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(Updated 03/06/20)



New Slide Show - Exhibition at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
At the beginning of this year B.C. (before coronavirus), plans were in hand for the Group to stage an exhibition of Shelley and Wileman pieces at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent. Items had been sourced, storyboards styled, cabinets were filled - then along came LOCKDOWN and the Museum was closed and the exhibition postponed. As a taster for when normal life resumes, our new slideshow features pieces from the exhibition. Watch this space for further announcements when the Museum re-opens.

The Ray Reynolds Memorial Award 2020
Each year the Shelley Group makes an annual award, in the form of a Bursary for £500, to a student of Ceramics at the University of Staffordshire. This is a splendid way of commemorating our great friend, Ray Reynolds, and linking him and us with the cutting-edge of UK Ceramics. Details of this year's winner can be found on our Community Projects page.

Competition - Round 5
We are now into our fifth week of competitions. This week's is another crossword provided by one of our members. As usual, answers will be provided next week. If you have had difficulty with any of the questions in last week's competition or you just want to check your answers are correct, the link to the answers is posted below together with the link for this week's competition.
If you have a competition you would like to submit for publication, please email competitions@shelley.co.uk


Competition 5 - 03/06/20
Answers to Competiton 4 - 27/05/20


Paddy Owens Paddy Owens


It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday, 29 April, of the passing of Paddy Owens - Honourary President of the Shelley Group. Paddy was the founder of the Group and has been a tower of strength and inspiration over many years. Her drive and contribution will be sadly missed.





Report to Charities Commission - 2019
The annual report to the Charities Commission for the year ended 31 October 2019 has now been published. To read the report please click on the following link - Annual Report 2019

Become a Member on-line
It is now even easier to become a member of the Shelley Group. The whole process including payment may now be completed on-line by following the link on the Become a Member page. We look forward to you joining us!

New Page - The Wileman 'Square' Shape
The long awaited new page featuring the 'Wileman Square Shape' which was the subject of a talk by DIck Gapen at the last Annual Weekend, is now uploaded and may be viewed under the Members Studies section of this site or from the above link.

Annual Weekend and AGM - Holiday Inn, Telford, 24 - 26 April - Provisionally rescheduled for18 - 20 September
If you have never been to our Annual Weekend, why not make 2020 the year you come along? If you have been before you already know what the others have been missing so we look forward to seeing you again.
This year our two guest speakers will be Ben Miller from the Potteries Museum who will talk on 'Staffordshire Hospitality'- a look at the production of specialist items over 300 years, and John French is returning on Saturday to give a demonstration of his painting skills and he stays on as our after dinner speaker at the Gala Dinner. These together with our programme of short talks by members, an optional visit to Stoke Library to see the recently conserved Pattern Books, - plus all the usual events - Silent Auction, Bring and Buy stalls, the Pot Show, and a
raffle for the last special piece of china decorated by Ray Reynolds - make this a weekend not to be missed
friars crag trinket box painted by Ray Reynolds



Last piece of china decorated by Ray Reynolds



Pattern Book Index
Now that the final Pattern Books have received conservation work, an on-line index has been prepared listing the contents of each book. This will assist members in locating the pattern book relevant to their enquiry and also provide more information on dating individual patterns. This may be accessed from the Pattern Books page or directly from this link.

New Page - Milk Jugs
At last we can now show you the latest study based on the Annual Weekend talk by Olwen Dudgeon. This is a new interactive page which will show an enlarged image when clicking/tapping on the smaller 'thumbnail' images. Since her presentation it has received updates, and members who have further examples are invited to contribute to this work. To view the page go to the 'Members Studies' section of the site or use the following link - Milk Jugs

New Page - Model Birds
Once again Chris Watkins has been busy with a further study on Model Birds. You can see this under the 'Members' Studies' section of the website or by following the above link.

Page Updates
The following pages have recently been updated:

- Noteworthy Lots
- Diary

- Magazines
- Community Projects (Student Awards)

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We have a Facebook page on which you may post any comments or photos of your favourite pieces. In particular you may click on the icons at the foot of any page to 'Like' or, better still, 'Share' the site with your friends. We are always looking for new members so if you have an appreciation for Shelley and Wileman wares why not join us. You can read more about the Group on this site or email our membership secretary with your phone number for a chat.