Festival of pottery returns to the region

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Potfest is back in the Midlands this weekend, after a five-year absence.

This will be a gathering of 70 potters from all over the UK, showing, demonstrating and selling their wares in the Bakewell Agricultural Centre on Friday May 10 (1pm–6.30pm), Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, (10am–5pm)

“We want to demystify the processes”, said: organiser Matt Cox. “Come and meet the artists, watch them demonstrate their skills, ask any questions.

“It is astonishing what 70 unique artists will make from a lump of raw clay – animal sculptures, jewellery, domestic ware, gorgeous wall-hangings that appear to be made of Indian sari cloth, clay poems.”

One of the many Derbyshire potters involved is John Rivers of Riddings Pottery.

He digs his own clay from under an open-cast coal seam, and has built his own gas kiln.

“I make anything round,” said John “i.e. made on the potter’s wheel, mugs – teapots, goblets, vases, bowls large and small…. and if you own one, or give one as a present, you know that it’s made of Derbyshire and made in Derbyshire.”

To preview the potters’ work, visit www.potfest.co.uk

n The theatre show End To End is to be performed at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Wednesday, May 15, from 7.30pm.

In April 2012, three women made a daring and unusual journey from one end of Great Britain to the other on as many different forms of transport as possible with only one pound per mile.

Trusting to their resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers, they travelled the 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to discover the real Britain.

Upon returning from their epic adventure, they made a heart-warming, honest and funny piece of theatre about their experiences, entitled End to End.

They received an array of excellent reviews at the Edinburgh Festival.

Now they have embarked on this journey a second time, this time taking the show on the road with them.

Their story is about the connections we make and the risks we take and will leave audiences itching for their own adventure.

On the original journey the trio slept on a canal boat in Derbyshire.

Tickets, priced at £11.25, concessions £9.25, can be purchased from the box office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk