Originally, this site was used as to call for potters and ceramics makers for UK and all over Europe to convene for an pottery and ceramics expo at Aylesford pottery which was a private garden established by David Leach son of Bernard Leach who was the father founder of British studio pottery. The garden was located in The Friars, Aylesford, Nr. Maidstone Kent ME20 7BX.
Above is the map of where the private garden was located.
For three days, the private garden became home of the potters, sculptors and ceramic artists who convened there to showcase their products and thus attracting an audience who got the opportunity to purchase the wares from the craftsmen. During the expo, various demonstrations about pottery and sculpting were also practiced so as to lure potential potters who would have wanted to get their hands on clay but never knew where to start.
Below are some picture of how lovely the garden used to be.
I have undertaken the task of recreating this site and I will be publishing content pertaining to pottery, sculpting and ceramics. Already there are some stories about the same that I came across and I’ve already published them below. Access them by clicking through the various topics below.
In the coming days, I will be adding more content so you need to visit again and get inspired by the amazing works that clay and porcelain can do. In the meantime, click on the topics below and too get inspired
Ever since I can remember, there was something about molding things that completely captivated my imagination. When I think back, I see myself in our family kitchen, standing next to my mom perched on a stool, helping her cook. Mostly, my job was to press the dough and create shapes that we would place in the pan and bake until they become delicious cookies. I was thrilled to help not because of the sweetness of the cookies that would be made, but because of the chance to use that dough for sculpting.
Here, I realized that I can make whatever I desire using a bit of water and some flour. For me, this was a marvelous revelation and it turned out to be a one that shaped my life. Instead of becoming a little chef, I became a little sculptor.
My parents lovingly supported my need to grow and develop my artistic inclination so very early on, I began working with clay. I quickly got the hang of it and even began crafting ceramics that got me the attention of the local arts and crafts fair. That year, just a few weeks before my 15th birthday, I got my first showing on a local event that showcased artists and craftsman from the area. This was my big break in more ways than one, mainly as it allowed me to continue with my pottery making and also set me on a course to enroll in the university a few years later. Here, I began my education to become a full-time ceramics artist and crafter.
The years went by as a whirlwind. During my education, I met my husband and we started a family before I completed my first studio. We then moved to the countryside, because I needed the natural environment to work and he is a programmer, so a location was not a big deal for him. Here, we started raising our two daughters in the fresh air, surrounded by meadows, streams, and forests.
It was and still is a perfect place to live and work, especially with a family like we created. Of course, I continued to explore my artistic expression, sculpting clay and being engaged in crafts. I started to expand my knowledge and abilities, entering the domain of porcelain which ended up being a huge success from a financial standpoint.
Then, one year, I was awarded the title of the best craftsman in the UK, which completely shocked me and gave me national attention. For this reason, I started touring the fairs taking place in the UK, and even visiting at one point the European mainland for a tour of France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. On these trips, there was the huge minus of being on the road and not being able to see the family.
But, running around for buses, coaches, trains and airplanes did have a huge advantage of producing weight loss for me. I was always a bit on the chubby side, starting with the moment I ate all those cookies I baked with my mom, but the touring of the fairs and events allowed me to become fit and healthy.
However, the biggest moment in my career came when I met a woman from my hometown that had breast cancer. As a poor and unemployed single mother, I was truly touched by her medical condition. In that moment, I realized I had to do something to help her. That is why I organized fellow artists and we made an event just to raise money for her. The event was broadcast to the entire region and that weekend, thousands of people flocked to our small town.
I worked for 24 hours straight and made a lot of ceramics producers, pottery and porcelain items, but other things as well, all of which were sold out. Others in our crafts fair did equally well and we raised enough moment to pay for the entire treatment for the same woman. In a year, her breast cancer was gone.
Today, I still live in the countryside and enjoy crafts of sculpting as ever before. It continues to fulfill me and provide me with so much joy, even more now that I know it helped save a life. The same idea is so powerful that it allowed me to rediscover my creativity and potential. The same simply flow through me and into my work. It, as well as my family, tell me every day that pottery and sculpting really allowed me to find myself in the best possible life I could ever imagine.