Pots and pens

Lancashire Life - - ARTS & EVENTS -

Many of the world’s best ce­ramic artists will be ex­hibit­ing their work near Pen­rith this month and next

Pot­ters Chris and Geoff Cox loved a show they ex­hib­ited at in Hol­land so much, they launched their own in this coun­try. And 25 years on from their first

Pot­fest in Pen­rith, the event is now re­garded as one of the best show­cases for the world’s lead­ing ce­ramic artists.

Since its launch in 1994,

Pot­fest has ex­panded and now fea­tures two shows near Pen­rith and one in Scotland.

Pot­fest in the Park takes place from July 26-28 in the grounds of Hut­ton-in-the-for­est and will fea­ture the work of more than 100 spe­cially in­vited ce­ram­i­cists from across the globe. The more in­for­mal Pot­fest in the Pens hap­pens the fol­low­ing week, Au­gust 2-4, in the auc­tion mart be­side junc­tion 40 of the M6.

Chris and Geoff are both still mak­ing and ex­hibit­ing – you’ll be able to see them and their work at Pot­fest in the Pens – but they now leave the or­gan­is­ing to son Matt. He said: ‘The orig­i­nal event grew and reached a stage where it was get­ting too busy, so my par­ents launched Pot­fest in the Park, a se­lect event where they in­vited the peo­ple they con­sid­ered to be

the best around to ex­hibit. They had ex­hibitors from Ja­pan, New Ze­land, Aus­tralia and about 30 from across Europe. It be­came one of the best – if not the best – ce­ram­ics shows in the world.

‘This year we have more than 100 ex­hibitors at Pot­fest in the Park and it’s nice that we are start­ing to see quite a few younger ex­hibitors reach­ing the stan­dards. Events can be­come stag­nant if they al­ways have the same peo­ple ex­hibit­ing, but we try to have about 30 per cent at each event who weren’t there the year be­fore.’

Matt was a ma­ture stu­dent study­ing medicine at univer­sity in Ed­in­burgh when his par­ents launched Pot­fest Scotland. He was roped in to help and the stud­ies went by the way­side as the events grew – at one stage they were run­ning seven Pot­fests each year, from Scotland down to Som­er­set. That has now been whit­tled down to three and Matt’s re­turn from a spell liv­ing in France co­in­cided with his par­ents’ de­ci­sion to step away from or­gan­is­ing the events.

‘We will have about 175 ex­hibitors at Pot­fest in the Pens,’ he said. ‘I ex­pect we’ll have about 4,500 peo­ple visit­ing each show – peo­ple come from all over the North West, and some from even fur­ther afield.’

So, hav­ing grown up with pot­ters and spent so long be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the events, does he ever have a de­sire to sit at the wheel him­self? No, it seems he doesn’t.

‘I have spent so much time around amaz­ingly tal­ented peo­ple and I re­alised quite quickly that what I see in my mind’s eye is a world apart from what I can ac­tu­ally make. There’s an egg cup that proves the point. I’ll leave that to other peo­ple who are much­bet­ter at it than me.’

Pot­fest in the Park will be at Hut­ton-in-the-for­est from July 26-28, with Pot­fest in the Pens at Skirs­gill Auc­tion Mart, Pen­rith from Au­gust 2-4. For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to pot­fest.co.uk.

ABOVE: Crowds at a pre­vi­ous Pot­fest in the Pens BE­LOW: Pot­fest in the Park will fea­ture more than 100 of the world’s best ceremic artists

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