This post is long overdue. Summer is a very busy time for me. Making pots in sunshine and quick drying pushes you to make more somehow. Festivals and markets are plentiful and there are more opportunities to sell work. As I write my work is featured in Ceramic Ireland’s exhibition in Dublin. This year I joined Form Carlow a group of makers from differing disciplines who are focussed on promoting quality craft work by makers living within the county boundaries of Carlow. We had our first show during the Carlow Arts Festival and it was very well received.
Since then we travelled to Wales to network with like-minded craft workers there.
As I write this I am preparing for my annual trip to Galway to take part in the Galway Potters Market when some 18 potters will show their work in a beautiful openair space beside the Corrib river. This is a gamble since the weather can ruin everything as it did last year when the worst summer storm in years hit us as we struggled to get our marquees up. But potters are nothing if not optimistic so here we go again.
After Galway I will be exhibiting with Form again in Kilkenny during that city’s arts festival. We have yet to secure a venue as we depend on a pop up arrangement and this is always a last-minute situation. More optimism needed.
In September I will be demonstrating at Ceramic Ireland International Festival in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. This is a three-day event and I expect it will be putting serious demands on me over the coming weeks as I prepare a visual presentation of my potting life as well as a small body of work to exhibit in front of people who know what a good pot looks like. I have yet to make and fire this work so…….more optimism needed.
After Thomastown my wife and I travel to Madrid where I will be able to unwind and enjoy that beautiful city. That I am looking forward to.