There are countless reasons to look forward to summer. For many people who love ceramics, the International Ceramic Days in Oldenburg are one such reason. On the first weekend of August in each of the past 33 years, this event has attracted the “who’s who” of the international ceramic scene to the ducal palace in the city’s center. A traditional highlight is the ceramic market on Schlossplatz: this year, works will be on display by 124 masters of the ceramic art from 14 countries who were chosen by a jury from over 350 candidates. Collectors and aficionados of ceramics from around the world will find a choice selection ranging from artistic objects to high-quality crockery for daily use. Lectures, workshops, conferrals of awards and exhibitions round out the event. Special highlights include cost-free special shows in the baroque setting of the palace. On July 31st, i.e. the day before the market, the Ceramist Portrait takes place at the Werkschule in Oldenburg, Hochheider Weg 169. Interested visitors will have the opportunity to meet lesser-known ceramists here. This year’s focus is on Prof. Marc Leuthold und Ian Meares, two renowned ceramic artists from the USA. Most exhibitions don’t show the how, i.e. the special ways of working and techniques, but precisely these practical aspects will be the topics of the Masterclass workshop led by the two ceramists at the Werkschule on July 30th.