I spotted a ‘Jon the Potter’ collaborative pot in amongst the sports trophies when I visited Almeley Primary School in rural Herefordshire. On closer inspection, the incised date on the base of the pot revealed the last time I was there was 2001. Things had changed quite a bit in the interim. The school had effectively tripled in size both in terms of building stock and student numbers. (There were only 20 or so children at the school in 2001)
This time around I spent an afternoon with the children canvassing their ideas for a World War One commemorative tile panel. All 70 children made valuable contributions in the form of sketches and maquetes made out of soft clay. I went away and designed a composite image based upon the children’s ideas and returned to the school to make the art work with them.
The tiles are curently drying in the kiln room but as soon as they emerge from the kiln I’ll put the panel together and publish a photo right here on the Eastnor Pottery website.
In the meantime, here are some photographs of the children’s sketches in clay.