'Art in Clay' Pottery & Ceramics Festival 5-7 July 2013

Art in Clay, Hatfield is a large-scale ceramics event showcasing work by 190 carefully selected makers. Now in its 19th year, the festival continues its highly successful formula of individual makers’ stands, workshops and demonstrations held in a series of marquees in the gardens of the Jacobean Hatfield House.

Newcomers this year include Joanne Barlow, winner of last year’s Student Award, Gin Durham and David Burnham-Smith, who makes highly detailed sculptural ceramics inspired by his background in the ceramics industry and conservation fields. Showing alongside them are makers ranging from established names such as Geoff Swindell and Sarah Walton to younger talent including Cornish-based ceramist Remon Jephcott, who combines silver and glass with clay to make her delicate ceramic forms, and Fleen Doran whose attractive wood-fired, salt glazed pots are designed for sharing food with friends.

As well as British-based ceramists, exhibitors also include international names such as the Japanese Fumihiro Fuyushiba and Danish ceramist Dorte Visby, who makes dramatic, sculptural works inspired by geological formations and the changing landscape of her local North Sea coastline. This combination of established, up-and-coming, British and overseas makers means that alongside old favourites there will be less familiar work giving the show an injection of creative freshness and excitement.

This eclectic mix is enhanced by the variety of styles and techniques on show with exhibits ranging from the domestic to the sculptural, the tiny to the monumental, the traditional to the distinctly cutting-edge. A must for serious ceramics collectors, Art in Clay Hatfield is also a great day out for the non-specialist.

Browsing the huge number of stands is a perfect introduction to the world of contemporary ceramics and the range of objects on show means that there is something for everyone here. Anyone wishing to learn more about the pieces can talk to the individual makers about the work in a friendly and informal atmosphere, away from the sometimes intimidating environment of the gallery. It’s an enjoyable way of learning about this fascinating field at first hand and for those who are interested in discovering more there are a series of maker demonstrations and technical talks.

Children are particularly welcome at Art in Clay Hatfield and there are a series of hands-on events specifically designed to appeal to younger visitors (older visitors are also welcome). In the Throw-a-Pot marquee they can try out their hand at working on a potter’s wheel under the guidance of an experienced potter, while in the Make and Take area they can experiment with making their own sculptural ceramics. And if it all gets too much for them, they can take time out from ceramics to explore the surrounding parkland and nearby children’s play area.

Opening Times:
Friday & Saturday 10am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Admission Prices:
Adult £9 Concession £8.50 / Two-Day Ticket £15 Three-Day Ticket £22.50 / Child 15yrs and under FREE
Tickets can be purchased in advance Tel: 0115 987 3966, or you
can pay on the day at the entrance.
Contact for more details: Andy & Di McInnes - andymcinnes1@yahoo.co.uk - Tel: 0115 987 3966