As its name suggests, the biennial Aberystwyth
International Ceramics festival attracts visitors from all over
the world. Unlike other major UK festivals where the main attraction
is potters selling their wares, this festival is a melting pot
where potters, teachers, students and collectors get together
and share ideas, problems and experiences. There are kiln firings,
demonstrations, films, lectures and pottery sales and exhibitions.
The kiln firings at this years event included
a wine bottle
kiln - built, fired and dismantled by Italian potter Karin
Putsch-Grassi, a sculpture kiln by Danish potter Jorgen Hanssen
and a mobile wood-fired kiln towed all the way from Poland by
This year's demonstrators included Kate Malone,
Ruthanne Tudball, Mark Hewitt, Ponimin M Hum, Hyang Jong Oh, Michael
Eden, Emma Rodgers, Shigemasa Higashida, Lowri Davies, Elke Sada,
Robert Cooper and Dylan Bowen.