Craft space, Happy Museum and Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery hold meeting at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireThis time last year I was in the throws of an exciting early years project in Wolverhampton. Happy Craftplay took place at the brilliant Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton as part of a national initiative called Happy Museum.

Myself and two other makers (Annemarie O’Sullivan and Corrie Williamson) were commissioned to produce a body of work based upon a series of creative sessions held at the Gallery. Staff, parents and children from the nursery at Loxdale Primary School explored materials in the Gallery garden.

We three artists each produced an artwork which was then handed over to Craftplay for them to use on a regular basis.

Craftplay, Craftspace and ourselves met up at The Pottery a few weeks back to evaluate the project and discuss how the commissions were being used since their inception. There was also a little time at the end for a spot of pot making on the wheels. As Jack from Craftplay commented “a perfect combo of thinking and fun.” 

Each child in class 3/4 made several dragon scales as a creative contribution to this collaborative clay dragonEthan and myself had fun working with KS1&2 at Tredington Primary School near Tewksbury Gloucestershire making individual dinosaurs and this collaborative dragon.

Jon & Lottie get ready for tiger inspired pottery workshops at Eastnor PotteryLottie and myself had great fun over 1/2 term (seems like an age ago now!)working with x4 Birmingham Children’s Centres exploring language and learning via the medium of clay.

The children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr provided the inspiration and families got hands-on with clay in the Centres and here at the Pottery.

The Centres who took part: St Thomas, Ladywood, Summerfield and Lillian de Lissa

Later in the year, participating families will get to see an international theatre performance of the book at Birmingham Town Hall.

A goup of 14 yr olds enjoy making clay sculpture at Eastnor Pottery as part of a birthday party celebrationThe majority of party goers who enjoy our Pottery Birthday Parties are predominantly under the age of 10yrs. So it was a refreshing change a few weeks back to host a group of 14yr olds in the studio. The girls made some fantastic pinch-pot creations which can be viewed right here on our facebook page.

And they look even more amazing now they have been fired and glazed.

Child making a pot on the pottery wheel under the guidance of Ethan the potterJust a quick reminder to all those young potter’s who attended our Catnap potter’s wheel workshops in the October 1/2 term.

Your terracotta masterpieces will be ready for collection from the Pottery on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November 11am-5pm. If you cant make any of these dates please get in touch and we can look after your feline ceramics until you are able to call by.

The next children’s workshops take place in the Christmas Hols on Monday 29th December and are entitled ARTIC CIRCLE. Please call 01531 633886 or email for more details.