penny varley

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Hi Everyone.  Sadly due to Coronavirus all my foreseeble shows have been cancelled.  However, the ceramics are still here and so am I.  All the work on this website is of course for sale and if you would like to purchase something please contact me .  I can arrange delivery if not to far, send some items by post or can arrange a safe way of things being collected.  Just contact me and we can sort something out safely.

I am currently showing my work as part of a virtual exhibition in Oxfordshire Artweeks so if you go to their website you will see lots of amazing art www.artweeks.org or follow them and me on facebook or instagram.  There are daily posts during the event on both of these platforms.  Stay safe and well.


Recently I have been working on new sculptures for the garden, and following the Great Pottery Throw Down on TV I have been very busy with my 'Have a Go' days  (See Workshops on the website for more info).
This year  I have been invited to exhibit at the spring exhibition at Court Barn in Chipping Campden the home of Arts and Crafts.  In May I am part of a group of artists exhibiting at Luxury in the Cotswolds  as part of Oxfordshire Art weeks and in June will be opening the studio at home  for Warwickshire Open Studios.  More details of  forthcoming events can be found on the home page under Events.   


In 2005 I gave up the 'Day Job' to launch Penny Varley Ceramics.  Working from my garden studio in Tysoe, which is located at the foot of Edge Hill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors are always welcome to come and see a working studio over a cuppa.  In the showroom visitors will see highly glazed pieces alongside more subtle tones of a matt finish.  My domestic ware which is  predominantly made in a white earthen clay is both practical and a pleasure to use everyday.  Sculptural  pieces inspired by nature can also be viewed within the garden.

Being keen to encourage others in the versatility and pleasure of working with clay I run small adult workshops in hand-building, and can offer 1-1 tuition for those wishing to learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel.

I am passionate about my work and have been selected as a  speaker for Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire Women's Institute, Art societies and Probus.  So if you are looking to fill your speaker list give me a call.

To promote my work to a larger audience I take part in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire Arts weeks, as well as supporting local and county events.

My work has been exhibited and sold at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, the Ashmolean museum in Oxford, Windsor Ceramic Show and selected  National Trust properties.

My work is available to purchase at the Richard Harvey Collection in Shipston on Stour and The Wild Rose Flower Company , Winslow, Bucks.  I also regularly have work in Banbury museum.

My work has been exported to France, Australia, Jersey and America.