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The stunning Victorian Pannier Market in Barnstaple is the historic setting for this innovative event on Sunday 1st July. The event celebrates the work of Ceramicists from across the South West and provides a platform to demonstrate the breadth of exciting work being produced in our region.
The festival also aims to raise awareness of the importance of ceramics to North Devon historically. North Devon was once famed for its earthenware pots which sailed across to the New World as far back as the 17th Century. Fast forward to today and the area boasts an abundance of renowned contemporary ceramicists. This event is aimed at celebrating that rich history: past and present. There will be some ancient artefacts at the event with a pop up style museum from The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon.
There will be a host of workshops and demonstrations on offer throughout the day including a sgraffito workshop with Bideford Pottery legend Nick Juniper. The sgraffito style of decoration has been used on North Devon pottery since the 17th century so it is fitting that we celebrate this tradition at the festival.
Visitors to the festival will also be able to get hands-on and practice fundamental pottery skills, with a potter’s wheel experience with experienced tutors from Tarka Pottery of Torrington and Taz Pollard and Nicola Crocker from North Devon Ceramics Academy and Studio will be hosting a taster workshop to create stunning tiles using slip, stamps and stencils.
AND the night before Clay: A Festival of Ceramics...
Feast: an artisan dining experience launches the festival on Saturday 30th June. Feast will see one of the brightest stars of the North Devon culinary scene - Block on Butcher's Row in Barnstaple - setting imaginations alight with a mouth-watering meal and memorable Middle Eastern dining experience.
The ticket price for Feast is £35 per person and includes a special handmade plate by Russell Kingston Ceramics (RRP £25). Russell was the winner of the Maker's Choice Award at the 2017 Festival awarded by North Devon Ceramics Academy & Studio. This event is a shared dining experience - the venue is small and intimate and will require some sharing of tables, particularly for couples.
Meet the makers, browse, buy and try your hand at making something yourself with one of the awesome workshops we have lined up for you.
Here's a reminder of last year's Ceramics Festival ...
Feast: An artisan dining experience
Make these stunning tiles
Potter's wheel experience