Although I’m a regular visitor to Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham, I’m delighted when groups from the School come and work with me on the Eastnor Castle Estate. So far this year we have welcomed a mini-bus full of parents and last month, staff came and learnt about clay techniques as part of their INSET.
Loving this strawberry made by one of the participants.
During the early part of 2015, I had the privilege to work with a group of young people at Barons Cross Youth Club near Leominster.
YArt or Young Arts Blitz is an exciting artist led program in youth centres around Herefordshire and managed by Brightstripe – Cultural Health C.I.C.
Participants at Barons Cross experienced the potter’s wheel and a range of hand building pottery techniques as well as creating their very own ceramic coat of arms.
This colourful collaborative owl was made by the young people in the final couple of weeks.
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?