GOING TO POT AT TEWS FARM!
We are always happy to post news of local businesses, so here is an update from local potter, Jacqueline Rappaport, whose Hagstone Pottery is now opening on Thursdays and Fridays.
New Gallery & Studio Shop
Hagstone Pottery is opening a new gallery and studio shop in the grounds of Tews Farm, Woodford Halse, selling hand-made pottery “warm from the kiln” of Northamptonshire potter Jacqueline Rappaport.
Hagstone’s studio shop is opening due to popular demand from customers, following the tremendous success of previous studio sale weekends. The grounds around Tews Farm make Hagstone Pottery a lovely destination, and Jacqueline is usually happy to show customers around the workshop, where her pottery is made, sometimes even throwing in a little impromptu demonstration on the wheel!
Employing traditional throwing skills, Jacqueline uses stoneware and porcelain clays, which she hand-glazes and then fires to very high temperatures in order to create pottery which is beautiful but also very usable.
“I’m not interested in making ornaments,” states Jacqueline firmly, “I like to produce useful pots – pots which are happy in the microwave and the dishwasher – but which are also lovely to handle and which look beautiful on the shelf when they are not being used.
“I try to adhere as closely as possible to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. In our disposable world where you can buy a dinner service for a tenner, more people are looking for objects with a bit more authenticity, something from the hand of the maker which is beautiful as well as useful”
Along with pots, Hagstone’s studio shop also sells hand-made ceramic and sterling-silver jewellery, linen and hemp scarves in “colours of clouds and sea”, plus exclusive limited-edition prints and cards.
Commissions are happily taken and a generously stocked seconds table is always very popular.
Find Out More?
Hagstone Pottery’s studio shop is open every Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.
For more information and directions on how to get there visit www.hagstone.co.uk
What is a Hagstone?
A Hagstone is a very hard, flinty stone which has a naturally occurring hole, formed over years and years, due the action of the crashing sea. In traditional folk-law, hag stones – also called fairy stones – offer protection from bad dreams and some say that if you look through the hole of a hag stone at certain times of the year, you will be able to see through it into the other world (wherever that might be!)