…I had the pleasure of working with Palfrey Junior School in Birmingham. The project was part of a community cohesion drive and children from neighbouring Pheasey Park Primary came along to Palfrey to join in the clay fun. Over one hundred children each made a tile. When assembled the tiles will make up a circular clock, one metre in diameter. I’ll be visiting Pheasey Park in the autumn, when children from Palfrey will help Pheasey Park make their own clock.

Also had a final flying potter visit to Badsey First School near Evesham. We produced a village of little Badsey inspired clay houses. The last four sessions have all been spent working with years four and five – nice end to the school year, and for half of the children a clay finale to their time spent at Badsey. These children were also the very first that I worked with at the school – six years ago! Then they were all in the Reception class – where does the time go!?

This week we had the pleasure of working with Clifton Primary School in Birmingham, Badsey First School near Evesham, Lillian de Lissa Nursery School in Birmingham, St Francis Xavier Primary from Hereford, and Gorse Hill Primary, Worcester – phew!

Whilst I was out and about being the Flying Potter, Sarah and Gemma delivered a variety of workshop sessions here at the studio in Eastnor.
Here are a few images from this busy, busy, hot and sticky week!
Just a few of the 90 year 3 children Jon worked with at Clifton Primary on Monday.

Funky Fruit and Veg made by years 5 and 6 at Badsey First School. The children are studying their local ‘Vale of Evesham’ environment.

Model village!
Sarah and Gemma worked with year 2 from St Francis Xavier Primary School at Eastnor Pottery HQ – fabulous fire of London inspired clay houses – drying in the sun.

I worked with two schools this week – Gorse Hill Primary in Worcester and Badsey First School near Evesham. Tile panels and collaborative pots successfully transported to the kiln room, drying out and waiting to be fired.


 

 

 

Had a lovely couple of days working with Year 1 and Reception children at Cherry Orchard Primary School in Worcester.

 

‘Earth and beyond’ provided the inspiration for some amazing clay aliens. Once the children had constructed their aliens using pinch pot techniques, they prodded, poked and squidged various bits and pieces (supplied by Worcester Resource Exchange WRE) into the clay. If you’ve never visited WRE – its an Aladdin’s cave of extraordinary stuff – end of roll/off cuts etc supplied by industry and businesses – usually destined for landfill. It’s a fantastic resource for teachers, artists and families – well worth a visit! http://www.wre.co.uk/

Native American Art week at Tenbury Wells Primary School provided the challenge of producing a ceramic totem pole with year’s 5 & 6.

As part of my research, Google revealed a mass of information and facts about totem pole and why they were made – fascinating stuff about shaming bad debtors, commemorating significant occurrences and celebrating an individual or clan.
I encouraged the children to consider their own animal totem by asking a range of questions. After much fun and debate, the children created their own stylised totem in clay.

All the tiles and cladding will be fired before the end of term and stand guard at the entrance of the school’s forest school area.
Check out the school’s website: http://www.tenburyprimary.co.uk/