Happy Clay Baby at Just So Festival with Eastnor Pottery and The Flying PotterHad so much fun working with the youngest festival goers attending the brilliant Just So festival over the weekend. For the past 5 years, Lottie and myself have provided sensory, exploratory and very, very messy clay play sessions for the under 4’s and their families. We hope you enjoy these marvellously mucky snaps from this year’s festival and of course a whopping great big thank you to all of you who came to visit us. Great to catch up with the regulars too!!

Jon with clay babies

 

 

 

Young Hands Making Clay DogEarly Hurly Burly is an amazing music and early year’s project that’s been taking place in libraries across x9 Counties. We’ve been privileged to be involved in this innovative venture offering music inspired clay sessions for youngsters and their parents in Worcestershire and Herefordshire libraries.

Early Hurly Burley Humpty Dumpty Model
The sessions have been organic in nature progressing in directions inspired and driven by the participants. We’ve been singing, moving and making clay objects with children as young as 18 months – worms, biscuits and other clay culinary delights inspired by familiar nursery rhymes and songs. Great fun!

Large creation with Early Hurly Burley

Collaborative clay cooking pots made by children at Brearley and Teviot Nursery School in BrumDelighted to be back working with the lovely children and staff at Brearley & Teviot Nursery School in Birmingham. We spent a creative and productive day working outside in the Spring sunshine making collaborative, terracotta cooking vessels.

Once the children’s work has been fired and glazed they will get to cook proper food in them during their forest school sessions in the great outdoors.

Details of work undertaken by Jon the Potter in EYFS settings across the West Midlands.

Collaborative pots made by birmingham school children and Ethan from Eastnor PotteryAs always, the Spring and Summer school terms are extremely busy for Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter.

We visit approximately 2-3 educational settings a week sharing the many benefits of working with clay with literally thousands of children and young people in and around the West Midlands.

Since Christmas we have worked with the following schools:

Ledbury Primary – exploring communication and literacy via clay & pottery

Washwood Heath Nursery – EYFS play with clay.

St Benedicts, Birmingham – Exploritary potter’s wheel sessions

Staunton on Wye – cups & saucers with YR 5&6

Vale of Evesham School – Coil pots for Mother’s day

Marlbrook, Hereford – Individual Buddhas

Woodlands Infants, Solihull – Clay dinosaurs with Reception

Chuckery Primary, Walsall – Greek coil pots YR3

Stanley Rd, Worcester – Show Garden for Malvern Spring Show

Prince Alberts, Birmingham – Spring collaborative pots and individual works

Lea Forest, Birmingham – Collaborative terracotta planters with whole school (260 children!)

Phew!!!! No doubt we’ll be coming to a school near you after the Easter break!

Clay residency at LPS Nursery with Jon the PotterCant quite believe it’s been three years since I started working with Rose & co in the Nursery at Ledbury Primary School.

Headteacher Julie Rees wanted to explore language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers were also encouraged to stay and work with their children.

The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The current crop of young potters were accompanied by nearly all their significant grown-ups at some point during the 12 weeks of workshops.

Here are a few examples of the lovely language used by the children when they helped co-create this collaborative ‘Cherry Mountain’

“A cake mountain”

“I’m wiping it”

“My skin is a different colour now”

“Why does it turn around?” (mountain on the turntable)

“I can put the snake on”

“look I’ve done it’s tree stump”

“I’m making it turn”

“Shall I make another sticky tree?”

“This is my sticky hat”

“I’m making a whole big pizza – do you want some pizza?”

“This is not a cake is it – it’s a mountain” drags fingers down the clay structure.

“I’m doing a claw!”

“I’m like claw girl!”

What would claw girls costume look like?

“Tiger costume!”