Archive for March 31, 2014

Belatrova to the rescue

Peter & Stuart from BelatroviaBig thank you to Stuart & Peter who kindly fired my porcelain play things destined for Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery in Woverhampton.

Our kilns here at Eastnor Pottery Central would have really struggled to reach the temperatures required to vitrify the white stuff. I was very grateful the chaps at Belatrova were able to come to my aid and offer space in their kilns.

Stuart makes a fantastic range of hand thrown porcelain as well as being one half of Belatrova, a design partnership set up with artist Peter Arscott.

Although I havent worked in porcelain for near on 22 years, its durable constitution made it the perfect material choice for the Happy Museums Commission. The pots have been delivered and are being well loved by Bilston’s under 5’s and their families!

Make & take away

Girls take clay pots they made at Eastnor Pottery away to paint at homeDont forget, you can visit Eastnor Pottery & the Flying Potter in Herefordshire and make stuff out of clay to take away to paint at home.

These girls made a couple of beautifully decorated coil pots chosen from our menu of fired and unfired projects.

They took their creations away with them at the end of the session to seal with PVA glue and paint using water based paints.

If you would like to visit the Pottery to make coil-pots or pinch pot sculpture or even try the potters wheel, then please do get in touch to arrange a date: Tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Pottery for parents

Nursery school parents from Birmingham visit Eastnor Pottery to make clay pots and sculptureAs part of my continuing work with the innovative & creative Washwood Heath Nursery school, a group of parents visited the studio to learn all about clay, pottery and Maths!

The Birmingham Nursery School offers its children a week of activities designed to explore numeracy within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Pottery workshop for parents gives the adults an insight into how measuring, counting and comparing etc. can be easily incorporated into play, in this instance, with clay.

EXPO 2014

Business people in suits get messy with clay at EXPO2014 event in WorcestershireThorougly enjoyed sharing the delights of making pottery on the potter’s wheel with visitors and stand holders at The Business EXPO 2014.

The event organised by the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce took place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern and offered local SME’s the opportunity to network and promote their services.

The annual event is a firm fixture in the Eastnor Pottery diary and we particularly enjoy the jux ta position of smart suited delegates wrestling with the mucky clay.

Further photos of the event can be seen here.

Guides & splatter pots

Girl guide group visit Eastnor Pottery for some clay funWe were delighted to host Colwall Guides at the Pottery the other evening.

Apprentice Ethan showed the group one of his pieces made on the potters wheel and decorated by flicking coloured slip at the surface.

The technique obviously inspired the girls as the majority chose to decorate their coil pots (and the immediate vacinity!) in this manner.Pottery tools and boards covered in coloured slips

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