Craft Potter in demand at Denby

As part of a commitment to maintaining traditional skills, Denby Pottery is looking to recruit a craft potter to join its craftroom and design team.

The company, which has over 200 years of history of producing glazed stoneware in Derbyshire, said the successful candidate must be an accomplished thrower with a wide knowledge and skill in all aspects of clay preparation, making, decorating, glazing and firing – as well as the confidence to demonstrate their skills to the public.

The chosen craft potter will be required to produce limited edition ranges and ‘one off’ pieces and will also be expected to give regular demonstrations.

Denby would like to run a range of pottery classes to teach varying levels of ceramic production, so the manufacturer is seeking a craftsperson with a high level of professional knowledge and presentation skills.

Richard Eaton, design director at Denby, said: “This is a really exciting role which will appeal to a ceramic craft and technical specialist, who would relish the opportunity to produce distinct craft items for a renowned ceramics brand – and would love to demonstrate their skills to the public and help to develop understanding and skills in others.”

He added that following the success of BBC2 hit series ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down'(which is filmed at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of ceramics brand Burleigh) there is an increased public awareness and interest in the complexities of handcrafted pottery.

He said this has led to a demand to give visitors to Denby Pottery Village the opportunity to try their hand at making pottery on a potter’s wheel. Denby would prefer a candidate with previous pottery experience but clearly strong craft skills are essential.

The post would suit a graduate and/or experienced specialist, with strong handcraft skills and the ability to manage clay preparation, glazing, hand decorating and firing of ‘one off’ and batch production items.

Interested potters are invited to visit the Denby website at and send their CV to They are also welcome to call Richard on 01773 740700 to discuss the role. The closing date for applications is May 5.
Denby potter Bernard Fretwell pictured in the 1960s

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