Pottery sculpture made by medical studentsAt the begining of October I worked with students and staff at Birmingham University’s Medical School to produce a pottery tree of life….and here it is nicely installed in the multi-faith prayer room.

Happy museums craftplay project at Bilston Craft GalleryTaking part in a fantastic project at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wovehampton.

Here’s the blurb from the ‘Happy Museums’ blog:

WAVE and Craftspace will work together at Bilston Craft Gallery to deliver a programme of creative engagement sessions with early years’ children and their carers working with craft makers to explore creative play and the natural environment – investigating the part craft plays in developing a sustainable future. By taking the world around us as a teacher and actively interacting with it we seek to inspire children with an appreciation of the environment and its systems, and enrich their self-belief through creating things themselves by hand. There is an acute need to support basic wellbeing in the area immediately around Bilston Craft Gallery which has high concentrations of children living in poverty and high levels of deprivation.  The sessions will provide a rich, inspiring and fun learning environment where curiosity, confidence and social development can be nurtured.

Following on from the hands-on sessions with the children, myself and the other two artists Annemarie O’Sullivan & Corrie Williamson will produce a commission to be used as an early learning resource for Craftplay. Love the balance of engagement and personal making associated with this project.

mums pottery birthday treat at Eastnor PotteryDuring the week we have an ever increasing number of adult pottery ‘double acts’ through the door. Husbands and wives, mothers and daughters and good friends, all keen to sample the delights of the potter’s wheel.

Rebecca (featured on the wheel) purchased a ‘throw a pot’ experience for her Mum as a birthday surprise.

If you would like to book a private, drop-in pottery session please email: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk.

pottery owl made by childclay rabbit made by a beaverI worked with approx. 80 youngsters in one evening last week. Two groups in two hours made up of Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs & Brownies.

The clay fun occured in Crowle Village Hall in Worcestershire and the children made a wonderfull array of pinch-pot creations.

Loving the ‘Christmas Owl’ and white rabbit.

how to make a pot on the potter's wheelOnce again, a lovely mix of aspiring potter’s descended on Eastnor Pottery for a weekend of making pots on the wheel.

Saturday is always a very wet and messy affair with participants learning how to manipulate the soft clay on the wheel.

Sunday is a much ‘cleaner’ process where the pots made on day one have dried enough to be turned and decorated. The finished, fired and glazed masterpieces are delivered to your door approx. one month later…and for November’s gang, just in time for Christmas presents!

Our apprentice Ethan was on hand to take photos.

If you would like the opportunity to attend either a day or weekend dedicated to the potter’s wheel then please check out dates and contact the Pottery for availability. We currently only have a couple of spaces left on the Dec 15th 2013 but availability in the New Year is excellent. Please email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to reserve a place.