Oxford.

Here is Mr Young outside his pottery on a sunny sunny morning, how sweet is that building! It’s a little cracker. It was great to see Paul again, had fun talking about pots and potters for hours on end, thanks Paul.

Well what a time, it’s been a very busy few days, lots of travelling but very enjoyable indeed. This is Annabel Faraday and me having a natter, Annabel is the lady I stayed with in London the other week. It was great to see her again. The show was fabulous to see, lots of faces and pots that I am familiar with from other shows but some that I only know from seeing pictures of and quite a few who were new to me.

Finally after years of reading her books and hearing stories about the lady I finally got to meet the quite incredible character of Mary Wondrausch. Star struck was not the word (for me not her) I was volunteered by a certain Mr Paul Young to help bring in all Mary’s pots and I walked too and fro from the car thinking to myself “Mary Wondrausch, crikey, Mary Wondrausch!” So did I tell her I made pots? Well not for a while. On the Friday I said almost nothing. On Saturday I told her about being apprenticed to Jason who had worked with her when he was 18, he’s in his 50s now, and Sunday I finally told her I made pots myself and actually showed her some pictures. Phew! I felt brave.
There you go, proof!

There were about 60 potters at the show and it had a good buzz about it.

I have to say that I was particularly taken with this stand. This chap is cropping up on blogs all over the place at the moment, and these are the pots that Blogger Andrew was away in Devon helping Nic Collins to fire last week. These wide dishes were delicious but I would have gladly taken any number of them home with me.

I hope Nic had a good show as these were pretty spectacular pots.
I popped into the Asmoulian Museum with Blogger Matt whilst I was in Oxford,

a couple of tasty bits of slipware on show, including this posset pot, I love that look when the black slip is fluxing and running down the pot. More manganese in my black slip I think.

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8 Responses to Oxford.

  1. potterboy says:

    Excellent! That studio building of Paul’s is really very sweet indeed – especially with the planters on the walls – I want some of those for my house me thinks. Looks old railway-ish to me, or some such thing?Thanks for the pics of Nic’s pots. I wonder, if I go to the next firing, whether I’ll be able to get home without buying something… I bet I won’t. Hopefully he didn’t sell all of them (just most of them.) And that pic of you and Mary is great :)

  2. Hannah says:

    Funny that Andrew, it is very reminiscent of a station building. Coincidence, should have taken a pic looking the other way cos there’s a railway line about 5 ft from his front door! It’s lovely get yourself up there, tis just by the Bosworth Battlefield.

  3. potterboy says:

    I just googled it – the old Shenton station building, not far from where my brother lives in Coalville. Very nice indeed. I wonder if it’s in my book of victorian railway stations…

  4. ang says:

    that looks like information overload, great pics and what a display setup, intense..

  5. Ron says:

    Hey Hannah, it was good chatting today. I’m glad you got to visit w. MW. Awesome. Catch ya later.

  6. paul jessop says:

    Looks like a well planned and well executed visit nice pic of you with Mary.

  7. Big Al says:

    WOW! Awesome pots and pics! Sounds like a fab time. I’d love to have seen them, too.Did you show/sell your wares? How did it go? Is that first pot picture one of yours?Too many questions. Sorry.

  8. Hannah says:

    Hi Al, No I wasn’t showing, CPA members only and I’m not one of them at the moment. That’s a Paul Young pot, not a Hannah, gorgeous isn’t it!

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