THIS year was the second successful three-day Ceramics Festival held at Stoke-on-Trent in October, which is maybe surprising for a place which owes its very existence to pottery and is regarded by many, most particularly Paul Atterbury, the festival patron, as “the ceramics centre of the Western world”.
As well as Paul Atterbury, the Antiques Roadshow was well
represented at the festival with Henry Sandon and Eric Knowles in
attendance. Highlights included a Celebrity Throwing event and the
Ceramic Arts Fair at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery which
showed the work of studio ceramic artists from around the
As one of the few commercial manufacturers in the area still
making hand-turned and decorated pieces, Moorcroft opened its doors
to visitors who brought in their Moorcroft pieces for Eric Knowles
to value. The Gladstone Potteries Museum, often used as a set for
period film and TV dramas, held Raku firing sessions and a brick
Sam Riley of Stoke-on-Trent Tourism was well pleased with the
event, saying that there were more than 5000 additional visitors to
the city over the festival weekend. Next year's ceramic festival
date is October 5 to 7.
BY JOAN PORTER
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