Toff checking the newly open salt kiln firing
This year's open weekend The Origin of Pieces - By Means
of Artistic Selection had a Darwinian theme. In a series
of talks, Toff and visiting American potter Dan Finnegan traced
the evolution of their work as production potters or as Toff quipped
mud jugglers under Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery. A display
of Ray's pots including a wonderful cider jar formed a centerpiece
in the marquee as a reminder of their original source of inspiration.
At 11am on Saturday morning Toff's latest salt firing had cooled
sufficiently for the kiln to be opened up and it was soon evident
that the firing had gone very well. Visitors were able to see
the bricks being removed to reveal the pots inside.
Throughout the weekend, plate after plate of home made cakes
and biscuits were provided for visitors, what excellent hospitality!