I worked with two independent schools on Saturday -Malvern St James in the morning and Lucton school in the afternoon. The girls at Malvern St James, made three fabulous, autumn inspired collaborative pots, as well as individual hibernating hedgehogs. For more details of what we got up to, check out www.malvernstjames.co.uk and follow the link to the juniors newsletter, .
Once the van was packed, it was a dash up to North Herefordshire to meet the boarders at Lucton school.
The staff wanted all 38 boarding students, aged between 9 and 19, to make a collaborative wall panel to go in the entrance hall of the boarding house; something with the ‘wow’ factor to impress visitors. The girls and boys came up with the idea of self portraits, grouped together to resemble a giant ceramic ‘class’ photograph. We all had great fun modelling our faces in terracotta clay, in some cases ‘splatting’ the clay slabs onto our faces to make an impression. Once the clay was peeled from the students faces, the results were stunning – a great recipe for a fake tan too!

On Friday I headed back down to the Forest of Dean to spend my second day at the brickworks – the chaps had very efficiently and kindly fired three of the seven pots made on my first visit, (the rest were in the dryer or kiln). Inspired by the results, I threw three more large ‘discovery pots’ each weighing in at a whopping 35kg! 

 

Check out the sculptural qualities of these hand carved brick finials. I had the privilege of watching the men craft the clay block in a matter of minutes – nice work Porky!

It was lovely to resume my residency at Evesham Nursery again this week. The new intake responded well to the Potter’s wheel, each child spending time chatting and creating special mugs and cups. There are always one or two that will quite happily spend the whole session exploring the clay and tools on offer – such focus and concentration from people so young never ceases to amaze me.

Worcestershire Arts Education has a fantastic reputation not only within the West Midlands, but beyond the borders too. A couple of weeks ago, Marion and her brilliant team put on a Creative Careers exhibition at Malvern Theatres. Myself and various other creative types got to talk to, and hopefully inspire, hundreds of high school students from all over Worcestershire. Musicians, dancers, visual artists, window dressers, theatre make-up artists and graphic designers were just a few of the creative careers represented .

I had the Potter’s wheel on the go, inviting punters to throw a pot – wasn’t long before I had a queue of eager participants all willing to try their hand. The event was hailed a huge success with a steady stream of visitors throughout.

A group of friends, music and clay – what better way to spend your 13th Birthday! The girls gossiped, sang and clay modelled their way through a very enjoyable evening at the studio last weekend. The resulting ‘treasure boxes’ will be fired, glazed and ready for the birthday girl to collect in a few weeks time.