Big well done to all the young potters who joined us for our Valentines themed, potter’s wheel workshop sessions for children in the February 1/2 term.
Children as young at two and a half took to the wheel to create heart shaped pots, filled with clay models of stuff they love. There were a few busts of girlfriends and boyfriends but on the whole, the young artists opted for pets, games and the occasional Big Mac 7 fries!
The half term holiday was quite a protracted affair this year as different educational authorities took different weeks off. We facilitated two Wednesdays of workshops in an attempt to accommodate our customers from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Photos of the terracotta clay fun can be accessed by clicking here.
The next children’s sessions take place in the Easter holidays on Wednesday 19th April and are entitled ‘SPRING INTO SCULPTURE’ We’ll be running 1.5 hr sessions starting at 11.30am for the 4-8yrs and 2pm for the 9-12 age group. That said, we don’t expect people to drive out to us twice on the same day and younger/older siblings can attend either session. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Clay is such an accessible material, whatever your age or ability you can make your mark.
Its universal appeal makes it an excellent material for children with additional educational needs to work with and express themselves.
In the week leading up to half term we were fortunate to welcome students from two local special schools to our studio.
Sarah has been working with Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury to create a Cheshire Cat tile panel and although most of her sessions have taken place at school, staff agreed it would be beneficial for the students to create some of the tiles at Eastnor Pottery.
Two days later we entertained students from The Vale of Evesham School. Each year Ms Barton drives her class of between 10-14 students over the boarder to make coil pot mugs with us. These are then fired, glazed and collected by the whole class in time for Mother’s Day – the perfect handmade gift.
We were delighted to welcome Leigh and Bransford Primary School to the Pottery in the last week of January.
KS1 split into two groups, one toured the Castle while the other made clay mott & bailey coil pots with us.
In the afternoon, the groups swapped over, ensuring everbody got to sample all aspects of the Eastnor experience on their school outing.
This is what the school art co-ordinator had to say about the visit:
“They had such a wonderful day and learnt so much from you guys! They cannot wait to get their creations back when they are ready! Thank you so much, I and my colleagues will recommend you to anyone”
This jurasic clay creation was made by a pupil from a reception class at Woodlands Infants School, Shirley in Solihull.
The #stegosaurus has been bisque fired and dipped in glaze, awaiting to have it’s feet wiped before its packed into the kiln for a second glaze firing. All the ‘white stuff’ will melt at 1080 degrees to form a smooth glassy surface revealing green, terracotta and sandstone colours.
Bisque fired dinosaurs waiting to be glazed and fired.
From time to time, customers arrive here at Eastnor Pottery with a definate idea of what they want to produce in clay. We love a challenge and will always try to accomodate their design ideas.
These guys were set on making a piggy bank and a mug – job done!
This young lady on the right was intent on making a giraffe, even if her chosen method of production was the potter’s wheel. Again, we hope you will agree, she proper nailed it!