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John Buchanan joined Anthony Richards at Arch Pottery in St Ives in 1961 to learn how to throw. He stayed at Arch until 1966 when he set up Anchor Pottery at Hayle.

He moved the pottery to St Ives in 1971 and then in 1976 to Halsetown on the St Ives to Penzance road, where it is still to be found. He uses both gas and electric kilns. His stoneware and porcelain pieces have a strong accent on form and demonstrate his insistence that the highest standards should be imposed on craftwork.

St Ives Craft Center....Ceramics Classes


girlpotterThis five day Course offers Students the opportunity to make domestic ware for use in the home, centered on the traditional 'Potters Wheel', where beginners are especially welcome You will be guided step by step to 'Throw, cylinder', Mugs, Jugs, and Bowls. All tools and materials are provided, Arrangements can be made to fire and forward pieces you wish to keep for a small extra fee. If you have done pottery before, please bring sample's or a photo so that we can improve on your existing achievements, If you wish to explore the techniques used to make a sculpture or other items, you will be given every assistance to realize your dream, As on most Courses - groups are kept small so that very individual tuition can be given,

Pottery classes for all age groups and abilities

boy All Courses will be charged at £295 for the five day Course to include Accommodation and Breakfast on a Help your self basis there will be toast, cereals, tea, coffee, and soft drinks) at both Riverside & Craft Center, as well as light refreshments during morning and afternoon sessions. Students may use the kitchen facilities at other times to prepare their own food. Non participating guests can share the accommodation at £15 per night including self catering breakfast ( food provided ) and use the kitchen facilities at other times to prepare their own food.There will be charges for the firing of and forwarding of pots, for timber, watercolor paper, paints, ect. The terms will be 1/2 the course fee payable when booking and the balance payable four clear weeks before arrival.

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Pottery at the Craft Centre

A jug goes ever so slightly wobbly
even for a Leach potter in this clip.John comments while a very strange Pixie pays a visit to the Centre.




©2010 J Buchanan

Stoneware tea pot with cane handle


Flaired porcelain vessel decorated with concentricband of colour inspired by fishing boats left high and dry by the falling tide.