Fran Marquis - Springfield Creative Arts

Hand building,
Gas / Oil,

I enjoy the excitement and unpredictability of raku and smoke firing and the way in which the firing process is so visible in the marks on the work.  I also make functional, wheel thrown, stoneware which I generally fire in an electric kiln.  Since making pots "On Centre" at La Meridiana in Tuscany for 3 months in 2016 I am also exploring the use of my gas kiln for reduction firing and getting my pots into wood firings whenever there is an opportunity!  My jellyfish, dragonflies and small books and other fibre related work has been made with Georgia Crook, fibre artist.

I teach weekday and weekend classes from home and travel to groups in their own venues. I have worked with local schools and run ceramic groups in healthcare settings with Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust. including completing a 6 month project at Macmillan Cornhill in Perth with a mini mug "Conversation Piece". Since returning from Italy I have been focussing on making my own work and teaching classes at home.

In 2018 I will be exhibiting at Popups around Angus with 56 degrees Collective in May and December.

Pottery classes at Springfield Creative Arts

  • Wednesday mornings from 10.00 - 12.30 run by Irene Hughes and John Burness
  • 7.00 - 9.30 on Wednesday evenings run by Irene Hughes and John Burness
  • Weekend and 5 day intensive run by me Fran Marquis

All the weekly classes cost £22 paid per session or £75 for 4 consecutive classes. They Run through the autumn weekly. We have weekend classes 27-28th October and in November. These run 10.00 - 4.00 on Saturdays and Sundays and cost £120.00 for the weekend, £25 for a glazing session 7-10 days after the weekend or as convenient.

This member runs courses:

Weekend Courses - Arbroath Posted on by Fran Marquis

Have you been inspired by the Great Pottery Throwdown? Just something you have always wanted to try?  Come and have a go!!

Weekend courses in 2019

14th - 15th September

16th - 17th November

Each weekend course is 10.00 – 4.00 over 2 days i.e. 10 hours with an hour for lunch - which is provided.  Pottery will be bisque fired for course participants to collect or it can be posted, or another full or half day for glazing (and raku firing, weather permitting) can be booked to suit participants.

Price per weekend £120.00 including lunches, teas, coffees, all materials & firing.

Glazing session £30 and take place at least 1 week after making when work is fired - to finish all weekend work, then about a week after that, finished work can be collected or posted out to participants. participants can join in weekly classes to glaze their work or arrange a special session to complete their work.

Previously courses have been completely full so please book well ahead if you would like to come along, especially if you would like to bring a friend or family member.

Raku Days can be arranged if there is enough demand so please ask if you would like a raku course in 2019!

For more information, contact Fran Marquis at

4 Springfield Terrace
DD11 1EL

Updated on 12/06/2019 15:23:00 by Fiona Robertson

Throw and Let Go - Full Week Courses with Fran Marquis Posted on by Fran Marquis

A week long course is planned where 4-5 participants work for 5 days with 5 wheels available, and learn and refine their skills on the wheel such as making lidded vessels, designing and making sets of items and joining thrown work. A few of the best pots or sculptures made at the start of the week could be fired by the end of the week, but generally it is about choosing critically at the end of the week and firing about 10 pieces each, then returning to glaze these later.  Letting go of pots made on the wheel allows a freedom which helps the learning process. Please apply to Fran if you are interested in this option.  It is only  available to those who have enough throwing experience to know that it is something they want to focus on for the 5 days.

Cost £300 more detail on application, £60 deposit is required.

Course dates are July 8-12th (and maybe in the Autumn in 2019). 

Fran Marquis, 4 Springfield Terrace, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1EL


Contact details:

Fran Marquis

Springfield Creative Arts

4 Springfield Terrace
Angus DD11 1EL

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