Collaborative Clay Coilpot,   Eastnor PotteryThis magnificent collaborative coil pot was made by parents and children attending Brearley & Teviot Nursery open day 2011.

Other attractions included a police car, complete with officers and their sniffer dogs, a fire engine, bouncy castle and face-painting.

Muddy Mountain Tools, Outdoor Clay Sculpture, Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

Wellies, treasure and muddy mountain tools

Phase One of Muddy Mountains and the ‘village’ projects came to a conclusion on Thursday.

Practitioners, staff and children spent the day sharing what they had been up to and evaluating their creative journey thus far. Performances, assemblies, demonstrations and lots of cake!

Children who had worked with drama practioners Gemma and Molly revealed the secret ‘village’ hand-shake.

Reception had been working with artist Sally Harper, making huge cardboard houses for their puppet characters to live. The ice-cream factory was immense!

Groups who had worked with Connie and Norm displayed their creative outpourings in one of the classrooms converted into a gallery.

The Mudley News was officially opened and yours truly got to cut the red ribbon! (I don’t think I’ve ever ‘opened’ anything before!) Creative practitioner Denise has been organising the News team into a professional outfit – editors, sub-editors, reporters and even a cartoonist.

The Muddy Mountains Maze was open for business with young tour guides answering visitor questions about the creative process and showing guests around the wooded area.

The children declared that both projects were only a quarter complete, and were bursting with ideas and potential for developing both schemes.

“Never under-estimate mud!” was a relective comment from one of the pupils.

Marlbrook Primary School Trees, Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

Here are four of the eight beautiful oak trees made in collaboration with the whole school at Marlbrook Primary in Hereford. The tree project took place a couple of years ago but we’ve been back recently.

Gemma worked with the whole school over three days in May making individual pinchpot creations.

Marlbrook Pinchpot Creations, Eastnor Pottery, HereforshireMarlbrook Pinchpot Creations, Eastnor Pottery, HerefordMarlbrook Pinchpot Creations, Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

Children's summer holiday potter's wheel workshops at Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

Rub a dub dub – three men in a tub and how did you think they got there?

Come and find out by joining  Jon the Potter and his team on one of these wonderful, themed pottery sessions.

Experience the delights of the potter’s wheel and other clay modelling techniques.

We’ll fire your masterpiece for you to collect a few weeks later.

1.5hr sessions aimed at 4-8yrs and 9-12yrs although younger & older siblings will never be turned away! Telephone and email booking essential.

£15 per child (10% discount for x3 or more places booked at a time)

Please tel 01531 633886 or email to reserve a place.

Norwich, Essex and the West Midlands were well represented at the studio on Saturday as seven friends converged on Eastnor Pottery to spend a morning throwing pots. The group of ladies get together once a year to catch up, socialise and try a new activity.

With pole-dancing, and spa swimming already in the bag, the next ‘must do’ had to be the potter’s wheel.

All the girls took to the wheel as if they had been pot-throwing for years. For more images, please take a look at the photo album we’ve created on Facebook.