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Potter flies in for birthday celebration

The flying potter travels to eardisland for birthday partyThe Flying Potter was out on the road again this time, heading to a village hall in the wilds of North Herefordshire to facilitate a 9th Birthday party for a young pottery enthusiast.

The idyllic black and white village of Eardisland was the destination and the party goers each made and painted a clay creation.

We’ll fire and glaze the creative outcomes, ready to be collected from Eastnor in a month’s time.

Children’s February 1/2 term pottery sessions

2016 February halfterm creative workshop at Eastnor Pottery

‘Raining cats & dogs!’ Wednesday 17th February 2016

Inspired, in part, by the incredibly soggy winter we’re currently experiencing, and that popular climatic phrase, we’re inviting youngsters to make clay cats and canines on a special children’s workshop in the February half term.

The 1.5 hr workshop sessions are designed to suit two age groups, (4-8yrs at 11:30am and 9-12yrs at 2pm) although younger or older siblings will never be turned away from either session.

Places cost £15 per child (with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked) and can only be reserved by telephoning 01531 633886 or email

Marlbrook terracotta treat

Sarah and Jon joined forces to work with the entire population of Marlbrook Primary School in Hereford. The participatory arts project took place during British values week and each child contributed a clay creation towards a giant, three dimensional, terracotta tea service.

Jon and Sarah the Potters working with Malbrook Primary School and Terracotta

Eastnor Pottery always looks forward to its visits to Marlbrook and enjoys the reminders of past ceramic triumphs undertaken with the School. .

Check out these x8 magnificent oak tree tile panels in the library made in 2010.

Marlbrook Primary School Trees, Eastnor Pottery, Herefordshire

Brearley rainbow & pizza oven

Fantastic Tile Panels made with Eastnor Pottery & Brearley Nursery School Pizza oven re-build project with Brearley Nusery School and Eastnor Pottery

One of the Early Years settings I visit on a regular basis is Brearley & Teviot Nursery and Children’s Centre in Birmingham.

At the beginning of each academic year and before the children start, I’m called upon to deliver a series of training and teambuilding sessions for staff. In 2014 we produced this amazing rainbow tile panel designed and executed by the team and each tile representing a member of staff.

More recently, I worked with the children to re-build this magnificent bread oven after it had taken a bit of a bashing over the Summer break. Each day, groups of pupils from all four classes visited me on site to help with the construction. A very messy and invaluable experience with lots of lovely language and communication emerging.

Here’s a selection of comments from the children:

“We’re building a mountain”

“I’m mixing”

“Scary snake”

“I cant roll it it’s too sticky”

“My hands are stuck”

“This clay is soft”

I’ve made a big rock”

“I have play dough in my home – I make waffles”

Martly Owl


Martly Primary School and Eastnor Pottery made fantastic Owl tile panelWe have produced so many collaborative ceramic tile panels with so many schools and early years settings that occasionally, we never get to see the results assembled and presented on the wall.

Following a memorable and busy couple of days working with the whole of Martley Primary School, the fired tiles were dispatched from the Pottery loose in boxes. This all happened years ago and although I was aware the panel had been installed, I never had the opportunity to view the creation or embarrassingly request a photo.

A friend of a friend of a teacher who I recently worked with, forwarded this photo of the Martley Owl, which I must say has weathered very well and still looks capital despite it’s age.

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