The Summer term is a particularly busy time as a lot of schools hire our services for a special ‘one off’ creative project.
We’ve been facilitating clay workshops for schools in the Three Counties for the past 20 years and I reckon we’ve worked with at least 3/4 of the educational settings in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
It is always a pleasure to rekindle a relationship with a school we’ve worked with previously – we also get to see how the creative results have stood the test of time.
Even though the children who made the work have long since grown up, it’s always a delight to see past ceramic successes still on public display. Here’s a couple of tile panels we’ve come across in the last few weeks.
A set of triplets celebrated their 7th birthday with us, partying and potting in our super ‘Potting Tent’ on the Pottery lawn. The girls and boys each took a turn on the potter’s wheel to make a boat for their amazing ‘Owl & Pussycat’ clay creations modelled on our picnic benches. Everybody had such fun with Mum describing the event as “the best children’s party she’d been to!”
Details of our fabulous children’s birthday parties.
We were so engrossed working with this lovely lot on Saturday, we completely forgot to take any photos of them creating their pots on the potter’s wheel. Luckily all six participants returned on Sunday to turn and colour their creations, so we managed snap a few pics then.
Inspired by my on-going and succesful partnership with Ledbury Primary School Nursery investigating language and communication through working with clay, I’ve been privilaged to replicate some of the work with Cradley Primary School.
Here’s an exerpt from my notes after week 4 focusing on one childs development:
A has built up a range of skills and language related to the potter’s wheel and is able to work through the sequence of making a pot on the wheel remembering all the key points and actions and how to hold her hands at different stages.
“Can I make a cup – a big one?” gestures with her hands stretched out wide to their limit. (maths and measurement) when I tell her this isn’t possible because of the size of clay she recalculates her gesture into something a little more realistic. I’m covered in hundreds of clay splats from working with the children on the potter’s wheel. “it doesn’t matter cos you are in your work clothes” She also demonstrates independence before she even sits down at the wheel. “Can I make it on my own?” Also offers advice to a fellow potter: “Put your finger in it H, it makes it into a cup”
Here’s a comment from the Nursery Head:
“Thanks for today. I have been looking through the photos and managed to get some great feedback from the staff about the morning. I absolutely love reading your notes. They make me realise just how worthwhile and different this project is for all of us. A real focus for our challenging preschool boys it would seem. We have had some lovely feedback from R on tapestry after working with you and reading your notes is very interesting. It’s a bit like an out of body experience! We observe these kids all the time but reading your obs helps us see different things too! I loved the obs about all our boisterous boys being so encouraging with each other.”
I love my job!
There was a definite ‘potting partners’ flavour to a recent one day potter’s wheel workshop here at Eastnor Pottery. In fact, all attendees came in perfect pairs. Husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, all enjoyed making pottery on the potter’s wheel.
Here is a selection of photos from the workshop held on Sunday 15th May