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One of many stand out moments was the narrative wrapped around one of the participants thrown vases. John decorated his pot with a snake about to devour an egg, who in turn was being pursued by a bird of prey who was being hungrily eyed by a fox!…I think there was a dinosaur in amongst the creative crustacean too!
The next opportunity for children to get hands on with clay is planned for the Easter holidays. ‘Chick chick, chick chick, chicken’ sessions take place 4 & 5 April and are suitable for aspiring potters aged 4-8yrs and 9-12yrs. Please tel 01531 633886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
I had a trip down memory lane last week. As a boy I used to visit my grandparents who lived near Hesters Way in Cheltenham. I was delighted to be contacted by the local primary school and a little intrigued to see what I remembered of the area.
In the end, I spent two rewarding days working with the whole school creating a couple of oak tree tile panels which will eventually adorn an exterior wall of the school building.
I also delivered a parent & child session and actually got to meet the family who currently live in my grandparents old house. How cool!
After I’d finished at the school, I did go and take a peek at the property but stopped short of banging on the door and asking to be invited in for a cuppa! There were a few features I recognised from the 70’s (the iron porch poles my brother & myself used to climb) but apart from that the place had been ‘modernised’ beyond recognition. The car is certainly king in Barbridge road with nearly all the lawns and tendered flowerbeds of my youth replaced with concrete. Hmmm, sounding a bit like a lamenting old fart now, time to sign off!
Loved working at the school though and hopefully will be back there before too long.
Yr 5 at Marlbrook Primary School in Hereford have been exploring different pottery techniques to make vessels. When I arrived on Friday, the children were very proud of their coiled, slab and pinch pot creations drying on the shelves in the classroom.
The only technique they needed for a royal flush was the potter’s wheel.
I welcome any opportunity to work with the lovely people at Marlbrook and didn’t need asking twice to come and work with the whole of Yr5, helping each of the 60 children to throw a pot on the wheel.
Just a couple of examples of the type of work created by a hen party group staying at Hardwick House near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.
Although a lot of our pottery hen parties take place here in the main studio at Eastnor Pottery, we regularily deliver sessions in another venues.
Back in January, The Flying Potter rolled up at Hardwick House with all the clay, tools and materials the ladies would be likely to use. We all spent a fun afternoon creating coil-pot sculpture and individual mugs.