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Solihull Libraries

Jon has been providing occasional pottery workshops for Solihull Libraries for nearly ten years. The contract has seen him deliver sessions all over the borough – often visiting two libraries on the same day. This was the case on Saturday when he worked with families in Castle Bromwich and Balsall Common libraries.

It was a great opportunity to trial the theme for Eastnor Pottery’s October half term workshops ‘Troll in a Trug’. Both adults and children made some fabulous pieces, which they took away to paint at home.
If you would like to experience some ‘Troll in a Trug’ pottery fun, there are still places available at Eastnor Pottery. The one and a half hour sessions take place on Wednesday the 27th and Thursday the 28th of October, and are aimed at children aged 4-12 years. If you would like to reserve a place then please call on 01531 633886, or email

Solihull Libraries Testimonial

Back in March I worked with a group of parents and under five’s at Central Library in Solihull. Here’s what the library had to say in their evaluation:

“Your technique was very approachable, welcoming and engaging. All participants were given encouragement and went away with a great sense of achievement and inspiration – our best comment “Where did all my artyness go, I used to do this, this is great”.

Library learners sample clay

Clay coil pots made by adult learners at Herefordshire LibrariesRecently spent a brilliant morning in both Ledbury and Leominster Libraries, working with groups of adults who had signed up to a Terracotta Garden Pot workshop as part of Adult Learners week.

Here’s what they had to say about their experience:

“Great morning …. challenged my creativity, but in a very relaxing atmosphere, thank you.” Elaine

“Really enjoyed the morning – especially pleased with the thumb pot avocado I made – even more than the coil pots!!! Great fun + lovely potter leading us! :)”

“Very accessible. Great fun would love to do more! “ Kate

“Absolutely brilliant! I’ve enjoyed this pottery workshop immensely- & I’d love to go on a weekly course now…..” Jenny

“Many thanks – I really enjoyed my first experience of making pots & would love to continue. John explained very clearly and it is very satisfying to actually make something” Nicole

“Thank you for a most instructive and enjoyable morning. I would love to have a longer time to gain more experience.” Sue

Early Hurly Burly Clay

Young Hands Making Clay DogEarly Hurly Burly is an amazing music and early year’s project that’s been taking place in libraries across x9 Counties. We’ve been privileged to be involved in this innovative venture offering music inspired clay sessions for youngsters and their parents in Worcestershire and Herefordshire libraries.

Early Hurly Burley Humpty Dumpty Model
The sessions have been organic in nature progressing in directions inspired and driven by the participants. We’ve been singing, moving and making clay objects with children as young as 18 months – worms, biscuits and other clay culinary delights inspired by familiar nursery rhymes and songs. Great fun!

Large creation with Early Hurly Burley

Masters House Monsters

Terracotta beastie made by families at the opening event at The Masters House Ledbury Herefordshire workshops led by potters Sarah and Lottie from Eastnor PotteryHere’s the wonderful terracotta outcome of a short series of workshops held at the newly renovated Masters House in the market town of Ledbury Herefordshire.

Sarah and Lottie spent three consecutive Saturdays earlier this year working with families to mark the opening of the Masters House after the renovation.

The art work will be installed in the flowerbeds outside the building with plants and herbs growing up and around the structures.

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