Spent a filthy couple of days working with young children and their families at the creative hub that is the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham.

We built x2 giant, exceptionally punky, muddy ducks from mud, clay, straw and sticks.

jon the potter worked with young children and their families at mac birmingham making giant muddy duck sculptureHere are just a few classic one liners from the children as they worked with the natural materials:

“dirty, dirty, dirty duck”“this is awesome” “cows eat straw”“this is like in the olden days” “we’re in the trees so that creates shade” “it’s like dinner, we have to cut it like dinner” “it will need eyes later on or it will be a blind duck” “fantastic Mr Duck” “I want to call it Micky” “look like its pregnant

and my favourite: “This is a terrible job but we’ve got to do it” 

Here are the photos from Saturday and Sunday.


olympic gold children's pottery workshop at eastnor pottery and the flying potter west midlandsSo the Olympics are well and truely underway (man, that opening ceremony was something else!) Here’s some photos from our very own pre-games, clay warm-up at Eastnor Pottery last week.

Each young participant made a mini trophy celebrating pretty much what ever they wanted: Harry Potter, Mum & Dad, reading, fishing oh and a few Olympic games ones too!

They used the coil pot technique before painting their clay creations in a variety of coloured slips.

Once they’ve been fired and glazed here at the Pottery they will be availible to be collected in the next few weeks.

Want to try making pottery? Pottery workshops for family and friends at Eastnor Pottery,   HerefordshireDrop-in pottery sessions for all the family. A range of projects exploring various pottery techniques £5-£20 depending what you want to do. Simply contact the Pottery for dates and availability admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk or tel: 01531 633886

collaborative terracotta viking warriers made by yr3 children from a walsall junior school and jon the pottery from eastnor pottery…well emerged from the kiln anyway!

These fearsome terracotta warriers were made by 90 Yr 3 children from Palfrey Junior School in Walsall. We’ve lined them up in pairs for their portraits and will re-unite them with their makers in the Autumn term.

a princesses clay castle made by a young potter at worcester museum and art gallery with jon the potter from eastnor pottery and the flying potterSpent a warm but enjoyable morning working with a group of children at Worcester Museum & Art Gallery.

They have a ‘Legends’ exhibition on at the mo and we used this as inspiration for the clay work. Artist Kate Brooks has built a huge dragon in one of the spaces vacated by the Library to celebrate the the local legend of Maud & the Dragon. We took a look at the giant monster before returning to the activity area to make our very own clay castles and dragons.

To see the results click here.