Archive for December 23, 2016

Free Wheeling success

Visito at free potter's wheel event makes a pot under the guidence of potter Ethan from Eastnor Pottery young participant at Free Wheeling potters wheel event at Eastnor PotteryWe had such a lovely couple of days working with participants who took advantage of our FREE potter’s wheel event ‘Free Wheeling’ 16 & 17 Dec 2017.

Last year, around this time we took part in a national #GetCreative campaign called Hey Clay! – A Crafts Council and BBC initiative designed to get the general public making pottery. Artists and arts organisations all over the country were encouraged to open their doors and offer complimentary clay sessions to individuals and families.

Although Hey Clay wasn’t repeated this year, we were so inspired by the event, it prompted us to offer something similar in 2016.

Our customers will be pleased to know, ‘Free Wheeling’ looks like it’s going to become a regular fixture in our workshop calendar. It’s a win win event – visitors get to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for free and we get to tell them about all the fantastic things we do here in Eastnor and in the wider community.

Hey Clay is scheduled for a welcomed return 7-9 April 2017 – can’t wait!

Here is a link to a Face Book photo album we created after Free Wheeling 2016.

family watch their son make a pot on the potter's wheel

Devonshire Junior Academy WW2 commemoration

WW2 poppy tile panel made by YR6 at Devonshire Academy in SmethwickWe recently enjoyed collaborating with YR6 at Devonshire Junior School in Smethwick to make this magnificent poppy tile panel.

Year 6 created the art work to remember local fallen heros from World War 2, each student making a tile, each student with an individual story to illustrate.

Here’s an example of the sort of thing the children were looking at – an inspiring tale of a WW2 pilot published in the Black Country Bugle in July 2004.

Poppy tile panel made by children at Devonshire Academy and Eastnor Pottery in the West Midlands

Busy Busy Bees

Busy bees day nursery visit Eastnor Pottery for teambuilding event

We had great fun working with this group of nursery managers from Busy Bees Childcare. The team get together on a regular basis and at Christmas, they schedule an extra special activity to mark the festive season. This year they chose to make pots at Eastnor Pottery on no less than nine potter’s wheels we provided for them.

The team were in great spirits and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of wrestling the spinning mud. I think we only had to use the naughty corner once! ;)

The ceramic results of their labour will be fired, glazed and returned  – serving as a permanent reminder of their creative and fun 2016 Christmas party.

Hens in the making

Clay themed Hen Party at Eastnor Pottery

We had decided Hayley’s pottery hen party would be the final event of the season to be held in our lovely ‘Potting Tent’ marquee on the Pottery lawn. We assumed that by the end of October, the conditions would be too cold and uncomfortable out there for our guests to get the most from their clay experience.

That was before the decking went down and we discovered the positive thermal effect of fan heaters!

Get your Ghost on at Eastnor Pottery with our Hen Parties

Here we are at the beginning of December and the Potting Tent is still going strong as an attractive and creative environment for pottery workshops and special occasions.

Hayley and her hens had a fab time in the Potting Tent making hollow sculptures and taking turns on the potter’s wheels – no extra layers of clothing required!

Learning to throw on the Potters Wheel at Eastnor Pottery for Clay themed Hen Parties  Lots of Clay fuelled fun at Eastnor Pottery's Hen Parties

If you are interested in celebrating your hen party in a creative stylie, in Herefordshire, in clay and in our arty-crafty marquee, please drop us a line or give us a call T: 01531 633886 E: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

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