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Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair

Earth and Fire 2014 mosaic

Celebrating clay for 20 years!

This year saw the 20th anniversary of Earth and Fire - one of the country's premiere ceramic events. It took place on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014 at Rufford Abbey Country Park.  

Over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe came to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls in the ancient abbey ruins and grounds.

This annual event attracts collectors, gallery owners, enthusiasts and the general public alike, who flock to Rufford to meet and talk to the potters selling everything from garden planters and sculptures, to bowls, pie dishes, teapots, mugs, plates and egg cups.

Entrance to the fair is free however there is a parking charge of £5 per car.

Visitor from 2013

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"It is a total feast for the eyes and a very enjoyable event every year."

Demonstrations and talks

Download the full timetable [PDF] for the weekend.  

All things ceramic

Truly a celebration of clay in all its forms, Earth and Fire gives you the opportunity to:

  • meet and talk to over a hundred potters
  • buy everything from sculptures to egg cups
  • browse trade stands selling tools of the trade
  • support the next generation of potters on the campus stands
  • enjoy the free demonstration programme
  • wonder at the skills displayed in the Potters Games.

Check out who is coming....


This year, featured UK potters Robin Welch, Mike Dodd, Lisa Hammond, David and Margaret Frith, and Nigel Lambert were joined by international exhibitors from Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and France. 

Watch the slideshow which features the work some of this year's talented exhibitors.

Find out more about previous Earth and Fire events.

Rufford Gallery Exhibition

Indian Inspiration by Pollie and Garry Uttley

Pollie and Garry Uttley ceramic quilt

The work of ceramicists Pollie and Garry Uttley will be featured in an exhibition in the gallery durng the event. Both Pollie and Garry will be in attendance throughout the weekend and will be happy to speak to visitors about their work and travels.

Pollie and Garry Uttley first visited India in 1995 and were immediately overwhelmed by the sheer visual overload they experienced. Since then, almost annual visits have reinforced the inspiration for their ceramic work.

Their exhibition opens with Earth and Fire and continues at Rufford Gallery until 27 July 2014.

See full details of the Indian Inspiration exhibition.


Download the Earth and Fire 2014 brochure [PDF] or see it below:

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