Potter's stalls amongst the abbey ruins
Earth and Fire is a very popular ceramics
festival and in 2008 people were turned away because the
car parks were full. To ensure that this didn't happen in
2009 the event was stretched to 3 days. I visited on the
first day when it was relatively quiet, fortunately most
of my pottery friends had the same idea so I didn't miss
The weather was kind and as it wasn't too
busy I had the chance to talk to many of the potters. There
was one major disappointment, the anagama kiln wasn't being
fired, I was told that was for health and safely reasons,
hopefully it will be back in action in 2010.
It was good to have a another look around
and Margaret Frith Concordia exhibition in Rufford's
exhibition hall and I also enjoyed watching
John Jelfs demonstrating how he makes his teapots.