penny varley

Update since 2014!!
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 held a very successful solo exhibition in Oxford as part of Oxfordshire Art Weeks.. and have been invited to join North Cotswold Art Association.  


Visitors are always welcome to come and browse in the studio over a cuppa!! Just contact me via this website. 

In 2005 I gave up the 'Day Job' to launch Penny Varley Ceramics.  Working from my garden studio in Tysoe, 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. 

My larger work gains inspiration from organic forms of Edge Hill, my garden and the sea.

In 2012 garden sculptures were added to my repertoire.  New clays, new glazes and new firing temperature all added to this exciting body of work.  

Being keen to encourage others in the versatility and pleasure of working with clay I now 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.

In 2010 a Cambridge company '1Spatial' commissioned a plaque for the opening of their new business which was  shown on East Anglia Television.  2010 also saw my work being exhibited at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

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

​In Feb 2014 my work was selected to be exhibited at the Windsor Ceramics Show.  

In May 2014 I was selected to exhibit in the Banbury Open Exhibition at the Banbury Museum, and the National and International Sculpture exhibition at Greyfriars in Worcester.