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the great pottery throwdown 2022 logoWith another series of The Great Pottery Throwdown on the telly, potters, ceramics course providers, manufacturers of pottery equipment and clay suppliers are riding a considerable wave of interest. We’ve been offering remarkable pottery experiences from our idyllic Herefordshire studio for nearly 30 years. Whenever GPTD hits the screens, we are inundated with course participants and wannabe potters, most of whom are sampling the delights of the potter’s wheel for the very first time.

Having been inspired by the programme, our students soon discover the magical attraction of throwing clay, the very same, no doubt that enticed GPTD contestants to start making in the first place.

the great pottery throwdown contestants for 2022

Here’s a few reasons why making pottery on the potter’s wheel is so popular.

To achieve a ‘good pot’, you must concentrate on what you are doing. So much so, there is little capacity to dwell on anything other than the clay in hand. All the ‘other stuff’ fizzing around your head dissolves and a sense of well-being and relaxation prevails. Making pottery is a go to activity for many wishing to unwind after the rigors of the day. Just try and find a pottery evening class with less than a three-year waiting list!

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Under correct tuition, throwing a pot is a skill easily attainable in a short space of time. The sense of achievement produced by making your very own pot, for all its wobbles and imperfections, is undeniable.

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Doing anything with others often amplifies enjoyment of the activity. Although classes at Eastnor Pottery are small, individuals and couples’ bond over the experience of making – a creative community is established and the camaraderie between participants is tangible. On our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class , participants share a wheel between two, taking turns to make pots. Just as much technique can be learnt watching your potting partner as when you are sat at the wheel yourself. Shared experience – you can’t beat it!

The excitement and exhilaration of trying something for the first time makes for a memorable experience. You always remember the ‘first time’ and making something with your very own hands reinforces that memory…quite literally ‘making’ memories.

Above all, the potter’s wheel is great fun. What can be more hilarious than watching somebody grapple with a lump of wet, spinning mud!? The audible joy and laughter emanating from Eastnor Pottery on a Saturday afternoon is life affirming.

have a go on the potter's wheel is hilarious fun at eastnor pottery

If you would like to experience the benefits of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel then please take a look at our ever so popular Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Class or if you fancy a totally immersive experience, our weekend and one day Potter’s Wheel Courses  might be just the thing.

The Great Pottery Throwdown is currently broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on Channel 4. It’s also repeated on More 4 on a Friday evening at 7.45pm.

couple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

hand made and painted cake stand

Imagine serving up your mince pies on this beauty!

Elizabeth and her mum attended one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course earlier this year. She loved it so much she booked another weekend and brought her friends. This wonderful cake stand was made on her second visit.

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

Away Days

 

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If we had a penny… lol!

It’s a rarity participants on our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel go to the trouble of rehearsing their GHOST moment. These two budding thespians were part of a staff Christmas party who chose to do pottery as their Yuletide celebration here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter. Great fun!

Probably cutting it fine for this year, but if you’re planning a staff event in 2022 please consider pottery as your creative, fun and unique activity.

 

three generations of the same family make pots on the wheel at eastnor pottery

three generations of the same family make pots on the wheel at eastnor potteryWe had so much fun working with these four! Three generations of the same family, enjoying an afternoon potting alongside each other, creating memories – perfect!

If you are looking for a creative inter-generational activity for all the family, then look no further. Making pots on the potter’s wheel is totally accessible and can be enjoyed by all ages. Doesn’t matter if your group is large or small, we’ve got the activity for you. Just call 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk for details and availability.

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pottery hen party

large hen party group enjoyed making pots on the potters wheel at eastnor pottery

A sunny Saturday afternoon in early September was jam packed with laughter, positive vibes and glorious mess as we marked the welcome return of large groups to the studio.

Rosy’s hen party was sooooo much fun and the girls were delightful.

Here’s what Rosy had to say about their experience at Eastnor Pottery:

“Myself and 13 friends came here on my hen party last week and had an awesome time! After a great introduction and demo from Jon we made two pots each and it wasn’t as hard as it first seemed. It was lots of fun and the whole group was laughing. Jon and Sarah were great and made it really fun, they provided lots of help and advice to those who found it a little more challenging! Would definitely recommend as a group activity if you’re in the area :)”

If you’re planning a hen party in 2022 then please check out our web page dedicated to Pottery Hen Parties

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rosys hen party displaying their freshly thrown pots in the garden at eastnor pottery