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Earth and Fire 2006

Mike Dodd lidded jar John Jelfs yunomi Lisa Hammond sake cup
Anagama kiln in full flow Stephen Parry
Douglas Fitch - Slipware potter Sarah Walton bird bath
Wood fired pots from the Rufford anagama kiln Chris Lewis - Outdoor pots and sculpture
Tall wood fired bottles fired in the Rufford anagama kiln Stefan Bang liqueurs - Blood orange, fig and peach in salt glazed stoneware bottles
Beautiful sculptural vessels by Ashraf Hanna Rizu Takahashi amongst the stands
Ruthanne Tudball guinomis perfectly displayed Akiko Hirai
Pots by Matthew Blakely and Richard Dewar Head of one of Ian Gregorys dog sculptures
David and Margaret Frith Ian Gregory fish sculpture

Rufford Ceramic Centre, Notts

Anagama kiln firing
Anagama kiln firing
Jack Doherty Mike Dodd
Jeremy Nichols Nic Collins
John Jelfs Niek Hoogland
Lisa Hammond Peter Beard
Liz Bowe Ben Brierley, Peter Meanley, Gilda Westerman and Toff Millway
Mandy Parslow Rachel Wood demonstrating how she makes her tubby vessels
Marcus OMahoney
Potters stalls in the ruins Ruthanne Tudball

For me Earth and Fire is the highlight of the ceramics year. Set in a country park with 100 selected potters, an anagama kiln firing, and pottery demonstrations. The Rufford Ceramic Centre houses a collection of classic pots including work by Leach, Cardew, Rie et al. There is also a ceramics library of out of print ceramic books and a complete set of Ceramic Review and Crafts magazines avalable for nostalgic glimpses into the past.

From a collectors point of view Earth and Fire is about meeting old friends and making new ones. It is a great day out so come along and support the potters at next year's event.