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Attaching #clay #leaves to our #hayfestival #trees #forest #hay30 @hayfestival @bbcgetcreative @bbcarts #herefordshire

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We’ve been on the festival circuit of late providing top quality, fun and engaging pottery sessions for guests and visitors at some of the most reputed events in the UK.

At the tail end of May, we spent three busy and enjoyable days at The Hay Festival of literature on the Herefordshire/Wales boarder. One of the global themes at the Festival was ‘Trees’. Graphic designer and kids zone producer Aine Venables produced stunning branding and motifs made up of stylised bows, birds and foliage. This was displayed through-out the festival site and on promotional material and signage.

In discussion with Aine, we proposed a collaborative project where by participants co-create clay trees adorned with hand modeled bugs and forest creatures.

By way of introduction, I threw a pot on the potter’s wheel, the form rapidly turning into a tree trunk before the appreciative audience. The accumulative results looked amazing, especially once we added hazel twigs to simulate the branches. Families and individuals squashed clay leaves to the branches to complete the visual effect.

By the end of our three day residency we had produced no less then x9 collaborative trees with an abundance of woodland creatures peeping out amongst the undergrowth. We love it when participants bring their own interests into the clay modeling and if one scruitenised the collaborative work, you might well encounter the odd t-rex, unicorn and tractor!

A few days later we found ourselves at the Cheltenham Science Festival working with quite literally thousands of children and families all eager to try their hand at clay work. We had been invited to facilitate clay sessions in the MakerShack, a large, interactive space with separate stations and a host of different science related activities for visitors to engage with.

We were situated next to the digital printing stand – pointing up the similarities between ancient clay construction techniques and those of the ultra modern. We encouraged visitors to our stand to make mini coil pots by curling thin rolled snakes of clay around a small paper cone. The digital printers created 3D form  by layering synthetic material. Very similar making techniques – just different tools!

The residency at the Science Festival lasted six days and we helped approx 1000 visitors a day create coiled cones and watch them transform into penguins, flowers and elephants to name but a few project interpretations.

4th Birthday pottery treat

Father and daughter decorate a freshly thrown pot togetherWe enjoyed working with this young family, particularly the birthday girl who made a fantastic clay bowl on the potter’s wheel. The concentration on her face as she used the banding wheel and paintbrush combo to decorate her masterpiece…

twin18 month old enjoys exploring clay at Eastnor Pottery

4th birthday pottery treat at Eastnor Pottery

18 month old plays with clay at Eastnor Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

If you fancy celebrating a family occasion in a unique and creative fashion then drop us a line and we’ll book you in: Tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk We are open Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm and have a variety of projects and prices for our customers to enjoy.

Meadows First for book tile panels!

gruffalo tile panel made by meadows first school and jon the potter from eastnor pottery and the flying potterWe are currently in the midst of a HUGE tile panel project with Meadows First School in Bromsgrove. We are working with the whole school to produce no less than six separate panels, each one made by a different year group, each one depicting a different children’s book character:

Nursery= Elmer the patchwork elephant

Reception = The Gruffalo

Year 1 = The Tiger from The tiger who came to Tea

Year 2 = Winnie the Witch

Year 3 = The BFG

Year 4 = George from George’s Marvellous Medicine – another Roald Dahl Book

We’ve done two days of workshops in school, brilliantly assisted  by x4 YR8 students from neighboring Parkside Middle School (they really were very helpful indeed!)

All the tiles have been created and are currently drying out ready for their bisque and glaze firing. Once they have emerged from the kiln we’ll mount them onto boards and get them photographed and up on the blog.

School trip to Eastnor Pottery & Eastnor Castle

Leigh and Bransford Primary School at Eastnor PotteryWe were delighted to welcome Leigh and Bransford Primary School to the Pottery in the last week of January.

KS1 split into two groups, one toured the Castle while the other made clay mott & bailey coil pots with us.

In the afternoon, the groups swapped over, ensuring everbody got to sample all aspects of the Eastnor experience on their school outing.

This is what the school art co-ordinator had to say about the visit:

“They had such a wonderful day and learnt so much from you guys! They cannot wait to get their creations back when they are ready! Thank you so much, I and my colleagues will recommend you to anyone”

mott and bailey clay castle made by primary school pupil at Eastnor Pottery Herefordshire

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.

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