Guild meetings

The Guild’s programme of meetings is open to Guild members and their guests only.


Thursday 11 January
Master’s Night
From social anthropology to pyrotechnics
The Master will chart her early art college years culminating in her first pottery ventures overseas in France, her return to the UK and setting up her pottery in Brockley in south east London. More recently she set up home and her studio in the idyllic south east corner of the Isle of Wight. Her talk will discuss the influence of nature in her work, the importance of drawing , collage and 2D underpinning all her work, and her love of colour.

Thursday 25 January
Bro. Tanya Harrod
Life as a stage: the paintings of Leonard Rosoman
Bro. Tanya Harrod latest book, Leonard Rosoman, was published last year. She will explore the painter Leonard Rosoman’s fascination with the theatre as part of a wider discussion of his idiosyncratic post-war narrative art in which he remained outside the institutionalised avant-garde, blurring the boundaries between neo-romanticism and pop.

Thursday 8 February
Professor Robin McInnes OBE
Bridging the disciplines of art and science: using historical imagery to assist coastal management
Professor Robin McInnes is a geologist whose specialism in the management of coastal landslip on the Isle of Wight is combined with his expert knowledge of Georgian and Victorian coastal art. His talk will outline the methodology he devised to illustrate how artworks and early images of British coastal scenery can inform and assist the management of changing marine environments in the face of sea level rise and climate change. Robin has written and published several beautifully illustrated and bound books on Isle of Wight Art and examples will be on show.

Thursday 22 February
Walter Keeler
Function and ornament: tradition and innovation
Walter Keeler, a British studio potter trained by Michael Casson, established his first pottery at Bledlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire in 1965 and moved to his current studio in Penallt, Wales. He was professor of ceramics at the University of the West of England and in 2007 was named Welsh Artist of the Year. His work is held in a number of public collections in the UK, the USA and Japan.

Thursday 8 March
Lynne Truss
The Freshwater Circle
Lynne Truss is an author and broadcaster best known for her book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. She will talk more widely about her work and her novel Tennyson’s Gift, which shines a comic light on a group of artistic worthies (Juliet Margaret Cameron, Watts, Rev. Dodson and of course Tennyson) who were all living or working in the Isle of Wight in the 1860s.

Thursday 22 March
Penelope Walsh
Natural dyes used in historic and contemporary textiles from conservation to sustainable design.
Penelope has worked with film studios and historical houses, and her specialist knowledge of natural dying methods led her latterly to form a company focusing on sustainability in fashion. This resulted in exciting commissions including the creation of fabrics for gowns used at the Oscar ceremonies. Penelope’s career has spanned widely varying industry sectors, illustrating how diverse a career in craft can be.

Thursday 12 April
Sketchbook evening
Brothers are invited to show new work - sketchbooks, samples, prototypes.

Thursday 26 April
Carolyn Trant
Peggy Angus: a romantic revolutionary
This illustrated talk will look at Peggy Angus’ most important designs and sources of inspiration, referring to her ideas, politics and friendship groups and the social context affecting her changes in style and output.

Carolyn was taught by Peggy Angus from the age of 11 at NLCS, stayed with her at Furlongs from the age of 15, printed wallpapers for her whilst a student at the Slade and wrote her biography – published by Incline Press in 2004.

Thursday 17 May
Bro. Simon Hurst
An architect’s journey
Bro. Simon Hurst will talk about his architectural work, from the design process through to construction, as well as his background and other interests. In addition to being Honorary Architect to the Guild, Simon runs his own small practice in east London out of his home, where he not only designs, but also makes and builds, having recently self-built a Moorish conservatory. He is currently restoring a K2 telephone kiosk back to the original design intentions of Giles Gilbert Scott. 

Thursday 7 June
Bro. Sue Lowday
Silver/metal/leather: a voyage of discovery
Bro. Sue Lowday trained in silversmithing and jewellery and ran a business supplying jewellery to high-end stores. In 1997, she did an MA specialising in large-scale sculptural electroformed metal pieces, many of which are now owned by private collectors in the USA. Others form part of Sheffield Museum’s collection. She started working in leather upon acquiring leather tools and has run this business for over 20 years. Sue will discuss early influences from growing up in Hull, training at Sheffield followed by formative years working at the Sheffield Assay Office.

Thursday 21 June
Roger Law
From politics to pots: edited highlights of a journey from satire to making ceramics
Together with Peter Fluck, Roger Law co-founded and created the satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image. He was originally an illustrator and cartoonist for the Observer and Sunday Times. When Spitting Image finished in 1996, Law refocused on his art, taking a residency at the National Art School in Sydney, followed by working in Jingdezhen, China where he makes large porcelain vessels.

Thursday 5 July
Alison Britton OBE
Finding form
Alison Britton has made pots for more than 40 years, and has written about other people’s work for almost as long. She sees uncertainty, ‘not knowing’ entirely what you are going to make or write, as the real beginning of invention even in the familiar fields of ceramics and writing.  Making with clay and making with words have become reciprocal. Her lecture will follow a few events and connections that affected her thinking, and what got made.

Thursday 27 September
Bro. Tracey Sheppard
Clearly obscure
Bro. Tracey Sheppard, Fellow and President of the Guild of Glass Engravers, has been immersed in her chosen medium for 38 years. Currently she divides her time between her studio, where she works on intricate, small pieces, and the glass decorating company Nero Glass Designs in Brixton. In their workshop, she combines broader more industrial methods with her familiar detailed techniques to work on large expanses of architectural glass.

Thursday 11 October
Felicity Aylieff
Ambitions in scale: working from a studio in China
Felicity Aylieff is senior tutor in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art and a ceramic artist of international standing. She has recently set up RedHouse Ceramic design studio in Jingdezhen with her husband and fellow ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda, and their Chinese partner. In her talk, she will look at the challenges she faced making work in an unfamiliar culture, and how taking on these new experiences opened up opportunities and extended her creativity as artist and maker.

Thursday 25 October
Andy Friend
Ravilious & Co: how they earned an artist’s living
Andy Friend, author of Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship (Thames & Hudson 2017) and co-curator of the eponymous the Towner Gallery’s touring exhibition, explores how the RCA’s ‘outbreak of talent’ generation survived and thrived during the troubled inter war period and how the evolving landscape of opportunity and constraint led to new directions in their art.

Thursday 8 November
Tim Hunkin
Novelty automation
Tim Hunkin trained as an engineer, but then became a cartoonist for the Observer newspaper. His next career was in television (writing and presenting three series of ‘The Secret Life of Machines’ for Channel 4). Since 2001, he has been making arcade machines for his ‘Under the Pier Show’ amusement arcade on Southwold pier and ‘Novelty Automation’ in London. He will talk about his London arcade of homemade coin operated machines and its place in the history of popular entertainment in London.

Thursday 22 November
Bro. Alan Powers
Enid Marx, designer and ‘five foot electrically-charged “exotic”’
Enid Marx (1902-1998) practised many forms of design, even before leaving the Royal College of Art in 1925 – block printed textiles, woven patterns for the Underground and the Utility scheme, stamps, books, laminates and more besides. Bro. Alan Powers, whose book on Marx appears in the spring of 2018, will lay these cloths of heaven under our feet.

Thursday 13 December
Annual General Meeting (Members only)