Flowerpots in front of The Octagon Gallery
Whichford Pottery is a thriving traditional pottery
whose main output is traditional flowerpots of all shapes and
sizes. The pottery is a family run business and the visitor is
made to feel very welcome and can wander around the site and on
working days meet the potters and watch the pots being made.
The Octagon is Whichford's exhibition and indoor
selling space. Here pots from their own hand thrown tableware
and cookware range are sold alongside pots from well known makers
such as Phil Rogers, John Jelfs, Lisa Hammond, Jack Doherty and
Mark Griffiths. It really is a great exhibition space and in its
short life has already hosted exhibitions by some of Britains
top makers and a major 2 day event - Salt and Soda.
Their current exhibition which features the work
of Devon slipware expert Clive Bowen runs until November 8th 2008,
these images will hopefully encourage you to visit Whichford
for yourself. The wonderful old Hook Norton brewery is only a
few minutes away and there are many other sites to see in this
beautiful part of the world.
I nearly forgot, a current project of Jim Keeling
is a huge “medieval” pie dish made for the famous
chef Heston Blumenthal. As I write in October 2008, the dish is
currently on view in the Octagon Gallery.