Back in May I worked with thousands of Oxfordshire Cubs and Scouts, to produce this fantastic collaborative Caterpillar. See previous blog entry for details: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/blog/2009_05_01_archive.html

For the last few years, I’ve been asked to supply agricultural themed workshops for the Three Counties Show, held at the Malvern showground. These take place in the Discovery Zone, a marquee full of educational experiences linked to farming.

On previous occasions we’ve made clay sheep, cows, and chickens. This time we were challenged by the organisers to make collaborative farm buildings. Participants helped coil the structures and then made their own piece of barn decoration.

Seven hundred school children passed through the Discovery Zone on Friday – and it felt like most of them joined in with the clay! Saturday and Sunday were taken up with members of the public.

Just a few of the seven hundred school children from Friday morning.

Reby constructed this fantastic Thomas the Tank Engine for her son Jaden – the piece was made over a series of family workshops held at a Children’s Centre in Birmingham.

Busy young potters decorating their coilpots, at a workshop session, Withington Village Hall, Herefordshire.

Another of my long standing clients, is the Three Counties Agricultural Society. Every year, I provide clay based workshops for their three main events, (Spring Gardening, Three Counties, and Autumn Gardening Shows).

This year at the Spring Gardening Show, I vacated the relative warmth/roof over my head of the Severn Hall, and worked instead in the permanent Learning Garden. I spent three muddy days creating a large earth sofa, accosting passers by, or thrusting a lump of soggy cob onto their hands and getting them to hurl it at the structure. This one’s going to be sewn with wild flower seeds.