potter's wheel workshop sessions for children in the school holidays in herefordshire nr malvernYoungsters from the three counties and beyond had great fun during 1/2 term making bird baths on the potters wheel and modelling feathery clay sculpture. Some of the children came bearing gifts. Big thank you to Raffie for my space rocket he made. (see below)

Please take a look at the photo album we’ve created on our facebook page.

The next children’s workshops are scheduled for the Easter holidays and take place 10 & 11 April. ‘Dragon’s den’ is the theme and the 1.5hr sessions are aimed at two age groups (4-8yrs & 9-12yrs) although younger and older siblings will never be turned away. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk for more details and to reserve your place.

raffie came to our childrens workshops bareing a hand made space rocket as a gift

gill and her family make a clay coat of arms to celebrate her 40th birthdayHaving let the cat out of the bag a few days ago (sorry Dave!) we had the pleasure of hosting Gills (not so) surprise pottery party! Family had traveled from as far a field as Cambridge to contribute to a collaborative coat of arms inspired by Gill. Husband Dave had been very busy printing off source material to help everybody with their clay modelling. Although we couldn’t arrange the sections in their ‘soft’ condition, everybody was excited about the outcome and we’ll definitely post some photos once it’s emerged from the kiln. In the meantime we’ve published a few pics showing the process of creation.

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Gillian has been coming to Eastnor Pottery as a workshop participant for more years than I care to mention.

Here, Gillian is attempting a tagine at one of our regular potter’s wheel workshops held last weekend. Over the years Gillian has made all sorts of pottery items including mugs, plates, bowls and goblets – all of which she uses at home.

It’s great when Gillian is able to attend as her presence serves as an example to the more ‘novice’ potters of what can be achieved with a little regular practice. The four other participants on Sunday certainly got the hang of things very quickly and made some lovely pots. You can admire their efforts by looking here.

The next potter’s wheel workshops take place 30 & 31 March 2013 and we currently have a few places left. Please get in contact if you would like to attend. admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk or tel: 01531 633886

pottery hen party at eastnor pottery nr malvernIt was a real privilege at the weekend to host Emma’s pottery hen party here at Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter.

The girls were staying close by at Hardwick House and had opted to make and paint coil pots as part of their hen party shenanigans.

They turned up at the studio with aspirations of making pottery centre pieces for all the wedding tables and once Emma & co had witnessed the potential of the coil pot demo, they all got to work making t-light lanterns. The allotted two hours flew by in an industrious flurry of clay and pottery paint – the concentration on the faces clear to see.

text from a wall display at hatherton childrens centre explaining how babies learndisplay text from hatherton children's centre explaining how babies learn about the world Although I was working with a group of parents at Hatherton Children’s Centre in Walsall, I couldn’t help but notice the photos and text displayed on the wall.

There were images of very young children having a whale of a time, up to their eyeballs in gloop, shredded paper and paint. The display reinforced how crucial these sensory experiences are for babies and their parents – something I value greatly when working with clay within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Oh, and the parents I worked with made some wonderful coil pot creations. Check out this fabulous cat fashioned using the coil pot technique.