festival goers enjoy making pots on the potter's wheel at music festivalsFor those of you familiar with our work will know we have a busy summer of workshops and pottery sessions ahead of us. We will be sharing the many benefits of working with clay, not only from our idyllic Herefordshire studio, but out in the community at festivals and events.

We love getting out there and enjoy the challenge of working with large numbers of participants in fields, community halls and public spaces.

Here’s a list of public events we’ll be present at in the coming months. We hope to meet some of you on the campaign trail Summer 2017!

Hay Festival 27-29 May

Masters House Ledbury Gargoyles 30 May

Cheltenham Science Festival MakerShack 6 – 11 May

Field to Fork 10 May

Eldorado Music Festival Eastnor Deer Park 30 May – 2 June

The Great Ledbury Celebration – Market House 9 July

Eastnor Castle Flying Potter week 30 July – 3 August

Lakefest Music Festival 10 – 13 August

Lottie from Eastnor Pottery helps visitor make a giant Hfds cider apple

 

Family experience the potter's wheel at Eastno Pottery and the Flying Potter HerefordshireAt the beginning of April we took part in a national clay event organised by The Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative.

Hey Clay! aspired to give people the opportunity to get creative with clay at free pottery workshops in venues all over the UK. The event ran from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April 2017, and we welcomed near on 100 participants to our studio – all of them making a pot on the potter’s wheel.

We created a photo album of each day:

Friday 7th April

Sat 8th April

Sun 9th April

The Flying Potter exhibited at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Expo event in Malvern 2017

We had great fun working with delegates and companies at the Business expo 2017 organised by The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce at The Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Visitors and exhibitors didn’t need to be asked twice if they’d like to have a go on the wheel and at certain times, participants were queuing up to tackle the clay.

The juxtaposition of a muddy potter’s wheel in amongst the suits, glamour and business paraphernalia makes for a super photograph – as you can see, we took quite a few….

delegates make pottery on the potter's wheel at busness event in Malvern

Terracotta Trex made by families at Eastnor Castle with help from Eastnor PotteryFour magnificent terracotta dinosaur heads have emerged from the primeval mire here at Eastnor Pottery.

The artworks were co-created by Families who visited Eastnor Castle in the Summer holidays, crafted from terracotta clay, a material as old as the dinosaurs themselves!

Each Summer holiday, we are invited by Eastnor Castle to run a week long residency in the Castle Courtyard. Visitors work together on large composite forms. In the past, giant pheasants, Daleks and owls have all been immortalised in ceramic. This year the potting participants worked on a T-Rex, Triceratops and x2 Velociraptors.

Everybody lent a hand to ‘coil’ the dinosaur body by layering long snakes of clay on top of each other. The surface is then smoothed off and individual dinosaur scales added to the form. We encourage the children and grown-ups to make highly decorated scales encrusted with whatever takes their fancy! For example, If you take a close look at T-rex you will spot a rose, ladybird and a potato waffle amongst hundreds of other designs.

We reckon we must have worked with over 1000 people, young and old during the week, all contributing a mini work of art covering the pre-historic beasts.

The four dino-heads are currently here at the Pottery and participants who took part in the workshops at the castle are invited to drop by to see if they can spot their contribution. We are open Tues – Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t visit the Pottery as there are some photographs of the fired pieces on the Pottery’s FaceBook page.

Triceratops made it into The Hereford Times!

University of Wolverhampton Graduates helping Eastnor Pottery workshopFour kick wheels, three lovely graduates from The University of Wolverhampton and hoards of families of enthusiastic potters.

We were hired by Wolverhampton Art Gallery to offer drop-in potter’s wheel tasters to celebrate the launch of the Craft Open West Midlands exhibition.

Eastnor Pottery teaching the art of throwing on a wheel at Wolverhampton

I had the privilege of working with the same students back in March when we offered a similar activity at the Launch of Big Ceramics. The girls from the Uni were fantastic and made participants feel relaxed and valued as they sampled the delights of the potter’s wheel, in most cases for the very first time. A career in workshop facilitation beckons!