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Dinosaur Infant!

Clay dinosaurs made by YR reception at Woodlands Infant School with jon the potter from Eastnor Pottery

Jon worked with the two Reception classes at Woodlands Infant School in Shirley earlier this week. The four and five year old pupils have been studying dinosaurs as part of their learning and were really really excited about making their own pottery creation.

Making clay dinosaurs has to be one of our favourite themes of all time. Probably, in part something to do with our son’s obsession with all things Jurassic when he was a youngster.

The children used the simple technique of sticking two pinch-pot bowls together to make a hollow structure. Next they fashioned their hollow ball, without breaking the seal into a dinosaur of their choosing, using an additional lump of clay to make legs, spikes, horns etc.

As well as learning new clay skills the children also used lots of new words and vocabulary to express what they were doing. Here are just a few snippets of conversation with their teacher after they had completed the activity:

“I was going to make a T-Rex but I changing my mind. The Slytherin [painted slip!] was the best bit – it makes it look shiny”

“I made a T-Rex, I made the mouth wider”

“I was squeezingly it carefully so it didn’t burst – I stroked it and it sticks”

“It stayed brown when I put it [green slip] over the top”

“I found it easy doing the body. I made the tail a bit lumpy and a bit short”

“I made a theradactile it had wings – I rolled them”

“I cant really spin it with my finger [making the thumb pot] if it didn’t have a hole it would explode”

“The spikes was tricky, I tried to flatten it and stick it on”

 

Pottery Family Fun in Feb 1/2 Term

 

poster advertising family pottery workshop at eastnor pottery in feb 2019 half term

Pinch Pot Pig!

19 – 23 February 2019

We are delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed sessions for families in the approaching February half term.

Pinch Pot Pig is the theme in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Participants will use proper clay to make and paint a little piggie to be left with us to be fired and glazed.

We’ve shaken things up in terms of what we offer our lovely customers. Traditionally our children’s sessions have taken place on the Wednesday of every school holiday and if families couldn’t make that date then they would miss out on all the clay fuelled fun – but not so anymore! – visitors can book Tuesday to Saturday and the best bit.… grown-ups can participate too!

The workshops are designed for children as young as 4 years and there is no upper age limit.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm and places cost £20. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

pottery pig made at eastnor pottery on a family pottery course in february half term

 

Something fishy going on at St Martins…

tile panel in the shape of a fish

Check out these beautiful River Wye inspired tile panels made with the students at St Martins Primary School in Hereford.

Jon worked with every child in the school at the back end of the Summer term, encouraging them to roll the soft clay to make tiles. Low relief decoration, inspired by their experience of living in Hereford was modeled onto the surface and the whole effect painted with coloured slips.

At the end of the workshop sessions, the individual tiles were transported to the Pottery for drying, firing and glazing. Once out of the kilns the children’s work was assembled into collaborative fish, ducks and swans and finally attached to bespoke painted boards.

The finished panels were delivered to St Martins in October ready for installation on a huge wall above a busy stairwell. As soon as we have a photo we’ll share it right here on our website.

Pottery making vouchers – make someone happy :)

Pottery experience vouchers from Eastnor Pottery and the flying potter

What do you get a loved one who has everything?

The experience market has positively blossomed in recent years as we all attempt to fill our leisure time with meaningful and very often creative activities.

It’s no surprise then we’ve seen more and more individuals and families gifting each other pottery experience vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

Aspiring potters and visitors to our Herefordshire studio are not only creating a tangible object to be proud of, the process of making has therapeutic benefits too. Co-coordinating eye, hand and speed of the potter’s wheel leaves very little mental capacity to dwell on anything other than the task in hand – quite literally! All that other ‘stuff’ fizzing around participants heads fades away and a state of mindfulness ensues – just like meditating!

Workshop participants are also making memories. Our staff strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfect for friends and family to catch-up and unwind and get their creative juices flowing. The expert guidance and positive facilitation enable visitors to thrive and create that ‘special’ piece or family heirloom. Once it has been fired and glazed, the artifact serves as a permanent reminder of time spent together doing something creative and ultimately rewarding.

We offer gift vouchers to whatever value you would like to spend. For instance, a £20 experience will enable the lucky maker to throw a pot on the wheel, decorate it with coloured slip and then leave it to be fired and glazed. A voucher to the value of £130 will enable the recipient to play with clay on the potter’s wheel for a whole day, inclusive of a delicious lunch.

All in all, making pottery is good for you and what better way to show your appreciation for a loved one than presenting them with an Eastnor Pottery Experience Voucher this Christmas.

You can purchase our vouchers online, right here.

Loo with a view!

bathroom walls at eastnor pottery & the flying potter are covered in posters of past kids workshop posters from sessions in the school holidaysNow here’s a novel way to decorate the bathroom – posters from nearly 25 years worth of children’s pottery sessions in the school holidays.

People love ‘spending a penny’ in our loo and often comment on the variety and creativity of our themed activities for youngsters. Who can forget ‘Raining Cats and Dogs’ and ‘Fish’ and ‘Dad’s a Mug’ and perhaps the most ingenious ‘Hairy Potter and the Goblets of Fire’ from way back in 2005.

The next children’s workshop sessions take place in the approaching half term holiday and are called ‘Choctoberfest!’ Wednesday 24th October for Gloucestershire and Wed 31st October for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. £15 per child. Full details can be found here. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book a space

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