Plate auction for hospice

01 September 2017
A Tadcaster business is auctioning off a unique plate which marks the reopening of the town’s bridge to raise money for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

Jess Ryan, 46, who owns pottery decorating firm Clayfever, designed the one-off platter which depicts Tadcaster’s bridge, along with scenes of the town centre.

She said “I painted it to commemorate the opening of our new bridge in February 2017. I wanted to create something to show how united the town was in getting back to business after the floods of December 2015.

“So many people have seen it in the window and commented on it with a view to buying it, but I just couldn’t put a price on it as it took a long time to hand paint each shop front.”

“However, I didn’t want to leave it just sitting in the shop window forever, I would rather it went to someone who really wanted it. So I thought it would be a good idea to hold a silent auction and raise some money for Martin House.”

Jess is holding the auction throughout September in her shop and on her website, with the winning bid being drawn at the end of the month. Bids can be placed by going into the shop, via email or on her Facebook page.

Clayfever, on the High Street, where people can decorate a ceramic item which is then glazed and fired, was opened in October 2015, just a few months before the bridge collapsed in the Boxing Day floods.

Jess added: “Starting this business has been my dream, but the timing wasn’t that great with the bridge collapsing a few months after I opened. We have survived and I want to go from strength to strength. The bridge is at the heart of Tadcaster, and in creating the plate, I wanted to show what it means to the town.”

Alison Wragg, community fundraiser for Martin House, said: “Jess has created a wonderful reminder of the importance of the bridge to Tadcaster, and it is great that she has chosen to support Martin House in this way.

“Art is an important part of what we do at Martin House, both as a means of helping our children and young people to express themselves, and for families to create memories together.”

The silent auction runs throughout the month and will be drawn on Saturday 30th September. To make a bid for the plate call into the shop on Tuesdays to Saturdays, email Jess with the title ‘plate auction’ at, or visit to make a bid.

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