It was "Potfest in the Pens" on 6 August and I couldn't wait to get in my car and do the 1 1/2 hour drive to Penrith. I LOVE Potfest because there are over 100 ceramic artists selling their lovely, tactile pots, each pot shouting "buy me"! (and I did).
But this year I had another reason to go to Potfest and that was as an intrepid reporter for
UK Handmade, the on-line magazine and blog that supports designer makers and hand made artisans. So, with camera and voice recorder in hand(s) I spent merry day talking to my favourite people - potters.
One of the most exciting attractions of Potfest is the competition, sponsored by Craft and Design Magazine, where potters submit a ceramic piece on the theme of Altars, Shrines and Markers. I took some pictures of my favourites below.
Jan Lewis Eccleston - "Cod Above"
Stef Storey - "Shrine to Love" Teeny tiny hearts and wafer thin porcelain - gorgeous!
Jackie Needham - "Pilgrimage" I loved this so much that I bought a little bird.
I interviewed four of the potters for UK Handmade - John Hudson, Sue Candy, Ben Nicolson and John Townsend - so please click HERE to read the interviews.
If you are passionate about ceramics then Potfest is well worth visiting for affordable and original pottery.