mud and turf sculpture by Elmbridge Infants School and artist Jon Williams from Eastnor PotteryRecently spent a magnificent couple of days working with YR1 at Elmbridge Infants School in Gloucester.

The School has a fantastic outdoor environment and comitment to outside learning. (As you wonder around the forest school area and secret garden, you have no idea you are but a stones throw from the city centre.)

In a bid to enhance the grounds even further, we constructed a turf sofa from clay, earth, sandbags and straw. Very muddy, very messy but great fun. All 72 children contributed 100% as did a band of enthusiastic and willing parents – great stuff!

On day two we abandoned the great outdoors and bright sunshine and returned to the shade of the classroom to make collaborative terracotta figures and beasts. Once these have been fired they will be hidden amongst the shrubs and wild areas to extend the children’s storytelling and learning.


2 replies
  1. Tracey Blair says:

    Our new sofa is AMAZING! We now want one in the staffroom! The children, teachers and parents had a fantastic day getting mucky, filling sandbags and working as a team. Every school should give the children an experience like this….Joe (age 6) says “I liked tramping on the mud pile. When I threw the mud at the sofa it splatted everywhere!” We are all looking forward to more sunny days when we can lounge around in style, enjoying the great outdoors. Thanks again to Jon for a truly memorable day!

  2. Jon says:

    Thanks Jo sure was a memorable couple of days. We’re just unloading the terracotta fantastical beasts from the kiln – they look just as amazing! We’ll arrange them in the garden and get a photo before we box them up. I’ll be in touch soon.

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