Last year’s STOP PRESS was John’s “ONE MAN SHOW” on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – called POEMS and POTS”.  He booked a terrific central venue and offered 6 2-hour sessions for all-comers to probe and discover a menu of poems – some about pots and potmaking; and to browse his own recent pots in an exhibition there and hear the stories behind the finished pieces.

Great idea…great energy went into planning, selecting, preparing poem-texts by the dozen, making pots; not enough energy into publicity! Not enough participants to get it to crackle into life.

But a memory…and I ‘had-a-go’.


Sometimes it all gets too much:  a mischievous nearby exhibitor snapped “Mr Sleepy, minding his Edinburgh stall” !










POTFEST at Scone Palace, Perth June 6th – 8th, 10 a.m – 4.30 p.m. daily.  70+ potters, 5 maquees, in the majestic palace grounds.  John will – as always – be there with a new, exciting range of work, featuring the elusive “reduced” copper red glaze more prominently than ever before.

See www.potfest.co.uk , and postcode PH2 6BD.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL (2D/3D Craft and Design Fair).  John will be at his usual ‘pitch’ in this “WEST END” Fair, Monday 11th August – Sunday 24th August (11 – 6p.m. daily, incl. Sundays).  A terrific range of crafts, styles, materials…After 30 years he is – sort of – “the Father of the House”.

JUNE 14th 2014. An all day Poetry event in Derby.  4 x 2 hour sessions spanning        9.45 -3 p.m.

AM : 2 brilliant students from John’s “Poems for Pleasure” group – Lorna Dexter – “Reading Poems Aloud” and Noam Livne – (translations of) Hebrew/Jewish poems and songs.

PM: Helen Mort (Derbyshire Poet Laureate) a workshop for people writing their own poems.  John on Seamus Heaney : some of his poems, and their resonances for John and his pots.

Booking/further details: Derby office@wea.org.uk – tel 01332 291805



A senior GP had a brainwave this spring, and commissioned a customised mug for every member of the practice including trainees, and some for visitors, 47 in all.  It was “The Acorn Practice”….and a pleasure to make for such a generous man, but daunting to hope to satisfy everyone.  Here they are – biscuited and then glazed.











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