Clay: A Festival of Ceramics will be held at Barnstaple Pannier Market on Sunday, June 30. From 10am to 4pm more than 70 studio potters and ceramic artists from across the South West and beyond will be gathering to sell their work and demonstrate their skills. From emerging makers to established potters from the British studio pottery scene with many years of creative work behind them, this exciting festival is all about the clay. It aims to showcase the diversity of ceramic techniques and disciplines being practised today. Discover a new wave of emerging makers including Mitch Pilkington (selected by the Crafts Council for the prestigious 2019 Hothouse programme) and Bridie Maddocks (who trained as an apprentice with Nic Collins and Sabine Nemet). There is also Claire Scott, a fine artist and potter with a structural approach to her ceramic pieces. alongside more established ceramic artists including Roger Cockram, Rob Sollis, Nic Harrison and Tom Knowles Jackson. The event is independently curated by Devon Pop Ups and aims to celebrate the rich heritage of the area; past and present. North Devon was once famed for its earthenware pots which sailed across to the New World as far back as the 17th century. Organisers say the festival is already the biggest celebration of ceramics in the South West attracting around 2,000 visitors and buyers last year. Tracey Benton, who started it up, said: "It was disappointing there wasn't a big event for the ceramic community and collectors in the South West, so I set one up. "We have some incredible talent in the area and it's an opportunity to celebrate this. And, from a visitor's perspective, being able to pick up a pot and talk to the person who made it, makes for such a joyful and memorable purchasing experience." Alongside exhibitors there will also be a series of demonstrations of ceramics techniques and processes from the West Country Potters Association as well as workshops and a potter's wheel experience. Admission is £3, or £5 for two adults, with under 16s free. For more information visit www.devon-pop-ups.co.uk .