Father and daughter decorate a freshly thrown pot togetherWe enjoyed working with this young family, particularly the birthday girl who made a fantastic clay bowl on the potter’s wheel. The concentration on her face as she used the banding wheel and paintbrush combo to decorate her masterpiece…

twin18 month old enjoys exploring clay at Eastnor Pottery

4th birthday pottery treat at Eastnor Pottery

18 month old plays with clay at Eastnor Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

If you fancy celebrating a family occasion in a unique and creative fashion then drop us a line and we’ll book you in: Tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk We are open Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm and have a variety of projects and prices for our customers to enjoy.

messy clay play fun on the potter's wheel for babies at Just So Festival 2016One of the highlights of our working calender is the amazing Just So Family Arts Festival held at Rhode Hall in Cheshire.

For the past six years we have coated some of the teeniest festival goers in thick slip and soft clay  – some as young as 5 months taking a turn on the potter’s wheel.

Stcky, clay covered hands at Cradley Primary School with Eastnor Pottery and a Potter's WheelEastnor Pottery working with Cradley Primary School to explore language communication through clayFinished coil pots made with Eastnor Pottery at Cradley CE Primary SchoolCan you imagine all the conversation and learning that occurred in the production of these magnificent clay works at Cradley Nursery? Not to mention a shed load of messy, early years, clay fuelled exploration and fun.

The project continues in the Autumn term at Play Station Day Nursery in Ledbury. Cant wait!

Jon the Potter at Ledbury Primary School Nursery

Pleased as punch to be back at LPS working with the children and staff in the Nursery. This is the fourth year in succession we have run the project exploring language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers are also encouraged to stay and work with their children.Create shapes in clay at Ledbury Primary School NurseryEastnor Pottery with Ledbury Primary School Nursery

The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The first session this time around was no exception and we had a full house of young potters and their significant grown ups making clay pizza, cakes and pottery monsters.

Here are a few nuggets of conversation:

“my clay is cold”

cherry pizza….I like our pizzas…..snake cherry and splat pizza”

 “I’ve made a little cake…I’m going to make my big cake…..I need one more cherry….You cant eat the mud!…one cherry squished…How did you cut your cake like a pizza?”

Interesting shapes after Ledbury Primary School Nursery workshop

 

Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter at Washwood Heath Nursery

The first week at Nursery School can be quite a step for both child and parent. Washwood Nursery School in Birmingham have a caring and innovative approach to help ease the transition from from home to nursery life.

Staff invite parents and carers to remain in school, but in a separate hall whilst the children have their first sessions in the classroom. If a child is too upset, it means the adults are not too far away to offer solace. Craft activities (basket making and pottery to name but two) are offered to the parents to keep them occupied.

The grown-ups are always appreciative and comment on the therapeutic and calming effects of working with the artists and their materials. Some of them attend repeatedly even if their child has well adjusted to the new routine.

Some of the dads who are reluctant at first, soon get involved, particularly enjoying the potter’s wheel and the competitive potential. Comparing his work with another dad, one beaming parent proclaimed:

“Mine will last centuries – yours will last only decades!”