Archive for January 29, 2017

A project in mind

From time to time, customers arrive here at Eastnor Pottery with a definate idea of what they want to produce in clay. We love a challenge and will always try to accomodate their design ideas.

A brother and sister make a pottery piggy bank and wheel thrown mug at Eastnor Pottery as their Christmas present

These guys were set on making a piggy bank and a mug – job done!

A potter's wheel pot turned into a giraffe by a creative child at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

This young lady on the right was intent on making a giraffe, even if her chosen method of production was the potter’s wheel. Again, we hope you will agree, she proper nailed it!

Cheshire Cat underway

Blank wall in Tewkesbury ready for a ceramic wall panel made by Alderman Knight School and Eastnor PotteryWe are delighted to be working in partnership with Project Alleycat and Alderman Knight Special School in Tewkesbury to produce a fabulous ceramic art work. A giant tile panel in the shape of the Cheshire Cat will be created by students at the school and will adorn the wall in Warders Alley in the town.

If you don’t know, Tewkesbury is famed for its many historic alley ways connecting the main streets. Warder’s alley runs from High St by M & Co. The front was rebuilt in the 1970’s in concrete. It is not an attractive site, and has problems with puddles and no lighting – perfect to be livened up with an eye catching ceramic wall mural.

During the next couple of months, Sarah will be visiting Alderman Knight to work with groups of pupils. The students will also get the opportunity to visit Eastnor Pottery to work on the design.

The scheme is being generously funded by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust.

The power of pottery

Jon Williams working on the potter's wheel with a student at Sunfield residential SchoolPeriodically, I have the privilege to work at Sunfield Residential School in Stourbridge. The school cares for vulnerable young people who have severe and complex educational needs, such as Autism.

One of the many aspects I’ve really come to value about my visits to the school is the opportunity to work one to one with the students. Every interaction, how matter how varied, slight or short is all the better for the dedicated engagement.

Sometimes the students make huge journeys in confidence, creativity and understanding in a very short time frame. Here is an extract from my scribbled session notes from one such interaction that lasted approx 30 mins:

 ‘J’ refused to take part at the beginning and sat wheel-side watching the demo, arms firmly crossed and coat well and truly buttoned up. Member of staff ‘A’ takes a turn on the wheel to encourage him to participate. We ask ‘J’ what shape he would like to see being made on the wheel. “plate!” ‘J’ watches as I make a plate. Once it is completed, we adjourn to the floor to form letters from small coils of clay – he touches the clay for the first time, progressing to picking the clay letters up and attaching them to the soft clay plate. The letters spell out his name. We discuss the ceramic process and firing, showing him a shop brought mug and telling him this is what his plate will look like when he gets it back – would he like to make a mug? “yes” Coat off, old shirt on (too small) so it comes off again and then he sits at the wheel, makes a guided pot properly touching the spinning wet clay and ending up with his hands covered in slip. We then make a handle together and add the handle to the freshly thrown form – magic!

Love Pottery!

Kids pottery workshops in Feb 1/2 term 2017

Children’s pottery workshops in 1/2 term. Wed 15 & Wed 22 Feb 2017.

We’re delighted to announce details of our fun, creative and valentines themed children’s workshop sessions scheduled for the February half term holidays.

#LovePottery is the working title and youngsters will get to sample the delights of the potter’s wheel as well as learning other clay modeling techniques.

The workshops, designed for children as young as 4 years take place on two consecutive Wednesdays to incorporate the different ½ term holidays planned by Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire educational authorities. 15th Feb for Hereford & Gloucester and 22nd Feb for Worcester so hopefully, no one will miss out.

Participants will be able to make a clay sculpture inspired by something they hold dear to their heart. It doesn’t have to be an individual, it could be an animal, vegetable or mineral! Seriously though, the children’s artwork could be based upon a computer game, favorite sport or a much loved pet.

The children’s creations will be fired and ready for collection from the Pottery approx. one month later.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 11.30am and 2pm and are tailored for two age groups. 4-8yrs in the mornings and 9-12yrs in the afternoons. Although, these age ranges are not strictly adhered to as younger and older siblings are always welcome to participate on either session.

Places cost £15 per head with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Plan your pottery hen party 2017 NOW!

Girls choose pottery as a creative and fun hen party ideaLooking for a totally memorable, creative and unique hen party experience?

Here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter we have been entertaining groups of gals for over 25 years and in our experience, January/February are the months hen party bookings come flooding in. If you fancy a bit of clay fun & therapy, nows the time to get in touch. TEL 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We can cater for groups of up to 30 participants, offereing a wide range of making techniques including the potter’s wheel. (We have no less than 15 potter’s wheels for you to take turns on) Sessions available all year round – weekdays, weekends and evenings and prices start at just £15 per person.

So, relax, create and have fun in our idyllic Herefordshire studio on the Eastnor Castle Estate.

Examples of our pottery hen parties:

Potter’s wheel

Potting tent

Animals and sculpture

Coil pot creations

Hen party coil pots and their makers in the Potting Tent at Eastnor Pottery

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