That was a fantastic weekend. It seems to take ages for Rufford to come around, then it's all over for another year.
I sold so many pots that I'm going to have a mad panic to get another lot made and fired before Hatfield at the start of August. What a positive predicament, I can cope with that!
Based on my own experience as a pottery collector, if you see a pot you want, you have to have it because it provokes such an emotional response within your heart, I hope my work does that for people, certainly I occasionally get told it does and that's what it's all about for me. Perhaps that's why pots are still selling in spite of the gloominess over the current financial climate. As somebody, somewhere, once said, 'never regret your extravagances, because you'll always regret your economies.'
Based upon that premise (and using it to justify my actions to Hil), I bought a few pots myself, I'll post some pictures of them later.
Thank you to everyone who stopped for a chat and/or bought my pots, I met some great people. The joy of these fairs is meeting up with old friends and making some new ones too.
In the picture is Stephen Dee who runs the website studiopottery.co.uk Stephen wants to expand the international aspect of the site so I promised him I'd put a link on to let all you potters around the world know about it. It's becoming quite an expansive directory, check it out.
My parents have just headed home after being here for the weekend looking after the boys. I'll see them next in a few weeks time at their Golden Wedding celebrations. I wish we lived closer.
Here's a picture of Hannah holding Ron's mug. I always like to take it 'on tour' with me and to spread the word about his great slipware round the UK.
Blogger Andrew came along. He'll be visiting us down in Devon this week to make some pots at Hollyford and to pick up an old gas kiln I have, I'm looking forward to that.
Today's a day for catching up on the laundry etc. and for drawing up a making list ready for the next couple of frantic weeks, during which I've a lot of pots to make, plus a new woodshed and a 'showroom' to build. Such a bore that I glued so many pots to the shelf in the last firing, I'd have been ahead of the game - oh well, onwards and upwards. Muddy pots on here tomorrow night, happy Monday all.
Hey Mr F, that's fantastic that you sold so many pots. I'm chuffed for you. Stand looks fantastic. I managed to get across to Winchcombe to see John E in the end and glad I did to he let me stay for ages those pots are just amazing! Will give you a buzz sometime this week. Nice one.
Hey, they let you out! I bet the show at John's was great, I wish I'd been able to get there, I'm pleased you did. Had a great time, blooin' knackered today, don't know how Hil's going to cope with all those kids at school today, she must feel knackered too, I guess they'll be in for a rough ride!
Look forward to having a natter, hope the pots are flying along nicely, that last batch looked fantastic.
Glad you had such a good show. Mine was very successful too. I'll be posting about it in a bit. Good to see that Andrew made it. We'll catch up later on. Good luck getting cranked back up.
Congrats on a great show! Nice to hear about the successes out there. Good luck with the next round of pots, and the workshop and the showroom and... Wow, you're busy!
gorgeous display, and lucky weather it looks like!
We are lucky potters if we can have good sales in a slower economy.
Oh god, what do I look like? Glad the ceiling cat t-shirt got an airing, but I never ever put my hands on my hips - what made me do it here???
Hopefully see you on Wednesday - any ideas about the size of that kiln? Otherwise, I'll just get a medium van - that's assuming I can find the green bit of my driving license - otherwise we're cramming it my focus.
Doug, you are truly an inspiration!!!
I'll measure the kiln this evening Andrew. What's happening to my hand? How odd!
D&A, You two are too funny, standing there all cross legged. Ya'll hadn't been drinking had you?
I was a bit wobbly, but only from standing up for too long
Hey, Doug! I'm delighted to hear the fair was so successful for you. The kiln gods must've been watching over both you and Mr. Philbeck last weekend.
I like that poster behind your display. Seems quite familiar. ;) Thanks again for the postcard. I've put it up next to Ron's at my office for inspiration.
Cheers Beck, did you buy Ron's rat casserole? It looks like a beauty, outta sight in fact.
Great show Doug! Hope it's a sign that folk are up for buying good pots.
I did buy that rascal, Doug. It's definitely outta sight and quite smashing too.
hey doug, good looking stall that, all those lovely green pots yummo..
Excellent news Mr Fitch.
you deserve it.
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