About Us

Eastnor Pottery Herefordshire

Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What?

Remarkable pottery experiences for individuals, groups, education and organisations. We work with tens of thousands of workshop participants, all ages and abilities, exploring creativity and sharing the therapeutic benefits of working with clay.

Where?

Eastnor Pottery is located within the magnificent Herefordshire Country Estate of Eastnor Castle, surrounded by the Malvern Hills. Great walks and dramatic scenery make this the ideal place to spend a creative break.

Home or away
If you are unable to visit the Pottery studio in Herefordshire, The Flying Potter is more than willing to deliver the Eastnor Pottery experience to a venue of your choice.

Who we are

Eastnor Pottery is a family run business established in 1994 by professional artist potters Sarah Monk and Jon Williams. As well as making and exhibiting their unique designs, the couple have a combined 50 years’ experience of working with thousands of workshop participants, all ages and abilities, all over the West Midlands and beyond.

Meet the team

Jon Williams working on the potter's wheel with a student at Sunfield residential School

Jon Williams – Co Director

Sarah Monk Williams at Eastnor Pottery

Sarah Williams Co – Director

Ethan Powell at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

Ethan Powell – Senior Facilitator & Technician

 

 

 

 

Jack Webber at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

Jack Webber – Facilitator & Technician

 

 

Evie Banks at Eastnor Pottery

Evie Banks – Facilitator

Jo Kennedy - Communications & Admin

Jo Kennedy – Communications & Admin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What our customers say

“My partner and I booked a potters’ wheel make and paint session last minute after seeing a flyer for the pottery in a local tea room. I had done one session on a wheel previously but my partner had no experience at all. Booking over the phone with John was very easy. The pottery itself is well sign -posted with its own car park and is beautifully decorated and set up to create a warm, calming and welcoming atmosphere. As soon as we entered the pottery we were warmly welcomed by Sarah and then Jack, and even given complimentary tea and coffee in mugs produced at the pottery while we had a look at others’ work and thought about what we wanted to make. For the session on the wheel, we worked 1-2-1 with Jack who was a friendly and patient teacher and really put us as ease. He also helped me to correct a small “wobble” in my pot. Following this we were given a selection of underglazes to paint our pots with (and some more tea and coffee!) and shown how to achieve different finishes with the glazes. We were left in peace to relax and enjoy painting our creations. We can’t wait to collect them in about a month’s time and see the end result. We cannot recommend Eastnor Pottery highly enough: the friendliness and welcome of the staff, the quality of the teaching, the environment and the value for money are faultless. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience which was my favourite part of our holiday :)” - Taylor

“My children have been keen to “throw a pot” for quite awhile, so whilst holidaying in the Forest of Dean we happened upon a Eastnor Pottery leaflet-What a find! I called them up and spoke to a very pleasant lady, she booked us in for later on in the week at 11:30am. We arrived to a lovely friendly welcome from Jack, he talked us through the sizes of pots and different styles available to make also pinch pots and coiled pots. We chose to make and decorate our pots then leave them to be fired, to be collected at a later date. Jack was patient and informative talking us through our first pottery experience, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The studio has a warm, happy atmosphere and the staff are friendly and share their knowledge and expertise. My advice would be…Go and see for yourselves these guys are great! ” - Alison

“I’ve just got back to London after two blissful days learning to throw a pots, turn and glaze them. Under the patient and unhurried tutelage of Jon Williams, the owner, I’m soon to be the proud owner of six pots, plates and bowls (once they’ve dried out and ready to fire). Eastnor Pottery is set within the glorious grounds of Eastnor Castle and near the lovely market town of Ledbury. I think I’m more relaxed after this pottery workshop than I would have been after a spa weekend. It’s hugely absorbing and very light-hearted, yet I feel that I’ve learned a lot about ceramics over a weekend and now have a more than basic grasp on making both useful and decorative pots. Jon’s patience is unflappable, the tea, coffee and biscuits keep coming and your head empties of boring things like work. Can’t wait to get back to the wheel!” - Sharon

 

“THANK YOU JON. We have just had a brilliant afternoon at Eastnor Pottery, celebrating Kalata’s 11th birthday with all of her friends. I had attended a birthday party for 5 year olds earlier in the year and I was impressed with how Jon engaged the children, he was just as brilliant with a group of rising 11 year olds ( and a couple of teenagers thrown in for good measure). The commemorative Jug the whole group made is a MUST, a lovely keepsake to remind Kalata of her birthday party and her friends from Primary School. All the children then had a turn to throw a pot and turn it into a creation of their choice; from surfing dudes to a Octopus in a bath, Pirates to the Owl and the Pussycat in a boat. 2 hours of arty excellence,definitely recommended….MANY THANKS!!” – Jackie

 

“Not just for kids! I celebrated my 30th birthday at Eastnor Pottery and a group of friends. It was an awesome day out, and we’ll all get to take home our creations once fired. Jon’s an articulate and fun teacher and his assistant, Gemma, was very welcoming with tips and hot drinks on hand. We all had a turn on the Potter’s Wheel and made a collaborative jug which will be a memento of a great birthday bash in a quirky, creative place. Great surroundings and easy to find, too. ” - Dave

 

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