Nic and I travelled together, along with two students, who are over from Austria. They are staying with Nic and Sabine for few weeks, on college placements. They were a big help throughout the weekend, particularly when Nic and I skived off on Sunday to watch the dismal England match.
While we were away, we stayed with our old chum from college days, 'Brigsy' and his wife, Claire, who always welcome us into their home when we travel to Rufford - they live a couple of miles away from the show. Big thanks to them for their kindness.
Here I am with my recent summer haircut, infront of my stand. I was glad to be short in the locks, because the sun beamed down on us the whole weekend.
It was good to see Alex McErlain and John Mathieson. The dishes they're holding were made on the Michael Cardew moulds I acquired some time ago. Some of you will remember that Alex made the film Hollyford Harvest at my place last year, for the Montpellier Film Festival. He called me yesterday to say that the film has now been selected as the opening film at the Reel to Reel International Film Festival in North Carolina. Thanks Ron for the nod on that one.
and his beautiful pots - his stand looked brilliant, as always.
More of my chums, left to right, Paul Young, Tim Hurn and Arwyn Jones . Follow the links to see some fabulous pots.
Home again. We got up at 4 am on Monday morning and travelled back. Unloading at my workshop, the Austrian students, Matt in the van and Ramona on the right. My display unit was made from part of the old kitchen from the Village Hall, that I rescued from the bin - it was a bit tatty, but served the purpose.