Always a joy to be working the idyllic grounds of Hellens near Much Marcle.
Every year the beautifully tended house and grounds are the setting for a Garden Festival open to the general public. More often than not we’re asked to provide ‘make and take away’ clay workshops for young visitors and their families.
This year Aimee and Immy were in attendance on the Saturday and Sarah took up the reins on Sunday.
Over the two days, countless participants made pinch pot fish to take home to paint.
Here’s a small selection left with us whilst their makers enjoyed the rest of the show without having o lug their creations around with them. Pleased to report all the fish were collected at the end of the event.
If you took part in the drop-in workshops and managed to paint your creation we’d love it if you could email us a picture: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts week at Brockhampton Primary School near Bromyard is a busy and creative time with the school employing a host of creative practitioners to work their magic with mixed age groups of children. It was a great opportunity to network with other artists and catch-up with old friends.
Megan Evans is an environmentally aware print maker whose work with young people I’ve admired for some time. Although we’d been employed on the same projects in the past, we hadn’t had the opportunity to put a face to the emails and phone conversations until Brockhampton.
Felicity O’ Neill is a teacher turned artist practitioner who is destined to set the world of participatory arts alight with her well prepared & researched visual arts projects. I loved the janga janga inspired paintings the children made just as much as they obviously enjoyed painting them.
It just so happened Nortonwoods were at the school putting the finishing touches to an inspiring and amazing outside area including a giant crooked house, old fashioned sweet shop and barbecue shack – all lovingly constructed from recycled and reclaimed timber and materials. (above) What a fantastic learning space to fire the imagination!
Well done Brockhampton for its commitment to the creative arts and outside learning.
We are delighted to announce details of our fun, creative and Summer themed children’s workshop sessions scheduled for the approaching six week break.
Jump In is the theme and youngsters will get to sample the delights of the potter’s wheel as well as learning other clay modeling techniques.
The workshop sessions, designed for children as young as 4 years take place on Wed 1st August.
Participants will each take a turn on the potter’s wheel guided by one of our resident, friendly potters. The resulting ‘pot’ will be filled with the children’s clay models becoming a paddling, duck or rock pool – it could be anything, but rest assured we’ll be guided by the children’s own interests and imagination.
The children’s creations will be fired and ready for collection from the Pottery approx. one month later – dates and times will be issued on the day of the workshops.
1.5 hr sessions commence at 11.30am and 2pm and are tailored for two age groups: 4-8yrs in the mornings and 9-12yrs in the afternoons. Although, these age ranges are not strictly adhered to as younger and older siblings are always welcome to participate on either session.
Places cost £15 per head with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: email@example.com
Mathilda and her family have been visiting Eastnor Pottery for donkeys! We think their patronage goes back to when she was 4 or 5 years old when she and her sister used to attend our children’s pottery sessions in the school holidays. Fast forward and here she is celebrating her 12th birthday with friends in our fabulous Potting tent on the Pottery lawn. Judging by the glorious sunshine, she’d accumulated a stack load of loyalty points!
Details of our creative pottery parties for children can be found here.
We’ve worked with Bishops Cleeve Primary School for a number of years producing quality, collaborative ceramic masterpieces, most of which are proudly displayed through-out the school.
We thoroughly enjoy our visits and it appears the school do too! Here’s what Arts Development Officer Mrs Parks has to say about our relationship:
“Always polite and puts all at ease whether paid teaching staff, classroom assistants or the unpaid voluntary helpers who make such a difference to the children’s experience of clay. Jon is always totally responsive to ideas and suggestions from the teacher planning the day and he or his friendly & helpful staff, respond promptly and enthusiastically to all the administrative details that schools need.
Jon’s encouragement and gentle, open manner with the children never fails to put all at their ease and get the best outcomes possible.
They love his sense of fun and even the teachers forgave him his jokes! It is always evident that Jon has a wealth of experience working with children of all abilities and he seems to have an intuitive feeling for the best approaches to take with each individual. His enthusiasm is infectious and our children gain valuable memories or working with a professional artist who is happy to share his skills and passion for all things muddy!
It exceeded my expectation as the children were more original and Jon’s demonstration of different ways of forming the animals and borders were so clear that all the children had a range of choices to make and were able to adapt the techniques shown to suit their animal and their own ability.
I just know the highlight hasn’t happened yet…it is the moment that the children see their fired pieces and those wide eyes and happy faces make it all worth while!”
Mrs Parkes is also an extremely talented maker in her own right. Examples of her work can be seen here.