Throughout the annals of history, many significant happenings have taken place in August. The Perseids metor shower. International Clown Week. The birth of Lawrence of Arabia. The death of Elvis Presley. National Chop Suey Day. Despite such a momentous month hardly needing any further excitement, we threw caution to the wind and last week hosted the inaugural Kingsbridge Pottery Festival. To those who may previously have considered the insurance industry to be stuffy, boring, or strait-laced – consider yourselves forever rebuffed. Needless to say, much fun was had by all.
Under the watchful eye of master potter Neil Alcock, Kingsbridge staff turned their clay-covered hands to creating their own ceramic masterpieces. Whilst the degrees of success were varying, everyone involved was suitably happy with the outcome. Fruit bowls, cereal bowls, mugs, and jugs were all created from the earth in a pleasingly primal display of craftsmanship. Mr. Alcock was a genuinely excellent host and tutor, with the patience of several saints.
Our creations are now in the process of being fired to 1300 °C in a gigantic kiln, before they’re glazed in either tenmoku, a bespoke blue, or chun (depending on personal preference). Check back on the blog in mid-September to see the finished stoneware in all its glory.
A huge thank you again to Neil for his time and guidance. If you’re in the area, please take the time to visit him at the Vineyard Pottery near Winchcombe. His work can also be found at local markets around the Cotswolds. At least one staff member has subsequently invested in their own potters wheel and substantial quantities of clay, which we’ll count as an unqualified success.
For the sake of posterity, and to embarrass everyone equally, we documented the entire day. Take a look at a few of our favourite images below.