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We are blessed with lots of outside space here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter.

During July and August we’ll be facilitating as many ‘Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel’ classes in the Potting Tent marquee or Pottery lawn – lots of fresh air and lots of space to social distance…..and were offering a dedicated session to each household or bubble. So, if you are a family or couple you’ll have your own private session!

Book your experience by calling 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk 

We look forward to hearing from you!

eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdown

eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdownJust under three weeks to go before we welcome back all you aspiring potters and creatives! We are so looking forward to seeing you and have been beavering away making changes to products and studio spaces, all designed to make you feel confident to visit and comfortable whilst you’re here.

For those of you who haven’t had the good fortune to visit our wonderful studio on the idyllic Herefordshire Eastnor Castle Estate, we are blessed with bags of outside space. Whenever the weather permits we’ll be facilitating sessions in the garden and in our boutique ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

The Potting Tent Marquee at Eastnor Potterykick wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

If’ is looking chilly, we still have ample room in the Pottery to social distance a battalion of would be potters! Well not quite that many, but we are very confident in our planning and spacing. Inevitably, we’ll be seeing less of you as classes will be smaller. In fact, during July, we’re offering dedicated classes per booking. So, if you are a family or couple you’ll have your very own private session! Give us a call on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your session.

Here’s a list of other things we’re going to be doing to make people feel comfortable when they visit Eastnor Pottery.

  • To avoid handling cash and cards, we’re asking for full payment in advance of customer’s sessions – BACS our preferred method of payment and we’ll provide customers with our account details as soon as they are in the diary.
  • Customers will need to bring their own apron and old towel (sharing is fine). The clay doesn’t stain and washes out easily so wearing old clothes is perfectly acceptable too, but please don’t forget the towel!
  • We’ll be asking customers to arrive no earlier than 5 mins before their session starts. This will give plenty of opportunity for previous guests to finish their session and proceed on their merry way.
  • On arrival, customers will be directed to a waiting area and asked to wash their hands. Their experience will commence once the previous participants have departed and we’ve had opportunity to clean tools and prepare the wheel(s)
  • We’ve set up the furniture and potter’s wheels to account for the 2m social distancing rule and will be observing social distancing through-out the experience.
  • Sadly, the legendary complimentary cuppas and fresh coffee are on hold for the time being :( That said, customers are very welcome to bring their own beverages and water bottles.
a superb pottery frog hand modelled by a customer at eastnor pottery herefordshire

a superb pottery frog hand modelled by a customer at eastnor pottery herefordshireHats off to the maker of this ceramic masterpiece – probably one of the best hollow creations we’ve ever set eyes on here at Eastnor Pottery. The customer or champion frog maker as he shall be known from now on, participated in our ‘Clay Modelling’ class where we show you how to make a simple hollow form using the pinch-pot technique. Participants are encouraged to turn their hollow form into anything they like, animal, mineral or vegetable!! The class costs just £20 per person and takes place daily, Tuesday to Saturday once normality has returned to these challenging times.

What would you make?

amputee chris trys pottery at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

amputee chris trys pottery at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

BLESMA magazine for serving and ex service men and women who have lost limbs and eye sightSay hello to Chris!

Chris joined us at the Pottery in January as a participant of an outreach session organised by BLESMA , an Armed Forces Charity set up to support serving & ex-service men & women who have suffered limb loss, sight loss and other life changing injuries.

He’d first tried pottery 30 years ago and after making and decorating a breakfast bowl on the wheel with us, he’s considering taking it up as a hobby!

When he collected his pot just prior to lock-down, he brought along a copy of the charity’s magazine – and guess who’s featured!?

Well done Chris 👍 What a lovely article!

pottery creations from a corporate team event hosted by the flying potter from eastnor pottery

Check out these brilliant pieces made by a corporate client back in the Autumn 2019.

pottery creations from a corporate team event hosted by the flying potter from eastnor potterypottery creations from a corporate team event hosted by the flying potter from eastnor pottery

D3 Active hired The Flying Potter to provide pottery sessions to run alongside an impressive carousel of other teambuilding activities at a large scale event in Oxfordshire.

We worked with approx 120 employees in 1 hour long rotational groups of 30 people. It was a fun and creative day and everybody who participated made an individual ceramic sculpture.

The soft clay masterpieces were then transported back to Eastnor Pottery HQ, dried, fired and returned to the client to be treasured as a permanent reminder of a fantastic team event.

If you are looking for a creative teambuilding activity or a unique way to reward your workforce then please take a look at our teambuilding projects and away day opportunities. You can visit us at our studio on the beautiful Eastnor Castle Estate or we are very happy to deliver the Eastnor Pottery experience at a venue of your choosing.