There always seems to be an air of calm at this event set in the parkland around historic Hatfield House. It is a showcase of the ceramic art both established and up and coming.
What always strikes me as you wander through the marquees is that it all begins as that one lump of clay. The eminently practical stands alongside the purely decorative.
For me, it is the opportunity to meet the makers. Often they have a wheel or work table set up beside theirs stands for demos, or sketchbooks laid out. They are always happy to talk to the lay person about their techniques and inspiration. Overheard conversations between ‘potters’ about slip combinations or firing temperatures can also be fascinating. It is a social ‘get together’ for them too in what I’d imagine could be an otherwise solitary work life. Nowadays however, the existence of shared studio spaces goes some way to bring artists and crafts people together.
It was great to meet Mark as earlier this year I was thrilled to be the winner in his ‘giveaway’ on Facebook and a magnificent Pelican winged it’s way to my house! I have to admit the Pelican is not alone now…