Marion Palmer: Hand Made Pottery

Marion Palmer: Hand Made Pottery

I remember the feeling of apprehension when I first perched on the seat of our potters wheel – the ancient kick-type, my little legs going as fast as they would go, at the same time struggling to keep the clay from spinning off the madly gyrating wheel, but most of all to try to co-ordinate my brain with my foot that controlled the wheel.  At the end of a two hour session I was caked in clay right up to my elbows, including my hair and face – what an exhausting mess I looked. To top it off, the Eiffel Tower-type project I was working on ended up looking like something that a child from kindergarten would have produced. However, knowing my optimistic nature and another 10 stunted Eiffel Towers later, I knew that my goal was in sight. Most mornings, with household chores taking a back-seat, I could be seen potting away, with an eager concentrated look upon my face, producing an assortment of pottery, including the French Butter Dish. Then before long my husband Brian, was creating unique vases, so making us a team.  In time we needed to market our wares, and found that Christmas Shows were a great way to reach the people.

In 2007 we approached the Flesherton Market, and now find ourselves each Saturday morning throughout the summer months, standing alongside a group of hardy souls, come rain or shine, who cheerily bring an assortment of items for the people to purchase.