Interesting afternoon in Bilston Town Hall on Monday. CraftNet West Midlands in collaboration with the Crafts Council presented an afternoon of talks on Social media and it’s impact on makers practice and public engagement. Great presentations from Nick Booth, Deirdre Nelson, 
Anna Collette Hunt
and Billy Lloyd on how they use social media.

children at washwood heath nursery school get creative with paint and their pottery wheelOk, so it wasnt clay they were spinning but top marks to the lovely staff at Washwood Heath Nursery School who made some brilliant, splatter paintings with their children using the Nursery potter’s wheel.

colours used on a massive pottery tile panel created by jon the potter and children at charford first school in bromsgroveI have been working with YR3 & 4 children at Charford First School in Bromsgrove to create a gigantic tile panel in the shape of an underwater sea scape.

Each child has made and painted with coloured slip, a section of a fish, octopus or starfish. Once all 180 tiles have been fired and glazed the giant jigsaw will be attached to anexpanse of boundary fence surrounding the children’s playground.

As soon as the tiles are out of the kiln we’ll arrange them, photograph and publish pictures here on the Eastnor Pottery website.

jon the potter invited visitors to make a pot on the potters wheel at the creative breaks stand at herefords contemporary craft fair nov 2012Every November Creative Breaks(the association of Herefordshire based makers and artists offering courses and workshops) have a presence at the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair. The event takes place at The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and CB get to market their services to a discerning public by demonstrating their creative talents in the Theatre foyer….and hopefully sell a few workshop vouchers as Christmas presents! 

A rota is drawn up and members demonstrate their art for a morning or afternoon.

I was there on Sunday morning with my potter’s wheel inviting visitors to sample the delights of making a pot on the wheel. I had a steady stream of takers and the photos can be viewed on our facebook page.

jon the potter spends x3 days at lillian de lissa nursery school in edgebaston working with children and staffMade my annual pilgrimage to the fantastically creative Lillian de Lissa Nursery School in Birmingham this week.

Each November I spend three fulfilling days working with the children and staff exploring the many consistencies of clay. All the children experience the potter’s wheel as well as making some stunning sculptures using simple tools, large lumps of clay and lots of water! Lorna’s (artist in residence at the Nursery) documentation is admirable and by the end of day two, photos and comments are up on the wall displayed for parents, children, staff and visitors to reflect upon.