Shaping a future for pottery studio

Committee members for the Pear Tree Pottery collective. From left to right, Alison Hush, Margaret McDougall and Hazel Morris (chairwoman).
Committee members for the Pear Tree Pottery collective. From left to right, Alison Hush, Margaret McDougall and Hazel Morris (chairwoman).
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A group of Borders potters are throwing a party as well as pots this month to celebrate the opening of their new community studio.

The collective, who secured National Lottery Funding, have transformed an old Tailor’s cottage in Sprouston into a ceramics studio which they hope will become a resource for budding potters across the region.

Chairwoman of The Pear Tree Pottery group, Hazel Morris said: “We are excited to be opening up the first pottery studio in Sprouston. Pottery is great fun. We will be holding classes and hope that lots of people in the local area will come along and have a go.”

The official opening will be from 10am-1pm on Saturday 28 May and members of the public are invited to come along for a piece of cake and coffee and a chance to look around. Parents are welcome to bring children for a try at painting on ceramics.

The studio will be run as a not-for-profit community organisation and will have open sessions every Saturday morning, where members will pay a small fee of £10 for use of the equipment. The group also plan to hold workshops run by professional potters to build up skills and encourage new members to come along and give pottery a try. It is hoped that this will become a well-loved hub in the wider Borders community. An annual membership will cost £25.

More information is available on the Pear Tree Pottery’s Facebook or by phoning 07936149421.