Archive for potter’s wheel workshop

A right proper Capper family celebration!

Jon the Potter helps a young pottery participant to make a pot on the potter's wheelWe just love hosting big family groups, no more so than when the lovely Capper family visited the Pottery in January.

Participants of all ages made pots on x7 potter’s wheels we’d prepped especially to celebrate Grandad Ron’s 65th Birthday.

We call this option our Deluxe potter’s wheel experience where participants spend 3 hrs taking turns on multiple wheels. We then fire and glaze the group’s creations ready to be collected from the Pottery approx one month later.

Large family make pots on the potter's wheelFabulous inter-generational fun!

 

Hens with a tale to tell.

Hen makes clay bee at pottery hen partA lot of our lovely hen party groups opt for our 3hr ‘Deluxe’ potter’s wheel experience. As part of the package, the group make a collaborative artwork as a permanent memento for the bride to be of her celebrations at Eastnor Pottery.

The artwork is usually themed and we encourage participants to clay-model an anecdote about the hen, to be added to a large clay form. The addition can relate to any part of the hen’s life and can illustrate almost any story or personal attribute.

We love the stories that emerge as we construct the ‘story pot’ and the activity works wonderfully as an ice breaker, particularly if the girls are not previously acquainted.

Chief hen Philippa (pictured above) made a fantastic clay bee to symbolise her fascination, as a child in catching bumble bees in her bare hands!!! Once Philippa’s hens had completed the collaborative masterpiece, they all took turns on the x5 potter’s wheels we’d prepped for their enjoyment.

Everybody had a fab time and the experience is documented in photographs right here.

 

Wine & Wheel for Valentines

recently married couple get messy with clay on a potter's wheel workshop at eastnor pottery in West MidlandsValentines potter’s wheel event for creative couples. Wed 14th Feb 2018. 8pm – 9.30pm

We are hosting a fun fuelled evening of potter’s wheel fun for couples wishing to get dirty on the most romantic day of the year ;)

Sweethearts will be assigned a wheel between two, taking turns to make love pots and funny shapes. The ‘best’ ones will be fired, glazed and ready for collection from the Pottery a month later – a permanent reminder of a truly memorable Valentines.

We have one of our customers to thank for the idea. A mum with young children and a regular at our family events mentioned her husband would love to do some pottery but because of work commitments can’t visit us in the day. Can we do something in the evening? She even came up with the title…Wine & Wheel…..Brilliant!!

Although complementary tea and coffee will be available, participants are encouraged to bring their own alcoholic drinks.

The cost is £50 per couple. The workshop runs from 8pm ‘til 9.30pm and places are limited to 8 couples and are expected to fill up quick. To book your Patrick &- Demi Experience, call Eastnor Pottery on 01531 633886 or email: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Learn a new skill in 2018

first time potters try their hand at the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireHere we are then, our list of day and weekend potters wheel workshops for 2018.

6 & 7 Jan

Sat 13 Jan 

Fri 26 Jan

Sat 27 Jan

Sat 3 Feb

Sat 10 Feb

3 & 4 Mar

Sat 10 March

Sat 21 April

19 & 20 May

Sat 2 June

Fri 8 June

14 & 15 July

11 & 12 Aug

Sat 8 Sept

6 & 7 Oct

Sat 10 Nov

1 & 2 Dec

Other dates are available for groups of x2 or more participants.

If you’ve never experienced working with clay on the potter’s wheel, you’ll be amazed at the positive effects on mind body and soul. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what the hundreds of lovely people have said about our fabulous experiences on Trip Advisor:

“My lovely friend and I recently spent a really enjoyable day here, so enjoyable in fact that as soon as I got home I searched online for second hand potters wheels! Jon is a genuinely nice guy, and an interesting and inspirational teacher. If you want to try something new or maybe regenerate a forgotten hobby, meet lovely people, have a great lunch, and come away with a sense of achievement … then do this!” 

“After always wanting to try my luck on the potters wheel I put this voucher/experience on my wish list for a special birthday. A friend and I spent a great day here organised by some very talented and passionate artists who were also patient and lovely people eager to help beginners like myself succeed. 
There are the added advantages of the beautiful surroundings and a tasty lunch too. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and will definitely be returning. Thanks very much for a super day.”

“I was given a day’s experience making pottery for my birthday. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, I’m not an artist or much of a ‘maker’ though I can just about put up some shelves! I had the most brilliant day. Watching Jon show us the skills was hypnotic and almost magical, though I was sure I wouldn’t manage anything like that. Despite my pile of failed clay growing steadily (all resuable, thankfully), I was determined to crack the skills. And I wasn’t disappointed! With perseverance, patient and kind tutoring, and plenty of practice, I managed a reasonable collection of half decent pots (even if many weren’t quite what I intended, they still looked great!). Everyone in the small group made things they were proud of, and I ended up paying to have a couple of extras fired (just £6 per ‘lump’ with 3 lumps included in the price). Jon is good humoured, encouraging, loves what he does and is hugely talented. He praises your failures as much as your successes, which spurs you on. I left feeling great, though slightly achey from being hunched over my wheel and from the sheer mental effort of picking up a delicate and challenging skill. Highly recommended and feel I may be back at a later date to see if I can manage a plate” 

Tel: 01531 633886 email: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your day or weekend of potter’s wheel inspired play with clay.

 

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