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.
This time last year I was in the throws of an exciting early years project in Wolverhampton. Happy Craftplay took place at the brilliant Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton as part of a national initiative called Happy Museum.
Myself and two other makers (Annemarie O’Sullivan and Corrie Williamson) were commissioned to produce a body of work based upon a series of creative sessions held at the Gallery. Staff, parents and children from the nursery at Loxdale Primary School explored materials in the Gallery garden.
We three artists each produced an artwork which was then handed over to Craftplay for them to use on a regular basis.
Craftplay, Craftspace and ourselves met up at The Pottery a few weeks back to evaluate the project and discuss how the commissions were being used since their inception. There was also a little time at the end for a spot of pot making on the wheels. As Jack from Craftplay commented “a perfect combo of thinking and fun.”
Lottie and myself had great fun over 1/2 term (seems like an age ago now!)working with x4 Birmingham Children’s Centres exploring language and learning via the medium of clay.
The children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr provided the inspiration and families got hands-on with clay in the Centres and here at the Pottery.
The Centres who took part: St Thomas, Ladywood, Summerfield and Lillian de Lissa
Later in the year, participating families will get to see an international theatre performance of the book at Birmingham Town Hall.