Over the past few months we’ve been visited on occasion by a High School student studying for her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.
Clemmie has been trying her hand at several pottery techniques including the potter’s wheel, coil pots and pinch pot sculpture to fulfill the ‘Learn a new skill’ section of the qualification.
We have definately seen an increase in adult family groups choosing pottery as an excuse for a novel and creative intergenerational get together. Mums & Dads have been treating their grown-up offspring just as much as the kids have been indulging their parents.
The groups have so much fun and enjoyment they regularly review their Eastnor Pottery experience on TripAdvisor. Here are some recent testimonials:
‘COME & TRY What a wonderfully relaxing experience. 7 adults made 20 or so pots on the wheel. Jon was the perfect teacher for us as mostly novices – teaching and encouraging with a fine sense of humour. He was very welcoming to our toddler and found him several sensory experiences to explore. The Pottery was lovely and warm. A bonus was that we never felt rushed – time stood still and in a month we’ll have our glazed masterpieces to prove our new found skills.’
‘FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN As a Christmas present, I treated my mother, sister and aunty as well as myself to a two day pottery course. Although at a hefty £215 per person, it was well worth every penny! Jon, the owner and teacher for the weekend was more than welcoming, very patient and a great host. Everybody gets there own potters wheel to work on and Jon guides you through each process over the two days. At the end, we were all allowed to keep upto 4 pots that are posted to you once fired. I highly recommend it as a group experience, fancy treat or a solo venture!’
Every year in the Spring, The Vale of Evesham School visit us here in Eastnor to create coil pot creations to be fired and glazed in time for Mother’s Day.
This student was so inspired by one of Sarah’s toast racks, he produced his very own, slightly smaller interpretation, designed to hold biscuits.
Artist and occasional visitor to E.P Central, Alan creates wonderful quirky sculptures from found objects and assembled driftwood. Over the past few months, he has modelled a range of clay figures to incorporate in his artwork. We love what Alan does – no ceiling to his imagination and playful creativity. So much so, we’ve dedicated this small FB photo album to his work. Enjoy!
As the weather improves, our pottery hen parties are increasing in both frequency and in number of participants. Just last Saturday we entertained no less than 19 pottery hens in one sitting. Here are a couple of examples of smaller (but perfectly formed!) hen party groups who celebrated on the potter’s wheel on Sunday 28th February 2016.
Hen Party 1
Hen Party 2