We had a full house yet again at the weekend. We had a couple of participants, amongst others, who had travelled from York and a Father and Son combo. The pots that were created on the Saturday were left to dry overnight. When the potters returned on Sunday morning, they were able to turn, smooth, add handles and motifs to their masterpieces. The last part of the process involved painting their pots and sculptures with coloured slip.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say: –

“I really enjoyed the independence to ‘play’ having learnt various techniques. The small group meant there was a great balance between individual tuition and group learning” Helena

“Everything was super – will recommend you to friends” Hazel

“An excellent informative two day workshop. Great pace and something for all abilities” Ann

The next Throw a Pot workshop takes place on Sunday the 30th of May, please download a booking form from: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/pages/documents/adultdatesandbookingform2010.pdf

‘Animals’ is the curriculum topic this term for Year One. On Wednesday we made a collaborative wheel thrown pot, covered in the class’s favourite creatures, swiftly followed by individual pinch-pot animal sculptures.

Next week we’re going to attempt a collaborative dinosaur!

I’m so lucky to work with people who understand totally the benefits of creative learning. Washwood Heath Children’s Centre in Birmingham is another good example of an educational setting with creativity at its core. They have a talented artist in residence, who works part time on a weekly basis and who I’ve known for a few years through my Creative Partnerships involvement http://www.creative-partnerships.com/

Sarah asked if I could come along and supply a ‘clay provocation’ to excite and inspire both the children and staff. We all had a lovely time playing on the potter’s wheel, sometimes with six or seven children hands-on enjoying a collaborative potter’s wheel experience.

Ok so it took just over two hours to get there, (thankyou M5/M6 interchange roadworks) but well worth the journey north! This was my third visit to the centre in Walsall – this time new Mums were invited to leave their babies in the creche for two hours of potter’s wheel and coil pot fun. I’m returning in a few weeks time to work with the Dad’s and children, so will deliver mum’s fired and glazed pots then.

Earlier this week we took delivery of four lovely new foot-powered potter’s wheels. I intend to offer festival goers at this year’s Big Chill the opportunity to make pots in a sustainable-powered fashion!…Bring on the chill! http://www.bigchill.net/festival