Engineers make the best potters – FACT! If our workshop participants reveal their occupation as having anything to do with engineering or problem solving then it’s a foregone conclusion they will be amazing on the potter’s wheel. We welcome engineers with open arms and have never been proved wrong.

On this occasion we are reaching out to the engineering fraternity for a slightly different reason other than inviting them to come play with clay.

We have x5 standing and compact ‘kick’ wheels, all the same model, made by the same manufacturer. Two of the wheel s (later editions) have design modifications and are easy to work on. The other three are slightly older and need a little bit of TLC to bring them up to speck.

So, we were wondering if there was anybody out there who would be willing to take a look at them or have a tinker in their spare time? Or, if you know of anybody that might be able to help us? Give us a call on 01531 633886. Or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Meet Nicola :) who visited the Pottery back in the Autumn to experience our ‘Introduction to the potter’s wheel’ with her mum. As well as being an exceptional potter, she also does this:

We wish Nicola all the best with her endeavours on and off the potter’s wheel!

bathroom walls at eastnor pottery & the flying potter are covered in posters of past kids workshop posters from sessions in the school holidaysNow here’s a novel way to decorate the bathroom – posters from nearly 25 years worth of children’s pottery sessions in the school holidays.

People love ‘spending a penny’ in our loo and often comment on the variety and creativity of our themed activities for youngsters. Who can forget ‘Raining Cats and Dogs’ and ‘Fish’ and ‘Dad’s a Mug’ and perhaps the most ingenious ‘Hairy Potter and the Goblets of Fire’ from way back in 2005.

The next children’s workshop sessions take place in the approaching half term holiday and are called ‘Choctoberfest!’ Wednesday 24th October for Gloucestershire and Wed 31st October for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. £15 per child. Full details can be found here. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book a space

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.”

Earthenware bugs by ceramic artist Jon Williams

It’s that time of the year again when artists and makers all over Herefordshire throw open their doors, inviting the general public into their studio and homes.

Herefordshire Art Week (HArt) runs 8th-16th of September, with open studios and events all over the county – just keep your eye out for the pink signs!

As part of HArt activities, Jon will be showing a collection of new work at Canwood Gallery in an group exhibition called ‘Canwood – An Art Showcase.’

The Gallery will be donating all commission from sales to St Michael’s Hospice