Pennine Landscape paperclay vessel, by Kath Bonson
At Potfest they have a lovely tradition called the Mug Swap. I’ve encountered it once before (at SPA Kindrogan) and really like the idea. All the exhibitors who want to take part donate a drinking vessel to the swap. In the case of Potfest the participants stand in a large circle holding their pot; then someone calls out a series of instructions, such as ‘keep passing to the left until I tell you to stop’ and ‘two places to the right’. Eventually – after seeing every type of conceivable pot you can imagine pass through your hands – you end up with an entirely different mug, which is yours to keep. This is the one I received and although I don’t think I’ll drink from it, it will be treasured.