This is the fourth and final Three Countie’s Agricultural Show of the season.

At Countrytastic, I provided make and take, drop-in workshops for the thousands of visitors.

At the Spring Gardening Show, we created a mud sofa in the learning garden, now blooming with a riot of wild flowers, see the blog entry:

At the Three Countie’s Show in June, I worked with 500 school children, helping them to build several collaborative farm buildings, see blog entry:

The Autumn Show provided the opportunity for families to make individual autumn inspired coil pots. Participants took them away with them to paint at home.

Prior to the summer holidays, I spent a day working with gifted and talented children from Palfrey Primary school in Walsall. We made a tile panel in the shape of a huge circular clock – see previous blog entry for Thursday, 23 July 2009.


Students from neighboring Pheasey Park Farm Primary were invited to participate with the intention of Palfrey students returning the favour, and helping Pheasey make their clock in September!
So it was that I tootled off to Walsall on Tuesday, to work with different children from both schools.
I have been challenged by the visual arts board at The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford to produce an interactive ceramic installation. The ‘piece’ will be exhibited in January/ February 2010 as part of their ongoing exhibition programme – and to coincide with ‘panto’ season – lots of families milling about the place!


H’art gave me a reason to be based in Eastnor for the week, and I purposely didn’t take on any workshop commitments. So I spent a rewarding 9 days doing something that I haven’t done in years – pure unadulterated making!

I’ve been working with brick clay kindly donated by Baggeridge- a Hartlebury based brick company in Worcestershire. In order to get the right qualities for throwing on the wheel , I’ve been blending the brick clay with a Valentine’s red. I just love the chocolate butter icing effect of the two clays as I begin the mix.

Having whizzed back from two workshop sessions in lovely Brum, there was just enough time to accommodate a group of Brownies at the Pottery all before close of business. The girls turned up at 5.30pm, and made crazy critters for 1.5 hrs. They were also treated to a potter’s wheel demonstration and produced an excellent self-portrait pot.

Amanda and friends enjoying the September sunshine outside the studio.  

Amanda sampling the delights of the potter’s wheel!