Archive for October 27, 2016

Language Communication and Clay

Great to be back at Ledbury Primary School Nursery working with the youngest and most creative pottery participants.

Every year we take bags of squishy clay, tools and a potter’s wheel into LPS Nursery to explore language and communication whilst working with clay. Parents too are invited into school to work alongside their children.

Squashed Owl made of Clay at Ledbury Primary School with Eastnor PotteryHere’s what one parent (Joe’s mum!) had to say about the projec: (text taken from a pamphlet produced by the school)

“It gave me a real insight into understanding how the Early Years works. As parents we had the oportunity to communicate with our children in an inspiring setting with a good role model, Jon the Potter. The project just enchanced the wonderful work Rose already does in Nursery. I was also amazed at how much knowledge Joe had about pottery. As parents we don’t realise how much they are learning. It also gave parents who wern’t so confident in coming into school the opportunity to build relationships with staff in the Nursery. It was great when Joe brought his pot home and was really proud of his work.”

The project has been so succesful at LPS that it’s been rolled out into other settings. During the Summer term we worked with the Nursery class at Cradley Primary School and this Autumn we have just completed a six week block at Ledbury Play Station.

 

Warming to clay

Team Photo of Hereford Heating at Eastnor Pottery after teambuilding workshop

We had the pleasure of working with this lovely bunch from Hereford Heating Ltd a few weeks back. Talk about a case of ‘giving up the day job’!!! They were brilliant and displayed an amazing aptitude for spinning clay.

Learning to throw as part of teambuilding activities at Eastnor PotteryPottery teambuilding at Eastnor Pottery with Hereford HeatingEastnor Pottery says get rid of the boilers, rads and overalls and purchase potter’s wheels ;)

In the afternoon the team sampled the delights of 4×4 off roading at The Eastnor Landrover Experience.

Think Eastnor for all your away day and teambuilding requirements :)

Clay at the Museum

Eastnor Pottery working with Worcester Young CarersWorcester Young Carers working with Eastnor Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spent two lovely days in the Summer holiday working with Worcester Young Carers at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery. The project was generously funded by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. (NADFAS) and the young people got to sample the potter’s wheel and a range of handbuilding techniques.

Telling the time @St James’ West Malvern

Eastnor Pottery working with St James to make ceramic clockThe ex-headtacher from St James’ Primary School in West Malvern is a regular on our weekend and one day potter’s wheel workshops.

Karen maintains contact with her old school and on a recent visit, managed to snap this photo of a completed pottery project we undertook with the school back in the noughties.

Each child at the school, at that time, made and painted in the school colours, a clay tile. The individual tiles were mounted to form a giant time piece.

I wonder what all the children who took part are doing now?!…..

 

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