Pens Review 2016

Around 140 potters took part in this year’s Potfest in the Pens, in the cattle market in Penrith. This year in the foyer, the competition was to the theme ” Dinner for One” to which there were over 50 entries.
The potter awarded the main prize, by Angie & Paul Boyer of Craft & Design magazine was David Lawson. He is a salt-glaze domestic-ware maker normally, but his competition piece was a wonderfully modelled figure depicting hunger.

Dave’s piece was also picked as the Public’s favourite on Saturday.
There were also 3 runners up for the Craft & Design Prize – each winning a bottle of bubbly: Janet Halligan, Lesley Anne Greene & Susan Crame

JanetHalligan      LesleyAnnGreene     SusanCrame
The Potters’ Peers prize was awarded to Fumihiro Fuyushiba for his
” Dinner for One Japanese”

The Public’s vote on Friday went to
Lesley Anne Greene’s “Dinner for One – Yorkshire style”

and the People’s Favourite on Sunday was
” Trout & Asparagus” by Janet Halligan

All the competition entries can be seen here on Flickr

As well as the usual free throwing classes for adults in the foyer, and kids clay building with Shirley Sheppard near the refreshment area, a new addition at the far end of the show was a range of hand-building challenges thrown out to northern pottery groups, and the Valentine Clay’s throwing competition – who can throw the tallest form from a set weight of clay. This was won by Alan Newton of Merseyside – close runner-up Mary Chappelhow of Penrith.

Pictures of these activities and general shots around the show can be seen here on Flickr

Our thanks to Craft & Design magazine for their sponsorship and main prize, and to Valentine Clays for the clay sponsorship of the hands-on area.

Thanks to all who took part in the public vote for the competition in the foyer. Potfest passport winners who receive free entry to all future Potfest events are:
D.Harrison from Lancaster, C. Carruthers from Whitehaven, and C. Travis from Thornton-Cleveleys.