Archive for community workshops

Belatrova to the rescue

Peter & Stuart from BelatroviaBig thank you to Stuart & Peter who kindly fired my porcelain play things destined for Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery in Woverhampton.

Our kilns here at Eastnor Pottery Central would have really struggled to reach the temperatures required to vitrify the white stuff. I was very grateful the chaps at Belatrova were able to come to my aid and offer space in their kilns.

Stuart makes a fantastic range of hand thrown porcelain as well as being one half of Belatrova, a design partnership set up with artist Peter Arscott.

Although I havent worked in porcelain for near on 22 years, its durable constitution made it the perfect material choice for the Happy Museums Commission. The pots have been delivered and are being well loved by Bilston’s under 5′s and their families!

Pottery for parents

Nursery school parents from Birmingham visit Eastnor Pottery to make clay pots and sculptureAs part of my continuing work with the innovative & creative Washwood Heath Nursery school, a group of parents visited the studio to learn all about clay, pottery and Maths!

The Birmingham Nursery School offers its children a week of activities designed to explore numeracy within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Pottery workshop for parents gives the adults an insight into how measuring, counting and comparing etc. can be easily incorporated into play, in this instance, with clay.

Early Years Commission

hay balls at Craftplay Bilston wolverhampton Annemarie, Corrie and myself had the opportunity the other day to try out some prototypes with the Nursery children from Loxdale Primary School.

Annemarie presented the children, staff, parents and volunteers with these rather lovely hayballs as well as the chance to make lengths of hay rope.

Corrie had been busy in her studio making a set of exquisite wooden tools and combes for the children to explore in the sand.

The session was part of the brilliant and ongoing Happy Museums project exploring Art Galleries & Museums and well being. We three artists have been working with Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton.

Tools made by Corrie for Craftplay Bilston Wolverhampton Happy Museums

Very happy making

Happy Museum commission for Early YearsCeramic play things and clay stamps for the Under 5′s developed as part of my involvement in the inspirational Happy Museums project facilitated by Craftplay and Craftspace at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton. These prototype pieces are currently being road tested and put through their paces by the children, staff and parents at Loxdale Primary School. Can’t wait to hear their verdict!

The Christmas owl & rabbit

pottery owl made by childclay rabbit made by a beaverI worked with approx. 80 youngsters in one evening last week. Two groups in two hours made up of Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs & Brownies.

The clay fun occured in Crowle Village Hall in Worcestershire and the children made a wonderfull array of pinch-pot creations.

Loving the ‘Christmas Owl’ and white rabbit.