There is a whole tonne here, delivered quite literally, to our door by the good people at Valentine Clays Ltd. This little lot will keep us going for approx. six months.
You’ll have to take my word for it but under the bubble wrap there are three wonderful tile panels made by the whole of Badsey First School near Evesham Worcestershire – An apple, pear and plum tree all fired, glazed, mounted on boards and ready for dispatch.
Each child in the school contributed a leaf or fruit and the finished works are destined for permanent display in the school playground.
As soon as they are installed I’ll post a photo on our website. Watch this space!
Some of the parents last week didn’t get the opportunity to try the potter’s wheel. Unbeknown to me they had been observing, very carefully their friends and fellow parents making their pots.
No sooner had we opened for business on Tuesday, a que of eager potter’s waited in turn to practice what they had quietly absorbed from the previous week.
The results were amazing – everybody just knew what to do with very little prompting.
Some of the parents who’s children were taking a bit longer to settle at nursery, discovered a little peace and solace just from watching the other adults making their pots. Even though they didn’t engage directly with the material, they were still able to lessen their anxiety.
Robin celebrated his 70th birthday at the studio this weekend with his family stretching over three generations.
Everybody engaged with the clay at their own level creating a haul of pottery models and sculpture as diverse as you like. The youngest members of the family created clay monsters, butterflies and snails whilst the adults excelled on the potter’s wheel.
We’ve had a real run of 70th pottery birthday parties, this is our third in as many months. Pleased to report the atmosphere has been as special and relaxed in all three, with participants commenting on the therapeutic nature of clay and the tranquil surroundings of the artists’ studio.