hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery as part of the crafts council's and bbc get creative event

hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery as part of the crafts council's and bbc get creative event

crafts council event hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery in herefordshireHey Clay is back!

On May 17-19 we will again be offering individuals and families the opportunity to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE! 

Hey Clay! is an annual, national event designed to increase participation in clay work and all things pottery. It’s organised by The Crafts Council and is part of the BBC’s Get Creative campaign.

We love Hey Clay and have taken part every year since it’s inception in 2015. It’s a brilliantly busy weekend and we get to meet lots of new people, most of which have never touched clay before.

Participants get to take their creations home on the day to dry and paint at home, or for a small fee, they can be left with us to be fired and glazed.

15 min slots are available through-out the three days but pre-booking is essential. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to reserve a place.

  

 

Family make ceramic Daffodils at Eastnor Pottery in memory of beloved family member

Family make ceramic Daffodils at Eastnor Pottery in memory of beloved family memberWe’re closed Friday 19 – Monday 22 April. Back to it on Tuesday 23rd and have sessions starting at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm amd 3pm. Booking essential and you can reserve your session by calling 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our lovely customers a Happy Easter and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Pottery soon.

yellow pottery chicken made at eastnor pottery & the flying potter

yellow pottery chicken made at eastnor pottery & the flying potter

Family workshops in the Easter Holidays

Hard Boiled!

16 – 27 April 2019

We’re delighted to announce details of our fun, creative and ‘eggstraordinary’ themed family workshop sessions scheduled for the Easter break.

Hard Boiled is the title and families will get the opportunity to fashion an egg cup or egg inspired sculpture using tried and tested clay modeling techniques under the expert tutelage of professional potters.

We’ll show you how to create a hollow form using the ‘pinch pot’ technique and then it’s down to you to let your imagination run wild. Although the theme is Easter based, we’re all in favour of letting people follow their own design process. The hollow form can be shaped and moulded into almost anything…humpty dumpty, dinosaur, fluffy chick or shark – we’ve seen a fair few unicorns of late too.

The fun doesn’t just stop with the hand making. Participants get to decorate their freshly created masterpieces, there and then with a colourful palate of paints and underglazes. All this for just £20 per person.

If hand modeling isn’t your thing then there is plenty of opportunity to try the potter’s wheel instead starting at just £30 per person.

The creations will need to dry out before they can be fired and glazed. This process takes about a month and the Pottery will contact you as soon as they are out of the kiln and ready for collection. Don’t worry if you can’t make it back to Eastnor to collect your ceramic arty-fact, P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.

The Hard Boiled project is available Tuesday 16th April until Saturday 27th April inclusive, although please note the Pottery will be Closed 19-22 April. 1.5 hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm and 3pm. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

couple making pottery on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

Over the past six months we’ve been running an occasional ‘Makersprofile’ series of Instagram posts featuring selected customers. If they are agreeable, we ask them three simple questions to accompany their photo:

  • What made you visit us today?
  • What was your favourite part of the session?
  • What do you do when you are not making pottery?

Helen & Dan (featured above) visited us in October 2018 and were great sports:

Q: What made you visit us today? H: We’re doing 40 new things before our 40th birthdays!!

Q: What made you visit us today? H: We’re doing 40 new things before our 40th birthdays!! This is number 2, our first new experience was a virtual reality escape room in Birmingham! I’ve never baked a cake, so that’s on the list too! D: We also plan on going to Disneyland Paris, and holding a new animal, like a koala bear or something!

Q: What was your favorite part? D: Watching Helen struggle haha H: Trying something outside of my comfort zone!! Q: Do you have any Hobbies? D: I’ve been doing martial arts for years now, since I was 13! I’ve punched in the face a lot. H: I’m a lecturer in travel and tourism – We love travelling as much as we can. We go to Vegas every year and have recently been to Bruges, Majorca and been on a Norwegian cruise! We have a budgie called Brain!

Amazing Pot

freshly hand thrown pot made on the potter's wheelNot ones to blow our own trumpet ;) but….. we just had to share this lovely, positive feedback from one of our workshop participants posted on TripAdvisor:

“Having exhausted all options in and around the Cotswolds for family activities, we looked a little further afield and as I had tried, and failed to use a potters wheel at school, I knew my children (ages 15 & 9) would have fun making a mess – if not an actual pot!

Jon and the team were ready and waiting after booking only a few hours before and we arrived after a very pleasant 50 minute drive from Stow on the Wold.

We chose to go with the make, paint and bake option which enables you to throw a pot, glaze it and have it fired in a kiln for collection later as it takes some time to dry, before it can be fired. We chose to make medium sized pots.

We had an absolute blast! Aimee our instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and patient and we each took a turn to start, restart :) and complete a pot at the wheel. This also meant we were able to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. We had around 45 minutes each at the wheel but there was no rush at all which was really nice.

Complimentary refreshments were provided and once we had our finished pieces, they were dried for a while before we started painting on the glaze(s).

We were all quite proud of our creations by the time we had finished – about 3 hours after we arrived. Having done just about everything we can find to do in the Cotswolds, Eastnor Pottery was, without doubt, one of the most enjoyable activities we have done. I particularly like the fact that anyone from 3 to 103 can enjoy it together, as it requires no real physical ability, just a bit of patience and enthusiasm, and in my case also a sense of humour.

I really cannot wait to go back and have another go and my children and mother feel the same – fantastic fun come rain or shine and you leave with a genuine sense of achievement, having learned something new in a creative environment.

My only tip is to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little mucky, although we came away actually quite clean. Very highly recommended – we are definitely going back next time we visit the Cotswolds.”