The BBC have commissioned a second series of the ever popular Great British Pottery Throwdown … Hurrah!
As a result, they are currently scouring the country for new contestants. Do you think you have what it takes to make Keith cry?
Over the past 20 years we’ve welcomed literally tens of thousands of clay enthusiasts and workshop participants through the door – surely one or two of you lovely potters fancy a bit of prime time TV coverage?! – Go on – what have you got to loose?
Applications can be downloaded here.
Nobody quite does clay like Washwood Heath Nursery School!
At this time of year, I’m always astounded by the children’s clay skills and the length of concentration exhibited around the clay table. Having the material available on a daily basis has a massive effect on skills, ability and language required to work with the material.
The five freshly hatched chicks in the incubator, (yesterday there were x5 eggs..) provided plenty of inspiration for my coil pot demo which soon started to resemble a fluffy chick.
“you can’t make a chick, you need an egg to make a chick like the others”
The children demonstrate their amazing coil rolling skills, some of them making the tiniest, most delicate beautifully thin coils. Others direct their clay exploration in a myriad of directions and creative avenues. Great stuff!
What better way to celebrate your 50th Birthday than relaxing & making pots on the potter’s wheel with friends? There was even time for a ‘Ghost’ moment, lovingly supplied by Deb’s partner who made a round trip of 100 miles to surprise the birthday girl. Here are a few more photos from the birthday workshop last sunday
Did you know that on the 9th anniversary, wedded couples are supposed to confirm their devotion to each other via the gift of pottery? Instead of purchasing a ceramic item, why not make each other a crock? – just like these two who visited the studio a few weeks ago.
Lovely family group in on a recent Saturday consisting of mothers, cousins & siblings.
The gang get together once a year to sample an activity en masse and presented to the youngsters as a Christmas present; be it graffiti classes, recording a song or riding on segways. This year, the co-ordinating mums chose pottery.
One of the dads got roped in too. Once or twice we caught Doug having a sneaky lick of his clay! Apparently, saliva has fantastic clay bonding attributes – We think he just rather liked the taste!
A few more photos here.