Four kick wheels, three lovely graduates from The University of Wolverhampton and hoards of families of enthusiastic potters.
We were hired by Wolverhampton Art Gallery to offer drop-in potter’s wheel tasters to celebrate the launch of the Craft Open West Midlands exhibition.
I had the privilege of working with the same students back in March when we offered a similar activity at the Launch of Big Ceramics. The girls from the Uni were fantastic and made participants feel relaxed and valued as they sampled the delights of the potter’s wheel, in most cases for the very first time. A career in workshop facilitation beckons!
A couple of well crafted and quite frankly, ferocious looking clay crabs made by these young artists.
The boys attended a drop-in family workshop entitled ‘Sea Critters’ at Bilston Craft Cafe in Wolverhampton on Saturday 30th July 2016.
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!