CCA NEWSLETTER Trelowarren EGM and B B Q at

CCA newsletter 13 July 2010
Strawberries cream
cake and chat
Photo Daryl Harber
EGM and B B Q at
The business at the EGM
Trelowarren 17th June was
completed in record time!
Vivien called on James to
present the ‘Progress on
The Business Plan’ and he
explained that an EGM had
been called soon a%er the
AGM because the accounts
had to be approved at a
formal meeting. The
previous AGM could not be
delayed until the accounts
were ready because the
maximum time between
meetings was set by our
constitution. The meetings
had now been brought
back to an appropriate time
of year so that in future
years there would normally
only be a need for one
meeting, the AGM,
probably in June.
James was able to report
good news. Commission
based income was up.
Roger has been able to
claim back dated Gi% Aid,
expenditure has been
reduced mainly through
the reduction in staff hours
at both galleries.
Consequently the surplus
for the year was about
£12,000, although £5,000
of this was in the form of
debts – the gi% aid back
dating and the remainder
of our Arts Council grant
more on development of
the Association. The CCA
now has almost reached
the target £40,000 reserve
so that it was hoped that
the Committee could now
focus on developing the
CCA’s role for the future.
Approximately 70 members
and friends came to the
gallery to enjoy the good
summer show and partake
of really good food and
company. Samme arranged
the book swap that made
an interesting event and a
profit!. Thanks to all the
“Social Committee” for the
organisation, tasty food
and a grand evening.
(Elinor, Rod, Nicky Mills
and her husband
+everyone who donated
I am sure you will all join me in
welcoming George Elsworthy as the
new Manager for Trelissick, (along with
Trerice, Glendurgan & North Helford).
The outcomes of a very positive meeting
with him were that:
The Play Boat has been move to another
part of the courtyard allowing free
access to and from the Gallery –
Signage is being refurbished and will
give the Gallery a better profile.
The Trust is keen to emphasise the
“Localness” of their properties and to
include us in their publicity and
They would like to involve our members
in a series of 1 & 2 day paid cra%
workshops this autumn and Christmas
and again in Winter 2011. So if you have
anything to offer from tasters to master
classes please contact Elinor with you
proposals, via e-mail or phone, by 30th
July at the latest.
The galleries have been going from
strength to strength with Trelissick’s
May figures the best for at least 5 years.
Carol Scott Foyer
show at Trelissick
Foyer Show
Carol Scott,
I work with a smooth white
earthenware clay, throwing on the
potter's wheel or sometimes rolled out
and placed on a former that I have
made. The pots are decorated with
coloured slips and then raw glazed and
fired just once in an electric kiln to
cone 3 (1100 degrees C).
I have a studio on my smallholding
converted from an old threshing house
where I work surrounded, at one time
by my grazing cattle, nowadays by our
embryonic forest planted by us in
2002. Visitors are welcome, but please
telephone to arrange a convenient
sell lecture study talk participate
members opportunities
“Twinkle Trunk Show”. At our Trelowarren
Gallery, over the 10th, 11th and 12th December
2010, limited places are available for this
Christmas Trunk Show. Bring your own
“Trunk”, a suitable Christmassy box, or even
hamper as a display for your work+lighting to
fit a 2m wide space max. The cost is £70.00
for the three days to include publicity, heating
and electricity. Apply to Elinor at Trelowarren
for an application form. Spaces will be sold on
a first come first served basis.
You have heard me refer to this at
several meetings, and also seen
references in the Newsletter. So you
know that by this time next year I will
no longer be a Trustee on the
Committee, and while James will be a
Trustee, he will no longer be Vice
Chairman. If the CCA is to have a
Preliminary Notice
future, (and the alternative is to wind
The Committee is at an advanced stage in
it up), we need to elect successors at
planning for a “Kaffe Fassett, Glorious Colour
Exhibition”, due to open at Trelowarren to the the June 2011 AGM. The only
general public on 15th May 2011, with the
successors are within the CCA
Private View on the 14th. The show will run
membership – so this means you!
until the 17th July.
In conjunction with the exhibition Kaffe will
be giving the Wyndham Gooden Lecture on
the 2nd June at the Princess Pavilions,
Falmouth, followed by a 1 day Colour
Patchwork Workshop at Trelowarren on the
3rd May. Brandon Mably, from the Kaffe
Fassett Design Studio, will be giving a colour
Knitting Workshop on the 4th also at
Booking for the lecture and workshops opens
on the 1st September with concessionary
tickets for members and association friends
You will all receive the flyer with full details
by the middle of August.
