Jon returned to Grace Academy in Solihull to work with 22 of the new September intake of Yr7 students. Having been shown various potting techniques, the participants used their own imagination to build various clay objects including giraffes, training shoes and a Nanny McPhee!

We always ask our clients and customers for their feedback following a workshop or event. We regularly send out an evaluation questionnaire asking if the project lived up to expectations etc. Here’s a recent response from Arrow Vale High School in Redditch (see the blog titled ‘Mud Sofa’) http://eastnorpottery.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html)

“The amount achieved by the students was excellent, we have had a variety of positive feedback, the highlight for the students being adding the mud mixture to the structure.”

“Your relationship with students was excellent, relaxed but focused, securing the attention and enthusiasm for the experience.”

In the final week of the summer term, Bewdley High School offer their students a whole range of activities in which to participate. Trips to London, snowboarding and health and beauty workshops are just a few of the exciting offerings.

Jon was invited to facilitate a day of clay for yr 7 & 8 students.

Prior to his visit they were encouraged to research mythes and legends. Some of the lads brought in model dragons and fantastical toys on which they based their sculpture.

King Edward VI Aston School for boys in Birmingham stages an arts event every year called the Festival of Cultures. For the past three years Jon has supplied clay workshops for the boys during the day, and in the evening parents and families are invited to sample food and confectionery from around the world as well as enjoying some of the activities the boys have participated in during the day.who do a fabulous and hospitable job ensuring that participants, staff and visitors are looked after.

The sole responsibility for organizing all aspects of the event is given to the Sixth Form,

Pictured here are examples of the trophies made by the lads during the day.


Jon spent a glorious sunny day outside at Arrow Vale High School, working with Year 8 transitional students and the Eco club to produce a large mud sculpture.

Everybody worked blooming hard, particularly considering the near Sahara conditions. The students dug, shifted, and mixed rubble, sand, and earth to produce a natural eight legged sculpture.

Having permission to get totally, head-to-toe filthy was extremely appreciated by the students, who all had great fun smearing the clay over the structure and each other, (judging by the photos, mostly each other!) Once the grass seed has established, the work will function as a seating arrangement for outside lessons.