One of eight lovely gargoyle wall planters produced by Holyoakes Field PRU, ready for delivery back to the school.

On completion of residencies I ask schools and venues to complete an evaluation questionnaire.

Q:Did the project live up to expectations?

A:Totally! The whole week was fantastic – the children and staff were engaged and learning. Our children are difficult to engage but they were absorbed by the whole process and worked well the entire week. You could have spent a month here and it wouldn’t have been enough!

I worked with two independent schools on Saturday -Malvern St James in the morning and Lucton school in the afternoon. The girls at Malvern St James, made three fabulous, autumn inspired collaborative pots, as well as individual hibernating hedgehogs. For more details of what we got up to, check out www.malvernstjames.co.uk and follow the link to the juniors newsletter, .
Once the van was packed, it was a dash up to North Herefordshire to meet the boarders at Lucton school.
The staff wanted all 38 boarding students, aged between 9 and 19, to make a collaborative wall panel to go in the entrance hall of the boarding house; something with the ‘wow’ factor to impress visitors. The girls and boys came up with the idea of self portraits, grouped together to resemble a giant ceramic ‘class’ photograph. We all had great fun modelling our faces in terracotta clay, in some cases ‘splatting’ the clay slabs onto our faces to make an impression. Once the clay was peeled from the students faces, the results were stunning – a great recipe for a fake tan too!

Worcestershire Arts Education has a fantastic reputation not only within the West Midlands, but beyond the borders too. A couple of weeks ago, Marion and her brilliant team put on a Creative Careers exhibition at Malvern Theatres. Myself and various other creative types got to talk to, and hopefully inspire, hundreds of high school students from all over Worcestershire. Musicians, dancers, visual artists, window dressers, theatre make-up artists and graphic designers were just a few of the creative careers represented .

I had the Potter’s wheel on the go, inviting punters to throw a pot – wasn’t long before I had a queue of eager participants all willing to try their hand. The event was hailed a huge success with a steady stream of visitors throughout.