Art in Clay

EUROPE’S most prestigious ceramic arts festival is set to fire the imagination this summer when internationally renowned ceramicists display their work alongside innovative new talent.

Art in Clay will bring together a record number of more than 200 ceramic artists when it opens its doors at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire on August 17, 18 and 19, showcasing the finest ceramics currently being created by individual makers in the UK and Europe.

This highlight of the ceramic art calendar, now in its 24th year, will see world-class artwork displayed by leading names such as Jim Malone, Eddie Curtis, Nicola Theakston, Jin Eui Kim, Brendan Hesmondhalgh, James Oughtibridge, Peter Beard and Tony Laverick.

While with artwork available to buy, discerning collectors will be eying up pieces by newcomers including Rhiannon Evans, Alice McIlroy, Tom Peterson and Joshua Schoeman.

In addition to the 200 exhibitors showcasing their art, a full daily programme will include:

  • Ceramic talks and demonstrations for those with an interest in furthering their ceramic knowledge and expertise
  • A Clay Creation Zone to fire both children and adults’ imagination with options to throw a pot on a potter’s wheel, have a go at Raku or make a creation by hand with guidance from an experienced potter
  • Visitors can also have a go at the clay challenge
  • Exhibitor awards including The Valentine Clays Peers Award and The Potclays Student Award that recognise an outstanding peer and newcomer to the world of pottery and ceramics.

Hannah Ault, Show Director, said: “Thanks to shows like The Great Pottery Throw Down, the world of ceramics is increasingly high profile. Art in Clay is a great introduction to the amazing world of contemporary ceramics as visitors can chat to the artists, learn from the experts and even try their own hand in the Clay Creation Zone.

“The ceramic art world is vibrant and thriving, and it is testament to the prestige of Art in Clay that for serious ceramics collectors it is a must-visit annual event.”

Art in Clay opens its doors on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August from 10am to 5.30pm, and on Sunday 20th from 10am to 5pm.  Admission prices are Adult £11, Concession £10.50, Two-Day Ticket £19, Three-Day Ticket £27. Children aged 15 and under are FREE.

For further information on Art in Clay or to book tickets please visit

Nichola Theakston

Nichola Theakston

Brendan Hesmondhalgh

Brendan Hesmondhalgh

*Lead image: James Oughtibridge



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