Goodluck Jack in your new job and thanks for all your work over the past couple of years.
Archive for staff training
A team of 30 employees from Mira Showers visited the Pottery to creatively explore ideas about how individuals operate within an organisation.
The team had spent the morning at the office working with their Insights Discovery profiles to help them better understand themselves and their colleagues to improve overall team performance.
After lunch, they made the short journey to Eastnor Pottery to interpret what they had learnt about themselves in clay.
Each participant made and painted an individual tile as well as each taking a turn on the potter’s wheel.
Once the tiles have been fired and glazed, they will be hung in the Marketing department back at Company HQ, as a permanent reminder of the teambuilding event and the importance of working as a group.
The afternoon was hailed a success and this is what Marketing Director Craig Baker had to say about their Eastnor Pottery experience:
“A huge thank you for such an enjoyable day yesterday. The whole team was fully engaged and we have had some great feedback. We are all looking forward to putting our installation together”
Our small but perfectly formed team headed to Leominster in January for a spot of CPD with storyteller and writer Carol Graham.
She put together a morning of literary activities and exercises designed to develop and explore our creative writing skills. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time with Carol and my personal favourite with reference to the editing process:
‘Words are like clay, you can add to them or take them away to create an effect’
Terribly sad that the 2015 Mudrunner Classic held in October was likely to be the last Mudrunner event held in Eastnor. Team Eastnor Pottery have taken part in the race nearly as long as we’ve been making the clay medals presented to those who actually make it to the finish line. We’ll be very sad to see it go and must congratulate Mudrunner organisers D3, on the magnificent job of facilitating the event over the past six years. #sad
One of the Early Years settings I visit on a regular basis is Brearley & Teviot Nursery and Children’s Centre in Birmingham.
At the beginning of each academic year and before the children start, I’m called upon to deliver a series of training and teambuilding sessions for staff. In 2014 we produced this amazing rainbow tile panel designed and executed by the team and each tile representing a member of staff.
More recently, I worked with the children to re-build this magnificent bread oven after it had taken a bit of a bashing over the Summer break. Each day, groups of pupils from all four classes visited me on site to help with the construction. A very messy and invaluable experience with lots of lovely language and communication emerging.
Here’s a selection of comments from the children:
“We’re building a mountain”
“I cant roll it it’s too sticky”
“My hands are stuck”
“This clay is soft”
I’ve made a big rock”
“I have play dough in my home – I make waffles”