International ceramics festival photograph

Aberystwyth University Arts Centre
Penglais Campus
Penglais Hill


The ICF is Europe’s premier ceramics festival which is held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast.

The programme is opened on Friday evening by Honorary President Lars Tharp, who joined the festival in 2013. He is an author, curator and museum director specialising in ceramics, and of course well-known as broadcaster who is part of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team and President of Leicester Society of Artists.

Since it began in 1987, the three-day festival has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event. It offers teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs and lovers of craft, the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world.

The Festival attracts over 1000 people who attend lectures, watch practical demonstrations and visit our special exhibitions over a long weekend at the end of June or early July. The focus is both practical and inspirational – kilns are built, pots are made and fired.