Paul Jackson Demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am, South Square Stage

Paul will be taking the Whitegold audience through his throwing process.  

The unique character of Paul Jackson’s work derives from two interrelated processes. Each piece is first thrown on the wheel, then subtly altered in form – giving the pot an individual character and strength defined by a journey of discovery. The journey continues during decoration, where the pot’s elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul’s concern for harmony between form, colour, and the painted surface.

Paul uses white earthenware to construct his energetic and sinuous forms. The clay allows for the dynamic shaping of the pieces which form the vessels which go on to be given diverse and colourful decoration.

Recently Paul has diversified in his working methods, using local stoneware and porcelain in a salt glaze kiln. This has given rise to the new porcelain series which celebrates the glaze effects in their own right, albeit with some references to the coastline and rock formations of North Cornwall.

Paul Jackson qualified in Studio Ceramics in 1977 at Harrow School of Art. Following a short period teaching in London, he relocated to Cornwall, where he established his pottery in 1979. He moved to his present home at Helland Bridge, where he works in a studio converted from an old chapel, in 1989. He has exhibited regularly and widely in both the UK and the US, and his work can be found in many major galleries.

Paul is a long term collaborator of the Whitegold Festival, sitting on the Green and Whitegold Working Group.  Once he’s demonstrated his own work, he’ll be interviewing some of the subsequent demonstrators.

Cookie Scottern Demonstration 1:30pm – 2:30pm, South Square Stage

Cookie will be showing the festival the stages involved in making one of her large slab built ‘head planters’.

Landscape in all its natural glory and especially the magic of Cornwall is my constant inspiration.

My work is also inspired by stories, poetry, myths and legends from around the world. Additional influences include the faces of Modigliani, heads of Egyptian tombs, and Buddhist headdresses.

The sculptural heads and planters are designed to work in the natural environment to enhance any path, patio or garden space.

Bill Jones Demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am, Fore Street Stage

Bill will be showing Whitegold Festival how to make a large garden pot and he’ll have several on his craft stand ready for planting up spring bulbs this autumn/winter.  Find his stand to choose one for your garden!

I’m an experienced teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education now practising and teaching the craft of making traditional country pottery in my workshop in Cornwall.  From Rock Cottage Pottery I throw earthenware pots in the traditional way on the wheel and decorate them with coloured slips and oxides under lead-free glazes. 

I provide lessons for individuals or small groups of children and/or adults.




Angie Wickenden Demonstration 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Fore Street Stage

Angie will throw one of her LARGE bowls for us on festival day.  

I have developed the skill of throwing large lumps of clay into large bowls which can be finished with a food safe clean hygienic glaze.  I have practiced this process over 10 years now and as with porcelain , it requires constant repetition.  My experience of the craft has lead me to feel that at times this material has more control over the process than I do. 

I use a very white porcelain to produce vibrant colorful ceramics. The glazes are traditional studio ceramic glazes but are given a vibrancy and brilliance, which is lacking on a stoneware.


Demelza Whitley Demonstration 3.00pm – 4.00pm, Fore Street Stage

Watch Demelza create one of her hand built figures and hear her talk about her process and what inspires her pieces.

I have been working with clay since I was fifteen, on and off. In 2005 I started a degree in Contemporary Craft at Falmouth university. Having explored various materials to make with, I had to nail myself down to one. Clay , wonderful clay! I also started Raku firing then. There are so many reasons to love Raku firing. I am interested in the evolution of humans and dogs together. This is why they feature so much in my work. I live in Cornwall and yes i have a dog. Intelligent,terrible, beloved, hairy beast that she is.

All my work is hand built , I don’t use moulds. Each piece is individually made from start to finish. I make in small batches of 5 or 6, this way they retain their character. I’m not a factory and don’t want to feel I’m just churning things out. I would loose the joy of making otherwise.