Fifth Generation Pot Maker
Withy pot making is in Dave's blood, being the fifth generation withy pot maker in his his family. Originally a Budleigh Salterton boy, now living in Plympton, he has spent many years displaying the craft that he is so passionate about at local shows and events. 2023 see Dave take on an apprentice, Sarah, to ensure that the endangered craft is enjoyed into the future. He is to continue displaying at the many events for which he has become a popular attraction, including Plymouth Seafood Festival in September 2023.
Jean is very much a heritage craftswoman in her own right alongside husband Dave, with her collection of bee hives and bee keeping skills. Over 30 years of administration and secretarial experience working for a leading confectionary company, Jean keeps the rest of the team "Ship Shape" on the office management side, not forgetting of course the amazing bacon butties that she makes for the team during pot making.
Apprentice Withy Pot Maker
Sarah is very fortunate to have secured Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust support, assisting her with business mentoring and Scholarship support to learn the craft from Dave over the winter as an "apprentice". This will enable all aspects of the heritage of withy pot making to be explored, including the different styles of regional pot, all aspects of willow selection, tool choice, pot making, mending of pots and heritage reflection over the years. A very hard but very exciting journey ahead in 2023 and beyond.