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.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 where the money raised was used for future NCECA’s and for a student study scholarship.
Since 2005 the ICF Cup Sale has become a very popular feature of the Festival. Over 200 cups are donated and almost all are sold. Since then we have invited participants help support the festival by bringing along a cup (or small piece of ceramic work) to be donated and then included in a selling exhibition with all sales to benefit future Festivals. The invited guests also contribute to the Cup Sale. Each cup that is exhibited will be sold at a price decided by the donor and the proceeds, in full, will be used towards developing future Festivals.
How to take part
The idea is simple. When you arrive at the Festival please deposit your work with one of the student helpers in the foyer area (this will be signposted for you). With your work 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 work a card or leaflet about you or your pottery so that exhibition viewers will know who made the work and how to contact you if they wish. 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 works 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 donated items 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 the future
Please download and complete the form below and bring it with you to the Festival.