“Pub Crawl”
Members of the committee will be visiting a
pub near you in September to give you the
chance for a get together, informal chat and
to meet other members in your area.
We particularly want to hear your ideas for
the future of the CCA, what we are doing well
and what we need to change...
Marazion 14th September, The Godolphin
Falmouth 15th September, Gyllyngvase Beach
Gylly Café
Tywardreath 16thSeptember, The New Inn
Plan to meet at about 19.00 for 19.30. We’d
like to allocate about an hour and a half, but
there is no fixed time to finish.
I know it is daunting, but please
remember that over the past two years
the Committee, James & I have invested
enormous time and energy to bringing
the CCA back from financial disaster.
We now have much better reserves and
a viable income so that the challenge
for the new Chairman and Vice
Chairman & Committee is now to focus
on the main objectives of the CCA – to
bring cra% to the public of Cornwall.
It’s also a priority to involve rising
generations of makers in the CCA, and
forge closer links with students and
These tasks are important, but, now,
entirely manageable within a
reasonable time commitment.
Please don’t delay in putting yourself
forward, or nominating a colleague!
Thank you, Vivien Prideaux
[email protected]
CCA NEWS LETTER 13 July 2010
The John Crowther award for the best
new member was awarded to,
Rosanna Martin Ceramics
Jenny Pelmore award 2010 Stephanie Johnson,
Craftsmanship 2010
Jenny Pelmore award 2010 Stephanie Johnson,
John Crowther award for the best new member
was awarded to, Rosanna Martin Ceramics
Stephanie has developed a range of
contemporary jewellery using pleated, folded
and crushed silver, delicately textured and
embellished with gold detail. She fuses, imprints
and manipulates metal using traditional tools,
but with a creative and experimental approach
to processes and techniques. Some qualities in
her work are a response to patterns and
textures observed in nature, others reflect her
fascination with contemporary Japanese textiles.
Stephanie works in a studio over-looking the Fal
estuary in Cornwall.
Rosanna graduated from University of Wales
Cardiff, School of Art and Design in 2008 with a
BA (Hons) in Ceramics. “I produce hand thrown
porcelain cylinders that can be used in the home
as pots or vases or simply admired for the visual
and tactile qualities they offer. Interested in the
consciousness of the body in daily life I am
hugely inspired by the making process and my
physical relationship and responses to it. My
most recent body of work explores the process
of turning and how it can become an integral
part of the decorative quality of the piece”.
She graduated from Loughborough College of
Art & Design in 1980, with a first class Honours
Degree in silversmithing and jewellery design
and began work a year later in shared
workspace before setting up her own studio in
the Lake District in 1986. Stephanie moved to
Cornwall in 1990 where the new environment
and tropical gardens in particular have provided
inspiration for her latest work.
Her work has been exhibited and sold in
galleries and outlets nationwide. Recent work
includes commissions from Kneehigh theatre,
Cornwall and Royal National theatre, London.
For Sale
1 Brother Convertible Home Knitter Model KX395.
Little used with Handbook+ all accessories £100.00
1 Toyota Knitting Machine KS901 vgc £100.00
1 Toyota Rib Knitter KR506 vgc £65.00
1 Toyota Transfer Carriage K65-1 £35.00
1 Toyota Knit Tracer K33 £20.00
1 Keyto Knitting Cabinet + bench £100.00
1 Toyota Pop Punch for making Pattern cards £5.00
1 Mat with grid for pressing finished pieces £5.00
Many assorted cones of wool, courtelle + cotton £1.00
Box of pattern cards (Toyota) £1.00 each, 10 card set
Assorted books foe machine knitters £1.00 each
May be view at Leedstown Hayle 01736 850387
CCA newsletter 13 July 2010
Professional Images PHOTO SHOOT for CCA members.
We have arranged a photo shoot with Simon Cook to be held at Trelowarren
on Saturday 11th September. The cost will be £25 per person for up to 4 images.
You will receive high quality images suitable for web use and other personal
Booking will be on a first come, first served basis, cheques made payable to CCA
at the time of booking please.
Delivery of your work to Trelowarren on Friday 10th September to be
accompanied by a loose label for each piece of work, with your name and
simple description of the work (for editing identification purposes). Also
please provide an identified blank CD/memory stick plus correctly stamped
return envelope. Collection of your work by arrangement with Rod.
