Henry Sandon has been interested in ceramics for many years, ever since finding Roman and Medieval pots in his garden. He was fortunate in having tuition from the great potter Geoffrey Whiting, and although the pupil could never make a pot to satisfy the master, he was taught to appreciate the skill that goes into the making of a fine pot.
After 17 years as Curator of Royal Worcester at the Dyson Perrins Museum and many archeological excavations on porcelain in pottery sites, he became one of the resident experts on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. He has turned on many people to a love of ceramics, and this will be his fourth festival as President. In 2008 he was made an MBE in the birthday honours, one of the reasons being for services to the ceramics industry, and he is always in his element at the Festival, surrounded by pots and potters.