Clay workshop in Worcester Porcelain MuseumMusuem of Royal Worcester Porcelain and myself had discussed animals in ceramic decoration as a theme for the children’s clay work. However, once we had toured the cases with the group of YR2 artists, it became very clear the students interests were varied and far more interesting than our proposal. So, we encouraged the children to sketch ‘at will’ from the many cases of ceramic treasure and curios. One child honed in on a set of mold makers tools and carefully sketched the items before executing them brilliantly in clay. Another girl flattened a clay slab and delicately incised a pattern based upon a plate she’d seen in the collection. Lots of conversation and chatter about how things were made, who made them and how they had become to be displayed in the Museum – endless possibilities to explore social history, materials and technology, maths and literacy.

It was a pleasure and a joy to see how each child had managed to explore a different theme…and to be so engaged in and excited by what they were doing. The line drawings were amazing and they’d really looked at what was in front of them. The quality of the pencil sketches and note taking proper informed the clay work – a fab and inspiring morning for sure.