Alford Pottery hits its 40th year

HEATHER and Michel Ducos of Alford Pottery are set to celebrate 40 years in the business with a series of anniversary events in the coming months.

The first of these falls next week when an exhibition of pictures and paintings by three talented friends go on show alongside ceramic garden sculptures by Michel.

The ‘Three Women’ exhibition runs from April 2 to 14.

It will also feature paintings of people and faces by Twink Addison, exceptional botanical watercolours by Pat Hickson and photos from the multi-talented Pris McGirr.

The works will be on display and for sale in the marquee at the pottery in Commercial Road.

Heather and Michel said: “We have made a living with two pairs of hands and about 150 tons of clay.

“From one pot for a local to 100 place settings for a restaurant, from personalised mugs for the British Antarctic Survey to special ridge tiles for a church roof.

“And from commemorative mugs for royal events to a guitar in clay, we’ve made it all and we still get unexpected commissions to this day - long may it last!

“Our aim has always been to please our customers and we now often make pots for the children and grand-children of our early customers.

“It is becoming more unusual for a small business to last this long and even more unique in studio pottery,” they added.

Another event the pottery has lined up for this anniversary year is ‘The Potter’s Feast’ from May 21 to June 9, which will feature an installation by 28 Lincolnshire potters.