montage of little lidded pots made by visiting families to eastnor pottery in half term

montage of little lidded pots made by visiting families to eastnor pottery in half termMarvellous lidded pots from February half term Fresh out of the kiln and ready to be reunited with their makers. Don’t they look great!?

Next up we have NEST MAKING!  Clay fuelled fun for all the family in the Easter holidays:  12, 13, 19 & 20 April. Booking couldn’t be simpler – just look for the orange and white buttons peppered around our website.

montage of lidded pots made on pottery session for families in half term at eastnor pottery

jon williams from eastnor pottery and the flying potter herefordshire

Hands-on clay modelling for all the family

Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 2022

jon williams from eastnor pottery and the flying potter herefordshire

We’re delighted to announce a series of family clay modelling sessions planned for the Easter holidays.

‘Nest-Making’ is the seasonal theme.

Our hedgerows will soon be a hive of activity as feathered friends construct their homes from twigs, grass and feathers. Participants on these incredibly fun and accessible classes will have the opportunity to emulate this activity – but only using clay!

As well as experiencing a myriad of hand-building techniques, aspiring potters of all ages will also paint their creations with coloured slip.

The nests will need to dry thoroughly before they are fired and glazed. This whole process can take up to five or six weeks and participants will be contacted when their pots have emerged from the kiln.

Sessions are 90 minutes in duration and cost £25 per person. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult and places can be booked online. Please look for the ORANGE button on this page or if you’d like to book by phone, please call 01531 633886 and have your debit/credit card to hand.

 

clay owl made with a bag of clay by jon from eastnor pottery and the flying potter

albert the albatross stuffed bird at worcester art gallery and museum

We always enjoy a clay sesh at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, especially as we get to see our old friend Albert the Albatross!

Albert was presented to the city’s museum collection in 1902 by a Mr Percy Pryce Brown, a refrigerator engineer aboard RMS Waimate! The museum curator and top notch taxidermist Mr W. Edwards preserved the bird while a custom-made display case was built by local carpenter W. W. Hunt. Albert has been admired by museum visitors for over a hundred years and is currently displayed in the activities room….which is where we get to work with pottery participants of all ages and abilities.

This time, Jon worked with a group of youngsters from a local nursery school exploring clay on the tables and potter’s wheel. Everybody had a fantastic time and the session just flew by, almost as quickly as a wondering albatross!

albert the albatross at worcester city art gallery and museumclay owl made with a bag of clay by jon from eastnor pottery and the flying potterclay pot made on potter's wheel by early years childrenclay spider made by child at worcester city art gallerywet pot made on potter's wheel by a very young child at worcester museum

Collaborative Coil Pot made with Eastnor Pottery and St. Joseph's Primary School

 

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A lot of our educational work takes place in schools. We travel all over the West Midlands and beyond working with children and young people, sharing the myriad of benefits of working with clay and pottery.

Once in a while a school is able and motivated to visit us here in Herefordshire. We love a home fixture, particularly when the learners are as enthusiastic and turned onto clay as Winterfold House School.

Yr1 made terracotta coil pots which will be fired in time for Mother’s Day.

There was also a bit of time at the end of the session for a potter’s wheel demonstration.

 

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valentines day inspired pottery lidded pot project in the shape of a heart for families in feb half term at eastnor pottery

valentines day inspired pottery lidded pot project in the shape of a heart for families in feb half term at eastnor potteryWe’re delighted to announce details of our fun and creative pottery sessions for families in the rapidly approaching February ½ term holiday.

Valentines provides the inspiration and potters of all ages will make a little lidded pot using the hand modelling slab technique. Once the lid and pot have been constructed, participants will then get to theme their creations with modelled motifs and detail.

Although Valentines Day will have passed, we thought it would be a good excuse for participants to make a little trinket box to present to a loved one…or maybe not!? We champion creative individuality so if people want to go ‘off piste’ with their decoration, then that’s all good with us.

Participants will paint their creations, there and then using a rich creamy slip – perfect for scratching through to reveal the raw terracotta clay underneath. Connoisseurs of the clay arts will know this technique as sgraffito, a very satisfying and fun method of pottery decoration.

The lidded pots will be fired, glazed and ready for collection from the Pottery one month later. Don’t worry if you are unable to collect, P+P is available at £5 per item.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm and cost £25 per person. Under 12’s must be accompanied by at least one adult. Places can be booked online just scroll down and look for the orange ‘BOOK A CLAY MODELLING EXPERIENCE’ or by calling 01531 633886.

valentines day inspired pottery lidded pot project in the shape of a heart for families in feb half term at eastnor pottery