The 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.
‘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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 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”
We 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.