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Stoke-on-Trenthosts its annual Ceramics Festival from October 13–15, a show already arousing international interest although only in its second year.

Stoke-on-Trenthosts its annual Ceramics Festival from October 13–15, a show already arousing international interest although only in its second year. Britain’s historic ceramics capital, the main town of the six Staffordshire ‘Potteries’ where famous firms such as Wedgwood, Spode and Royal Doulton are still based, is the obvious choice of venue for this event. One of the finest collections of ceramics in the world can be visited here, but the festival also gives a chance for contemporary ceramic designers and studio potters to display their work. Five specially invited potters will each donate a ‘signature’ piece to the City’s ceramics collection. Members of the public have a chance to mingle with experts and connoisseurs, have a go at throwing a pot, and invest in pieces costing anything from a few pounds to several thousands.

Ceramics in the City  is another significant event for pottery lovers (September 22–24). Now in its fifth year at London’s Geffrye Museum, this three-day fair showcases the work of nearly 50 leading ceramicists. A great variety of styles and techniques can be seen in the pieces on display – some practical such as lamps and tableware, others purely ornamental. It provides an opportunity for talent-spotting, browsing and investing. Visitors can talk to the potters and watch free demonstrations. Craft activities will be run to entertain children.   The event forms part of the London Design Festival which encompasses many diverse aspects of design staged by various organizations across the capital.


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