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POSTED ON: 19th Jan 2017

We would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and to thank you for the business placed with our company during 2016.

POSTED ON: 1st Jan 2017

What general skills & techniques do you use? (eg., throwing etc.,) ?
I combine hand building techniques and slip casting together to form my bowls.  My cradle bases are either slabbed or slip trailed.

Tell us about your experience and knowledge:

POSTED ON: 9th Dec 2016

Our last order dates to receive your clay before Christmas are:

POSTED ON: 22nd Nov 2016

As many of you may be aware but for those who are yet to hear we are excited to announce that we will be taking over the running of Art in Clay Hatfield, a show that is very close to our hearts.

POSTED ON: 22nd Sep 2016

World-leading clay manufacturer, Valentine Clays, is excited to start construction on its new warehouse and 

POSTED ON: 1st Aug 2016

Watch the latest in a series of 'How To' short films that are aimed at helping potters when using clay.

This film shows Kevin Millward demonstrating the difference between wedging and kneading: 

 

POSTED ON: 27th Jul 2016

WE HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS…..….

POSTED ON: 6th Jul 2016

Our new customer focused facility is due to open by May 2017 with the hope of creating a ceramics centre that will help to promote the industry and the importance of clay. 

POSTED ON: 9th Jun 2016

We are proud to be able to support and recognise upcoming students at their graduate degree shows across the country. These students are the future of the ceramics industry and we feel that it is extremely important to encourage them, and we look forward to following their growing career and professional development with interest.

POSTED ON: 9th Jun 2016

What a hectic year 2015 was, but what's new. The first part was taken up with working on BBC Two’s The Great Pottery Throwdown, whilst the whole of September I concentrated on workshops and demos from Edinburgh to Sussex, with a bit of Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent thrown in (excuse the pun!). So it was good to finally get back to the studio. There were pots to make for Waterperry Gallery in Oxfordshire and a couple of orders for Nando's.

POSTED ON: 30th Apr 2016

One of the most frequent questions that we seem to get asked is how to make a pizza oven. So we decided to have a go at making one ourselves so that we are able to pass on advice from our own experiences. The first stage of the process of creating your very own pizza oven is outlined below.

 

You will need:

INGREDIENTS...

POSTED ON: 29th Apr 2016

Now that you have built your base and the arch way for your pizza oven, discussed in How to make a pizza oven - Stage 1, you are ready to build the dome and light the fire for the first time. The below disuss our experiences during this process:

POSTED ON: 29th Apr 2016

Now that you have built your pizza oven, discussed in How to make a pizza oven - Stage 1 & Stage 2, you are ready to light the fire for the first time.

POSTED ON: 24th Mar 2016

The Great Pottery Throw Down is back and they are looking for potters to take part in the second series…  

Do you live and breathe pottery? Perhaps you aspire to become a full-time professional?  Or, are you looking to take the next step up in your pottery practice?  Maybe you simply want to show the nation your work!  

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POSTED ON: 24th Mar 2016

CHRIS CARTEROUT OF THE DARK & INTO THE LIGHT

A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE COVERING FIVE DECADES OF WORK. OPENING 7TH MAY 2016.

POSTED ON: 1st Mar 2016
  1. What general skills & techniques do you use ? (eg., throwing etc.,) ?
    I make everything by throwing on the wheel. I like to leave throwing lines showing and sometimes impress pots with dimples to show the hand of the make.
  2. Tell us about your experience and knowledge:

 

POSTED ON: 25th Feb 2016

Ceramic artist David Marques is proud to unveil his latest work, a large-scale ceramic art installation for Cancer Research UK's oncology clinic at Imperial College London.

POSTED ON: 17th Feb 2016

We have some exciting news to announce......Valentine Clays is expanding.

In March 2015 we purchased 5 acres of land on a historic ceramics site situated on the A50 slip road in Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent) previously known as Diamond Gimson Works, King Street.

Yesterday Stoke-on-Trent City Council gave us permission for our exciting new expansion plans for the site.

POSTED ON: 25th Jan 2016

Ceramics has featured within the Ault family's history for far longer than the past 40 years. One of our ancestors William Ault is seen featured in Geoffrey Godden's 'British Pottery: An illustrated guide' published in 1974.

William established his pottery at Swadlincote, near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in 1887 (130 years ago next year) when he left Bretby at the age of forty-six. 

POSTED ON: 20th Jan 2016

First of all we would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and to thank you for the business placed with our company during 2015.

It is that time of year when we have to review our prices in relation to supplier increases, every effort is made to absorb these increases where possible but from Monday 1st February 2016 the following price increases will apply to our products:

POSTED ON: 5th Jan 2016

1. What general skills & techniques do you use? (e.g. throwing etc)

All of my work is handbuilt, using basic techniques such as pinching and coiling.

 

2. Tell us a bit about your experience and knowledge:

a) Where have you studied and learnt your skills

POSTED ON: 1st Dec 2015

Article written by Pam Woolliscroft, former curator of the Spode Museum:

Introduction
For over 200 years bone china has been famous as a particularly English porcelain. Exported worldwide from its creation, it was the new and fashionable choice for the very best of wares.

POSTED ON: 30th Nov 2015

To ensure you receive your clay order before Christmas make sure you place your order by:

  • Thursday 17th December (economy delivery)
  • Friday 18th December (over night delivery)

To place your order to ensure you receive it by Tuesday 22nd December please call 01782 271200 or visit our online shop.

POSTED ON: 13th Nov 2015

Valentine Clays has recently been supporting The Clay Foundation with running an education project called Flower Factory Field as part of commemorations for World War One, working with young people from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

POSTED ON: 9th Nov 2015

The Valentine Clay's annual calendar is now on sale and is made up of 6 studio potters from our Online Gallery: 

POSTED ON: 29th Oct 2015

We are proud to be supporting a very special event that is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

POSTED ON: 10th Sep 2015

1. What general skills & techniques do you use?
Most of my pieces are thrown, I then pierce and sculpt waves. Pods begin as pinch pots and their long tails are pulled in the same way a handle is pulled.

 

POSTED ON: 21st Aug 2015

Our 'Clay Spotlight' are a series of short films that showcase certain clays and their capabilites. This film features ES 20 (Smooth Textured) on its versatility and how its praticularly suited to throwing larger pieces. A special thanks needs to go to Kevin Millward for demonstrating this clay by throwing a jug.   

To watch the film click on the below...

POSTED ON: 16th Jul 2015

Congratulations to Susanne Lukács-Ringel who at Art in Clay in 2014 was voted the winner of the Valentine Clays Peers Award fo

POSTED ON: 13th Jul 2015

1. What general skills and techniques do you use?:

POSTED ON: 23rd Jun 2015

Now in our 35th year we are extremely proud during this time to have grown the family business from producing only one clay body - an electrical porcelain for a local insulation company - to well over 100 clay bodies and raw materials that have been specifically developed for the pottery and ceramic community.

POSTED ON: 19th May 2015

1. What general skills and techniques do you use?:

As almost every piece of our work is the result of an input from each of us it is not easy to define our roles. We are both more interested in surface decoration and pattern rather than form but Garry certainly has most technical knowledge.

We use slabs of clay as the basis for a whole range of decorative techniques including screen and mono printing, decals, impressed and applied work, slip decoration, sgraffito and lustres.

POSTED ON: 19th Mar 2015

In February, to coincide with my 60th birthday celebrations, I planned a trip to India to visit the Taj Mahal and Gateway to India. Whilst organising my trip I was fortunate to receive an invite to spend the day with the prestigious pottery family ‘The Pandit’s of Mumbai’ and jumped at the opportunity to visit an Indian pottery.

POSTED ON: 2nd Mar 2015

1.  What general skills & techniques do you use? (e.g. throwing etc) 
My forms are for the most part thrown though I do employ a certain amount of slab molding as well. My work is all slip decorated.

 

POSTED ON: 27th Jan 2015

With the weather taking a further turn for the worst and a cold snap predicted over the coming week we thought it might be useful to give some tips and advice on how to protect your clay from the elements, and in worst case scenario how to restore your clay so that you can use it.  

Clay storage

POSTED ON: 22nd Jan 2015

First of all we would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and to thank you for the business placed with our company during 2014.

