applications 2016

Potfest in the Pens is now FULL with a waiting list in operation. However in past years several exhibitors have cancelled before the show so it is well worth while being on this list. To be added to it post or email an application form but send no money at this stage.


Potfest in the Pens 2016 ( Return your form, images and cheque asap.)
The unselected, first come first served, system unique to the Pens seems to be the fairest for everyone but it does have it's drawbacks. It mean that the show can fill very quickly. Last year it happened particularly fast and as a result the Pens was fully booked by November 8th with a waiting list in place.
Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery ) or email your application to chris@potfest.co.uk. Enclose your cheque and up to a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name )

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Potfest in the Park 2016 (Application deadline Dec. 24th)
All applicants will be contacted in the new year re allocation of the 100 places available.
Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery or email). Send a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name )

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If you would like a place at the Pens if your application for the Park is unsuccessful, then send applications for both shows together, as soon as possible, marked 1st choice & 2nd choice.
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Potfest Scotland 2015 (Application deadline Dec. 24th)
All applicants will be contacted in the new year re allocation of the 70 places available.
Post back by post office normal mail ( not recorded delivery or email). Send a max. of 6 images (jpeg or tiff, all titled with your name, also mark or label the image CD with your name )

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ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

Potfest in the Pens
When it started 20+ years ago Potfest was seen as a radical, anti-establishment idea ( without selection and in a cattle shed ). For newer potters, who weren't around at the time, it appears to be the norm and an integral part of ceramics in the UK today - but the Pens is still the only truly egalitarian event we know of.
Making a career in ceramics isn't just a question of developing skills.
To be sustainable requires sales - to achieve sales requires access to an audience.
Potfest in the Pens delivers that audience - no selection procedure, no vetting, no juries, no application fees. Any potter trying to make a living from the sale of their work can take part no matter what stage of their development. The general public decide what they'll buy - who they'll support.
The cattle market was a deliberate choice as a venue - pottery without the bull**** ( mostly )
It was the largest undercover building we could find to allow space for as many exhibitors
as possible - No glamour or glitz, just potters and their public together on neutral ground.
Don't dismiss this show because it is unselected. That's its strength and what makes it special. Many potters now of international repute started out here and many still do it.

Potfest in the Park
Potfest in the Park is our showcase - it's about the potters, and the work that they're developing that
we, personally, find the most interesting. Choosing the exhibitors is purely subjective on our part - our task is to make the most visually stimulating day we can. To this end - the architecture of the house, the gardens and grounds of Hutton-in-the-Forest play a major role, and the competition pieces displayed on the lawns are a very important, integral part of the show.
We see the Park as a theatrical production rather than just another "potters market" and hope that the audience and the exhibitors find it as visually exciting as we do. The work on display is of the highest quality, the ceramic artists amongst the best in Europe. Each year up to 25% of the exhibitors come from outside the UK to make it a truly international event. All are well respected established makers with a very distinctive style - many with international reputations. Each year we change at least 20% of the exhibitors to keep the show dynamic - but never compromise the quality of the show. ( 100 exhibitors. )

Potfest Scotland
Showcasing ceramics in the centre of Scotland - where the Highlands meet the Lowlands at the ancient centre of the kingdom - Scone Palace.
Like the original Potfest it started in the cattle pens of Perth mart, but like the Park it's now set in marquees on the lawns in front of the Palace - the ancient home of the Stone of Destiny where Scottish kings were once crowned.
This is the biggest ceramics festival in Scotland. (70 exhibitors)