Year of celebrations at Fangfoss Pottery

One of the childrens workshops held during Fangfoss Potterys 40th anniversary year.
One of the childrens workshops held during Fangfoss Potterys 40th anniversary year.

The end of 2017 also marked the end of a year of celebrations at Fangfoss Pottery.

Lyn and Gerry from Fangfoss had wanted to commemorate their 40 years of potting by doing something unique.

Families enjoy making clay animals during a workshop.

Families enjoy making clay animals during a workshop.

They had several aims which they wanted to fulfil: to raise the profile of ceramics; encourage everyone to be creative with clay, involve the local community, and to have fun.

They managed to achieve all this and much more.

Lyn said: “We kick-started the year by hanging up 40 leaves around East Yorkshire for people to find and claim a prize – there are still a few to be found.

“I have kept scrapbooks about the pottery covering the 40 years and we put an archive “post of the day” on social media – running a competition every month.

There were special red mugs for competition winners.

There were special red mugs for competition winners.

“This proved very popular.

“Prizes were some special red mugs which we had made with other bits and pieces inside them, We soon had a lot of followers.”

To encourage people to be creative with clay a number of workshops were run in Pocklington or at the pottery.

“Some were for adults and others for children.

Lyn continued: “We ended up putting more on than we had planned as they were over subscribed. Everyone enjoyed them and it is something we will continue this year.”

To get the local community involved they put on a number of free events, illustrated talks and activities.

These included workshops for the local school and church, treasure hunts at Jubilee Park, in shop windows in Pocklington, and a Day of Clay in Pocklington Market Place on Yorkshire Day.

The most popular treasure hunt was the recent snowflakes and stars event which was held at Jubilee Park. Every day throughout December the duo hung up eight stars for people to find and take home.

Lyn concluded: “It has been a fantastic year and we have enjoyed everything we have done and meeting lots of new faces on the way. It is time for us to slow down a bit now and see what the future holds.

“Will we still be potting in another 10 years to have a golden celebration? Who knows?”