CHINA TOUR: Indigo & Clay
19th March – 4th April 2011
From the tribal areas of Guizhou Province to
Jingdezhen the porcelain capital of China
Within the secluded, mountainous, tribal area of Guizhou Province we visit musicians and artists
in paper making, weaving, embroidery, batik, indigo and silver. Each tribe having their own style
of dress and architecture. Thence to the ceramic area of Jingdezhen, famous for its porcelains.
Visit traditional & contemporary workshops & studios.
(There is an option for an additional stay of 1-3 weeks on a residency at Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute to
work with the local clays)
Total cost (including all flights): £2,600
Enquiries: Christine-Ann Richards
Chapel House, High Street, Wanstrow, Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 4TE
Tel/Fax: 01749 850208
[email protected]
The devil and the deep blue… An Essay BY Maxine Symons
The work is done, the teapot/necklace/poker/scarf is made, now the vexed question of pricing.
A matter of some complexity: whether to start at the cost of making said item, or whether to consider what I
like to think of as ‘the accountant’s little joke’ i.e. the time it has taken to complete the work. Perhaps adding
that 40%/50% of gallery commission, or maybe to come at it from the other end and consider what a
member of the public will pay for it (particularly important with the middle-income customer) or just to
think of the next gas bill.
Whatever the decision we make, there will always be an element of compromise.
We all discover that we have to accept less profit on some items and more on others, although it is always a
mistake to undercharge as people have a way of remembering lower prices – sadly.
In this consumerist society, price really has become an indication of value, which means that the moremoneyed folk, who love an item, will spend whatever it takes whereas those in the lower income bracket
whose cries of “Six pounds? I could make that” hang menacingly in the air will never spend money on our
work. (Don’t we all love the customer who truthfully says, “Oh! How beautiful! I’d love to buy that, but I just
don’t have the money.”)
The middle-moneyed classes are the grey area and this is the place where careful pricing can, literally, pay
dividends. For instance, during the recession, I have noticed no change in the sales of lower or higher priced
items – in fact sales of higher priced pieces have actually increased – but the £50 - £90 price bracket has been
very quiet.
Price parity is absolutely vital, which means charging similar prices for work in all outlets and areas of sale. It
really is self-defeating to charge a lower price in a Cra% Fair than in a gallery.
The bread and butter ‘paying the gas bill’ items are still a priority for most of us. But in contrast to the CCA,
which takes a fixed percentage of the price of all items sold, so that lower priced items give a majority of sales
but a smaller percent of profit, the maker herself can sometimes produce more profit on the smaller items
than on those vast creative projects. We cannot have the luxury of making that big, new, gold piece very
o%en. That supreme artistic impulse might have to be put on the back burner – if there is any gas in it.
But the moment when we really land in the ‘deep blue’ is when the compromise is too great, when the gallery
commission makes it impossible to sell the piece at all.
When is a teapot not a teapot? When it becomes an objet d’Art. In other words, when a teapot loses its
function because of the price. Function and beauty have always gone hand in hand, but function and price
can become enemies. Would you mash your tea in a pot costing £150.00?
What about our relationship with the Galleries? They are, for most of us, a necessary evil – better the devil
you know. I am o%en very happy for a gallery to be open 6 days a week and dealing with the public on my
behalf, coping with packaging, display, insurance, etc. I am less pleased when items are returned that have
not been looked a%er – where there is damage or accumulated dirt – we can all tell similar tales. It might be a
good idea to remind these commercially minded galleries that without us, they would not have a business.
Where else could you get stock without having to pay for it?
When it comes to marketing, we have a range of options as makers: the Private Workshop open to the
public, is all about ‘location, location, location’; or years taken to build up a reputation and mailing list, or
relying on attending the ubiquitous Cra% Fairs which are o%en expensive and time-consuming, and can be
somewhat depressing. Then we must consider the Galleries who take a large commission, which is not o%en
earned, and finally, selling at trade prices – another minefield of working out how much less a trade price
should be – instant cash v less money?
We do not all have the option of the maker who has – if you’ll forgive the pun - ‘made it!’
Let’s face it, especially in Cornwall we cannot sit back and expect the world to come to us. We must nowadays
be not only artisans, but also camera experts and computer buffs, and we must be familiar with emails and
websites. If we do not learn all these skills where will we find the money to pay experts to do it for us? I hate
to mention the gas bill again!
So to conclude my thoughts on this most vexed of subjects, and with many apologies to William Morris, here
is my triumvirate.
Maxine Symons [email protected]
Function – Beauty – Compromise. 01209 831420
And the best of Cornish luck to you all.