Last night I got home from the Pots and Food show in Wardlow Mires, if you missed it you missed a treat! It was a great show, Pat and Geoff Fuller had done a sterling job of setting up this brilliant combination of fabulous food and wonderful pots for the cooking, serving and eating of said food.
The day after the show was another treat, myself and Alex and Doug and Paul Young had a visit to the Hanley Museum in Stoke. The exhibitions of the pottery collections there are fabulous, of course there is a strong emphasis on the Staffordshire slipwares. This cabinet is just heaven for me, makes my flap about a lot.
The extra special bit was that we had a visit down to the vaults and were given a handling session by the ceramics curator Miranda Goodby. I finally got to see up close and touch an actual Toft dosh. Flipping heck! They are something else, so light compared to anything I can make and the trailing is magnificent. We saw lots of wonderful pots, so many are pots that I feel like I know from seeing them so many times in books. They are larger than I realised in the main and more delicious. Partly made me desperate to come back and make new pots, which I can’t until after this weekend and then after a rest and a sort out, and partly made me realise just how much I have to learn by comparrison. Deep breath…
So tomorrow afternoon I shall set off on the trip down to London and to the Geffrye Museum for Ceramics in the City. Who is going to come and see us? I have lots of new pots and am looking forward to showing them. This show is such a lovely one for me to do, like the Pots and Food at the weekend it appeals to my nature of feeling less stressed at smaller events. It’s a friendly show and a fabulous museum and I hope to see you there, the opening is 6 to 8.30pm on Thursday and then it is open Friday and Saturday 10am till 5pm and Sunday 12 noon till 5pm. Hope to see you there.