Lorraine makes a living by creating useful pots!


‘’Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.’’ John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)


Established 1986

Lorraine Bates - Woodsetton Art Pottery

Lorraine Bates’s work at Woodsetton Art Pottery is rooted in the traditional Black Country techniques of hand metal working with echoes from the ceramics of the Arts and crafts era. The stoneware and porcelain clays are formed using techniques of throwing, hand- building and casting to make pieces with a use, whilst the long kiln firings ensure that each glaze effect is unique.


Lorraine trained at Bath Academy of Art, studying under, John Colbeck, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Ford, Les Sharpe, Jill Radford, Elizabeth Frayling, and visiting lecturers John Leach, Michael Casson, Andrew McGarva, Felicity Aylieff, Sasha Wardell, Joanna Costantinidis.


She spent 8 years working in The Potteries in Stoke on Trent before setting up a studio alongside her family's firm of pewterers in Woodsetton.


She regularly exhibits work and is a past chairperson of The Midlands Potters Association.



Winning Product Design Awards British Jewellery and Giftware Federation 1984, 85, 86, 88, 1990.




"Burnt Offerings" The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire, April/May 2019


Centre Gallery, London.


Houses of Parliament, London


R.B.S.A. Gallery, Birmingham


Gladstone Museum, Stoke


Victoria & Albert Museum Shop alongside “Art Nouveau 1819-1914” 2000


Harrogate Design


The NEC Spring and Autumn Fairs Birmingham


Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Steam Gallery, Beer


Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley


Pots At The Hall, Himley Hall, Dudley


The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire


Woodbridge Gallery, Moseley


Leicester Museum & Art Gallery


Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery


Atrium Gallery, Milton Keynes


Barewall Gallery, Burslem


The Spectacle Works, Birmingham


The Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge


Potfest, Bakewell


Creative Cohesive, Wolverhampton


Kelmscott Manor, The Home of William Morris, Oxfordshire.


“Potfest” Cumbria 2014/15 & 2018


Worcester Museum and Art Gallery "Crafts for Christmas" 2014 & 2016


Worcester Cathedral  "All Fired Up 2018"





Birmingham Museum & Art gallery (ongoing to present day)


Winterbourne House & Botanic Garden, Birmingham.


Visiting lecturer Wolverhampton, Dudley, and Walsall Colleges




Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge "GEOPARK 2019"


3D Gallery, Bristol


Haymakers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye


Winterbourne  House & Botanic Garden


Number 8 Gallery, Pershore 2014 & 2016


Keswick Museum and Art Gallery


Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke





Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


Royal Airforce Museum, Hendon


Musea Brugges Belgium


Victoria & Albert Museum, London


Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria


Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth




"Kiln Building 1st Edition" Ian Gregory


"British Studio Potters' Marks: Eric Yates-Owen and Robert Fournier


Contact Us: Lorraine@woodsetton.co.uk