This week, we were lucky enough to be invited to Potfest in the Park 2017 at Hutton-in-the-Forest. We were so pleased to be able to attend! I must admit that I don't know a lot about ceramics, so this was a great opportunity to see something new.
On pulling up to the venue, the first thing we noticed was the beautiful location for the event. Hutton-in-the-Forest, above, is a beautiful property situated on the north eastern edge of the Lake District. Now inhabited by Lord and Lady Inglewood, the property has a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. It's surrounded by medieval woodlands and the grounds are a delight to explore. We enjoyed heading down to the pond, with cascades, in front of the house.
Next was the ceramics, and we really were spoiled for choice. There were around 100 ceramic artists from all over the UK, Europe and beyond. There were wonderful displays in the marquees on the grounds, and on the lawn in front of the property. We all had fun pointing out the animals and pretty designs; and talking to the artists. These are just some of our favourites.
Left to Right - (1) Sue Dunne Ceramics (2) Annie Peaker Ceramics (3) Katy O'Neil Ceramics
The category for the potters' competition this year was "Ancestral Voices - echoes of another time, another place". There were some wonderful entries and visitors were asked to vote for their favourites. We had a tough time deciding, but we all agreed that we liked these two the best (we differed on our third choice!) (1) "Standing Stone Celtic Coo" by Julian Jardine Ceramics, and (2) "Matryoska" with the description "my father was smuggled out of Russia as a baby - never to see his mother again" by Anna-Mercedes Wear.
If you're in Cumbria this weekend, and would like to visit Potfest in the Park, you can find more information here. It runs from July 28th -30th 2017, from 10am - 5pm. Entry is £6.50 for adults and accompanied children are free. Refreshments, including burgers, ice cream and drinks can be purchased on site or you can take your own picnic. There's also lots of free parking.
If you can't make it this weekend, Potfest in the Pens 2017 takes place in Penrith on the weekend of the 4th - 6th August.
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