I’ve just got home and am trying to quickly recharge my batteries after a stint of showing and selling my work. In fact, it was two shows and the work of many hands that became the focus of the past two weeks for me.
It was also fantastic to get a chance, albeit brief, to leave my stand and see the work of other makers and artists at the shows. For example, another potter at Handmade, Jane Sarre, who has written a great piece on her blog with tips for setting up and running a stand.
It’s hard to single out makers from so many who made beautiful and interesting things at the shows. But some of the ones I chatted to, and admired the work of, included silver by EJ Mahoney; wood pieces by Mark Hanvey; ceramics by Richard Heeley; lighting by Felix Proctor amongst so many more.
I also met and talked to many visitors who were makers themselves, over the two weekends, and it was great to have their support and interest. Makers who visited included jewellery designer Emily Kidson, potter Juliet Macleod, UCA ceramics student Hajnalka Rezes, and fellow future Hothouse participant Imogen Noble (more on Hothouse next). Thanks to you all for visiting and keeping my spirits up on long days. They were both great shows and great experiences in very different ways. But I could do with a rest now!