Pottery Challenge at the Castle in May

February 27 2023 | What's on

Anyone who has an interest in collecting ceramics or working with clay – won’t want to miss the ‘Potters’ Village’ which will be taking place during the Craft In Focus Contemporary Craft Fair at Hever Castle from 18 – 21 May 2023.

The Craft Fair at Hever Castle in May, will present around 30 ceramic artists, including several of the potters who have appeared on previous series of the well-known TV programme The Great Pottery Throwdown*.

Within the ‘Potters’ Village’ the artists will be staging various duelling challenges amongst themselves such as throwing as many pots as possible within 10 minutes, the best sculpture in 15 minutes and building the tallest structure in 15 minutes with a set amount of clay.

Some of the potters will be demonstrating and offering workshops where visitors can have a go at creating something themselves in clay. Among the demonstrations will be small wheel throwing creating miniature pieces on a tiny wheel (by Small Ceramics) and raku firing where glazed ceramics are placed in a combustible material which creates beautiful colours on the finished items and more.

The ‘Potters’ Village’ will be just one element of the Contemporary Craft Fair at Hever which has quickly grown to become one of the most popular contemporary craft fairs in the South East. The Craft Fair features around 140 other exhibitors displaying and selling work in various disciplines including glass, textiles, woodwork, jewellery, metalwork, artwork and more.

The event is held in open-sided marquees within the award-winning gardens which, in May, include stunning displays of wisteria, azaleas and rhododendrons and of course with the backdrop of the historic castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

Craft In Focus events offer the public a calibre of exhibitor not often seen at other craft fairs and the organiser has a strict policy of not allowing any bought in or imported work.

Exhibitors have been selected from amongst the very best and come from throughout the UK. They have all designed and made the work that they display and have been selected for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design, as well as outstanding technical ability.

The UK has a wealth of individual and talented professional designer makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that simply cannot be found amongst the mass-produced and imported goods on the high street.

A visit will make an interesting day out for everyone and includes artisan food exhibitors alongside the exhibiting craftmakers. Children can enjoy the fabulous adventure playground while visitors of all ages can enjoy the challenge of finding their way through the Water Maze and the 100 year old Yew Maze.

*There is no affiliation between the Craft in Focus Contemporary Craft Fair and The Great Pottery Throwdown TV programme or its producers.

Discover more about the event here.