The CPA Governing Council
The CPA’s governing body has up to nine Selected and Fellow member councilors, who are proposed and voted for by the membership to serve for a term of three years. The honorary officers of Chair, Vice chair, Treasurer and Secretary are appointed by Council to serve for one year at the first meeting after the AGM. Occasionally Council may co-opt members from outside the membership, who might bring in specific expertise.
The Associate membership is represented on Council by a non voting councilor. Council is responsible for the selection of new members, and for all the activities of the association and it’s companies through their respective sub committees and boards. Council is also supported by the Members and Associates Advisory Committee(MAAC), which organises lectures, studio visits, workshops and other activities. MAAC is mainly composed of volunteer Associate members.
Chair of the CPA Council
Richard studied at Camberwell School of Art and in the studios of tutor Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko. For over thirty years, Richard has been a visiting teacher and demonstrator of throwing at many colleges, centres, and symposia, and runs intensive short courses at his studio.
He is an author of three publications on throwing techniques. See examples of Richard’s work: www.richardphethean.co.uk
Vice Chair of the CPA
Michael is the Vice Chair of the CPA Council and the Chair of the Members Committee, representing Associate members and acting as a regional advisor through his extensive network of potters and galleries across the UK.
Membership Secretary of the CPA
Since my days as a student in Cornwall I’ve had a longstanding interest in Earthenware, from the majestic thrown and slipped chargers of Thomas Toft, to the soft warmth of Southern European cookware. Although rooted in English traditions I believe in making pots that have relevance to our lives today
Nigel’s work is held in many public and private collections. He has exhibited widely in England, Europe and Australia and was elected a fellow of the Craft Potters Association in 1990. He was elected to the council of the CPA in 2013.
Treasurer of the CPA
Jenny is the Treasurer of the Craft Potters Association and is a chartered accountant. She is also ceramics and pottery enthusiast and makes pots in her spare time.
Peter studied a degree in industrial design and furniture design at Ravensbourne College of Art. Later he helped set up a pottery workshop in Scotland making thrown domestic stoneware. Peter opened his first studio in Kent in 1975, making sculptural pieces. He currently lives and works Leamington Spa. See examples of Peters work: www.peterbeard.co.uk
Following a BA in History of Art and English Literature, Kochevet studied ceramics at Harrow College, and the Royal College of Art. Initially producing traditional tableware, she now creates specialised serving dishes and her work is exhibited across the UK. Kochevet teaches ceramics in adult and higher education and has published articles about ceramics. See examples of Kochevet’s work: www.kochevetceramics.co.uk
Ben’s work is wheel thrown, hand built, and assembled using stoneware and porcelain clays. Once assembly is complete, still soft forms are decorated with slips and engobes, and may have wood ash and or shino glazes applied. Pieces are placed and fired to 1400°C in a wood fired anagama cross draft kiln for three to four days. Some pieces may have multiple firings until the desired qualities are achieved. His workshop is situated within Loughborough University School of the Arts. https://www.benbrierley-woodfiredceramics.co.uk/
Margaret trained at Harrow 1974-76 and then was one of the first participants in Dartington Pottery Training Workshop under Peter Starkey. She sold extensively in England and America, set up a salt firing workshop in Bishop’s Stortford in 1982 then family commitments curtailed full time involvement until 2001. Since then she has exhibited and sold her work widely throughout the UK and Europe and has a strong involvement with Anglian Potters. See examples of Margaret’s work: www.maggygardiner.com
Ruth trained at Camberwell School of Art and Craft, and in 1981 moved to York, where she lives and works.
Ruth has exhibited widely for over thirty years, and has work in public and private collections in the UK and overseas. See examples of Ruth’s work: www.ruthkingceramics.com
Anna makes hand built earthenware ceramics. After studying at Bath Academy of Art (Corsham) she set up her first studio in Gloucestershire in 1980.
She now shares a studio near Skipton, North Yorkshire with her artist husband and teaches part-time on the MA Ceramics course at UcLan. Examples of her work can be seen here: www.junctionworkshop.co.uk/
Co-opted council member Alex McErlain, is a potter who spent most of his career as an academic at Manchester Metropolitan University. He trained with Ray Finch as a production potter and has a particular interests in tableware, wood firing and early country pottery.
Alex has a broad expertise ranging from curating exhibitions e.g. ‘Edward Hughes’, ‘Felicity Aylieff’, ‘Medieval jugs’; writing articles for journals such as Ceramic Review; directing films about potters e.g. Claire Curneen, Doug Fitch and working to bring emerging makers to the attention of others. He continues academic work with PhD supervision and examination, has chaired many committees and works with numerous ceramic related organizations. Alex hopes he can bring some of his experiences to help contribute to the work of the council. Further details about him may be seen at: http://www.studiopottery.co.uk/profile/Alex/McErlain.
Following a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in the 1970s, and a subsequent career in Social Work, Jeremy trained on the University of Westminster’s Workshop Ceramics course at Harrow, graduating in 1998.
He now makes saltglazed domestic ceramics, with a particular interest in teapots, at his studio in Hertfordshire and exhibits widely in both the UK and mainland Europe. See examples of Jeremy’s work: www.jeremynichols.co.uk