We had a lovely day at Art in Action on Friday.  It was a long slow drive cross-country to Waterperry near Oxford, but the rain held off and we got to see everything we went for.

Waterperry-House-front-lawn

The Best of the Best marquee was packed with people when we arrived and I was anxious for the safety of some large glass and ceramic pieces on high plinths that wobbled as the hordes made the wooden flooring bounce,

Graham-Muir-glass Wave by Graham Muir

as well as these salt-glaze porcelain beauties by Mirka Golden-Hann artfully arranged on the floor – eek!

Mirka-Golden-Hann

It is always interesting to see how other makers create their work and I particularly enjoyed the printmaking tent (note to self: dig out those lino cutters!) and the ceramics marquee.

Linda-Bloomfield-potter Linda Bloomfield pots

I’ve never tried sculpture but it was fascinating to watch

Dido-Crosby-sculptorFergus-Wessel-letter-carvin

Dido Crosby sculptor and Fergus Wessel letter cutting

The textiles tent didn’t have the same buzz of enthusiasm as other years – no clanking of looms or whirring of sewing machines when I popped in, which was a tad disappointing, but the makers in the jewellery and metalwork marquee were hard at work which made up for it.

Art in Action is very well organised with lots of volunteers helping out. The parking was the most efficient I’ve ever come across, making arrival and departure so easy.  The volunteers take tea, coffee and biscuits around to every exhibitor at regular intervals (which is very unusual) and the range of cakes in the Cafe Eton Bar was to die for!

Art in Action takes place annually in July in the grounds of Waterperry House near Oxford.

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