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/

Eight fantastic ceramic trees produced by all the talented children at Marlbrook Primary School in Hereford.

 

Jon visited the school on several occasions during the spring term working with each year group to make a separate year group tree.

 

Every single child in the school produced at least two leaves and helped make creepy crawlies for the trunk sections. Bearing in mind there are 450 pupils in the school, the project generated a mammoth amount of tiles, all of which had to be individually stuck onto the specially prepared tree shaped boards. Phew!

 

The trees are going to be mounted on the wall around the school for all the children and staff to enjoy.