Hey Clay event throws down potters wheel test

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To coincide with the BBC’s new six part series The Great Pottery Throw Down which sees ten potters compete to be crowned Britain’s best amateur potter, Thirsk-based charity Rural Arts is hosting a Hey Clay! day.

The free event to celebrate the medium will take place at Rural Arts on Saturday December 5 from 10am-4.30pm. It comes as part of a national Hey Clay! weekend, devised by the BBC’s Get Creative team, in association with the Crafts Council.

The aim of the weekend is to introduce people to the joys of clay, and Rural Arts have an action paced day set including live demonstrations, drop in workshops, stalls, a ceramic exhibition and much more!

Over ten regional potters will be displaying and selling their wares, as well as demonstrating a wealth of different techniques.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at pottery with expert guidance.

“We really want to demystify the process and get the community enthused about pottery and our talented regional artists”, said Angela Hall, Director of Rural Arts. “It’s a chance to promote their work whilst revealing some of their ceramic secrets to the public.”

Free workshops will run for all ages and abilities (under 8’s to be accompanies by an adult) between 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

To book a place phone 01845 526536 or visit www.ruralarts.org.