Hatfield used to be just a name on signposts in London saying “Hatfield and the North” until I got interested in ceramics. Then I started hearing “Are you going to Hatfield this year?” which got me a bit interested
I had been to a few other shows which had gone well but I can’t say were that enjoyable but as so many people were talking about Hatfield I thought I may as well give it a go.
What a revelation! A show which really values the potters who take part. A warm welcome, plenty of keen helpers, our own refreshment tent and a general air of fun, jollity and co-operation.
A fabulous, knowledgable crowd of people just coming to see, appreciate and buy ceramics. Wild conversations and laughter combined with good sales made it the most thoroughly enjoyable show I had ever done.
Last year was the last show run by the wonderful Andy and Di McInnes who have grown the show carefully over the year into a slick operation which is still warm, welcoming and great fun. This year it has been taken over by Valentine’s clays though still with a lot of input from Andy and Di.
This year for me has been a strange one as far as work goes; moving house and involvement in a lot of schools and mental health projects severely cut back making time so the last couple of months has been frantic. But nothing will keep me away from this show.
Here’s a sneaky peek at some of the pots I’m taking this time.
and lots more to come, the second kiln is warming up even as I write ………