We’re as pleased as punch to welcome Katie to the team. Hurrah!
Katie’s our new and talented Junior Content Producer Apprentice and is being trained in collaboration with Creative Alliance in Birmingham. One of her first tasks here at the Pottery was to write an introduction for our website:
“After completing my BA Hons in Textile Design in 2020 at Falmouth University, I wasn’t sure not what to do next. With months of uncertainty, I was offered an apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer with Eastnor Pottery. I’d completed a week of work experience at the Pottery in the summer of 2019. I remembered my time being filled with potting skills, beautiful scenery, camaraderie and lots of laughter. How could I turn down a chance to work with Jon and Sarah again!?
Illustration is at the heart of my practice. During lockdown I have set up in business as a freelance designer. I have an Etsy shop selling a range of products including, amongst other things, cards, prints and stickers. My role as Junior Content Producer involves promoting fabulous courses and classes the Pottery offers. I’ll be getting to grips with their social media and promotional material, capturing the customers experience.
After the apprenticeship, I will have the confidence and skills to further pursue my career in the arts. Although illustration will always play apart, working as a junior content producer will provide me with a variety of new tools and skills. I am sure my time at the Pottery will be a fantastic learning experience and tremendous fun!
Below are some examples of my work including some pots I made during my work experience at the Pottery in 2019.”
Sarah is super thrilled to be taking part in the Digital Craft Festival 26th – 28th March 2021.
The online international event aims to promote the very best contemporary makers through an exciting program of talks demos and films. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy direct from 150 selected artists working in all kinds of materials.
This is the first time she’s taken part:
“I’ve enjoyed this event lots in the past….. it’s so lovely! A fun filled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops on Instagram, Facebook and zoom. The Digital Craft Festival is an opportunity I would ordinarily have to pass on, what with the 3.5k class participants that pass through the doors each year at Eastnor Pottery. As the Studio is currently closed to visitors I have had more time to focus on my own work. I’m launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!”
“I will show you step by step how to make your own clay bug house and you can make along with me! No previous pottery experience is required. The pottery techniques I will be sharing with you are slab building and sgraffito decoration. Once you have made your wonderful clay house, leave it to air-dry at home.”
If you’d like to take part in the class you’ll need to purchase a ticket from her website.
Jon has a collection of bee and bug shakers for sale at Contemporary Ceramics in London
The gallery is the shop window for the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (CPA) and exhibits the greatest collectible names in British ceramics alongside the most up and coming artists of today.
Although Jon’s been a professional member of the CPA ever since the start of his career as a maker, this is the first time he’s exhibited in their bi-monthly Rotation programme.
Although the gallery is currently closed during Lockdown, they have developed an amazing and comprehensive online shop featuring the work of 80 makers for sale at any one time.
Amazing photos by @beyondthebeatenpath
Hellens Garden Festival Sculpture Trail – Much Marcle Herefordshire
Sarah is exhibiting a terrace of ‘Bug Houses’ hanging from a particularly striking beech tree in the enchanted wooded gardens. In a career spanning 30 years, this is the first time Sarah has exhibited her work outside in the natural environment. Most of her output is intended to be enjoyed in the home but judging by the positive response to her critter homes, she’ll be making more ceramics designed for the garden. For more details of Sarah’s work please check out her website: www.sarahmonkceramics.co.uk
Jon has a collection of interactive ‘Ceramic Cymbals’ hanging in the undergrowth. Visitors are invited to scour the woodland for a suitable stick (no branches or hefty timber!) and then ‘gently’ tap out a rhythm on the suspended art works. Jon’s work is designed to be enjoyed using all the senses and he is no stranger to exhibiting his multi-sensory wares at sculpture shows and in exterior settings. Please take a look at www.jonwilliamspottery.co.uk for more details of his work.
The exhibition is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm and runs until the end of September 2020. Entrance is FREE with donations going to St Michaels Hospice and Back To The Wild CIC.