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Children’s pottery workshops in the Easter school holidays

fired and glazed rabbit made from clayChildren’s Easter Holiday Workshops

‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!’

Wed 1st April 2015

Another fantastic, themed opportunity for young potters to get their hands on real clay at Eastnor Pottery near Ledbury, Hfds. Come and make pottery rabbits and Easter bunnies with Jon the potter and his creative team. Fun-packed. hands-on clay fun for 4yrs and up.

The workshop sessions are designed to suit two age groups, 4-8yrs in the morning at 11.30am with the older age group 9-12yrs at 2pm, although younger or older siblings are welcome to join their brothers and sisters! Sessions last for 1.5hrs and places cost £15 per child with a 10% discount for x3 or more spaces booked.

The children’s creations will be glazed and fired, ready to be collected from the Pottery a few weeks later. Places can only be reserved by telephoning 01531 633886 or email

Bilston’s make a pot workshop

Girl making pottery on the potter's wheel in Bilston Craft GalleryA couple of weeks ago in half term I travelled to the brilliant Bilston Craft gallery in Woverhampton to facilitate children’s pottery workshops. The sessions were part of the touring Crafts Council show/event called ‘Acts of Making’

Lovely clay work performance piece by Clare Twomey Is it madness. Is it beauty.

More of my photos from the Gallery.

Harry and his bucket full of clay dinosaurs

clay dinosaur made by child at Washwood Heath Nursery SchoolThe children’s picture book Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs provided the inspiration for my most recent clay adventure with Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham.

The children’s pottery skills and creativity develop at an alarming pace and at this point in the academic year, I like to challenge their making skills. I’d initially planned an activity cutting and assembling clay slabs but changed at the last minute as they were obviously enthralled by the teachers reading of the story book.

So we rolled coils of clay and constructed a clay bucket filled with the children’s hand modelled dinosaurs. Pictured left, a magnificent Brachiosaurus.

Inaugural pizza oven firing

Clay pizza oven built in the garden at Eastnor PotterySeeing as they helped build it, we thought it only right and proper the children from Bubbles Nursery came and cooked pizza on our bread oven when we fired it up for the first time just before Christmas.

We provided a batch of bread dough and Bubbles came armed with pizza toppings – pinapple, cheese, ham – all sorts of yummy stuff.

Although the weather did it’s best to dampen proceedings, (Ethan was out there for hours fanning the flames!) the oven finally reached temperature and the children managed to crisp up a fine cheese ‘n’ pinnapple flat bread.

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