Miniature houses provided the theme for the latest of Jon’s workshops with the fathers group at the St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.
Participants were introduced to the slab building technique, using card templates and flat sheets of clay to construct their buildings.
Jon Was busy this week working with two of his regular settings in the centre of Birmingham.
Families at Surestart Ladywood made coilpot fairies and knights, whilst everybody at the popular ‘stay & play’ sessions at St Thomas’ were treated to no less than three afternoons of potter’s wheel and clayplay fun.
For the past 10 years or so I ‘ve been working regularly with the wonderful staff and visitors at St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.
The Centre boasts quite a collection of pots and ceramic curios made with participants of all ages and abilities and whilst I was there a few weeks ago, I took the opportunity to photograph a few of them in situ.
Perhaps the youngest pottery participants I have the pleasure of working with are from the New Parents group that meet at St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.
Children as young as 3 months get their very first potter’s wheel experience, often displaying great levels of concentration and enjoyment.
The parents really value the sessions and take full advantage of the opportunity to make clay impressions of their children’s hands and feet….and get the chance to throw the odd pot on the wheel themselves!
The fantastic & creative force that is St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham now has it’s very own dedicated website to tell the world about all the amazing things that happen there.
Please take a look at www.stthomaschildrenscentre.co.uk