sarah monk from eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery

Eastnor Pottery’s Co-Director Sarah Monk been featured in a lovely online magazine! It’s called Emerging Potters and contains 35 pages of ceramic artists, gallery news and book reviews.

Paul Bailey, the editor asked her six questions: how she got into ceramics, a bit about Eastnor Pottery, her influences, where she sells, how does she use social media and her observations of how pottery has changed in the last 5 years. Paul has put her answers into a beautifully written three page article.

The feature can be found in the April to June copy, Issue 18. The magazine is produced quarterly on the ISSUU platform. Paul is very happy to send a copy if you email: paulbailey123@googlemail.com

You can also follow Emerging Potters on Instagram here!

Thanks Paul!!!!

Potters Wheel Introduction

clay pot on a potters wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potterIn line with government guidelines, we plan to re-open on Wednesday 1st July 2020. Up until then we remain closed.

The safety and well being of all our customers and staff is paramount so please rest assured, when we do re-open we’ll be adhering to the current health and social distancing rules. This means our capacity will be reduced somewhat but we are now in a position to re-schedual cancellations and take new bookings via the website, email and telephone. 01531 633886

If you have opted to collect your fired pots from the Pottery, please contact the Pottery to arrange a specific date and time for you to visit. The pots will be left for you in a safe place outside to minimise contact.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding in all these matters.

Stay safe and positive vibes.

Jon, Sarah and the team.

 

Potters Wheel Introduction

Over the years we’ve produced a collection of ‘how to do’ videos.

In an attempt to help educate and ‘entertain’ the nations children, we’ve dusted off a few of the ‘better’ (?) ones to post here on our website.

So far Jon the Potter has showed you how to make a clay fish and a coil pot owl. In this, the third in the series he talks you through the process of throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel… You might need a potter’s wheel for this one! Even if you don’t, you cant beat the magic of watching a lump of clay magically transform into a pot on the potter’s wheel.

Enjoy! and if you are lucky enough to own a potter’s wheel, we’d love to see your results. Ping us a pic on TwitterFace Book or Instagram – make sure you tag us in too! We’re @eastnorpottery on most platforms.

eastnor pottery herefordshire spring 2020

eastnor pottery herefordshire spring 2020

It will be of no surprise to many of you, but we have taken the decision to close temporarily in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and we will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

All vouchers and bookings will be honoured and we recommend all customers who have had their experiences postponed to contact us to re-schedule once the situation returns to normal. We’ll aim to make announcements on our home page when we intend to resume trading.

For those of you waiting for pots in the post, we are unable to dispatch. Please rest assured, your creations are safe with us and we’ll aim to reunite you with your fired gems once we are back on our feet.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you to the Pottery once this serious emergency is behind us.

We wish you all well at this trying time.

Stay safe everyone.

Love from Jon, Sarah, Jo, Aimee and Grace

workshop participant at eastnor pottery proud of her pot made on the potter's wheel

 

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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.