Friday, 8 June 2012

At the seat of the Ancient Kings

We are really privileged as potters to get to exhibit our works in some of the most amazing locations in Britain, or Europe come to that.

Scone Palace near Perth in Scotland was our most recent venue and the sun came out from behind the rain clouds long enough to get a few photographs. It was bitterly cold, and everyone sported several layers of clothing and hugged mugs of hot tea for comfort. The Geordie boys did brisk business selling mugs to everyone who had forgotten to bring their own.

Scone Palace was an important religious gathering place of the Picts and the site of an early Christian church. Robert the Bruce was crowned here in 1306 and the coronation of Charles II took place in 1651. Caislean Credi, 'Hill of Credulity', survives as the present Moot Hill.
The present owner, the 8th Earl of Mansfield succeeded his father in 1971.
He didn't pop round for a mug of tea, probably more likely taking part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which happened to be at the same time as Potfest Scotland.  Maybe the same reason that it was very 'quiet' with not many visitors this year.
There were a few die hard potaholics and a few visitors ventured out in the cold to escape the seemingly endless TV coverage, of pageants, concerts and general Jubilee chit chat.
Anyway it's nearly mid summer and the weather is bound to get better and Laura at last can cast aside her winter woolies and bask in the sunshine with crowds flocking to buy pots.

Scones own Jubilee show off

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