An arial view of the fantastic, collaborative farm buildings created by hundreds of children and families at the Three Counties Show in June. See Friday 26th June ’09 blog for details.

Back in May I worked with thousands of Oxfordshire Cubs and Scouts, to produce this fantastic collaborative Caterpillar. See previous blog entry for details: http://www.eastnorpottery.co.uk/blog/2009_05_01_archive.html

Collaborative ‘Love pots’ from Big Chill 2007. Can you find your heart?!
The festival season is now in full swing, and we are extremely fortunate to have http://www.bigchill.net take place here in Eastnor Deer Park.

For the last couple of years, we have provided a variety of clay workshop sessions as part of the event. This year we’ll be pitching our pea green potting tent in the ‘Body and Soul’ field – offering punters the opportunity to make pots on the potter’s wheel. 1/2 hr workshop sessions will take place throughout the festival – on site, pre-booking is essential! Come up and see us or call 07814730022, when you’ve arrived in Eastnor.

For the last few years, I’ve been asked to supply agricultural themed workshops for the Three Counties Show, held at the Malvern showground. These take place in the Discovery Zone, a marquee full of educational experiences linked to farming.

On previous occasions we’ve made clay sheep, cows, and chickens. This time we were challenged by the organisers to make collaborative farm buildings. Participants helped coil the structures and then made their own piece of barn decoration.

Seven hundred school children passed through the Discovery Zone on Friday – and it felt like most of them joined in with the clay! Saturday and Sunday were taken up with members of the public.

Just a few of the seven hundred school children from Friday morning.

Last year at the Hay Literary Festival, we created our first storytelling mud sofa and armchair. It rained and rained all week, though the participating families enjoyed sloshing around in the thick mud (think chocolate smoothie!) modelling and adding their favourite children’s book characters.

This year I was booked to work with older children and young people, exploring the delights of the potter’s wheel and ‘coiling techniques’.

Ned proudly exhibits his coiled clay dalek, as sister Dorothy works on her coil pot.