Just one of many clay sculptures made by young visitors to Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove when Jon the Potter dropped by for a day of pottery fun. The children’s pottery workshop event was part of the Theatre’s Festival of Family Fun 2016 inspired by the movies.
We attempted to photograph everybody’s clay creation before ethey took them home to paint. The results of which can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Can you imagine all the conversation and learning that occurred in the production of these magnificent clay works at Cradley Nursery? Not to mention a shed load of messy, early years, clay fuelled exploration and fun.
The project continues in the Autumn term at Play Station Day Nursery in Ledbury. Cant wait!
Inspired by my on-going and succesful partnership with Ledbury Primary School Nursery investigating language and communication through working with clay, I’ve been privilaged to replicate some of the work with Cradley Primary School.
Here’s an exerpt from my notes after week 4 focusing on one childs development:
A has built up a range of skills and language related to the potter’s wheel and is able to work through the sequence of making a pot on the wheel remembering all the key points and actions and how to hold her hands at different stages.
“Can I make a cup – a big one?” gestures with her hands stretched out wide to their limit. (maths and measurement) when I tell her this isn’t possible because of the size of clay she recalculates her gesture into something a little more realistic. I’m covered in hundreds of clay splats from working with the children on the potter’s wheel. “it doesn’t matter cos you are in your work clothes” She also demonstrates independence before she even sits down at the wheel. “Can I make it on my own?” Also offers advice to a fellow potter: “Put your finger in it H, it makes it into a cup”
Here’s a comment from the Nursery Head:
“Thanks for today. I have been looking through the photos and managed to get some great feedback from the staff about the morning. I absolutely love reading your notes. They make me realise just how worthwhile and different this project is for all of us. A real focus for our challenging preschool boys it would seem. We have had some lovely feedback from R on tapestry after working with you and reading your notes is very interesting. It’s a bit like an out of body experience! We observe these kids all the time but reading your obs helps us see different things too! I loved the obs about all our boisterous boys being so encouraging with each other.”
I love my job!
Recently spent a brilliant morning in both Ledbury and Leominster Libraries, working with groups of adults who had signed up to a Terracotta Garden Pot workshop as part of Adult Learners week.
Here’s what they had to say about their experience:
“Great morning …. challenged my creativity, but in a very relaxing atmosphere, thank you.” Elaine
“Really enjoyed the morning – especially pleased with the thumb pot avocado I made – even more than the coil pots!!! Great fun + lovely potter leading us! :)”
“Very accessible. Great fun would love to do more! “ Kate
“Absolutely brilliant! I’ve enjoyed this pottery workshop immensely- & I’d love to go on a weekly course now…..” Jenny
“Many thanks – I really enjoyed my first experience of making pots & would love to continue. John explained very clearly and it is very satisfying to actually make something” Nicole
“Thank you for a most instructive and enjoyable morning. I would love to have a longer time to gain more experience.” Sue
Language and communication are a vital part of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning. In a successful attempt to engage families, Washwood Heath Nursery School invited parents into school to work with their children with clay. Inspiration came from what the children were making and the stories that emerged whilst they worked with the material. The resulting clay objects were fired, glazed and used as a resource for further story telling