We had a full house yet again at the weekend. We had a couple of participants, amongst others, who had travelled from York and a Father and Son combo. The pots that were created on the Saturday were left to dry overnight. When the potters returned on Sunday morning, they were able to turn, smooth, add handles and motifs to their masterpieces. The last part of the process involved painting their pots and sculptures with coloured slip.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say: –

“I really enjoyed the independence to ‘play’ having learnt various techniques. The small group meant there was a great balance between individual tuition and group learning” Helena

“Everything was super – will recommend you to friends” Hazel

“An excellent informative two day workshop. Great pace and something for all abilities” Ann

The next Throw a Pot workshop takes place on Sunday the 30th of May, please download a booking form from: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/pages/documents/adultdatesandbookingform2010.pdf

Earlier this week we took delivery of four lovely new foot-powered potter’s wheels. I intend to offer festival goers at this year’s Big Chill the opportunity to make pots in a sustainable-powered fashion!…Bring on the chill! http://www.bigchill.net/festival

It always amazes me how certain skills in other areas of life are transferable to working with clay on the Potter’s Wheel. This weekend we had a helicopter pilot who proved himself a real whiz on the Potter’s wheel. Although he had never made pots before, he mastered the technique almost instantly. When I quizzed him on his natural ability, he likened the experience to flying a helicopter! Apparently the smallest of movement of the joystick (we’re talking millimeters) has a dramatic effect on the direction of the aircraft. The same sensitivity is required when gauging the thickness of the clay and pulling the material upwards.

For more details of our brilliant weekend and one day workshops please take a look at: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/pages/eastnorpotteryadultworkshops.htm and for dates and a booking form: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/pages/documents/adultdatesandbookingform2010.pdf

Having been a ‘thrower’ for all of my working life, I sometimes take for granted the therapeutic benefits of wrestling with a spinning lump of mud! Once a month I am reminded of these benefits as between six to ten (usually clay novices) get to try their hand on our weekend ‘throw a pot’ workshops. It is both refreshing and enlightening to hear what each individual personally gleans from the experience.
To make a pot successfully on the wheel, demands both physical strength and mental discipline – any loss of focus can quickly result in a wobbly pot or even total clay meltdown! As one participant this weekend so eloquently put it “All the usual thoughts, concerns and anxieties fizzing around our heads at any one time get completely suppressed as we concentrate solely on the stages of production”. She went on to explain that she’d felt so relaxed and refreshed after day one, it was as if she’d spent a weekend at a health farm.http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/pages/documents/adultdatesandbookingform2010.pdf

For more details of our adult courses, please follow the link:

Another busy Sunday. We had no less than 9 participants dabbling in a spot of mud spinning here at the studio. At the end of the workshop, participants are invited to select the pots they would like to have fired…and then squidge the ones they don’t want!

Here are the ones that didn’t quite make the leaders board! The next workshops take place on the 7th and 8th of November. E-mail admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk, if you fancy booking in.