Archive for June 30, 2012

The Gruffalo

clay gruffalow made by a talented member of staff at brearley & teviot nursery school birminghamAn amazing clay gruffalo skillfully made by administator extroardinaire Marie from the fab Brearley & Teviot Nursery School in Birmingham.

It took Marie just 15mins during her break to create this masterpiece during a mad busy open day at the Children’s Centre.

I was stationed on the playground throwing pots with parents and children.

Crown & Olympic torch combo

this collaborative sculpture was made by 25 adults with learning diffulties with jon williams from eastnor pottery and the flying potter in kidderminster to celebrate the olympic games and diamond jubileeCheck out this fantastic sculpture made by approx. 25 adults with learning difficulties on a ‘MY QUEEN & MY COUNTRY’ workshop in Kidderminster.

I’d been asked to come up with a theme that celebrated both the diamond jubilee and the Olympic games. The sculpture will now go on display at at Bewdley Museum for the rest of the Summer.

Early years clay week

very young potters at washwood heath nursery school get to grips with the potters wheelIt’s been a week dominated by working with the under 5’s. As well as the fab moonbeams3 project at MAC, I also found myself at the totally creative hub of early years joy that is Washwood Heath Nursery School.

As it was the last time this academic year I’d be working with the children we decided to offer the potter’s wheel as a free flow activity, outside on the playground.

Clay Moonbeams at MAC

very young children get creative with clay at MAC in birminghamMoonbeams (how to catch a moonbeam and pin it down) is an ongoing arts project celebrating early years creativity in Birmingham. The project has been up and running for near on 11 years and is currently in it’s third phase – moonbeams3.

It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to have spent the last couple of days working with nurseries and early years groups at MAC at Cannon Hill Park as part of moombeams3.

The young artists have been working on the potter’s wheel, making a fantastic range of shapes and forms – often manipulated, added to or squashed to achieve an effect.

And this is the best bit  – once the children have finished their creations they get to carry (v-carefully)their clay sculptures to a specially designed set of shelves in the Allotment gallery space at the MAC publicly on show for the rest of the summer.

Moonbeams3 is on show at MAC till the 9th September 2012.

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