Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ashtead Potters Ltd.
(1923 - 1935)

Sadly the event is now over and we have all returned back to our day jobs!
Thank you to all whose financial gifts and loans of pottery made this event possible.
If you are one of the 1,000 people who came through our doors a big THANK YOU to you too.
Ashtead Potters Poster Part of the exhibition space
Exhibition posterPart of the exhibition space, showing 8 of the 11 cabinets
Ashtead Potters Ltd. opened in April 1923 and we are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating their centenary on 11th - 13th April 2023 right here in the village just ½ a mile from the factory.
The event is being held at St. Giles Dell Centre, St. Giles Drive, Park Lane, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 1EJ.
Except for the pottery wheel workshops and mug decorating (see below), entry is free and there is no need to book.
The doors open at 10am, the first talk starts at 10.30am and the exhibition will close at 9pm each evening.
As well as mug decorating, children's activities will include model-making using air-dry clay and tile engraving. There will be playdough for younger ones.

There will be a great deal happening over the three days, we'll keep this list updated as things develop.
Ashtead Potters dotPottery exhibition, now with over 400 pieces planned!
Ashtead Potters dotPaintings by Conquest Art
Ashtead Potters dotClaire Waterhouse mugs for sale, The Portable Pottery Company
Ashtead Potters dotTalks:
 Tuesday 11th
Ashtead Potters dot10.30am Making Ashtead Pottery, John Rowley, Leatherhead & District Local History Society
Ashtead Potters dot2.30pm Ashtead Common's Roman pottery, Dr David Bird, Archæologist
Ashtead Potters dot7.30pm An introduction to Ashtead pottery: Household pieces and how to read them, EUR ING Andy Carter, Churchwarden
 Wednesday 12th
Ashtead Potters dot10.30am Notable Ashtead pottery pieces: Models and commemorative, EUR ING Andy Carter, Churchwarden
Ashtead Potters dot2.30pm The Woodland Trust's Centenary Wood, David Hatcher, Woodland Trust Volunteer Speaker
Ashtead Potters dot7.30pm Art Deco's influence on Ashtead Pottery design, Prof. Anne Anderson BA PhD FSA, Art historian
 Thursday 13th
Ashtead Potters dot10.30am Supporting veterans today, Darren Jackson, Combat Stress
Ashtead Potters dot2.30pm The pottery’s VIP connections: A "potted" history of the rise and fall of Ashtead Potters Ltd., with international players and royal connections, EUR ING Andy Carter, Churchwarden
Ashtead Potters dot7.30pm James Duck RCA, will be giving a talk on the life of a professional artist/ceramicist, the charity Maxibility who enhance the lives of disabled adults through the creation of ceramics, as well as a pottery demonstration
Ashtead Potters dotAnnouncement of the winners of the donated Ashtead Pottery pieces takes place after James Duck's demonstration on Thursday evening. The highest offer wins.
Ashtead Potters dotCafé serving drinks and snacks
Ashtead Potters dotPottery wheel workshops (£20 per hour), book now via eventbrite for bookings. Please select 'pay on the day' - we can take cash or card.
Ashtead Potters dotKid's activities including mug decorating (£10 each), book now via eventbrite for bookings. Please select 'pay on the day' - we can take cash or card.
In the Finbow Room, upstairs. Paint a mug, using glazes. Your mug will then be fired in the kiln at City of London Freemen's School
Ashtead Potters dotOther activities for young people
Model-making with Air-Dry Clay. In the Finbow Room, upstairs. Create your own models, then take them home to dry, then decorate with acrylic paint
Tile Engraving. In the Finbow Room, upstairs. Decorate a tile for our commemorative wall display
Playdough. In the Finbow Room, upstairs. Creative fun with playdough for preschool-aged children
Pottery Quiz. Ask for a copy of the quiz at the Welcome Desk Crack the codes used to identify Ashtead Pottery pieces. Hand in your solutions at the Welcome Desk for the chance to win a prize.
Pottery Jug Design. Ask for the template at the Welcome Desk. Hand in your entry at the Welcome Desk for the chance to win a prize.
Donations and payment for the classes, refreshments, postcards, Claire Waterhouse mugs, and Ashtead Pottery pieces can be made by cash or card on the day

With thanks to St Giles' & St George's churches, Leatherhead Museum, and City of London Freemen's School for their generous support,
and to Councillor Chris Townsend, Garry Milner, and Leatherhead and District Lions Club for their generous financial support.

Please contact us if you would like any more information,
Andy, Cathy, John, Liz, Mike, Nigel, Robert, and Simon