clay pot made on the wheel by a young potterOnce a year I have the good fortune of spending three consecutive days (working?) at the Lillian De Lissa Nursery School in Birmingham. In collaboration with the staff, each child is offered the chance to make a pot on the potter’s wheel – a unique and creative experience if ever there was one.

It’s inspiring to see the multitude of approaches – each child comes at the clay from a different perspective. Some are happy just to get lost in the sensory moment, reveling in the feeling of the wet, slippery material – others want to make things (a volcano, rocket, bowl etc).

One young lad blew us away with his totally intuitive handling of the clay on the wheel – it looked like he’d been making pots for years!