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.
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.”
Hagstone Pottery’s studio shop is open every Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.
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 folklore, 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!)