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Pots & meals on wheels

leadon bank residents from ledbury enjoy making pottery at eastnor potteryThe 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.

leadon bank residents ledbury visit eastnor pottery to make mugs 2residents from leadon bank ledbury enjoy a spot of pottery at eastnor

Happy get together

Craft space, Happy Museum and Craftplay at Bilston Craft Gallery hold meeting at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireThis 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.” 

The Tiger who came to tea…at the Pottery!

Jon & Lottie get ready for tiger inspired pottery workshops at Eastnor PotteryLottie 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.

Oven built by Bubbles

Bubbles Nursery in Eastnor Herefordshire came and worked with apprentice Ethan to make an earth oven in the Pottery gardenCant quite believe apprentice Ethan has been with us for nearly a year but by the end of October he will have completed his Community Arts Apprenticeship.

As part of his training he’s been set monthly assignments by Creative Alliance based in Birmingham, one of which involved the design, planning and execution of a community project with a chosen group.

Bubbles Nursery based here in the village were keen to be involved and spent a lovely morning working with Ethan to build a bread oven in the Pottery garden.

Here’s a selection of photos documenting the build.

 

 

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