Children’s 1/2 term pottery sessions

cute cats in a pottery cupChildren’s Pottery workshops in Half Term ‘Catnap!’ 28 & 29 Oct 2014

In the run up to National cat day on the 29th Oct, Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter are offering young fans of all things feline the opportunity to make clay kitties and alley cats. Children will take a turn on the potter’s wheel to create a cat basket filled with clay models of their favourite pets.

The fun packed 1.5 hr sessions are designed for young clay enthusiasts aged 4yrs and up. The 9-12 yr old experience take place on Tuesday 28th Oct at 11.30am whilst the 4-8 yr olds get to play with clay on Wednesday 29thOct at 11.30am and 2pm. That said, older and younger siblings are never turned away and are welcome to join their brothers and sisters on any session.

Places cost £15 per child with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone and email booking essential. Tel: 01531 633886 or to join the clay fun.

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Washwood Heath Nursery School

Pottery Snow White at Birmingham nursery schoolOne of my early Autumn highlights is working with staff, parents and children at Washwood Heath Nursery School. Although I’m a regular visitor throughout the academic year, we run a concentrated series of workshops in Sept/Oct designed to ease the ‘settling in’ process for both children and their parents.

So, whilst the children are getting used to their new classroom surroundings, the parents are invited to remain in the hall, just in case they are needed by their youngsters. To occupy minds and sooth the stress of separation, the adults are offered creative activities such as basketmaking and claywork.

I’m always blown away by the talent, skill and stories shared.

A husband and wife, both doctors made some super clay work. Mum made a Snow White figure. (featured photo) Apparently, she’d made one at school when she was 11years old and although the school didn’t have a kiln, she was able to paint her dry clay work and was very proud of her artwork. Really grateful for the opportunity to make it again and was excited at the prospect of it being fired and glazed. Husband helped her construct the figure, they both worked together on the same piece. Mum used to love her clay lessons and used to skip history lessons in order to work in the pottery studio.

“This really takes me back to my childhood – I’m going to take a photo and share it on my facebook page as all my old school friends will comment about it”

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Dinner time at Brearley…

…will be enhanced by these lovely, colourful vases created by the staff at Brearley & Teviot Nursery School in Birmingham. The pots were made as part of a staff team day exploring clay skills and creating collaborative work.Pots made on the potter's wheel painted by staff at Brearley & Teviot Nursery School Birmingham as part of a clay team day

Nursery head chef Wendy requested something suitable to display small poses of fresh cut flowers for the children to enjoy whilst they dined.

I think you’ll agree these tick the box!

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Terracotta Pheasants

We may have entered the shooting season but guns most definitely will not be encouraged to take pot shots at these handsome pottery game birds currently sheltering in the Pottery garden.

Collaborative clay sculpture created by Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter and visitors to Eastnor Castle 3-7 August 2014Five amazing collaborative fowl were created by families who visited Eastnor Castle during the Summer Holidays.

Each year the Castle invites us to run a week long residency in the Castle Courtyard where visitors drop by and work together on large composite forms.

Everybody lends a hand to coil whatever we decide to make by layering long snakes of clay on top of each other. The surface is then smoothed off and individual clay models added to the form. This Summer, participants contributed pheasant feathers, each one decorated in an individual fashion based upon personal interests. I reckon we must have worked with over 1000 people, young and old during the week!

The five birds will go on display in The Priory Cleaners window in Ledbury high street from Friday 17th October. Participants who took part in the workshops are urged to drop by the dry cleaners window to see if they can spot their clay contribution.

More pheasant photos.

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Pottery hen party fun

Group of women enjoy their hen party celebrations at Eastnor Pottery making clay pots on the potter's wheel2014 has been a bumper year for pottery hen parties here at Eastnor Pottery Central. Groups of women of all ages have enjoyed making pots on the potter’s wheel, constructing coil pots and modelling clay sculpture.

We love facilitating these sessions as the girls are always up for a good time and are generally appreciative of the unique atmosphere and experience we strive to create. This group of lovely participants was no exception.

Julie & her hens took advantage of our shared potter’s wheel project, spending a fun and “magical” afternoon taking turns on four electric potter’s wheels.

More photos here.

We have a nice little video showing a couple of pottery hen parties in action.

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