cheltenham 6th former does work experience at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

cheltenham 6th former does work experience at eastnor pottery in herefordshireSay hello to Mac!

Mac, a 6th former at Bishop’s Cleeve High School in Cheltenham spent his work experience week with us in February.

We loved having him around the place and his enthusiasm and good nature made for a brilliant experience all round. At the end of the week we asked him to write a short review of his Eastnor Pottery experience. This is what he had to say:

After being informed by my school that we were expected to find a work experience placement, at first, I was lost for ideas as to what I wanted to do. I searched for weeks to find something that interested me, and ended up sending around twenty e-mails to various different businesses, all of which either rejected me or did not bother to reply, the process of finding something ended up being a stressful and demoralising one. That’s when I decided to send an e-mail to Eastnor Pottery and had a good feeling about it. A day later, Jon replied and immediately came across friendly and enthusiastic about the idea, which really put my mind at rest, and I was exited when everything was sorted out for me to spend a week there.

Before I arrived, I was initially a tad nervous, which is the way I feel when being placed in an unfamiliar environment, however as soon as I entered the building, I was immediately put at ease. Everyone I met were so kind and welcoming, and I settled in very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and any task I was given, I took on with a smile plastered on my face, from washing and cleaning the studio to glazing finished pots, loading the kiln and even being able to make  my own products, it was a pleasure to work in such warm and bright surroundings with people who evidently love what they do, which shows clearly through the workshops they offer, which I observed closely and would recommend to anyone. Furthermore, it has given me a new interest in ceramics, which is something I’d love to extend beyond my work experience placement. Finally, id like to offer my deepest gratitude to Jon, Sarah, and the rest of the team at Eastnor Pottery for providing me with an amazing experience, in a studio I would love to potentially return to one day, this time as a customer, to use the skills they have taught me to use! 

I think we might be seeing a bit more of Mac in the future. :)

interactive ceramic fish designed for water play by artist jon williams

Jon’s been busy making new work for an exhibition entitled ‘Making Histories’ scheduled to have opened 20 March 2020 at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum.

He was one of seven contemporary ceramic artists from the across the Midlands, invited to respond to the Museum’s diverse collection of ceramics. All commissioned artists were to exhibit new work alongside some of the historical objects which inspired them. Then COVID-19 hit!

Needless to say, the Gallery closed and the exhibition cancelled, not before the exhibitions team had spent weeks installing the show.

Undeterred, the team at Leamington have been working incredibly hard to make the exhibition available online. And here it is! – a video complete with commentary by exhibitions curator Lily Crowther.

eastnor pottery herefordshire spring 2020

eastnor pottery herefordshire spring 2020

It will be of no surprise to many of you, but we have taken the decision to close temporarily in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and we will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

All vouchers and bookings will be honoured and we recommend all customers who have had their experiences postponed to contact us to re-schedule once the situation returns to normal. We’ll aim to make announcements on our home page when we intend to resume trading.

For those of you waiting for pots in the post, we are unable to dispatch. Please rest assured, your creations are safe with us and we’ll aim to reunite you with your fired gems once we are back on our feet.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you to the Pottery once this serious emergency is behind us.

We wish you all well at this trying time.

Stay safe everyone.

Love from Jon, Sarah, Jo, Aimee and Grace

oak tree in the autumn at eastnor castle estateThursday is our making day when we work towards exhibitions, commissions or simply experiment with techniques and materials.

These days are so valuable and have become an essential part of our weekly routine. It’s like a mini, midweek holiday and we have taken to walking to the Pottery through the beautiful Eastnor Deer Park as part of our making day  ‘journey’.

A couple of Thursday’s ago our commute in the sunshine was particularly inspiring and we spent way too much time taking photos and soaking up the Autumnal colour.

Check out the Pottery instagram for more photos.

the old post office eastnorred phone box in the herefordshire village of eastnortwo oaks in eastnor castle deer parkeastnor pottery in the autumnal sunshine

 

Eastnor Pottery workshop assistant Evie Banks graduates with a first class degree in Fine Art from Cardiff metropolitan University

Eastnor Pottery workshop assistant Evie Banks graduates with a first class degree in Fine Art from Cardiff metropolitan University

Huge congrats to our Evie who’s just graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Art from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

We’ve known Evie ever since she was a young’un! She used to attend our themed children’s workshops in the school holidays before spending a week with us in YR10 as her work experience. Ever since, she’s been a valuable member of the team working shifts during our busiest times and sharing the delights of working on the potter’s wheel with many of our customers.

As well as a competent potter she’s a whiz with the paint and canvas and no doubt has a sparkling career as an artist ahead of her.

Well done Evie and we’ll watch your development as a professional creative with great interest.