black chalk board poster displayed on wall with a teal frame reading 'eastnor pottery's step by step'

Chalk board style post reading 'Eastnor Pottery's step by step' inclduing steps how to throw a pot

This is our mantra when we instruct people on how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel – Follow the 5 steps and success is guaranteed!

Illustrator Katie Glover designed this super ‘chalk board’ style poster, currently plastered all over the Pottery for participants to cast their eye over if they get a little stuck.
black chalk board poster displayed on wall with a teal frame reading 'eastnor pottery's step by step'

black chalk bard style poster reading 'eastnor's step by step' inside a white marque, on a white table next to a blue sofa which greenery outside

black chalk board poster displayed on wall surrounded by blue bunting ing 'eastnor pottery's step by step'

 

two best friends taking part on weekend pottery course holding pots they made

two friends taking part in pottery weekend course on their wheels throwing pots

Poppy & Meg have been best friends ever since nursery and share a love and enthusiasm for making pottery. The pair from the West Midlands enrolled on our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course at the beginning of May to fine tune their skills and technique.

lady throwing pot on weekend pottery course surrounded by pots she had thrown previously

Poppy purchased her own wheel during the first Lockdown and soon after, Meg got one too. With-in a short space of time the girls have established their own Pottery studios in sheds at home and attend evening classes together every Wednesday. “we live for our Wednesday evenings!”

a selection pots thrown on weekend pottery course

lady holding mugs made on weekend pottery course in the pottery studio

lady throwing plate on weekend pottery course leaning over to throw

pot and plate thrown on pottery weekend course

Both thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and one day hope to pot full time. They were also kind enough to write a Google review:

“Myself and a friend attended the 2 day pottery course recently and had the greatest time. Both Jon and Sarah were incredibly down to earth and made the whole experience enjoyable and relaxing. We were allowed to experiment and play with new clay and forms. I felt I came away having learnt some very valuable lessons and tips to apply to my future throwing. The location was beautiful, encompassed by nature. When more restrictions are lifted, it would be great to explore the surrounding areas more. I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience. I look forward to going back soon.”

lady holding a painted mug and plate made on weekend pottery course

two best friends taking part on weekend pottery course holding pots they made in the pottery studio

leaning tower of pisa pot painted

Meet Katie Glover new apprentice

We’re as pleased as punch to welcome Katie to the team. Hurrah!

Katie’s our new and talented Junior Content Producer Apprentice and is being trained in collaboration with Creative Alliance in Birmingham. One of her first tasks here at the Pottery was to write an introduction for our website:

“After completing my BA Hons in Textile Design in 2020 at Falmouth University, I wasn’t sure not what to do next. With months of uncertainty, I was offered an apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer with Eastnor Pottery. I’d completed a week of work experience at the Pottery in the summer of 2019. I remembered my time being filled with potting skills, beautiful scenery, camaraderie and lots of laughter. How could I turn down a chance to work with Jon and Sarah again!?

Illustration is at the heart of my practice. During lockdown I have set up in business as a freelance designer. I have an Etsy shop selling a range of products including, amongst other things, cards, prints and stickers. My role as Junior Content Producer involves promoting fabulous courses and classes the Pottery offers. I’ll be getting to grips with their social media and promotional material, capturing the customers experience.

After the apprenticeship, I will have the confidence and skills to further pursue my career in the arts. Although illustration will always play apart, working as a junior content producer will provide me with a variety of new tools and skills. I am sure my time at the Pottery will be a fantastic learning experience and tremendous fun!

Below are some examples of my work including some pots I made during my work experience at the Pottery in 2019.”

Pot illustrated painted with seals and waterSelection of small animal and drinks themed cardsleaning tower of pisa pot paintedleaning tower of pisa pot written text wonky potselection of prints cats and dogs framed and unframed

clay handmade campervan painted green on grass with flowers in the background

lady smiling at the pots she created on weekend pottery course

mother and daughter attending weekend pottery course

Meet our exceptionally creative Mother and Daughter makers of the week – Jean and Elizabeth! The pair took part on a recent Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course and volunteered to be our Makers of the Week!

Why did you visit the pottery?

J: “Originally it was a birthday present – we have done a few classes together in the past, one making Christmas wreaths! We wanted to do something together and more than anything, make a memory.”

What do you do when you’re not potting?

E: “The family business! Mum set up her interior design business 38 years ago, and now I’ve taken up the reins. Mum still takes an active role but in more of a semi-retired capacity.”

Jean, a self taught sewer started out with a single singer sewing machine! (Easy for us to say!) She describes herself as ‘soft furnishing assembler’ and built the business solely on reputation and word of mouth. Elizabeth took over 6 years ago, and quickly made a name for herself working with architects and businesses to create fantastic interiors.

What’s the best bit about your pottery experience?

J: “Unlike past experiences we’ve taken part in, this offers us the chance to take something home that reminds us of our lovely time here at the studio.  After day one we left with big smiles on our faces – we thought and talked about our pots all night and were very excited to come back for day two. We have created a memory and something we’ll never forget…..the pots are a bonus!”

Thank you Jean and Elizabeth! :) we loved having you around the Pottery and your ‘memories’ will be posted to you as soon as they’re out of the kiln

lady participating in pottery weekend course placing her pots in display
pottery piece created on weekend pottery course

lady smiling at the pots she created on weekend pottery coursepots painting with splatting technique at weekend pottery course

pottery wheel students outside eastnor pottery in herefordshire showing off their excellent pots

pottery wheel students outside eastnor pottery in herefordshire showing off their excellent pots

Say hello to the FAB four!

Our first Potter’s Wheel Course outa lock down – Hurrah! :D

Online booking has been very VERY brisk for our day and weekend potter’s wheel courses, so much so, we’ve scheduled a few more dates:

Friday 28 May

Friday 18 June

Saturday 26 June

Friday 23 July

Friday 6 August

Places can be snapped up right now by shopping online. Please visit EastnorPottery.co.uk and select the orange BOOK AN EXPERIENCE OR COURSE button.

See you soon! xx

potters wheel course participants inside the potting tent at eastnor potteryfreshly made pots made on the potter's wheel by course participants at eastnor pottery herefordshire

cleaning the wheels and tidying up after day potter's wheel course