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Clay at the Museum

Eastnor Pottery working with Worcester Young CarersWorcester Young Carers working with Eastnor Pottery













Spent two lovely days in the Summer holiday working with Worcester Young Carers at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery. The project was generously funded by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. (NADFAS) and the young people got to sample the potter’s wheel and a range of handbuilding techniques.

Telling the time @St James’ West Malvern

Eastnor Pottery working with St James to make ceramic clockThe ex-headtacher from St James’ Primary School in West Malvern is a regular on our weekend and one day potter’s wheel workshops.

Karen maintains contact with her old school and on a recent visit, managed to snap this photo of a completed pottery project we undertook with the school back in the noughties.

Each child at the school, at that time, made and painted in the school colours, a clay tile. The individual tiles were mounted to form a giant time piece.

I wonder what all the children who took part are doing now?!…..


Hubble Bubble!

Children's October Halfterm Pottery Session PosterChildren’s October ½ term Holiday Pottery Sessions

‘Hubble Bubble’

Wed 26 Oct 2016

It feels like only yesterday the children returned to school after the long Summer break, but already we’re busy cooking up fun and creative things for youngsters to do in the fast approaching October ½ term.

This time, ‘Hubble Bubble’ is the topical theme for the sessions scheduled for 26th October in half term.

Participants aged 4yrs+ will have the opportunity to model a pottery cauldron filled with toe-curling clay ingredients. Poisoned entrails, eye of newt, toe of frog – that sort of thing. We’re certain the children will make Shakespeare very proud indeed! The youngsters will also paint their creations with ghoulish slips and ghastly under-glaze colours.

The resulting work will be left here at the Pottery to be dried, fired and glazed, ready for collection a few weeks later.

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

Terracotta T-REX!

Terracotta Trex made by families at Eastnor Castle with help from Eastnor PotteryFour magnificent terracotta dinosaur heads have emerged from the primeval mire here at Eastnor Pottery.

The artworks were co-created by Families who visited Eastnor Castle in the Summer holidays, crafted from terracotta clay, a material as old as the dinosaurs themselves!

Each Summer holiday, we are invited by Eastnor Castle to run a week long residency in the Castle Courtyard. Visitors work together on large composite forms. In the past, giant pheasants, Daleks and owls have all been immortalised in ceramic. This year the potting participants worked on a T-Rex, Triceratops and x2 Velociraptors.

Everybody lent a hand to ‘coil’ the dinosaur body by layering long snakes of clay on top of each other. The surface is then smoothed off and individual dinosaur scales added to the form. We encourage the children and grown-ups to make highly decorated scales encrusted with whatever takes their fancy! For example, If you take a close look at T-rex you will spot a rose, ladybird and a potato waffle amongst hundreds of other designs.

We reckon we must have worked with over 1000 people, young and old during the week, all contributing a mini work of art covering the pre-historic beasts.

The four dino-heads are currently here at the Pottery and participants who took part in the workshops at the castle are invited to drop by to see if they can spot their contribution. We are open Tues – Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t visit the Pottery as there are some photographs of the fired pieces on the Pottery’s FaceBook page.

Triceratops made it into The Hereford Times!

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