Last weekend we were in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside at the Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival. It is a great event. It is lovely and refreshing to be in a tent surrounded by many and varied types of delicious food. Very tempting and it can easily turn expensive too but it is such a good event to be a part of.
We had a joint stand as ‘Fitch & McAndrew’ for the first time and had between us a good show. I know that not all exhibitors had such a good time which is a shame, this is the third year of the show and the first in this new improved venue. I feel that it has a huge amount of potential and I hope that it can reach that potential.
The show is organised by Pat and Geoff Fuller, both potters and also the owners of The Three Stags Heads pub there. They have done a lot of hard work to get the show off the ground. I am looking forward to next year.
Here is a very poor photo of the second attempt at the commemorative plate that I posted a work in progress picture of a while ago. The first one cracked in the kiln wouldn’t you know. Always the ones that you have spent an age on and have a deadline on and are so particular. Anyway I am thrilled with the way that this one came out and plan tio use the technique again. This is for an Elizabethan manor house.
Today I have been working on this sgraffito jug, it will be put to one side for the next wood firing towards the middle of October which will hopefully be in time for the Oxford Ceramics Show at the end of October.
In the meantime, in the morning I am heading to London town to a show hugely in contrast to last weekend’s venue. This time I will be at The Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch for Ceramics in the City. It opens tomorrow evening from 6pm till 8.30pm and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm. I hope to see some of you there.