POSTED ON: 7th Jan 2015

We are looking to recruit for the following position:-

 

 

Maintenance Engineer

 

Job Purpose:

POSTED ON: 1st Jan 2015

1.What general skills & techniques do you use ?
I use a combination of throwing and slab building to produce my work, but I continually try different methods of working to refine and reduce my contact time with the clay.

 

POSTED ON: 25th Dec 2014

Our 2015 Calendar is made up of potters from our Online Gallery and is currently being sold for £5.86 including postage.

POSTED ON: 4th Dec 2014

The makers of 'The Great British Bake Off' Love Productions are producing an exciting new programme on BBC Two about pottery. They are currently scouring the country for enthusiastic potters and ceramicists to take part in this new talent search that will test all different aspects of their craft and be crowned 'Britain's Best Potter'. They have said: 'In this brand new talent search for BBC2 your entire repertoire of skills will be put to the test! So if you think you've got what it takes we would LOVE to hear from you!

POSTED ON: 1st Oct 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 8th Aug 2014

Congratulations to Richard Godfrey who at Art in Clay in 2013 was voted the winner of the Valentine Clays Peers Award for best contribution to the festival by fellow exhibitors.  Richard is well known for his pioneering development of brightly coloured slips and his use of innovative co

POSTED ON: 8th Aug 2014

Art in Clay at Hatfield House, which celebrated its 20th year in July and is organised by Andy & Di McInnes, is one of the most well renowned ceramic festivals in the country. Valentine Clay’s has been proud to have supported the festival from the beginning and sponsors the prestigious Peers Award which is voted for each year by the exhibitors for the best contribution to the show.

POSTED ON: 1st Aug 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 1st Jul 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 2nd Jun 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 1st May 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 26th Apr 2014

Two ceramic murals, created by Booth House Gallery's Jim Robison, have been installed in the Holmfirth centre’s newly renovated ‘King’s Head’ Park, opened ealier this month by councillor Nigel Patrick and local MP, Jason MacCartney. 

POSTED ON: 1st Mar 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 18th Feb 2014

We are pleased to announce that Valentine Clay's now has a brand new gallery area for customers to enjoy whilst visiting the factory. The gallery consists of pieces collected by the company over the years from the 1980's to present day.

The archive spanning 34 years of Valentine Clay's history has an accompanying information guide which explains each of the pieces including the clay product that has been used during the pieces creation.

POSTED ON: 1st Feb 2014

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 1st Dec 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 7th Nov 2013

We have produced a Calendar for 2014 based upon potters from our Online Gallery including:

January/February - Hilary Simms

March/April - Alex Shimwell

May/June - Sandra Martin

July/August - Jim Robison

POSTED ON: 14th Oct 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 18th Sep 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 1st Aug 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 23rd Jul 2013

A big congratulations to Matthew Blakely who was presented, at this year’s Art in Clay, with the Valentine Clays Peers Award.

In the tradition of the past 19 years fellow peers vote during the weekend on which studio potter deserves recognition. The winner is then presented with their award the following year which is created by the previous year’s winner.

POSTED ON: 22nd Jul 2013

We are proud sponsors of this year's Ceramics 2013 event especially with design innovator Wayne Hemingway MBE being unveiled as the keynote speaker.

Hemingway – of Red or Dead fame – will talk on a great British Design theme at the September event in Stoke-on-Trent.

Wayne Hemingway launched the iconic Red or Dead brand while in his early 20s and currently runs Hemingway Design along with his wife, Gerardine.

POSTED ON: 1st Jul 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 25th Jun 2013

Alan was proud to be chosen to judge the Ceramics category for this years awards, he commented:

POSTED ON: 3rd Jun 2013

A new online resource has been created to make things easier for potters when choosing the right clay to work with. 

Over the past 30 years the clay bodies and raw materials manufacturer, based in the heart of the Potteries, has worked directly with the studio potter community looking at ways to make things simpler for both the beginner and professional potter when considering which clay to use. 

POSTED ON: 1st Jun 2013

Learn more about our Potter of the Month with an insightful interview

POSTED ON: 18th Oct 2012

Valentine Clays develops Online Resource Tool with the Potter in mind.