Clay2Day International Festival: 2015 – Review
Glorious weather the first day and rain the second but people were not thwarted. Visitors enjoyed exploring the varied work of nearly sixty makers from around Europe joined by British artists Pollie and Garry Uttley, David Wright,Â Clare Wakefield and Marie Prett. Marie’s travelling circus was featured alongside details of the event in Dutch Ceramics Magazine ‘Klei’
Â In addition there was an exhibition of competition works from artists marking the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Goghâ€™s passing. Prizes were awarded at an extravagant potterâ€™s meal on the Saturday night. Joint first prize went to Job Heykampâ€™s take on â€˜the potato eatersâ€™ and Clare Wakefieldâ€™s depiction of â€˜Vincentâ€™s sun over Lisserbroekâ€™ which brought Van Goghâ€™s brushstrokes into 3D with over one hundred pieces of wire and her trade mark piercing. The sun was later seen warming the hands of makers on the colder Sunday.
A special prize went to Marta Dimitrova who brought her installation of mugs by air from Bulgaria. Each mug was decorated with an original drawing but when all mugs were upended collectively they created a further image of Vincent himself.
Thank you, Jason Hansell for this review.