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Giant mini-beast invasion

Look out! there’s something lurking in the rhubarb patch at Kingham Lodge.

terracotta caterpilla mad by oxforshire primary school children

These fabulous terracotta creepy crawlies were made by five Oxfordshire primary schools earlier in the year. Jon the Potter was commissioned by Kingham Lodge to co-create the artwork with the children to be exhibited in the Sculpture at Kingham Lodge exhibition He spent a half day in each school working on the collaborative insects.

The schools who took part:

Bledington

Leafield

Great Rollright

Ducklington

Kitebrook

The children’s work can be seen alongside sculpture made by professional artists in the beautiful gardens set in the heart of the Cotswolds. The show runs from Saturday 5th May – Sunday 15th May. Open 10am – 5pm daily.

collaborative terracotta bee and snail made by oxfordshire primary school children collaborative terracotta mini-beasts made by Oxfordshire primary schools

Broadwas tile panel

tile panel primary school project worcestershireWe recently collaborated with the whole of Broadwas Primary School in Worcestershire to produce this brilliant tile panel interpretation of their school emblem.

Each pupil made an individual tile from soft clay before adding detail and painting in coloured slip.

We transported all 100 tiles back to the Pottery to be fired, glazed and returned to the school for ready for installation earlier this year.

The panel is mounted on the outside of the school near the entrance, welcoming pupils and visitors and serving as an excellent reminder of what can be achieved when everybody works together.

…and, if you study the school’s website banner photo roll for long enough, you’ll see our very own Jon the Potter facilitating a potter’s wheel assembly!

 

School Sculpture at Kingham Lodge

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Sculpture at Kingham Lodge in Oxfordshire.

Over the past few weeks, Jon has had the opportunity to collaborate with schools local to Kingham, working with staff and children to make a range of collaborative terracotta sculptures.

The pieces are destined to be exhibited alongside professional sculptures created by renowned artists in the beautiful gardens at Kingham Lodge. The show opens 5th – 13th May 2018.

Clay makes for a valuable lesson!

pottery artist in residence project at Dines Green Primary SchoolThese value oaks were commissioned and made by all the children at Dines Green Primary School in Worcester.

Each child made and painted a pottery leaf based upon one of the six school values. Quite a challenging task to make mini clay decoration symbolising notions of respect, resilience, reflection, curiosity, empathy and honesty!

Nursery tree

arranging ceramic tiles at eastnor pottery

Our lovely community arts apprentices Aimme and Immy working with Sarah on the final touches of a stunning tile panel made by children, parents and staff at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham.

Although the practical sessions are of paramount importance and integral to our practice, it’s worth pointing out the value of preparation and after-care we attach to every project.

We reckon for every minute spent working with somebody hands-on, there is at least a minute of preparation and after-care.

This collaboration will be hung on the outside wall of the new Clover Lea Annex building designed for the provision of the under 2’s.

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