Miniature houses provided the theme for the latest of Jon’s workshops with the fathers group at the St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.
Participants were introduced to the slab building technique, using card templates and flat sheets of clay to construct their buildings.

Jon returned to the St Thomas Children’s Centre to work with the father’s group and their children.
The Dads brought their offspring along and considering the huge age range of children, (2yrs to 16yrs) they all worked alongside each other in perfect harmony. Everybody accessed the clay in so many different ways depending upon their age and experience. Clay is so inclusive!

Having just a few hours to catch his breath from his Cambridge exploits, The Flying Potter was on the road again. This time, destination St Thomas Centre in Birmingham.

Followers of this blog will know that Jon has been working with different groups from the Centre for some considerable time. On Saturday it was the turn of the dads and their children to work with the clay. A healthy turn-out and a mixed age range of children meant for a lively and creative session. As well as experiencing the potter’s wheel, the participants made and decorated coilpots, which once fired and glazed will be returned to the families.

Jon has considerable experience of working with early years.. Often, by way of an introduction, he’ll present the children with a large lump of clay placed in the middle of the table.

The session evolves depending upon the children’s interests. It never ceases to amaze just how imaginative and diverse the children’s approaches are to the medium.
The session at Brearley and Teviot Nursery earlier this week was no exception. The large lump immediately became a snowman with arms, ears and buttons, before being disassembled into smaller ‘lollipops’, ‘ice creams’ and ‘dinner’!