The International Ceramics Festival is an extremely expensive event to stage. We have always tried very hard to keep the ticket price to the bare minimum so that nobody is excluded. Unfortunately we are facing a position where expenses are such that we now need to begin to think of ways to offset costs without raising ticket prices any more than is absolutely necessary. We are therefore seeking your support as potters and enthusiasts to help us achieve that aim.
In 2005 the organising committee decided to introduce a new and exciting addition to the Festival programme and ‘The Cup Sale and Exhibition’ was born. The show of almost 200 cups proved very popular and almost all were sold. Since then we have invited participants help support the festival by bringing along a cup to be donated and then included in a selling exhibition with all sales to benefit future Festivals.
Each cup that is exhibited will be sold at a price decided by the donor and the proceeds, in full, will be used toward providing a Festival in 2015. This idea isn’t a new one. At NCECA, the American equivalent of I.C.F, people have donated cups, teabowls, Yunomi, Chawan, beakers for many years. The money raised from this benefit exhibition is used for future NCECA’s and for a student study scholarship. We feel that this idea is something we could develop here too, not just for the Festival but, if we were very successful, for a similar student benefit scheme.
How to take part
The idea is simple. When you arrive at the Festival please deposit your ‘cup’ with one of the student helpers in the foyer area (this will be signposted for you). With your cup please present the Cup Sale Form (which you can download below) filled in with your name, address and the price you feel the cup should be sold for based on the price you usually set. You are very welcome to place with your cup a card or leaflet about you or your pottery so that exhibition viewers will know who made the cup and where they may get more if they want them. If you are not a maker then please feel free to bring along a “cup” by someone else.
Cup Sale Exhibition
The exhibition will be open on Sunday morning. Then, at a time to be decided, the cups will be sold in strict order from the queue with each person allowed one purchase in the first instance. Please do join in. It is up to the guests to make this idea work. Your cups will present an interesting and varied exhibition while at the same time provide us with much needed funding thus ensuring that the festival will become even bigger and better in 2015.