Eastnor Pottery workshop assistant Evie Banks graduates with a first class degree in Fine Art from Cardiff metropolitan University

Eastnor Pottery workshop assistant Evie Banks graduates with a first class degree in Fine Art from Cardiff metropolitan University

Huge congrats to our Evie who’s just graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Art from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

We’ve known Evie ever since she was a young’un! She used to attend our themed children’s workshops in the school holidays before spending a week with us in YR10 as her work experience. Ever since, she’s been a valuable member of the team working shifts during our busiest times and sharing the delights of working on the potter’s wheel with many of our customers.

As well as a competent potter she’s a whiz with the paint and canvas and no doubt has a sparkling career as an artist ahead of her.

Well done Evie and we’ll watch your development as a professional creative with great interest.

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.

Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

25 years ago to the day, two young pottery graduates from Bath arrived in Herefordshire to set up their studio on the idyllic Eastnor Castle Estate!

It’s safe to say the business has grown and developed in ways the couple could not have imagined when they took on the redundant farm building in which to make their ceramic artwork.

Not long after they arrived Jon and Sarah wrote an article for Ceramic Review:

artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 1995 for ceramic review

 

Amazing Pot

freshly hand thrown pot made on the potter's wheelNot ones to blow our own trumpet ;) but….. we just had to share this lovely, positive feedback from one of our workshop participants posted on TripAdvisor:

“Having exhausted all options in and around the Cotswolds for family activities, we looked a little further afield and as I had tried, and failed to use a potters wheel at school, I knew my children (ages 15 & 9) would have fun making a mess – if not an actual pot!

Jon and the team were ready and waiting after booking only a few hours before and we arrived after a very pleasant 50 minute drive from Stow on the Wold.

We chose to go with the make, paint and bake option which enables you to throw a pot, glaze it and have it fired in a kiln for collection later as it takes some time to dry, before it can be fired. We chose to make medium sized pots.

We had an absolute blast! Aimee our instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and patient and we each took a turn to start, restart :) and complete a pot at the wheel. This also meant we were able to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. We had around 45 minutes each at the wheel but there was no rush at all which was really nice.

Complimentary refreshments were provided and once we had our finished pieces, they were dried for a while before we started painting on the glaze(s).

We were all quite proud of our creations by the time we had finished – about 3 hours after we arrived. Having done just about everything we can find to do in the Cotswolds, Eastnor Pottery was, without doubt, one of the most enjoyable activities we have done. I particularly like the fact that anyone from 3 to 103 can enjoy it together, as it requires no real physical ability, just a bit of patience and enthusiasm, and in my case also a sense of humour.

I really cannot wait to go back and have another go and my children and mother feel the same – fantastic fun come rain or shine and you leave with a genuine sense of achievement, having learned something new in a creative environment.

My only tip is to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little mucky, although we came away actually quite clean. Very highly recommended – we are definitely going back next time we visit the Cotswolds.”

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.