paw print coil pot made by a student from vale of evesham special school on a trip to eastnor pottery herefordshireOnce a year, around this time the Vale of Evesham special school pay a visit to the Pottery to make things for mothering Sunday. On this occasion the group of nine students made and painted clay mugs for their mums. Once the mugs were completed and the clay tidied away a hearty picnic was shared out, washed down with tea, cake and fresh coffee.

It’s always a lovely session and one both Sarah and myself look forward to -It’s a privilege to share our pottery skills with such an intimate and interested group of young people.

3d self portraits made by students at westfield special school in leominster herefordshire with jon the potter from eastnor pottery and the flying potterstaff and students at westfield special school in leominster herefordshire worked with jon the potter from eastnor pottery herefordshireSpent a lovely day working with students and staff at Westfield Special School in Leominster. The current, cross curricular theme in school is ‘who am I?’ and the topic presented the children with the opportunity to approach the clay in different ways. Some of the more able students made 3d self portraits using the coil pot technique whilst other groups felt the clay underfoot and mark made into soft slabs of clay.

this collaborative sculpture was made by 25 adults with learning diffulties with jon williams from eastnor pottery and the flying potter in kidderminster to celebrate the olympic games and diamond jubileeCheck out this fantastic sculpture made by approx. 25 adults with learning difficulties on a ‘MY QUEEN & MY COUNTRY’ workshop in Kidderminster.

I’d been asked to come up with a theme that celebrated both the diamond jubilee and the Olympic games. The sculpture will now go on display at at Bewdley Museum for the rest of the Summer.

smoke fired thrown pots made by the students at sunfield special school in clent with jon williams from eastnor pottery & the flying potterDuring the month of May, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of spending 5 days with staff and students at Sunfield School in the West Midlands.

Sunfield is a residential special school supporting young people aged 6-19yrs with severe and complex learning difficulties.

Clay is such a universal and accessible medium no matter what age or ability everybody can leave their mark…and marks were well and truly made on this short clay residency! We smeared squidged and threw our way through bags of the stuff, each student adopting an individual and interesting approach to the material.

As always the potter’s wheel was a firm favourite with some students displaying interest and focus rarely seen in other activities.

We finished the residency off with a celebratory ‘smoke firing’ in the idylic school grounds. This involved building a small fire, stacked with some of the students work they had previously made. Once lit (the risk assessment was a thorough one!) the flames and smoke decorated the vessels leaving gorgeous marks and shades of grey and black (see above photo).

I thoroughly my time at Sunfield and hope to be back there again soon.

a clay owl made by a student from alderman knight special school in tewkesbury. she was part of a group working with jon the potter at eastnor pottery and the flying potterThe young people from the Alderman Knight Special School in Tewkesbury visited Eastnor Pottery in the week. The children had a regular horse riding session in the morning and then called by the Pottery for a clay workshop in the afternoon. A rare break in the wet weather allowed the group to picnic on our lawn in glorious sunshine.

The students were treated to a coil-pot demo before getting stuck into the technique themselves. They made some wonderful objects including an elephant, mug and my favourite, this owl.