Potters’ show draws bumper crowd
Monday, 14th November, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
The Potters’ Society’s Christmas fair at the weekend attracted the biggest number of visitors it has had in years.
It was estimated that more than 900 people walked through the doors of the Society’s Wyman Street hall which has been the home of pottery in BH since 1989.
“We’ve had a constant stream of people through,” president Sandy Bright said yesterday.
“A lot of people are interested and come and have a look and it’s the same with the other crafts too.”
The shoppers could also feel good about buying the goods, Mrs Bright said, because all the money raised goes towards maintaining the hall and equipment.
“It’s an old building and it takes a lot of maintenance, but it’s worth it,” she said.
“The money also goes towards maintenance of the kilns.”
Visitors were also given lessons in China painting by Joy Cakebread and were able to purchase some home-made delicacies along with their gifts as well.
“I’m just teaching a few different methods,” said Mrs Cakebread.
Her first student of the day yesterday, Doris Sullivan, said she had been won over.
“I’m hooked,” Mrs Sullivan said.
Society member Vicki Sladden, a potter for almost 30 years, said she was delighted by the number of “new faces”.
“On Saturday they couldn’t move through the door,”
It was the same for her pottery demonstrations held in a small room at the back of the converted church.
“It was absolutely packed out with a lot of new faces as well as the regular learners,” Mrs Sladden said.