Archive for May 31, 2016

Library learners sample clay

Clay coil pots made by adult learners at Herefordshire LibrariesRecently spent a brilliant morning in both Ledbury and Leominster Libraries, working with groups of adults who had signed up to a Terracotta Garden Pot workshop as part of Adult Learners week.

Here’s what they had to say about their experience:

“Great morning …. challenged my creativity, but in a very relaxing atmosphere, thank you.” Elaine

“Really enjoyed the morning – especially pleased with the thumb pot avocado I made – even more than the coil pots!!! Great fun + lovely potter leading us! :)”

“Very accessible. Great fun would love to do more! “ Kate

“Absolutely brilliant! I’ve enjoyed this pottery workshop immensely- & I’d love to go on a weekly course now…..” Jenny

“Many thanks – I really enjoyed my first experience of making pots & would love to continue. John explained very clearly and it is very satisfying to actually make something” Nicole

“Thank you for a most instructive and enjoyable morning. I would love to have a longer time to gain more experience.” Sue

Another terracotta triumph

Eastnor Pottery at Bishops Cleeve Primary School making giant terracotta planters

So enjoy working with Bishops Cleeve Academy in Gloucestershire and particularly their specialist, dedicated art teacher Mrs Parkes. We’ve been working with the school pretty much every year for the past 5 years producing a range of individual and collaborative works. Check out these brilliant terracotta planters made with X3 YR3 classes.

Click on this link to view other pottery projects undertaken with BCA.

Terracotta planters made at Bishops Cleeve Primary School with Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter

Washwood stories in clay

Eastnor Pottery at Washwood primary School working with the Students and ClayLanguage and communication are a vital part of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning. In a successful attempt to engage families, Washwood Heath Nursery School invited parents into school to work with their children with clay. Inspiration came from what the children were making and the stories that emerged whilst they worked with the material. The resulting clay objects were fired, glazed and used as a resource for further story telling

The Sense in clay

JDeaf-Blind Sense Group at Eastnor Pottery working with Clayon recently took part in a lovely project with Sense, a national charity supporting and campaigning for people who are deafblind and those with sensory impairments. He worked with participants at Eastnor Pottery and at The Garden Room in Sandwell.

Clay is such an accessible material, whatever the age or ability, participants can make their mark. Everybody who took part in the project reacted positively to the material, even those who were tactile defensive, ended up coated in thick glorious slip.

Here’s what Sense made of the experience.


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