Pottery festival in Bakewell

John Rivers from Riddings Pottery
John Rivers from Riddings Pottery

Potfest returns to the Midlands after a five-year absence this weekend.

This festival of pottery is a gathering of 70 potters from all over the UK,showing, demonstrating and selling their wares in the Bakewell Agricultural Centre on Friday, May 10( 1 pm– 6.30 pm), Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 (10am-5pm).

“We want to demystify the processes”, said organiser Matt Cox.

“Come and meet the artists, watch them demonstrate their skills, ask any questions. It is astonishing what 70 unique artists will make from a lump of raw clay – animal sculptures, jewellery, domestic ware, gorgeous wall-hangings that appear to be made of Indian sari cloth, clay poems…”

Among the many Derbyshire potters involved is John Rivers (pictured) of Riddings Pottery.

He digs his own clay from under an open-cast coal seam, and has built his own gas kiln.

“I make anything round” said John “ i.e. made on the potter’s wheel, mugs – tea-pots, goblets, vases, bowls large and small…. and if you own one, or give one as a present, you know it’s made of Derbyshire and in Derbyshire.”

To preview the potters’ work visit www.potfest.co.uk

n Tribute band T Rextasy will be performing their show I Love To Boogie at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Friday, May 10.

You can expect accurate renditions of some of the biggest hits from Marc Bolan and T. Rex.

The show starts at 8pm. Call 01246 345 222 for tickets.