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Clay - A Festival of Ceramics 2017


Sunday June 25th 10am – 4pm

We are thrilled to launch the first Festival of Ceramics in North Devon to celebrate the rich heritage of the area; past and present. The location of the event is the stunning Victorian Pannier Market, built in 1884 and currently the home of a vibrant creative community with artists studios along the old Butcher’s Row and small studios in the market place itself.

Bideford 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.

On the day there will be several attractions for visitors. There will be up to 40 exhibitors offering a range of functional and decorative ceramics, handmade by artisans and studio potters. There are workshops with ceramic artists, WPA Member Gwen Vaughan & Mitch Pilkington. We will also have a potter’s wheel experience from Tarka Pottery.

Jill Rousseau Gallery will be handing out an award for innovation and James from Josie’s in Mill Street will be talent spotting and handing out an award for outstanding talent.

Tracey Benton