VISIT TO SVEN BAYER, CLIVE BOWEN, AND PHILIP AND FRANNIE LEACH
SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2006
A visit to three potters working in North Devon has been organised to coincide with Sven Bayer’s annual sale, which starts on the date above and is well worth visiting for great pots at very reasonable prices.
We are meeting at Sven’s pottery at Duckpool Cottage, Sheepwash, Black Torrington, North Devon at 10.30am. We shall be looking at his workshop, his two impressive wood fired kilns, and his high fired stoneware pots. The grid reference is SS 485086, Ordinance Survey Map 191, for all you keen map readers, or search on the Ordnance Survey website for the correct location.
We then adjourn to the Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash for an early lunch at 12.00 am. (Home made pasties and salad recommended).
Leaving the pub at 1.30pm we take a circuitous route along narrow but very attractive lanes (Jon Whitten thinks he can remember the way!) to Shebbear Pottery, arriving at 2.00pm, where Clive Bowen will show us around, including a look at his wood fired bottle kiln. Clive makes wonderful freely slip decorated earthenware using traditional techniques. Grid reference SS 433112.
Finally we meet at 3.30pm at Springfield Pottery in Hartland to visit Philip and Frannie Leach, who make decorated earthenware using traditional and contemporary approaches, fired in electric and gas kilns. Park in the village car park and walk to the pottery. Grid reference SS 257244. The visit will conclude at 4.30pm.
No need to book, but phone Jon Whitten on 01208 880836 if you are going, he can advise the pub of likely numbers for lunch.