Keep the Kiln Firing

by Mohamed Hamid in Lewes, East Sussex, England

Keep the Kiln Firing
We did it
On 1st October 2018 we successfully raised £7,829 with 136 supporters in 56 days

The Star Pottery is in need of a new large kiln. Without a new kiln, the workshop cannot function.

by Mohamed Hamid in Lewes, East Sussex, England

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A kiln is central to any pottery workshop and the current large kiln at the Star Pottery has been an important resource to potters in the local community over the last 20 years. Those who have benefitted during this time include literally hundreds of children, amateur adults and professional potters in the area.    After such heavy use, the kiln is now rapidly deteriorating and it needs to be urgently replaced.

About us

Mohamed Hamid started the Star Pottery in 1989 and so 2019 will see the pottery celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary. The Star Pottery is a thriving resource in which Mohamed not only produces his own highly sought after pieces but he also manages the workshop enabling an enormous number of people to take classes and further their own practice. These include:

  • 50 adults a week  
  • Children’s term time classes
  •  Children’s and adults holiday classes 
  •  Monthly taster session days for beginners to try out the craft of throwing. 
  • 10 associate potters (enthusiasts professionals and semi-professional potters using the space )
  • Firing work of local potters and ceramicists.

 

IMAGES:  work made in the children's classes

The workshop also provides:

  • Employment for several staff.
  • A gallery and selling platform to encourage professional development.
  • A vital source of creative therapy for many people. 
  • A community and support network for local makers.    

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The presence of the Star Pottery in Lewes is hugely important,  to have a highly skilled potter, teacher and workshop of such quality in the centre of Lewes is an amazing asset for the town. Without the large kiln, the Star Pottery cannot continue to function. Please help us raise enough to replace this kiln so that we can keep the workshop alive!

TESTIMONIALS

Before I became a student at Star Pottery, I knew of Mohamed. I  admired his work and knew of him as a respected craftsman in Lewes and more widely in East Sussex. I didn't know, until I joined a class, that  Mohamed is also a gifted teacher who gives generously of his time and his expertise. I have benefitted from this for four years, have had huge fun and learned a lot, my granddaughter recently attended a holiday class for children where she made several bowls and an elephant! She was thrilled. To have such an accessible studio pottery in Lewes is a real tangible benefit to the town. The atmosphere Mohamed generates supports creative expression and well-being for young and old students alike.  It's no exaggeration to say that the Star Pottery is life enriching.   Jean Gould, Tuesday morning class

Mohamed has a talent for bringing out the best in people, and for bringing people together. Walking round Lewes it is hard to go more than 100m without seeing some of Mohamed's own work on display as house names and numbers, and it is not an exaggeration to say that everyone who lives in Lewes knows Mo, as he is so much a part of the community.   Bonnie Metherell, Thursday evening class

I have been attending evening classes at the Star Pottery since September 2017, having searched long and hard for a place to learn throwing on the wheel (such places I  found to be few and far between in Sussex.) He and his team run a brilliant studio and work is always prepped and ready for the next process, allowing the maximum time to be hands-on with the clay and, therefore, to develop quickly. That he has been making and teaching in the space for nigh on 30 years is a testament to his skills as a teacher and craftsman and the very real need for such a place to exist. The Star Pottery is a brilliant place. Long may it continue.    Lizzie Lower, Tuesday evening class

Mohamed has a rare ability to instruct both students who want to take their pottery to a more professional level, as well as being able to encourage real creativity in those who have never had artistic opportunities in their lives. On the odd occasion, I have dropped into children’s classes I have been really impressed by the focus and concentration in the young students and also the very high quality of some of the work which comes from those children’s groups.  The Star Pottery is a vital resource for the town – please help to support this very important fund. Gill Kay, Friday morning class

Image: Teapots made by Mohamed Hamid

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank You!

A handwritten thank you card from Mohamed and team at the Star Pottery.

£25 or more

30 of 30 claimed

Limited Edition Brooch + Party Invite

You will receive a brooch made especially for this crowdfunding campaign. Made at The Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid. AND An invitation to our Star Pottery 30 Year Anniversary Party in July 2019

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Limited Edition Milk Jug + Party Invite

Limited edition milk jug hand thrown and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid with special inscription on the bottom. AND An invitation to The Star Pottery 30 Year Annviversary Party in July 2019

£75 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Personalised Mug + Brooch/Tile + Party Invite

Personalised Mug with name of your choice, handthrown and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid with special inscription on the bottom. AND Limited Edition Brooch, handmade at the Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid AND An Invitation to The Star Pottery 30th Anniversary Party in July 2019.

£100 or more

One to one Pottery Class+ Brooch + Party Invite

A very rare chance to have a one to one pottery class with Mohamed Hamid. consiting of a 2 hour wheel throwing lesson with Mohamed's undivided attention. (not usually offered) AND Limited Edition Brooch, handmade at the Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid AND An Invitation to The Star Pottery 30th Anniversary Party in July 2019 and a glass of fizz for when you arrive.

£150 or more

5 of 8 claimed

Personalised Large Plate + Brooch + Party Invite

Large personalised plate with names / message of your choice and decorated with your chosen pattern from Mohamed's range. AND A Limited Edition Brooch, handmade at the Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid AND An Invitation to The Star Pottery 30th Anniversary Party in July 2019 with a glass of fizz when you arrive.

£300 or more

2 of 8 claimed

X Large Personalised Bowl + Brooch + Party invite

Extra Large Personalised Bowl handthrown and handmade by Mohamed Hamid with a special inscription on the bottom. AND Limited Edition Brooch, handmade at the Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid AND An Invitation to The Star Pottery 30th Anniversary Party in July 2019 with glass of fizz when you arrive.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU BUNDLE!!

A very rare chance to have a one to one 2 hour wheel throwing lesson with Mohamed Hamid. (not usually offered) AND Extra Large Personalised Bowl handthrown and handmade by Mohamed Hamid with a special inscription on the bottom. AND Limited Edition Brooch, handmade at the Star Pottery and handpainted by Mohamed Hamid AND An Invitation to The Star Pottery 30th Anniversary Party in July 2019 with glass of fizz when you arrive.

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