mobile pottery studio eastnor pottery and the flying pottery facilitated drop-in pottery workshops at countrytastic in malvern


It’s HOME LEARNING week here at Eastnor Pottery!

Over the next five days we are going to sign posting you to our fabulous and FREE ‘how to make pottery’ video tutorials over on our YouTube channel.

Each day we’ll be highlighting a different video and making technique:

MONDAY 18 January – Coil pot owl.

TUESDAY 19 January – Slab built house.

WEDNESDAY 20 January – Potter’s wheel.

THURSDAY 21 January – Pinch pot monster

FRIDAY 22 January – Pottery fish.

In the absence of a kiln, you can let your creations dry and then seal them with a mixture of PVA glue and water (50/50 mix) – a couple of coats should do the job. Once the PVA has dried, you can paint your creations with acrylic paint, or whatever you can lay your hands on!

Even if you don’t have any proper clay, the projects work well with play dough to.

Happy Making! Oh and if you get chance, we’d love to see what you get up to. Just send us a photo of your finished work to any of our social media platforms and we’ll share and comment on your creativity. We’re @eastnorpottery on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

family pose with their freshly thrown pots outside eastnor pottery

couple take a mini-moon honeymoon to make pottery at eastnor potteryreaching for the water on the potter's wheelintroduction to the potter's wheel participants at eastnor pottery

We’d just like to say a whopper THANK YOU to all our beautiful customers who visited us in this unprecedented and crazy year. Without a doubt, it’s been complicated and challenging doing anything in 2020, so you all deserve a medal, you really do!

From our socially distanced perspective, we’ve enjoyed working with each and everyone of you.  Even though we cant see those fabulous smiles behind the face coverings, we’ve felt the love and positive vibes.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Eastnor Pottery in 2021 and are forever grateful for your patronage and support. In the meantime, you can book your New Year pottery experience online or purchase gift vouchers anytime, day and night from our website.

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pottery bird hand made at eastnor pottery by young child on a family creative trip to eastnor pottery

pottery bird hand made at eastnor pottery by young child on a family creative trip to eastnor pottery

A fabulous interpretation of a Red kite made by one of our younger visitors.

During Lockdown#1 he discovered an encyclopedic passion for ornithology, nurtured and encouraged by mum and dad as part of  his home learning.

The kite was made by joining two thumb pots together to produce a hollow form. This was then stretched into the birds body. Wings and tail feathers were added and the whole thing carefully painted with coloured underglazes.

If you fancied making a ceramic kite or any bird for that matter, check out our Clay Modelling projects for families held on specific days during the school holidays. Places cost £20 per person and all children must be accompanied by at least one fee paying adult. For dates and availability please book online.

 

home potter james potter's wheel

young pottery enthusiast and his shiny new potter's wheel

James (above) has attended our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class on a several occasions. Prior to Lockdown #2, James, along with his Mum and Aunty, took the ‘next step’ and indulged in one of our full day Potter’s Wheel Courses.

Fair to say, James has been bitten by the bug and his dedication to the cause in one so young is totally inspiring. We asked James a few questions:

How long have you been working with clay?

When I knew that we were having time off school due to COVID in March, my Aunty Sue suggested I take up a new hobby. I had already been to Eastnor Pottery a couple of times and after watching the Great Pottery Throw Down, I was inspired to buy a Potter’s Wheel. I researched on the internet and found one which suited me and it arrived within a week. Since then, I have converted Mum’s outside shed into my ‘Potter’s Shed’ and whilst in lockdown, I was in there every day. Now I am back at school, my time in the shed is limited to the weekends when Sue often comes on a Sunday morning for a session.

What inspires you to make things?

The Great Pottery Throw Down was a big influence for my creations. Sue also bought a book for my birthday called “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook” which has many helpful tips and ideas. I also get inspired by the outside world, such as when we went to Borth for a day trip in the Summer, I saw a mosaic painting on the sea defense wall and I came home and had a go at making a mosaic using air dry clay.

What’s the best piece of artwork you have ever made? (doesn’t have to be clay)

I have tried many different crafts including knitting, rug making and sewing but very proud of making three miniature pots which I am working on at the moment. These include a cream jug, a flared pot and a mustard pot with a spoon.

home potter james potter's wheel

three wheel thrown pots stuck together to make a daffodil vase

two day pottery course participants at eastnor pottery malvern hills

Did you know that if there are two or more of you, you can book your own day or two day Potter’s Wheel Course ?

Emma and Matthew did just that and it turns out they are both exceptional makers!

Here’s a pictorial view of their two day creative journey:

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