Pottery Events in 2017
None of us here at KBJ HQ can sit still as we wait to watch Keith on the new season of BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throwdown coming out this year. No doubt everyone will be getting all excited about ceramics again but to keep us content we've rounded up the best ceramics and pottery events going on throughout 2017, both in the UK and further afield. Look forward to and enjoy...
Ceramic Art London – March 31st to April 2nd
Taking place at Central St Martins, London, showcasing work from everyday functional homewares to figurative sculpture, Ceramic Art London provides a platform for 90 of the world's most talented contemporary ceramists present and sell their work.
Potfest Scotland – June 9th to 11th
Having had its 1st event in 1997, Potfest returns for its 20th year in Scotland, held in the wonderful grounds of Scone Place, Perth. This is the perfect even to meet potters, talk pots and buy direct from the makers.
Earth & Fire – June 23rd to 25th
Put on every year in North Nottinghamshire, Earth and Fire attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden sculptures to mugs and egg cups.
International Ceramics Festival – June 30th to July 2nd
Held in Aberystwyth, Wales, for 30 years, this is the biggest event on the ceramics calendar. The Festival attracts over 1000 people who attend lectures, watch practical demonstrations and visit special exhibitions over the long weekend. International demonstrators show skills and techniques on a specially adapted stage and also have their own workspaces – enabling personal discussion about their work.
Terralha, European Festival of Ceramic Arts – July 14th to 16th
Beginning as a potters market in 1984, Terralha evolved over the years to become a European ceramics festival in 2004. During the festival 20 European ceramist set up their work in unusual places throughout the heart of the village of St-Quentin-la-Poterie, France.
Potfest in the Park – July 28th to 30th
Over 100 exhibitors from all over Europe and beyond, all passionate about working with clay in very distinctive individual styles, come together at the beautiful Hutton-in-the-Forest, Cumbria to display their creations.
International Ceramics Fair Oldenburg – August 5th to 6th
Situated in the city centre of Oldenburg, Germany is the International Ceramic Fair which includes a ceramic market showcasing 125 potters from across Europe; and an interesting program which includes a guided tour of the market, special exhibits and artist showcases. The fair, which attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually, ensures that collectors and enthusiasts alike are offered an exquisite range of work.
Potfest in the Pens – August 5th to 7th
The oldest potters’ market in the UK, in Penrith, with around 130 potters taking part. As it’s an unselected show it’s a great opportunity to see the work of the up-and-coming alongside that of the well-established.
Art in Clay Hatfield – August 18th to 20th
A large event of over 190 exhibitors held in the beautiful parklands of Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. This event attracts makers from newcomers and young imaginative students to leading National and International potters, and includes a full programme of talks and demonstrations as well as a ‘Throw-a-Pot’ marquee for you to try and give it a go yourself!
International Ceramics Festival – September 15th to October 22nd
The International Ceramics Festival Mino, Japan has been held with the aim of supporting the growth of the ceramics industry and the enhancement of culture through the global exchange of ceramics design and culture with its theme of "International exchange of soil and flame -From You, From Now, From Here. The main event of the festival, with applicants coming from 60 countries, is the international recognized world-class ceramic competition.
British Ceramics Biennial – September 23rd to November 5th
Stoke-on-Trent's British Ceramics Biennial will present work from the UK's leading contemporary ceramic artists in a series of new exhibitions and special events across the city which now boasts the title World Capital of Ceramics.
Art in Clay Farnham – November 18th to 19th
This smaller event in Farnham Surrey is still definitely worth a visit. A range of work with be available from both newly qualified artists to potters with many years of creative work behind them. It is held in the lead up Christmas it is a perfect place to pick up unique handmade gifts.
If you know of any events we've missed out, maybe some local ones, then please comment below. There's so many fab ceramics and pottery events going on it's hard to list them all....