a tonne of clay delivered by valentine clays to eastnor pottery herefordshireThought you might like to see what the clay looks like before all you lovely workshop participants turn it into pottery gold.

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.

tiles made by children at badsey first school worcestershireYou’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!

pottery made by parents at washwood heath nursery school birminghamSome 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.

3 generations of robin's family help him celebrate his 70th birthday at eastnor pottery in the west midlandsIt’s official – clay reaches the intergenerational parts other mediums cant!

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. 

Special mention to animator and mum Jacqui who produced an excellent interpretation of her pet dog.pottery dog made by participant at one of our clay workshops at eastnor pottery

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.