Aberystwyth University Arts Centre
The festival features demonstrations, kiln firings, talks and discussions, films, exhibitions, performances, hands-on activities, and plenty of other activities over an exciting weekend in the beautiful surroundings of mid-Wales.
The ICF is Europe’s premier ceramics festival which is held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast. Since it began in 1987, the three-day festival has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event. It offers teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs and lovers of craft, the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world.
The programme is opened on Friday evening by Honorary President Lars Tharp, who joined the festival in 2013. He is an author, curator and museum director specialising in ceramics, and of course well-known as broadcaster who is part of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team. Following this, the weekend’s guest demonstrators will introduce themselves and their plans of work for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are filled to bursting with demonstrations and lectures, while kiln building, firings and hands-on events will take place outside. There will be plenty of opportunities to socialise throughout, including an evening of live music on Saturday. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with a range of activities that will appeal to the general public, as well as ceramic enthusiasts– it’s a fantastic weekend.