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Feast of Clay

Charlotte & Sigerd Boehmer

Charlotte & Sigerd Boehmer

What do you get when over a hundred potters descend on a country park in North Nottinghamshire?

No punchline, but a rather special event!

The annual Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair at Rufford Abbey Country Park kicks off this Friday 21 June at 10am. Outdoor market stalls in and around the Abbey ruins feature potters selected from national and international applicants.

Robin Welch ceramics backdrop Rufford Abbey

Expect a feast of  clay in all its forms from the humble mug to substantial sculptural pieces with opportunity to meet and talk to the makers.

Over the three day event (Open 10am to 5pm daily Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June) there’s a free programme of demonstrations and talks plus trade stalls with everything from hand tools to potters’ wheels. Recent graduates from courses around the country get to show their work in the “campus” stalls area plus a smattering of  “one year on” makers given a chance to have a stall at this prestigious event.

After its great success in Olympic Year there’s rumour of the return of the fabled “potters games” though quite what they are up to this time hasn’t been announced! Last year’s throwing a pot by touch alone was quite a spectacle!

Throwing a pot by touch alone at Earth and Fire “2012 Potters Games”


The only charge for all this is for the parking, which is £5 per car.

Rufford Gallery will be opening a new exhibition of work by Peter Beard on Friday. Known for his ceramics Peter is celebrating his 40 years as a studio artist with new works including some in stone and bronze. Admission free.

For the latest information as the event unfolds give Rufford Craft Centre’s Face Book page a like.


Diana is one of our team of bloggers with a vested interest in telling people how wonderful Earth & Fire is! Just like in the previous four years she will be found working at the event or she can be contacted and followed on twitter @AnaidMPA for more waxing lyrical about goings on at Rufford Craft Centre!