The magic of Potfest


This month, on the outskirts of Shaftesbury, Turnpike Showground is set to be transformed into a hub of creativity and craftsmanship as it hosts a huge ceramics and artisan pottery market. Taking place from12th to 14th July, the event promises to be a celebration of all things of clay.

A Showcase of Ceramic Excellence
Featuring an impressive line-up of almost 100 ceramic artists from across the UK – and as far afield as Italy – displaying a diverse array of ceramic works, ranging from contemporary pieces to traditional pottery, fine intricate jewellery to large garden sculpture, from domestic ware to be used every day to fine figurative sculpture. Whether you’re an avid collector, a casual admirer or just ceramically curious, this event offers an amazing opportunity to talk to the artists, learn about their creative processes and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the makers.

Interactive, Hands-On Activities
Potfest South West is not just about observing art, it’s about participating in it. As well as the chance to meet and talk to the artists there will also be the opportunity to glaze your own piece and have it raku fired, there and then! There will also be trade stands for those who are inspired and want to purchase materials and equipment for themselves. Taking part instead of simply browsing always adds an extra layer of enjoyment to an event – Potfest is a memorable day out for visitors of all ages.

Culinary Delights and Live Music
No festival is complete without delicious food and music, of course, and Potfest South West delivers on both fronts. A selection of street food vendors will be on-site, offering an array of mouthwatering options from gourmet burgers and artisan pizzas to vegan delights and sweet treats.
‘A string quartet will be performing live throughout the event too,’ says Matt Cox, the event organiser. ‘The aim is to enhance the creative atmosphere as visitors explore the exhibits and chat to the artists.
‘We are thrilled to bring Potfest back to the South West after a hiatus of several years. Potfest is such a celebration of both ceramic art and artisan craftsmanship, and we are so excited to showcase the incredible talent of our artists in the beautiful North Dorset countryside. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a foodie or simply looking for a great day out, Potfest promises something special.
‘We look forward to welcoming everyone to join us for a weekend filled with inspiration, beauty, artistry and creativity.’

Join us at Potfest South West
July 12th, 13th and 14th
10am until 4.30pm
Turnpike Showground, North Dorset SP7 9PL
Adults £6, accompanied under 16’s free
Tickets available online at or on the gate each day.
For more information and to preview the work of all those artists taking part please visit


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