For those of you familiar with our work will know we have a busy summer of workshops and pottery sessions ahead of us. We will be sharing the many benefits of working with clay, not only from our idyllic Herefordshire studio, but out in the community at festivals and events.
We love getting out there and enjoy the challenge of working with large numbers of participants in fields, community halls and public spaces.
Here’s a list of public events we’ll be present at in the coming months. We hope to meet some of you on the campaign trail Summer 2017!
Hay Festival 27-29 May
Masters House Ledbury Gargoyles 30 May
Cheltenham Science Festival MakerShack 6 – 11 May
Field to Fork 10 May
Eldorado Music Festival Eastnor Deer Park 30 May – 2 June
The Great Ledbury Celebration – Market House 9 July
Eastnor Castle Flying Potter week 30 July – 3 August
Lakefest Music Festival 10 – 13 August
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Project Alleycat and Alderman Knight Special School in Tewkesbury to produce a fabulous ceramic art work. A giant tile panel in the shape of the Cheshire Cat will be created by students at the school and will adorn the wall in Warders Alley in the town.
If you don’t know, Tewkesbury is famed for its many historic alley ways connecting the main streets. Warder’s alley runs from High St by M & Co. The front was rebuilt in the 1970’s in concrete. It is not an attractive site, and has problems with puddles and no lighting – perfect to be livened up with an eye catching ceramic wall mural.
During the next couple of months, Sarah will be visiting Alderman Knight to work with groups of pupils. The students will also get the opportunity to visit Eastnor Pottery to work on the design.
The scheme is being generously funded by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust.
Great to be back at Ledbury Primary School Nursery working with the youngest and most creative pottery participants.
Every year we take bags of squishy clay, tools and a potter’s wheel into LPS Nursery to explore language and communication whilst working with clay. Parents too are invited into school to work alongside their children.
Here’s what one parent (Joe’s mum!) had to say about the projec: (text taken from a pamphlet produced by the school)
“It gave me a real insight into understanding how the Early Years works. As parents we had the oportunity to communicate with our children in an inspiring setting with a good role model, Jon the Potter. The project just enchanced the wonderful work Rose already does in Nursery. I was also amazed at how much knowledge Joe had about pottery. As parents we don’t realise how much they are learning. It also gave parents who wern’t so confident in coming into school the opportunity to build relationships with staff in the Nursery. It was great when Joe brought his pot home and was really proud of his work.”
The project has been so succesful at LPS that it’s been rolled out into other settings. During the Summer term we worked with the Nursery class at Cradley Primary School and this Autumn we have just completed a six week block at Ledbury Play Station.