As part of his training he’s been set monthly assignments by Creative Alliance based in Birmingham, one of which involved the design, planning and execution of a community project with a chosen group.
Bubbles Nursery based here in the village were keen to be involved and spent a lovely morning working with Ethan to build a bread oven in the Pottery garden.
Here’s a selection of photos documenting the build.
One of my early Autumn highlights is working with staff, parents and children at Washwood Heath Nursery School. Although I’m a regular visitor throughout the academic year, we run a concentrated series of workshops in Sept/Oct designed to ease the ‘settling in’ process for both children and their parents.
So, whilst the children are getting used to their new classroom surroundings, the parents are invited to remain in the hall, just in case they are needed by their youngsters. To occupy minds and sooth the stress of separation, the adults are offered creative activities such as basketmaking and claywork.
I’m always blown away by the talent, skill and stories shared.
A husband and wife, both doctors made some super clay work. Mum made a Snow White figure. (featured photo) Apparently, she’d made one at school when she was 11years old and although the school didn’t have a kiln, she was able to paint her dry clay work and was very proud of her artwork. Really grateful for the opportunity to make it again and was excited at the prospect of it being fired and glazed. Husband helped her construct the figure, they both worked together on the same piece. Mum used to love her clay lessons and used to skip history lessons in order to work in the pottery studio.
“This really takes me back to my childhood – I’m going to take a photo and share it on my facebook page as all my old school friends will comment about it”
…will be enhanced by these lovely, colourful vases created by the staff at Brearley & Teviot Nursery School in Birmingham. The pots were made as part of a staff team day exploring clay skills and creating collaborative work.
Nursery head chef Wendy requested something suitable to display small poses of fresh cut flowers for the children to enjoy whilst they dined.
I think you’ll agree these tick the box!
We may have entered the shooting season but guns most definitely will not be encouraged to take pot shots at these handsome pottery game birds currently sheltering in the Pottery garden.
Each year the Castle invites us to run a week long residency in the Castle Courtyard where visitors drop by and work together on large composite forms.
Everybody lends a hand to coil whatever we decide to make by layering long snakes of clay on top of each other. The surface is then smoothed off and individual clay models added to the form. This Summer, participants contributed pheasant feathers, each one decorated in an individual fashion based upon personal interests. I reckon we must have worked with over 1000 people, young and old during the week!
The five birds will go on display in The Priory Cleaners window in Ledbury high street from Friday 17th October. Participants who took part in the workshops are urged to drop by the dry cleaners window to see if they can spot their clay contribution.
More pheasant photos.