Clay: A Festival of Ceramics

September 25th & 26th

Exeter Racecourse

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A video summery of our 2019 Clay: A Festival of Ceramics

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Clay: A Festival of Ceramics 2020


We are excited to be re-launching our flagship event Clay: A Festival of Ceramics with both a new date AND a new venue.


Clay: A Festival of Ceramics is already the biggest celebration of ceramics in the South West and in 2020, the event's 4th year, it's about to get even bigger with the event running over 2 days, September 25th & 26th at Exeter Race Course.


After successfully running the event for 3 years in North Devon it felt like the right time to grow the event from one day to two. Our current venue - the historic Barnstaple Pannier Market - is a working market so running an event there over two days was just not possible and we had to look further afield.


Exeter Race Course offers the capacity that we need for both exhibitors and visitors, with the added benefit of being just off the M5 so highly accessible and with excellent facilities and loads of parking.


Even better it's an indoor venue so we don't have to worry about the unpredictable British weather.


There's Air Con if it's hot, in the lovely light and airy rooms over looking the race course. We can also offer free parking and free wifi.


There are also camping facilities at the venue for exhibitors looking for somewhere affordable to stay.


Emerging Makers Award


Clay: A Festival of Ceramics is also growing in other ways as this year sees the launch of a new sponsored mentoring scheme for one emerging maker within the first 3 years of starting their creative business.


The lucky winner of the POTential award will receive a comprehensive business mentoring package to help them take their ceramic business to the next level.


The package will include help developing a website and a strong online presence with social media, a product photography workshop, business development, media profiles, a year's membership of  The Indie Roller (an on-line business support network with monthly masterclasses) and a year's membership of the Westcountry Potters Association and a free stand at September's Clay: A Festival of Ceramics


A new 2020 calendar is being been produced to help raise funds for POTential featuring striking black and white images of potters at work. The projects is being supported by, and features, members of the Westcountry Potters Association including names such as Tom Knowles Jackson, Tim Gee and Adrian Bates. The limited edition calendar will formally go on sale at the beginning of November but will be available for pre-order. All the photos have been taken by Tim Hearn Wildlife Photographer.



Applications now closed


Click HERE to apply to go on the waiting list

Applications now closed for 2020