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The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) are a National organisation who work on raising the standards and awareness of Catering in all aspects of catering in care for adults. In a united effort to drive home the message of the vital importance of this valuable community service, the NACC took to the road to complete the NACC National Road Relay through every region in England, Wales and Scotland.
They started in the South West Region on Monday 10th November and on Wednesday 12th November the Relay team rolled into Eastnor Pottery, selected by NACC as the Herefordshire venue to highlight their cause.
We were delighted to host an afternoon of clay activities for a group of lovely service users from Ledbury who enjoyed a meals on wheels lunch in the Pottery before trying their hand at making coil pot mugs.
A truly brilliant afternoon was had by all and we cant wait to deliver everybody’s finished and fired masterpieces.
This time last year I was in the throws of an exciting early years project in Wolverhampton. Happy Craftplay took place at the brilliant Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton as part of a national initiative called Happy Museum.
Myself and two other makers (Annemarie O’Sullivan and Corrie Williamson) were commissioned to produce a body of work based upon a series of creative sessions held at the Gallery. Staff, parents and children from the nursery at Loxdale Primary School explored materials in the Gallery garden.
We three artists each produced an artwork which was then handed over to Craftplay for them to use on a regular basis.
Craftplay, Craftspace and ourselves met up at The Pottery a few weeks back to evaluate the project and discuss how the commissions were being used since their inception. There was also a little time at the end for a spot of pot making on the wheels. As Jack from Craftplay commented “a perfect combo of thinking and fun.”
Ethan and myself had fun working with KS1&2 at Tredington Primary School near Tewksbury Gloucestershire making individual dinosaurs and this collaborative dragon.
The children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr provided the inspiration and families got hands-on with clay in the Centres and here at the Pottery.
Later in the year, participating families will get to see an international theatre performance of the book at Birmingham Town Hall.