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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

Choctoberfest 2018! Children’s 1/2 term workshops

hot chocolate inspired pottery fun for children in october half term at eastnor pottery and the flying potterWe are delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed workshop sessions for children in the October half term.

CHOCTOBERFEST borrows from the Bavarian festival of all things beer but given a much more age appropriate spin!

Participants will use proper clay to make and paint a hot chocolate mug using the coil-pot technique. The creations will be left with us to be fired and glazed so when the young potter’s collect their creations from the studio approx. one month later, they’ll be able to drink hot chocolate and marshmallows from them.

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as drinking from a cup or mug made by your own fair hand. Sarah the potter has been making fun and functional tableware for 30 years and still gets a kick from using one of her own creations. It’ll be lovely for the children on a chilly autumnal evening to wrap their hands around a steaming cup of cocoa knowing they’ve hand crafted it.

The workshops designed for children as young as 4 years take place on two consecutive Wednesdays to account for the different half terms. Gloucestershire will get to potter on the 24th and Hereford & Worcester on the 31st.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 11.30am and 2pm and are tailored for two age groups: 4-8yrs in the mornings and 9-12yrs in the afternoons. These age ranges are designed as a rough guide and are not strictly adhered to as younger and older siblings are always welcome to participate on either session.

Places cost £15 per head with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Birthday spin

Creative activity for birthday celebrationSarah and her family celebrated her birthday in potter’s wheel style!

The group took advantage of our fabulous 1.5hr shared potter’s wheel experience and made some super pots and shapes. We’ll fire and glaze their pottery creations, ready for collection from the studio in a few weeks time. The pots will serve as a permanent and unique reminder of her special day.

Happy Birthday Sarah!

 

Happy days at Hellens

child showing his clay fish made at hellens garden festival 2018

Always a joy to be working the idyllic grounds of Hellens near Much Marcle.

Every year the beautifully tended house and grounds are the setting for a Garden Festival open to the general public. More often than not we’re asked to provide ‘make and take away’ clay workshops for young visitors and their families.

This year Aimee and Immy were in attendance on the Saturday and Sarah took up the reins on Sunday.

Over the two days, countless participants made pinch pot fish to take home to paint.

clay fish drying on a board in herefordshire garden festival

Here’s a small selection left with us whilst their makers enjoyed the rest of the show without having o lug their creations around with them. Pleased to report all the fish were collected at the end of the event.

If you took part in the drop-in workshops and managed to paint your creation we’d love it if you could email us a picture: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Artist practitioners network


Arts week at Brockhampton Primary School near Bromyard is a busy and creative time with the school employing a host of creative practitioners to work their magic with mixed age groups of children. It was a great opportunity to network with other artists and catch-up with old friends.

Megan Evans is an environmentally aware print maker whose work with young people I’ve admired for some time. Although we’d been employed on the same projects in the past, we hadn’t had the opportunity to put a face to the emails and phone conversations until Brockhampton.

Felicity O’ Neill is a teacher turned artist practitioner who is destined to set the world of participatory arts alight with her well prepared & researched visual arts projects. I loved the janga janga inspired paintings the children made just as much as they obviously enjoyed painting them.

It just so happened Nortonwoods were at the school putting the finishing touches to an inspiring and amazing outside area including a giant crooked house, old fashioned sweet shop and barbecue shack – all lovingly constructed from recycled and reclaimed timber and materials. (above) What a fantastic learning space to fire the imagination!

Well done Brockhampton for its commitment to the creative arts and outside learning.

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