Archive for August 29, 2016

Black Country electro bees

Jon Williams' finished clay bees made for Creative Black Country

Back in the depths of Winter Jon was approached by Creative Black Country to contribute a work of art for a field of ceramic flowers, being ‘grown’ by community groups in West Bromwich and the surrounding area.

He submitted several ideas, but the one that really captured the imagination of CBC was a swarm of touch sensitive ceramic bees that buzzed when handled.

Jon’s practice is interactive and playful and the more layers of engagement the better. FAB LAB were the technology collaborators on this occasion with the outstanding problem solving capabilities of Anne Scrimshaw playing a huge part in the project.

The bees are a development of his work on the Random String project with Ludicrooms and a more recent collaboration with creative technologist Ashley James Brown.

The bees were also featured on BBC Midlands today.

Jon showing how to throw a bee on the Potter's Wheel   Jon Williams being interviewed for BBC Midlands Today   Satnam Rana learning to throw on the Potter's Wheel at EP Central

30 years of Made in The Middle

Sonic apples made by Jon Williams from Eastnor Pottery and exhibited in The Cider Museum in Hereford. photo by Kirsty Pye

Ceramic Apples made by Jon Williams 2015

Jon Williams of Eastnor Pottery made ceramic sonic apples for cider museum

Craftspace is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Made in the Middle, an exhibition event celebrating emerging and established contemporary craft makers across the Midlands.

The exhibition which began life as the ‘West Midlands Crafts Open’ in 1998 and 1991, has been a constant element in Craftspace’s programme across these 30 years.

Some makers have taken part once, some several times. Jon Williams has been selected a couple of times to take part and has played a role in delivering the social engagement programme connected with the exhibitions.

In the lead up to the eighth Made in the Middle, to take place at the end of 2016, Craftspace has launched a website dedicated to the history of MITM and the people involved in it.

Here’s Jons page from 30 years – 30 makers

Jon also gets a mention in the introductory essay by Louise Taylor, linking to a short video of his work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film stars at Artrix

Artrix Arts Centre hosted an Eastnor Pottery workshop for children to produce terracotta film star sculpturesJust one of many clay sculptures made by young visitors to Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove when Jon the Potter dropped by for a day of pottery fun. The children’s pottery workshop event was part of the Theatre’s Festival of Family Fun 2016 inspired by the movies.

We attempted to photograph everybody’s clay creation before ethey took them home to paint. The results of which can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

 

The perfect birthday party!

Owl and Pussy cat themed birthday party at EP CentralA few weeks back we hosted a birthday party for  4yr old twins. The weather was amazing, the Potting Tent looked resplendant and the participants were extremely creative.

Creative pottery themed birthday parties at Eastnor Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what Mum had to say about the experience:

THANK YOU for a FABULOUS birthday last Sunday :) I was amazed the young children held their focus for 1.5 hours :)) wonderful to see little ones on the wheel :)) And parents reporting back to me that it was the most relaxing children’s party they had been lucky enough to go to ! :)) Many thanks. See you in a few weeks to collect :)

Details about our brilliant and creative pottery birthday parties.

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