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Family Craft Fun Day @Wolverhampton Art Gallery

University of Wolverhampton Graduates helping Eastnor Pottery workshopFour kick wheels, three lovely graduates from The University of Wolverhampton and hoards of families of enthusiastic potters.

We were hired by Wolverhampton Art Gallery to offer drop-in potter’s wheel tasters to celebrate the launch of the Craft Open West Midlands exhibition.

Eastnor Pottery teaching the art of throwing on a wheel at Wolverhampton

I had the privilege of working with the same students back in March when we offered a similar activity at the Launch of Big Ceramics. The girls from the Uni were fantastic and made participants feel relaxed and valued as they sampled the delights of the potter’s wheel, in most cases for the very first time. A career in workshop facilitation beckons!

 

Children’s pottery at New Brewery Arts

kids pottery workshops at brewery arts gallery cirencester led by jon williams from eastnor pottery and the flying potterSpent a day sharing the delights of working with clay with youngsters at New Brewery Arts Gallery in Cirencester. Using my exhibition ‘Sensational Clay’ as inspiration we made models and sculptures selecting basic hand-building pottery techniques.

The children took their creations away on the day to paint at home.

My exhibition comes to an end at the gallery on April 29th.

Artist’s cafe @ New Brewery Arts

jon williams solo exhibition of interactive ceramics at new brewery arts cirencesterOnce a month creatives in and around Cirencester meet up in the evening at The New Brewery Arts to network and enjoy a good cuppa. Last night, in my capacity as the Gallery’s featured artist I gave a talk about my career and influences. Artist and lecturer Richard Webb interviewed me in front of a select gathering of local artists.

Having been asked to comment on my earliest encounters with clay, I recalled the story of hurling lumps of sticky mud on the end of sticks at next door neighbours brick wall, totally fascinated at the adhesive properties (they stayed up there for weeks!)

Big thank you to Roger, who gave a name to this activity – pugsticks! He’d had fun as a boy throwing ‘pugsticks’ at his mates – nice!

Sensational Clay at New Brewery Arts

interactive ceramic exhibition by jon williams opening event and pottery workshops at new brewery arts cirencesterThose of you who didn’t get to see my multi sensory solo show of ceramics at The Bilston Craft Gallery in the Summer have a second chance at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.

Have just returned from a wonderful opening event where over 200 visitors got to play on my ceramic drum pots, smell the scented sculptures and of course play with some clay. I enjoyed meeting and working with every single one of you! Have a look at some of the photos!

Sensational Clay runs untill 29th April.

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