I made the most of a fine autumn evening and set off for Tremadog (my favourite climbing spot about twenty years ago), with a lump of clay, a pot of clay powder and brush; a couple of wooden tools; a flask of tea and a packet of Garibaldis.
Another brilliant day yesterday at the home of the National Quince Collection for their annual autumn fayre. Over 40 children had a turn on the wheel, some for the third year running; some great trainee potters ! Apples and Quince, honey, cakes and bakes etc. for sale and lots to do and see in the Victorian walled gardens.
A lovely friendly event run by Pat Fuller of the Three Stags Heads, in the Derbyshire Dales not too far from Chesterfield. Its all about the table - about 50 potters with their tableware and small scale food producers. My most popular items were my noodle-soup/soup/stew bowls; quite large and deep, ash-glazed inside and ash washed outside. I mix quite a bit of gathered gritstone grit into the clay for these bowls and sponge the outsides when leather-hard to reveal the grit. This gives an interesting surface and good feel to the bowls.
Next years potsandfood event is 12th and 13th September... see www.potsandfood.co.uk