Eastnor pottery trip advisor travellers choice award

jon williams and sarah monk eastnor pottery travellers choice award

Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to review us on all platforms, you are AWESOME!! Over 400 heart warming reviews on Trip Advisor and counting!

Please check out all the lovely things people are saying about us on our tripadvisor listing. In the meantime here’s a few recent glowing recommendations:

“We came for a 2-day weekend course in July and had a fantastic time. The whole weekend was really relaxing and the tution was marvellous. I just wish I could have spent more time! All 3 of us (myself, my son Max and my friend Rachel) do want to come back. I thoroughly recommend this course whether you’re a beginner or not.” Rebecca

Just from reading reviews, I had high expectations for this experience and it certainly lived up to them. My husband and I loved it. Sarah was a great teacher giving us the right balance of clear instruction & expectation, acceptance & encouragement of a novice’s attempts, mixed in with lots of laughter! For someone who failed their pottery GCSE back in the day, I was delighted with my pot and definitely want to do some more. We would certainly encourage anyone else to have a go!” Getaway559539

“I honestly can’t rate this experience highly enough! I took part in the hen do experience, and was dubious that the day would be worth the cost, but it was worth every penny. The morning was spent learning how to use the potter’s wheel (a childhood ambition realised) and we were all able to have as many goes as we wished (although I could quite happily have sat there all day, and the next), and in the afternoon gave our creative sides free rein, learning how to make and paint coil pots. Jon was patient and encouraging, an excellent tutor. I now want to be a potter!” missapples0805

Eastnor pottery trip advisor travellers choice award

potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

Eastnor Pottery co-directors Jon Williams and Sarah Monk are exhibiting a collection of their ceramic birds ‘n bugs at Hellen’s Garden Festival

Go see if you can spot them in the undergrowth but hurry hurry hurry, the exhibition closes this Sunday!

potter jon williams leaning over putting ceramic bee on a pole in to the ground of hellens gardens

potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

abstract terracotta bees on poles in the ground surround by shrubbery

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed

green white and blue decorated bottles from numbers 1 to 8

These fabulous door numbers were commissioned by Three Choirs Vineyards, for their Deluxe Vineyard View holiday accommodation.

Jon and Sarah combined their creative talents on this one – a collaboration of skill and style.

thrown terracotta bottles lined up and drying in pottery studio

painting brush applying white slip to a hand thrown terracotta bottle

hand thrown terracotta bottles painted with white slip on table

terracotta bottle cut in half being held

inside the halved terracotta bottle

terracotta painted bottles in the kiln before firing with numbers 4, 5 and 6 on them

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed inside the kiln

sarah monk ceramics including egg cups lemon squeezers and soap dishes

sarah monk ceramics including egg cups lemon squeezers and soap dishes

Sarah is super thrilled to be taking part in the Digital Craft Festival 26th  – 28th March 2021.

The online international event aims to promote the very best contemporary makers through an exciting program of talks demos and films. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy direct from 150 selected artists working in all kinds of materials.

This is the first time she’s taken part:

“I’ve enjoyed this event lots in the past….. it’s so lovely! A fun filled weekend of craft demonstrations, interviews and workshops on InstagramFacebook and zoom.  The Digital Craft Festival is an opportunity I would ordinarily have to pass on, what with the 3.5k class participants that pass through the doors each year at Eastnor Pottery. As the Studio is currently closed to visitors I have had more time to focus on my own work. I’m launching lots of new designs in my shop especially for the event!”

As well as selling from her online shop, Sarah will be running a ‘make along’ zoom class.

“I will show you step by step how to make your own clay bug house and you can make along with me! No previous pottery experience is required. The pottery techniques I will be sharing with you are slab building and sgraffito decoration. Once you have made your wonderful clay house, leave it to air-dry at home.”

If you’d like to take part in the class you’ll need to purchase a ticket from her website.

 

two clay monsters at eastnor pottery created on using the coil pot technique

two clay monsters at eastnor pottery created on using the coil pot technique

Did you manage to catch our LIVE STREAM pottery tutorials on our Facebook page during the February 1/2 term?

Sarah and Jon had great fun showing us how to make a coil pot monster on Monday, a pot on the potter’s wheel on Wednesday and a clay fish on Friday!

Don’t worry if you missed them, all three videos are now up there on the Eastnor Pottery Facebook page for you to enjoy and ‘make along’ forevermore!

herefordshire potter sarah monk holds a freshly thrown jug made on the potter's wheelherefordshire potter jon williams holds a clay fish made using the pinch pot technique