pottery leaf tiles incorporated into graffitiI’ve been working with the young people at Teme Valley Youth Project on an arts project called Yart.

As well as experiencing all the usual benefits associated with working with clay, the participants made these fantastic ceramic leaf tiles incorporated into a graffiti mural painted on the outside of the youth centre.

I reckon the effect looks pretty good and one I’d definately like to explore further.

painted pottery clay leaf tilesWorking with so many people (approx. 10, 000 a year!) I inevitably share my pottery skills with artists and creatives who work in other media.

These exquisite clay tiles were made by a Jeweller, who also volunteers as a youth worker at TVYP in Wigmore. The young people we are working with are making a collaborative tile panel in the shape of a tree destined to be hung on an exterior wall at the Youth Centre.

pottrey animation in progress at tvyp wigmorepotters wheel animation made at tvyp youth clubpotters wheel animation underway at tvyp wigmore

Been working with Teme Valley Youth Project (TVYP) in Wigmore, introducing the young people there to the delights of the potter’s wheel and other clay making techniques. On the suggestion of my co-artist Stephen, we added stop animation into the creative mix. Featured above are a few stills from a short animation experiment created by one of the participants.

3d self portraits made by students at westfield special school in leominster herefordshire with jon the potter from eastnor pottery and the flying potterstaff and students at westfield special school in leominster herefordshire worked with jon the potter from eastnor pottery herefordshireSpent a lovely day working with students and staff at Westfield Special School in Leominster. The current, cross curricular theme in school is ‘who am I?’ and the topic presented the children with the opportunity to approach the clay in different ways. Some of the more able students made 3d self portraits using the coil pot technique whilst other groups felt the clay underfoot and mark made into soft slabs of clay.

delicious curry at festival of cultures at edward iv grammer school for boys in birmingham july 2012One of my workshop highlights is the annual trip to King Edward vi Grammar School for Boys Aston, Birmingham. I’m there working with the students during the day and then supplying potter’s wheel sessions for friends and family of the pupils in the evening.

The whole event is called Festival of Cultures and continues, year in year out, to be a raging success, not only for the boys but for the many activity suppliers like myself. Organisation of the whole affair is the responsibility of the 6th formers who are motivated, polite and very helpful, and to cap it all you get fed too: Parents set up food stands in the main hall where you can sample cousine from all over the world. The portions are generous and always served with pride, a smile and a whole lot of love. The curries are to die for and the cake stand offers a mouthwatering selection of home baked deliciousness!

Yum yum, looking forward to next year already.