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Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

11 June to 23 July 2016

Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

The Ashgate Gallery was established in 1959. In 1966, it moved to its current location in Waggon Yard, Farnham. In 2016, the trust celebrates the 50th anniversary in its beautiful 17th century Grade II listed gallery.
The celebration culminates in an exhibition that will showcase the history of creativity, beauty and heritage in the gallery - one of the key not-for-profit organisations in the Farnham Craft Town.

The exhibition offers a showcase of past, present and future artists and makers who have worked with us. It will present new work by Adam Aaronson, Peter Beard, Peter Blake, Emma Dunbar, Michael Fairclough, Peter Hayes, Akiko Hirai, Richard Jack, Anita Klein, Heidi Koenig, Margaret O'Rorke, John Maltby, Gareth Mason, Fiona Millais, Jane Muir, Debbie Prosser, Duncan Ross, Jeni Ross, Guy Royle and Sarah Spackman.

The private view will take place on 10 June, 6-8pm. Ceramic artist Gareth Mason will be giving a mini talk about his work before the private view at 5.50pm. The Mayor of Waverley Borough Council will open the exhibition at 7pm. The music in the evening is by sisters Rachel and Helen Palmer, the Little Iris. They are also playing at Maltings on 29 July.

We are inviting members of the public to come forward and reminisce any stories about their memories of the gallery from 1966, to get in contact email

Debbie Prosser

Brown Birds Bowl


Ref: 76480

6.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cms


Debbie Prosser

Born in Canada, Art Foundation at Bower Aston in Bristol, BA Hon's in 3-D design majoring in ceramics at The West Surrey College of art and Design. In 1988 Debbie set up a large workshop at Penhalvean with 60 cubic foot downdraft trolley kiln, which was worked for 20 years.
Trading all over the UK in Crafts Council selected galleries, also galleries in France, Germany, USA and Canada. The German crafts Council invited potters to symposium for 6 professionals to have eight weeks to work on a project of their own choosing. Debbie focused on Bronze Age making and firing methods. She attended a residency at Sanbao Ceramic centre Jingdezhen, China studying porcelain production.
From 1980 until 2004 she focused on producing raw fired earthenware. Now after moving to Newlyn Debbie has been exploring stoneware and porcelain raw materials. She is now concentrating on achieving 'new skills, to allow production of functional pots with an aesthetic' she 'admires and wish to share'. She says 'it is extraordinary to begin from square one, exciting and fascinating to indulge in such research; renewing my love and joy for pots'.

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