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.
Introducing Aimee & Immy – our brand new Community Arts Apprentices who came to us via Creative Alliance and started their clay journey last week.
We asked them both to put pen to paper and supply a couple of photos by way of introduction:
“My name is Aimee. I am currently an Apprentice at Eastnor Pottery studying Level 3 Community Arts.
I have been interested in the arty/creative world for as long as I can remember. My first inspiration into Art was my Year 7 Art Teacher. This had lead me to studying Art Textiles at GCSE in High School, A Level Fine Art in Sixth Form and a Foundation Diploma at Hereford College of Arts.
In my own personal practice, I am interested in the fine art side where I particularly like to paint and draw. I find that the main subject I work from is landscapes, particularly the mountainous and coastal types. I am also interested in embroidery and have recently picked up a new technique called cross stitch which I have found to enjoy.
I am also interested in politics and the local community which lead me to become a Parish Councillor in the area of Hereford I live. A new interest is travel as I enjoy exploring new places, taking photos and a sketchbook to document my trip and experiences.
I look forward to learning and trying something new on this course and doing something different.”
“Hi, I’m Immy. I am 18 years old and have recently started my apprenticeships at Eastnor Pottery. Until I started at the pottery most of my time was taken up by a small Jack Russell puppy named Barney, who destroys his toys quicker than I can by them and is otherwise known as biting Barney!
I live with my parents just outside Upton Upon Severn. Upton is best known for its summer festivals, thankfully I live just far enough away for them not be annoying.
I studied A-Level photography at sixth form, and I got really interested in the subject. This fitted in with travel, something else I enjoy. I was lucky enough to go on school art trips to Barcelona and New York where I was able to see a lot of different types of art I wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to. I think this influenced by style of photography. I was really pleased when a collection of my photographs were chosen to be displayed in the main entrance of my school.
I clearly remember Eastnor Pottery coming into my first school and how much I loved making something with the clay. That led to me going to a Saturday pottery club at Worcester Art Centre for a few years. I am delighted to get back involved all these years later.”
Here at Eastnor Pottery, process is king! It’s all about the journey and we greatly value and enjoy observing how our customers and workshop participants engage with the clay and their relationship with environment and individuals around them. That said, we oversee some pretty inspiring and sophisticated end products too!
Check out these ‘book’ tile panels inspired by children’s literature we co-created with Meadows first School in Bromsgrove. We spent x2 industrious days working with the entire school, each child producing a single tile. The tiles have been assembled onto boards and will adorn the front of the school for community and visitors alike to admire when they visit the school.
A similar project with an equally satisfying outcome was the Damson Tree tile panel made with Damson Wood First School in Solihull. This project was initiated to celebrate the schools 50th birthday and the resulting ceramic masterpiece made by the children will hang in the reception hall.
We are currently in the midst of a HUGE tile panel project with Meadows First School in Bromsgrove. We are working with the whole school to produce no less than six separate panels, each one made by a different year group, each one depicting a different children’s book character:
Nursery= Elmer the patchwork elephant
Reception = The Gruffalo
Year 1 = The Tiger from The tiger who came to Tea
Year 2 = Winnie the Witch
Year 3 = The BFG
Year 4 = George from George’s Marvellous Medicine – another Roald Dahl Book
We’ve done two days of workshops in school, brilliantly assisted by x4 YR8 students from neighboring Parkside Middle School (they really were very helpful indeed!)
All the tiles have been created and are currently drying out ready for their bisque and glaze firing. Once they have emerged from the kiln we’ll mount them onto boards and get them photographed and up on the blog.