Spent a lovely day with The Littletons First School in Worcestershire making tiles based upon their local environment.
Prior to my visit, each class went outside with sketchpads and pens to record their locality in marks and lines. The excursions took place on some of the most windy and wet days we’ve expereinced so far this Autumn – so the children didn’t get too much further than the playground. In a way, this was quite fortunate as it gave the children the opportunity to properly take in detail that would normally get overlooked. The climbing frames, tyres and painted lines made for great interpretations in clay.
So, so pleased with the fired glazed results from our teambuilding morning with Leominster Infants & Junior Schools.
Here are some more images of the Ryland sheep.
Our lovely community arts apprentices Aimme and Immy working with Sarah on the final touches of a stunning tile panel made by children, parents and staff at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham.
Although the practical sessions are of paramount importance and integral to our practice, it’s worth pointing out the value of preparation and after-care we attach to every project.
We reckon for every minute spent working with somebody hands-on, there is at least a minute of preparation and after-care.
This collaboration will be hung on the outside wall of the new Clover Lea Annex building designed for the provision of the under 2’s.
We’ve been busy of late transporting clay, tools and Flying Potter magic to educational settings all over the West Midlands.
During the first part of the Autumn term we worked with the following schools, exploring a range of curricular themes and topics in clay.
‘Secret Garden’ inspired outdoor terracotta sculpture at Suckley Primary.
Whole school tile panel in the shape of school logo at Broadwas Primary.
Individual ‘Owl Babies’ with Nursery and YR R at Old Church Primary.
Potter’s wheel workshop with YR4 at Glascote Primary
‘Fire of London’ houses with YR2 at Woodands Infants.
Iron Age huts with YR4 at Finstall First School
Pinch pot Diwali lamps with KS1 at Leominster Primary.
No less than five counties, agricultural speaking were represented at Eastnor Pottery on Monday.
The West Midlands region of The National Farmers Union took turns on the potter’s wheel and made a fantastic coat of arms depicting agricultural aspects of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Once the crest has been fired, glazed and mounted it will hang in the organisation’s office in Telford, serving as a permanent and creative reminder of their team day at Eastnor Pottery.