters and ceramicists from in and around Hastings will get a pre-Christmas showcase at a unique Clay Culture Trail that’s being staged at the beginning of next month.

The trail is a new Christmas Open House featuring 13 ceramicists from across East Sussex and will be showing at four venues in Hastings for one weekend only on December 8th and 9th from 10.30am until 4.30pm each day.

Jane Sarre, a potter who has recently moved to Hastings, said: “I wanted to bring to the town the idea of a specialist ceramics Open House, I’ve been involved in a long running and very successful Open Studios trail in Hackney for many years. There are so many wonderful ceramic artists in Hastings and the surrounding area that I thought they deserved their own showcase.”

Jane got in touch with other local Hastings ceramicists who then nominated other potters whose work they knew and liked. This has resulted in what she describes as, “a wonderfully rich mix of sculpture both figurative and abstract, as well as hand made mugs jugs and bowls.”

It’s a chance to buy work from both local ceramicists and others rarely seen in Hastings such as Katy Shuricht’s silky raku vessels and Atkinson-Jones spectacular lusterware bowls.


Jane will also be showing new work inspired by a residency at Dungeness as well as her thrown tableware with Yvette Glaze who transfers ideas from print onto her vessels at her studio at 20 Clifton Road (venue 1).

Annabel Faraday uses print and collage techniques on her bold hand built stoneware pieces and will be showing with Judith Rowe’s slip decorated tableware and Julia Hilton’s sculptural wrapped mugs, jugs and bowls at Ore Place Farmhouse (venue two).

Lisa Katzenstein will be showing her recently launched range of lighting at 1 Pilgrims Way  (venue three)  with abstract sculptures by Martin Pierce, raku and stoneware by Kate Schuricht, porcelain by Atkinson-Jones  and figurative ceramics from Carol Sheldrake.

Wendy Lovehinds sculptures of hares and foxes and other animals will be interacting with Benjamin Becketts mythological creatures and bird caricatures. Licy Clayden makes work inspired by life beneath the waves. All showing at 144 Stonefield Road (venue 4).

Jane says: “With three venues just off the Ridge and one behind Queen’s Road, it will make for a very pleasant winter weekend treat.”

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Venue Details

Venue 1

20 Clifton Road, Hastings, TN35 5AN

Phone 07740199415

Yvette Glaze

Jane Sarre

Venue 2

Ore Place farmhouse, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2RA

Phone 07714443221

Annabel Faraday

Julia Hilton

Judith Rowe

Venue 3

1 Pilgrims Way, Hastings, TN34 2LF

Phone 07805 959109

Stephen Atkinson-Jones

Lisa Katzenstein

Martin Pierce

Carole Sheldrake

Venue 4

144 Stonefield Road, Hastings, TN34 1QE

Phone 07990 685874

Benjamin Beckett

Licy Clayden

Wendy Lovehinds

On the same weekend it is also possible to visit the recently opened Common Clay, an open access studio on Mount Pleasant Road providing studio space and kiln hire that is also holding open days over the same weekend.

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