Very pleased to be delivering pottery workshops on behalf of the good people at SAMPAD. Latest session took us to Victoria park in Smethwick, Birmingham where we entertained families celebrating The Mela Arts Festival. We encouraged visitors to make and take away clay elephants – just like this fantastic creation.
We hosted x2 children’s birthday parties at the Pottery the other day for these two birthday girls and their friends. We always admire the home made birthday cakes produced by our guests. Top marks go to this fantastic owl inspired beauty.
One of the many highlights of my workshop year is the annual pilgrimage to King Edward VI School in Aston for their Festival of Cultures extravaganza.
I get to share my clay skills with the students throughout the day in a series of pottery workshops and then, in the evening, the whole place becomes a vibrant celebration of arts, culture and food from around the globe. Hundreds of parents and friends stream through the gates to enjoy the fare and entertainment. Great stuff.
I was based in the art room, offering visitors a go on the potter’s wheel.
Got to spend a lovely morning in the company of Ledbury’s Evergreens at Ledbury Primary School.
Evergreens is a well-established club (in its 48th year) providing a weekly meeting for senior citizens within the Ledbury area to meet for a chat and Tea. Once a month they arrange an outing/or “treat”. Last week’s treat – Jon the Potter, a selection of articulate YR5 students and a bag of clay!
The children chatted with the Evergreen’s about their School’s values based education before helping members construct their own ‘values’ based story pots based upon their life long experience.
Lots of stories, anecdotes and lively discussion – oh and some super clay constructions too.
A little while ago we worked with YR6 at Bishops Cleeve Primary School making clay animals from the Rain Forest. Having been painted in slips & underglazes, shipped back to Eastnor Pottery and fired, the critters emerged from the kiln recently looking pretty amazing.
Apprentice Ethan enjoyed setting up little compositions and photographing them around the Pottery garden. Here’s the rest of his images.