Archive for January 30, 2014

Junior potter

Happy child making a pot on the potter's wheelLoving the expression of enjoyment on the face of this young lady who popped by the studio recently.

Ever since seeing the potter’s wheel on the t.v, it had become one of those things she’d always wanted to do.

Grandad took the initiative and booked a drop-in potter’s wheel as a Christmas present for the lucky youngster. The whole family turned out to see her make a fabulous pot on the wheel. Good work Grandad!

Creative candle holder

Flower inspired t-light holderThere seems to be a current trend for the work made by our lovely course participants to end up in sunnier climes.

At the begining of January we facilitated the making of a collaborative pot that would eventually end up as a gift to an African school.

These beautiful creations will be accompanying their maker to New Zealand again to be presented as a gift to an overseas friend.

Sunrise over Bradford

Jon the potter from Eastnor Pottery travelled to Bradford to work with children at Allerton Primary schoolSlightly out of my jurisdiction I know, but I spent three very busy days at the two form entry Allerton Primary School in West Yorkshire. I got to work with all of the 400 or so pupils making a variety of collaborative and individual works. Once all the creative offerings have been fired, I’ll take a few photos and publish them right here on this blog.

Green man at Stoke Prior

A clay leaf for a ceramic green manMr Lewis, the headteacher at Stoke Prior Primary School near Leominster is off to Tanzania. He’s visiting an African school that has strong links with the Herefordshire Primary. The children have been communicating with each other for a number of years, larning about and comparing their different life experiences.

worked with current YR6 students, making a collaborative, wheel thrown pot, covered in clay self-portraits. The pot is to be presented by Mr Lewis as a gift when he visits the Tanzanian School in a few weeks time.

I also worked with the rest of the school making a ‘Green Man’ tile panel, which if I may say so, looks blimmin’ fantastic! Once it’s out of the kiln I’ll post a photo on line.

Very happy making

Happy Museum commission for Early YearsCeramic play things and clay stamps for the Under 5’s developed as part of my involvement in the inspirational Happy Museums project facilitated by Craftplay and Craftspace at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton. These prototype pieces are currently being road tested and put through their paces by the children, staff and parents at Loxdale Primary School. Can’t wait to hear their verdict!

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