Child has a go on the potter's wheel at Festival of Cultures at King EdwardsOne of the many highlights of my workshop year is the annual pilgrimage to King Edward VI School in Aston for their Festival of Cultures extravaganza.

I get to share my clay skills with the students throughout the day in a series of pottery workshops and then, in the evening, the whole place becomes a vibrant celebration of arts, culture and food from around the globe. Hundreds of parents and friends stream through the gates to enjoy the fare and entertainment. Great stuff.

I was based in the art room, offering visitors a go on the potter’s wheel.

YR10 student from The Chase High School Malvern samples a working week at Eastnor PotteryFor as long as I can remember we’ve offered work experience placements to local High Schools and Colleges.

A few weeks ago we were Joined by a motivated and creative Yr10 student from the Chase High School in Malvern.

She got to assist with hands on sessions with the public, designed a promotional poster for our forthcoming 1/2 term childrens workshops and made this fabulous Mushroom sculpture. There was even opportunity to spend an afternoon on the potter’s wheel.

Clay lidded pot made by student at King Edward IV Aston SchoolGreat to be back at King Edward IV Aston School for the annual Festival of Cultures – one of my workshop highlights of the calendar. During the day the students choose from a massive range of activities to participate in. Yoga, ballroom dancing and scrap sculpture to name just three. The event carries on into the evening with performances, family workshops and delicious food from around the globe. Man the curries are to die for! Looking forward to next year already.

We built a huge mud sculpture at Simon de Montfort Middle School in EveshamSpent an enjoyable and muddy day with the whole of year 6 at Simon de Montfort Middle school . We constructed a huge mud sculpture from sandbags filled with earth in the shape of a giant turtle.

The school have an excellent outside space with a pond and brook running through it. For a number of years they have been developing the site and were really excited about adding a mud sculpture to the grounds. Everybody had great fun, even if some students got a little confused about just where they needed  to apply the mud!

HRH Princess Anne visits teme valley youth project in Wigmore HerefordshireMet HRH Princess Anne the other day at the Teme Valley Youth Project in Wigmore . Details from Hereford Times

I’ve previously met the Queen and HRH Prince of Wales at separate events so not to many members of the Royal family to go!