Jon recently took part in a lovely project with Sense, a national charity supporting and campaigning for people who are deafblind and those with sensory impairments. He worked with participants at Eastnor Pottery and at The Garden Room in Sandwell.
Clay is such an accessible material, whatever the age or ability, participants can make their mark. Everybody who took part in the project reacted positively to the material, even those who were tactile defensive, ended up coated in thick glorious slip.
Here’s what Sense made of the experience.
Three generations of the same family came together to make a fantastic, collaborative terracotta pot. Once the structure had been made, each family member added their own special piece of clay decoration. There was even time for everybody to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel
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The last time the Potting Tent made a public appearance was at The Big Chill Festival. x4 foot powered potter’s wheels occupied a snug, well loved and incredibly retro family ridge tent circa the 1970’s. The tent fitted it’s purpose perfectly until it was retired and attic bound due to the sad demise of the Big Chill in 2013.
We are pleased to report The Potting Tent is back! bigger and brighter than ever before.
In a bid to accommodate the surge of Summer bookings we’ve purchased and erected a brand new marquee on the Pottery Lawn.
Although it’s only been up a few weeks, it’s already proved a massive hit with our customers, particularly large groups who choose to make pottery to celebrate their special occasion.
Here are some recent Facebook photo albums from three hen parties who have enjoyed the creative environment of the Potting Tent:
Hen party I
Hen party II
Hen party III
We have definately seen an increase in adult family groups choosing pottery as an excuse for a novel and creative intergenerational get together. Mums & Dads have been treating their grown-up offspring just as much as the kids have been indulging their parents.
The groups have so much fun and enjoyment they regularly review their Eastnor Pottery experience on TripAdvisor. Here are some recent testimonials:
‘COME & TRY What a wonderfully relaxing experience. 7 adults made 20 or so pots on the wheel. Jon was the perfect teacher for us as mostly novices – teaching and encouraging with a fine sense of humour. He was very welcoming to our toddler and found him several sensory experiences to explore. The Pottery was lovely and warm. A bonus was that we never felt rushed – time stood still and in a month we’ll have our glazed masterpieces to prove our new found skills.’
‘FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN As a Christmas present, I treated my mother, sister and aunty as well as myself to a two day pottery course. Although at a hefty £215 per person, it was well worth every penny! Jon, the owner and teacher for the weekend was more than welcoming, very patient and a great host. Everybody gets there own potters wheel to work on and Jon guides you through each process over the two days. At the end, we were all allowed to keep upto 4 pots that are posted to you once fired. I highly recommend it as a group experience, fancy treat or a solo venture!’
As the weather improves, our pottery hen parties are increasing in both frequency and in number of participants. Just last Saturday we entertained no less than 19 pottery hens in one sitting. Here are a couple of examples of smaller (but perfectly formed!) hen party groups who celebrated on the potter’s wheel on Sunday 28th February 2016.
Hen Party 1
Hen Party 2