Archive for children

Ugly mugs @ Bilston!

Pottery for kids at Bilston Craft Gallery Aug 2014Great to be back at Bilston Craft Gallery working with some of Wolverhamptons young pottery enthusiasts. We made a motley collection of ugly mugs which, when fired, glazed and returned to their makers – could be used for proper hot chocolate and other beverages.

More photos here.

A pheasant week at Eastnor Castle

Castle visitors indulge in some collaborative clay fun in the Castle Courtyard with the Flying PotterWe love working at Eastnor Castle, offering visitors the chance to collaborate on significant clay sculptures.

In the past we’ve made knights, a castle, a dragon and even an Estate inspired totem pole.

This year, well over 1000 visitors help make x5 amazing terracotta pheasants. The birds have been constructed and are waiting to be fired. As soon as the fowl are out of the kilns we’ll photograph them and post the pics online. We’ll also exhibit them in the Dry Cleaners window in Ledbury probably around October time.

Space potters

Children flock to Eastnor Pottery in Herefordshire to make and paint space themed potteryPhotos from our ‘Walking on the moon’ children’s pottery sessions in the Summer holidays.

Big spaceman thank you to all who boldly came to play with clay!

Next themed sessions for children take place 29 & 30 Oct 2014 ‘CatNap and include a go on the potter’s wheel. Please tel 01531 633886 or email to join in the fun.

14th Birthday celebration in clay

Birthday celebration in Herefordshire PotteryWe don’t very often we get a group of 14yr olds in the studio making stuff, so we were very pleased and honoured to host a birthday party workshop for these guys. Chocolate, pineapple and burgers provided the inspiration for some of the clay work – anybody hungry!?

Pitmaston Primary at Porcelain Museum

Clay workshop in Worcester Porcelain MuseumMusuem of Royal Worcester Porcelain and myself had discussed animals in ceramic decoration as a theme for the children’s clay work. However, once we had toured the cases with the group of YR2 artists, it became very clear the students interests were varied and far more interesting than our proposal. So, we encouraged the children to sketch ‘at will’ from the many cases of ceramic treasure and curios. One child honed in on a set of mold makers tools and carefully sketched the items before executing them brilliantly in clay. Another girl flattened a clay slab and delicately incised a pattern based upon a plate she’d seen in the collection. Lots of conversation and chatter about how things were made, who made them and how they had become to be displayed in the Museum – endless possibilities to explore social history, materials and technology, maths and literacy.

It was a pleasure and a joy to see how each child had managed to explore a different theme…and to be so engaged in and excited by what they were doing. The line drawings were amazing and they’d really looked at what was in front of them. The quality of the pencil sketches and note taking proper informed the clay work – a fab and inspiring morning for sure.