As always, the Spring and Summer school terms are extremely busy for Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter.
We visit approximately 2-3 educational settings a week sharing the many benefits of working with clay with literally thousands of children and young people in and around the West Midlands.
Since Christmas we have worked with the following schools:
Ledbury Primary – exploring communication and literacy via clay & pottery
Washwood Heath Nursery – EYFS play with clay.
St Benedicts, Birmingham – Exploritary potter’s wheel sessions
Staunton on Wye - cups & saucers with YR 5&6
Vale of Evesham School - Coil pots for Mother’s day
Marlbrook, Hereford – Individual Buddhas
Woodlands Infants, Solihull – Clay dinosaurs with Reception
Chuckery Primary, Walsall – Greek coil pots YR3
Stanley Rd, Worcester – Show Garden for Malvern Spring Show
Prince Alberts, Birmingham – Spring collaborative pots and individual works
Lea Forest, Birmingham – Collaborative terracotta planters with whole school (260 children!)
Phew!!!! No doubt we’ll be coming to a school near you after the Easter break!
A couple of weeks ago in half term I travelled to the brilliant Bilston Craft gallery in Woverhampton to facilitate children’s pottery workshops. The sessions were part of the touring Crafts Council show/event called ‘Acts of Making’
Lovely clay work performance piece by Clare Twomey Is it madness. Is it beauty.
More of my photos from the Gallery.
Cant quite believe it’s been three years since I started working with Rose & co in the Nursery at Ledbury Primary School.
Headteacher Julie Rees wanted to explore language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers were also encouraged to stay and work with their children.
The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The current crop of young potters were accompanied by nearly all their significant grown-ups at some point during the 12 weeks of workshops.
Here are a few examples of the lovely language used by the children when they helped co-create this collaborative ‘Cherry Mountain’
“A cake mountain”
“I’m wiping it”
“My skin is a different colour now”
“Why does it turn around?” (mountain on the turntable)
“I can put the snake on”
“look I’ve done it’s tree stump”
“I’m making it turn”
“Shall I make another sticky tree?”
“This is my sticky hat”
“I’m making a whole big pizza – do you want some pizza?”
“This is not a cake is it – it’s a mountain” drags fingers down the clay structure.
“I’m doing a claw!”
“I’m like claw girl!”
What would claw girls costume look like?
I get to share some wonderful clay moments on brilliant arts projects and events all over the country. Partners and organisations often blog about the experiences or post related stuff online.
Here are a couple of recent articles posted by Just So Festival and Discover & Explore
The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) are a National organisation who work on raising the standards and awareness of Catering in all aspects of catering in care for adults. In a united effort to drive home the message of the vital importance of this valuable community service, the NACC took to the road to complete the NACC National Road Relay through every region in England, Wales and Scotland.
They started in the South West Region on Monday 10th November and on Wednesday 12th November the Relay team rolled into Eastnor Pottery, selected by NACC as the Herefordshire venue to highlight their cause.
We were delighted to host an afternoon of clay activities for a group of lovely service users from Ledbury who enjoyed a meals on wheels lunch in the Pottery before trying their hand at making coil pot mugs.
A truly brilliant afternoon was had by all and we cant wait to deliver everybody’s finished and fired masterpieces.