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Spot the stegosaurus

A raw glazed stegosaurus made by a child from Woodlands Infant School in Solihull Feb 2017This jurasic clay creation was made by a pupil from a reception class at Woodlands Infants School, Shirley in Solihull.

The #stegosaurus has been bisque fired and dipped in glaze, awaiting to have it’s feet wiped before its packed into the kiln for a second glaze firing. All the ‘white stuff’ will melt at 1080 degrees to form a smooth glassy surface revealing green, terracotta and sandstone colours.

A box of bisque clay dinos waiting to be glazed

Bisque fired dinosaurs waiting to be glazed and fired.

Busy Busy Bees

Busy bees day nursery visit Eastnor Pottery for teambuilding event

We had great fun working with this group of nursery managers from Busy Bees Childcare. The team get together on a regular basis and at Christmas, they schedule an extra special activity to mark the festive season. This year they chose to make pots at Eastnor Pottery on no less than nine potter’s wheels we provided for them.

The team were in great spirits and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of wrestling the spinning mud. I think we only had to use the naughty corner once! ;)

The ceramic results of their labour will be fired, glazed and returned  – serving as a permanent reminder of their creative and fun 2016 Christmas party.

I can sing a rainbow…

Collaborative pottery arts project in Herefordshire's St Marys Primary school FownhopeWe are chuffed to bits with this fantastic rainbow collaborative tile panel made with all the children at St Mary’s Primary School, Fownhope, Herefordshire.

Each child created an individual tile representing one of the School’s values with each year group responsible for a different colour of the rainbow.

The finished panel will be hung in the school hall for everybody to admire and as a constant reminder of what can be achieved through everybody working together.

Rainbow tile panel created by students at St Marys Primary School Fownhope Herefordshire

Language Communication and Clay

Great to be back at Ledbury Primary School Nursery working with the youngest and most creative pottery participants.

Every year we take bags of squishy clay, tools and a potter’s wheel into LPS Nursery to explore language and communication whilst working with clay. Parents too are invited into school to work alongside their children.

Squashed Owl made of Clay at Ledbury Primary School with Eastnor PotteryHere’s what one parent (Joe’s mum!) had to say about the projec: (text taken from a pamphlet produced by the school)

“It gave me a real insight into understanding how the Early Years works. As parents we had the oportunity to communicate with our children in an inspiring setting with a good role model, Jon the Potter. The project just enchanced the wonderful work Rose already does in Nursery. I was also amazed at how much knowledge Joe had about pottery. As parents we don’t realise how much they are learning. It also gave parents who wern’t so confident in coming into school the opportunity to build relationships with staff in the Nursery. It was great when Joe brought his pot home and was really proud of his work.”

The project has been so succesful at LPS that it’s been rolled out into other settings. During the Summer term we worked with the Nursery class at Cradley Primary School and this Autumn we have just completed a six week block at Ledbury Play Station.

 

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