potters wheel fun in herefordshire

have a go on the potter's wheel is hilarious fun at eastnor potteryHurrah! its Hey Clay this weekend – a brilliant 3 day event organised by the Crafts Council and run during the Get Creative Festival to encourage the general public to make pottery.

hey clay participant makes a pot at eastnor pottery as part of free hey clay eventyoung potter proud of her pot at eastnor pottery and the flying potter taking part in hey clay 2019thumbs up from hey clay participant at eastnor pottery and the flying potterIt’s an annual celebration and we’ve taken part in every one since it’s inception in 2015, offering participants the opportunity to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE!

It’s also a well publicised campaign and as you can probably imagine, we are (usually) inundated with punters – making it one of our busiest weekends of the year.

Although COVID-19 has put pay to the participatory aspect here at the studio, Hey Clay 2020 is still going ahead across all the social media platforms. They’ll be how to do videos, online chat and virtual studio tours from participating venues. Rest assured we’ll be contributing live feed and tutorials through-out. Check out:

Twitter – @CraftsCouncilUK

Facebook – @CraftsCouncilUK

Instagram – @CraftsCouncil

Contribute and search for these hashtags: #HeyClay #GetCreativeAtHome

I’m sure HeyClay will be back, stronger than ever, in its traditional format next year. In the meantime and to whet your appetite, here’s a couple of links to the FREE potter’s wheel fun we’ve had in previous years.

Hey Clay 2017

Hey Clay 2019

#getcreativeathome offers a wide range of tutorials and content online so you can get creative in lockdown. We have x3 ‘how to’ videos up there too:

How to make a pottery fish.

How to make a pottery owl.

How to make a pot on the potter’s wheel.

 

amputee chris trys pottery at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

amputee chris trys pottery at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

BLESMA magazine for serving and ex service men and women who have lost limbs and eye sightSay hello to Chris!

Chris joined us at the Pottery in January as a participant of an outreach session organised by BLESMA , an Armed Forces Charity set up to support serving & ex-service men & women who have suffered limb loss, sight loss and other life changing injuries.

He’d first tried pottery 30 years ago and after making and decorating a breakfast bowl on the wheel with us, he’s considering taking it up as a hobby!

When he collected his pot just prior to lock-down, he brought along a copy of the charity’s magazine – and guess who’s featured!?

Well done Chris 👍 What a lovely article!

child and mother making clay unicorn at countrytastic with eastnor pottery

mobile pottery studio eastnor pottery and the flying pottery facilitated drop-in pottery workshops at countrytastic in malvern

Under normal circumstances, The Flying Potter would be meeting thousands of you today at the brilliant and ever popular COUNTRYTASTIC event at the Three Counties Show Ground.

Understandably, the event has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Fingers crossed, everything will be ok for COUNTRYTASTIC 2021 and we look forward to getting creative with clay with you all then. In the meantime, here are a few choice photos from our unicorn themed pottery sessions at the show last year.

child and mother making clay unicorn at countrytastic with eastnor potteryclay horses head made with eastnor pottery and the flying potter at countrytastic malvern showgroundchild pleased with her clay unicorn at countrytasticmobile pottery studio by eastnor pottery and the flying potter at countrytastic 2019boy and his hand made clay unicorn made wit the flying potter at countrytastic

clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

flying potter at national trust brockhampton herefordshire

Ashamed to say we’ve been in Herefordshire 25 years and until recently, hadn’t managed to visit either Brockhampton and Berrington Hall, two of the counties esteemed National Trust properties.

We certainly put this to right this Summer! With-in the space of a week in July, we facilitated clay workshops at both properties!

On Saturday 13 July visitors to the Brockhampton Estate were able to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel amongst the mature apple trees in the orchard. We were there as part of a ‘Fun for all’ community event hosted by National Trust Brockhampton as part of their exciting Reimagining Orchard project.

The following Saturday we appeared at Berrington Hall near Leominster. We set up stall in the famous curved wall garden and made mini clay bricks. Participants made two bricks each – one to take away and another to be fired and installed as an interactive ceramic piece at Berrington.

There are exciting times ahead at both sites as each has ambitious plans to develop their outside spaces and enhance the visitor experience.

clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

 

 

clay castle made from individual bricks made at the cheltenham science festival by lots of families and school children

families making clay bricks in the makershack at cheltenham science festival 2019

It was fab to be back at the Cheltenham Science Festival last month.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. This year we encouraged visitors to make a press molded brick, using real brick clay from Coleford Brick and Tile Company based in the Forest of Dean.

The bricks were assembled into a giant castle and we worked with nearly 10,000 people over the x6 days of the festival! – that’s a shed load of bricks! The sheer volume of visitors meant we had to build a fresh structure each day, deconstructing the building at the close and re-claiming the material for the next morning.

Athough the Makershack was primarily aimed at Primary school aged students – (and man, there must have been very few Gloucestershire schools who didn’t visit the show), on Friday night grown-ups got to play with the technology in a special after-hours session between 8pm and 10pm.

Although it’s full-on, we love the #makershack and look forward to sharing the scientific benefits of engaging with clay, with festival visitors in 2020.clay castle made from individual bricks made at the cheltenham science festival by lots of families and school children

school children enjoying hands on making clay bricks at cheltenham science festival 2019