The theme for our children’s workshops in half term was inspired by those eight legged, generally unwelcome, bathroom guests. The participants all made a bath on the potter’s wheel, then filled it with giant spiders and other creepy crawlies.

Izzy makes her bath on the potter’s wheel – (we decided to break with tradition and use chocolate instead of clay!…It could be though, couldn’t it?)

Insy winsy spider!

The next children’s workshops take place in the summer holidays – 28 &29 July 2009. They are suitable for ages 4-12yrs and places can be booked by emailing :, or telephoning 01531 633886.

The fantastic weather on Saturday enabled these lucky young ladies to enjoy their picnic in the pottery garden. Phoebe and friends made ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ models before heading outside into the late afternoon sunshine.

Some of the creations from our Easter holiday children’s workshops, freshly made, coloured and slowly drying out. Our next children’s workshop is ‘Spider in the Bath’, and each young potter will get the opportunity to have a go on the potter’s wheel. Please e-mail or telephone on 01531 633886 to reserve your place.

I’m very fortunate to work at Westfield Special School in Leominster, four times a year. This week I had the pleasure of helping Kingfisher class to produce a stack of terracotta garden ornaments. The snail plaques, ladybird dibbers, and flower pots will be sold at an event after Easter to raise funds for their annual residential trip to Dartmoor. Please take a look at the school’s wonderful website, which includes a couple of past pottery projects:;_ID=73