Archive for September 30, 2013

It’s a family affair

Mother & daughter make pottery on the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireCapacity crowd again at Eastnor Pottery at the Weekend. X8 aspiring potter’s from all over the country spent the weekend making pots on the potter’s wheel. All the participants came in family groups of two so you had a pair of sisters, sisters in law, mothers with their sons & daughters.

The next potter’s wheel workshop in October is fully booked too, however we do have a couple of spaces left on the weekend Nov 23rd & 24th. Please email if you would like to book a place or two!

(Above) Mother and daughter combo Valerie and Hannah perfect the slip sponging technique on Sunday.

Mad garlic

Glazed garlic beast made by pottery course participant at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireThis garlic beast as made by one of this lot who spent a lovely morning at the Pottery a while back. It’s now winging it’s way to its creator, safely cocooned in bubble wrap and cardboard. If you would like to create a clay sculpture or throw a pot on the potter’s wheel then please email or tel: 01531 633886 to book a session.

Settling in nicely

Parents at nursery school make pottery with Jon the PotterThis time of year can be an anxious one for parents of young children starting school or nursery for the very first time. The excellent Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham have a brilliant solution to help quell the nerves and sooth separation.

Whilst the children are getting to know the staff and their peers in the classroom, mum & dad are encouraged to remain at the school in an adjoining hall, near enough to be called on if their child is not settling. Whilst they wait, the parents get to participate in a host of creative activities designed to divert attention from the situation and aid well being.

For the past three years I’ve been providing pottery sessions as part of this process, working with some very talented individuals for the first four weeks of term. I’m always impressed and inspired by the quality of the clay outcomes and the parents often comment on the success of the policy. In fact, long after their children have settled in, some grown-ups can still be found in the hall, weeks later, absorbed in coil-pot making and slip decoration!


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