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Just over a week to go to the amazing FREE HeyClay event and BBCGetCreative (one of the partners) have published an article about creativity and well being carried out by BBCArts. Definitely worth a gander and you can even take a test to see how best to maximise your own well being through creative pursuits.

Here’s the article:

Good news for those juggling time pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions.

In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, last year’s Great British Creativity Test – in partnership with UCL – explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing.

Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL Senior Research Fellow and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, the research shows there are three main ways we use creativity as coping mechanisms to control our emotions:

  1. A distraction tool – using creativity to avoid stress.
  2. A contemplation tool – using creativity to give us the mind space to reassess problems in our lives and make plans.
  3. A means of self-development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.

Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The research found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level – it is the taking part that counts.

Constantly learning and trying new creative pursuits is also more beneficial, as the survey revealed that doing an activity for more than ten years means it can become less effective at regulating negative emotions.

and if you want to try making a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE call us on 01531 633886 and we’ll book you in at some point over the 17-19 May HeyClay extravaganza here at the Pottery.

A few weeks back we were contacted by a young videographer and photographer called George Nash. He asked if he could visit to shoot some footage to add to his burgeoning portfolio of photographs and moving image.

We were instantly struck by the professionalism of his approach and the initiative he’d demonstrated in doing so.

George spent a busy Saturday morning in March with us filming and photographing our customers and staff in action. He also brought along his drone to get a bird’s eye view of the Pottery and surrounding Herefordshire landscape.

George was very easy to work with, putting ourselves and more importantly our customers at ease as he moved around the studio, capturing large and small interactions. He demonstrated a really good eye for composition and worked very hard to capture the ‘right’ images.

We are so impressed not only with the results, but the speed in which he delivered the finished work. We think he’s captured the vibe and environment we strive for perfectly. Well done George!

George can be contacted on all the usual social media platforms:

George’s website.

George’s Instagram.

Georges other Instagram.

George’s YouTube.

George’s twitter.

George’s Face Book.

Young potter proud of his painted creation

We received a lovely book this Christmas – ‘A poem for every day’ edited by Allie Esiri.

365 poems, ancient, traditional and contemporary prose designed to start the day on a contemplative and inspiring note. Sarah and myself are pleased to report we have managed to ‘keep up’ and the readings have become an important part of our morning tea drinking ritual.

This poem by Jan Dean is particularly poignant for those wishing to work with clay! More literally for customers who struggle with the concept of painting their freshly thrown pot:

Colouring in poem by Jan Dean

Eastnor Pottery leaflet courses and workshops 2017We’ve noticed a sharp increase in holiday makers beating a path to the Pottery this Summer. Keen to ascertain how and why, we gently probe our visitors to find out how they heard of our fabulous potter’s wheel and clay modeling experiences.

We invest a lot of time on social media so it’s no surprise customers often respond with “oh we found you on the internet” or “we just typed in things to do in Herefordshire” However, more and more customers have picked up one of our leaflets in a hotel, visitor center or supermarket.

Our current leaflet was designed by Reeves Design and has certainly proved to be an attractive and eye-catching flyer. But, as any marketing bod will tell you it’s not much good having excellent promotional material if nobody is going to see it!

This is the first season we have used the Cheltenham based distribution company Glide Media and I must say, we are very impressed with the service. We receive regular up-dates with graphs, charts and information keeping us informed of stock levels in the various venues and outlets. Well done Glide and we’ll definitely be signing up again in 2018.

filmaker elena jung filming a coil pot animation at eastnor pottery herefordshire

Hot on the tail of the Community Arts Apprenticeship vacancy, we are now inviting applications for a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship here at Eastnor Pottery.

We are looking for a motivated digital marketing apprentice to join our small and friendly team. The ideal candidate would possess excellent communication skills, be experienced in using social media networks and have a commitment to delivering quality customer service.

Key duties
  • Assist with online and social networking marketing – facebook, youtube, twitter, pinterest and instagram
  • Plan and implement online marketing strategies
  • Take photos and make short videos
  • General office admin work, attending to databases, updating website.
  • Designing and implementing printed promotional material.

Occasional duties:

  • Assist with educational workshops in schools and community settings
  • Assist with educational and recreational workshops in studio – childrens birthday parties, hen parties etc, drop-in sessions
  • Workshop assistant helping with glazing, packing kilns, cleaning, moving furniture

The award winning Creative Alliance based in Birmingham will be managing all applications and suitable candidates will be invited for interview at the Pottery after the closing date.

Please apply here.