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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.

Feb 2015 1/2 term pottery activities

Child making a pot on the pottery wheel under the guidance of Ethan the potterChildren’s Pottery workshops in Half Term ‘Mother’s Pride’ 18 Feb 2015

Mother’s day is only a month away and to celebrate, young potter’s aged 4yrs and up are invited to drop by and make a gift on the potter’s wheel for that special lady in their life.

The creative outcomes will be fired and ready for collection from the Pottery in good time for Mother’s Day.

Places cost £15 per child with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone or email booking essential. Tel: 01531 633886 or to join in with the clay fun.

creative activity for February 1/2 term family making clay models at Eastnor PotteryFamily Pottery Fun throughout Feb 1/2 term

Simply email or tel 01531 633886 to book a session, turn up and choose from an exciting menu of pottery projects using real clay. No minimum order of participants required and projects start at just £5. A brilliant indoor activity for individuals, families and friends.

Pottery birthdays for all ages

adult and child paint their clay creation at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireIts not only children who get to experience the creative birthday magic at Eastnor Pottery. In the last few weeks we’ve hosted no end of adult and family groups celebrating 30th, 40th, 50th and 70th birthdays. Often the groups have been made up of grandparents, parents and grandchildren, such is the intergenerational appeal of clay. Here’s a selection of photos from the most recent batch:

Coil pot 40th.

Family potter’s wheel 50th

Wheel & modelling 70th

If you have a special birthday to celebrate and are looking for an indoor activity to engage all the family then please tel: 01531 633886 or email: to book a session.

LPS Nursery clay project continued…

EYFS artist Jon Williams works with Ledbury Primary School NurseryHaving worked with the morning Nursery group before the Christmas break, it’s now the turn of the PM potters at Ledbury Primary School Nursery to work with clay.

One of my favourite introductory activities is unloading a 12.5kg lump in the middle of the table, stand well back and just see what the clay hungry youngsters do.

Loving the aesthetics of this finger deep texture created by many grabbing hands.

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