blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owls face

It’s the last day of term – Hurrah!

Jon usually works with two or three schools a week, particularly in the Summer term when exams are out the way and arts weeks are common place. Obviously things were a little bit different this year but Jon still managed to visit one school a week, mainly to complete projects that had been arranged pre-pandemic.

This magnificent tile panel will be mounted outside the reception area at Grangefield Primary School in Bishops Cleeve, welcoming visitors to the school forever more.

Head teacher Karen commissioned Jon to work with every child in the school to produce a collaborative, wall mounted artwork to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary. The owl is both school emblem and logo and made for a really strong graphic. If you get close up you’ll see the piece has been assembled from individual feathers – each one made by a different pupil.

potter jon williams leaning over putting blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

terracotta tiles painted blue and green with a glue gun tip in corner and glue on wooden surface

 

blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

blue plaque with writing writing reading' grangefield school 2000-2020' and sgraffito writing reading 'celebrating our 20th anniversary, flying high to spread our wings, eastnor pottery'

owl drawing in degments projected on to wooden board, with clay pots in the foreground

jon williams drawing on to board with a projection of an owl template

A little preparation for a BIG tile panel project at Grangefield Primary School in Bishops Cleeve Gloucestershire. Jon worked with the whole school over two days to construct a giant ceramic version of the school’s logo. Each child contributed a tile and the composite image was commissioned to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.

Must say it’s great to be back on the road working in Primary Schools and early years!

drawing of an owl in segments on a projector owl drawing in segments projected on to wooden board with measurement tracing paper on top

owl drawing in degments projected on to wooden board, with clay pots in the foreground

hand holding card board with measurement sections drawn on with black marker

 

two clay monsters at eastnor pottery created on using the coil pot technique

two clay monsters at eastnor pottery created on using the coil pot technique

Did you manage to catch our LIVE STREAM pottery tutorials on our Facebook page during the February 1/2 term?

Sarah and Jon had great fun showing us how to make a coil pot monster on Monday, a pot on the potter’s wheel on Wednesday and a clay fish on Friday!

Don’t worry if you missed them, all three videos are now up there on the Eastnor Pottery Facebook page for you to enjoy and ‘make along’ forevermore!

herefordshire potter sarah monk holds a freshly thrown jug made on the potter's wheelherefordshire potter jon williams holds a clay fish made using the pinch pot technique

mobile pottery studio eastnor pottery and the flying pottery facilitated drop-in pottery workshops at countrytastic in malvern


It’s HOME LEARNING week here at Eastnor Pottery!

Over the next five days we are going to sign posting you to our fabulous and FREE ‘how to make pottery’ video tutorials over on our YouTube channel.

Each day we’ll be highlighting a different video and making technique:

MONDAY 18 January – Coil pot owl.

TUESDAY 19 January – Slab built house.

WEDNESDAY 20 January – Potter’s wheel.

THURSDAY 21 January – Pinch pot monster

FRIDAY 22 January – Pottery fish.

In the absence of a kiln, you can let your creations dry and then seal them with a mixture of PVA glue and water (50/50 mix) – a couple of coats should do the job. Once the PVA has dried, you can paint your creations with acrylic paint, or whatever you can lay your hands on!

Even if you don’t have any proper clay, the projects work well with play dough to.

Happy Making! Oh and if you get chance, we’d love to see what you get up to. Just send us a photo of your finished work to any of our social media platforms and we’ll share and comment on your creativity. We’re @eastnorpottery on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019Under normal circumstances (remember them!?) we’d have been up to our eyeballs in clay at the brilliant Maker Shack as part of Cheltenham Science Festival.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. Last year we encouraged visitors to make a press molded brick, using real brick clay from Coleford Brick and Tile Company based in the Forest of Dean.

The bricks were assembled into a giant castle and we worked with nearly 10,000 people over the x6 days of the festival! – that’s a shed load of bricks! The sheer volume of visitors meant we had to build a fresh structure each day, deconstructing the building at the close and re-claiming the material for the next morning.

Athough the Makershack was primarily aimed at Primary school aged students – (and man, there must have been very few Gloucestershire schools who didn’t visit the show), on Friday night grown-ups got to play with the technology in a special after-hours session between 8pm and 10pm.

Although it’s full-on, we love the #makershack and look forward to sharing the scientific benefits of engaging with clay, with festival visitors in 2021.