ADOPT A POTTER
HELPING THE NEXT GENERATION
"ADOPT A POTTER" AT THE WARDLOW MIRES POTTERY AND FOOD FESTIVAL
ALL POTS ON THIS SIDE-SHOW WILL BE DONATED SO THAT ALL MONIES TAKEN WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE "ADOPT A POTTER" TRUST
Founded in 2009, the original idea for the Trust came from an experienced potter - Lisa Hammond - who has a tradition of taking apprentices at her studio in London. Some of these apprentices have become well recognised potters in their own right.
It takes years to train a studio potter. Unfortunately, many art colleges are finding it difficult to offer throwing in any meaningfull way, so it is more important than ever for a student wishing to make fuctional and studio pots to have the opportunity of an apprenticeship with an experienced professional potter.
Adopt a potter has a simple aim: to help in securing the future of studio potters.
As potters who were fortunate enough to have received a good grounding in the craft at one of the legendary but now defunct courses, we are keen to aid this worthwhile and necessary charity in any way we can. Through our event (and with YOUR help), we believe that we have come up with a fun way of doing this. We have asked all the potters to bring along pots that did not make it through the kiln, and would ordinarily be destined for the bin, for us to set up on a stand and we will make a small charge for visitors to "hire" a set of balls and see how many of the unfortunate pots they can smash! No prizes, just fun - and perhaps, a satisfying way to let off a bit of steam! It will also be a good way to keep the children in your party occupied! Look for this side-show under the banner of "THE POTTERS REVENGE" (or don't try this at home kids! There will be responsible volunteers managing this event throughout the weekend to make it possible for you to leave your children to safely enjoy themselves, whilst you take your time to browse the stalls.
ADOPT A POTTER merchandise will be available to purchase from Darren Ellis's stall who, along with several other of the potters at the show, beneffited by being apprenticed through the scheme.
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