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.”
Earlier this year, Ethan successfully applied for a place on the BA Hons Ceramics course at Cardiff Metropolitan University. So, after four years of full time employment here at Eastnor Pottery, he has relinquished his role as senior workshop facilitator.
Obviously, we’ll miss him but equally we are delighted and extremely proud he’s off to Art College to embark on the next step of his creative journey.
Ethan came to us as a Community Arts Apprentice having had no prior experience of working with clay. He quickly mastered the potter’s wheel and so inspired by his new found skill, set up his own pottery studio in his garden.
By the end of his first apprenticeship year he’d led workshops in school, showed countless adults and children how to make pots on the potter’s wheel and become a superb ‘wedger’ of clay!
We wish Ethan every success down in that there Cardiff and we look forward to hearing all about his exploits in clay when he pops back to work the odd shift at weekends and in the holidays.
It sure was a busy one and we’ve had so much fun working with each and every one of our wonderfully creative visitors – thanks for coming!
We always ask if customers don’t mind posing for a photo or two, documenting their time spent with us. Think we managed to snap most of them:
Summer hols 2017 week one.
Summer hols 2017 week two
Summer hols 2017 week three
Summer hols 2017 week four & five
Summer hols 2017 week six
We’ve noticed a sharp increase in holiday makers beating a path to the Pottery this Summer. Keen to ascertain how and why, we gently probe our visitors to find out how they heard of our fabulous potter’s wheel and clay modeling experiences.
We invest a lot of time on social media so it’s no surprise customers often respond with “oh we found you on the internet” or “we just typed in things to do in Herefordshire” However, more and more customers have picked up one of our leaflets in a hotel, visitor center or supermarket.
Our current leaflet was designed by Reeves Design and has certainly proved to be an attractive and eye-catching flyer. But, as any marketing bod will tell you it’s not much good having excellent promotional material if nobody is going to see it!
This is the first season we have used the Cheltenham based distribution company Glide Media and I must say, we are very impressed with the service. We receive regular up-dates with graphs, charts and information keeping us informed of stock levels in the various venues and outlets. Well done Glide and we’ll definitely be signing up again in 2018.
We are firmly committed to offering young people opportunities to develop their life skills and creativity.
Each year we welcome to the Pottery at least one or two YR10 students from local high schools, looking to experience what it’s like to be a creative practitioner. This year we were joined by Naima from Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School.
Naima packed kilns, wrapped customers work and helped with the day to day running of the studio. She approached her tasks with maturity and willingness enabling us to offer her more and more responsibility as the week progressed. The placement culminated with Naima coaching teachers and educationalists on how to use the potter’s wheel at an Artists in Education event in Birmingham!
Well done Naima and we look forward to seeing how your career in the creative industries develops.