September Ceramics 2023

Exhibition dates: Weekends Fri 15 to Sun 17 September and Fri 22 to Sun 24 September 2023
Friday 15 September 2023 – 6pm to 8pm (by invitation)
Times: 10:30am to 4pm Fridays to Sundays

We are delighted to host September Ceramics 2023 at City Arts Newbury!
Organised and curated by Katherine Kingdon and Helen Long, the show is a themed exhibition housed in our building with a great sense of light and space.

There will be a variety of ceramic and pottery Stallholders by invitation as well as an Up and Coming Ceramicist table with pieces selected by the judges and competition with prizes on two categories : under 14 years old and 14 – 18 years.

The judge for 2023 for the Up & Comming prizes will be John Brazendale
Prize sponsors are: Scarva Pottery Supplies, Bluematchbox Potter’s Supplies, Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting and City Arts Newbury

Entries for the Up and Coming competition are now closed.

Demostrations by the stall holders and Taster sessions opportunities will be available during both weekends. Why not try your hand at throwing a pot (with Susie) or making a tile (with Sarah) – there are various time slots during the weekend – you can prebook your slot below.


In 2023 we welcome the following ceramicists to September Ceramics: Helen Long, Ursula Waechter, Sarah Scott, Rebecca Maynard, Ally Keeling, Lizzy McCracken, Susie Pots of Hope and Katherine Kingdon. In addition some written ceramic pieces by Teresa Munn will be on show at the Art Hub Cafe.

Helen Long

I have taken inspiration from the wild seas; transforming coloured porcelain into organic forms with fluidity and power. I hope to highlight the plight of our beautiful oceans with this work.

Sarah Scott

My work is about shape which is in the form of animals or humans! I like to use colour to give my pieces a contemporary feel.

Ally Keeling

My work is developed using hand building techniques and is fired to stoneware. I am interested in the relationship between form, textural surface, pattern and colour, distilling visual impressions from my surroundings.

Pots of Hope, Susie

My ceramics carry mantra to support wellbeing; each piece is a meditation, cherishingly prepared, centred and shaped as a metaphor of ‘hope’. Inspired by sharing the mindful, humbling process of aligning clay, I am immersed in combining the transformation of the four essential elements into objects of function and beauty.

Ursula Waechter

I make a range of functional and decorative tin-glazed earthenware; mostly made on the potter’s wheel. I hand decorate using calligraphic brushes and oxide mixtures. I also make commissioned lettered pieces for special occasions and offer individually tuition in throwing and decorating.

Rebecca Maynard

I create handbuilt earthenware and stoneware ceramic sculpture using bold simple forms. My work ranges from small birds in vibrant blues to larger head sculptures.

Lizzy McCracken

I make tin glaze earthenware thrown vessels and tableware decorated with sgraffito technique through a wash of cobalt oxide.

Katherine Kingdon

Katherine’s ceramics is full of character and storytelling. Her figures seem to be caught mid action and a sense of playful ambiguity draws you in and challenges your imagination. All her work is hand-built, with a mixture of applied, incised and hand-modelled detail.

Teresa Munn

‘I write with clay, exploring relationships with landscape’