This time last year we were entering a phase of extreme busyness with classes, workshops and pottery events taking place not only here at the Pottery but out in the wider community. Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter could be found in two or three different venues across the West Midlands, all on the same day.
To fulfill the seasonal demand, we employed a select team of undergraduate and casual workers to help share the clay love.
Say hello to Katie!
Katie worked for us last Summer having completed a week of work experience with us in the Spring. At the time, she was a 2nd year student on a BA Hons Textiles course in Falmouth. Katie has now graduated with a 2:1! Well done Katie :) What with her creativity and positive attitude, she has an exciting future ahead of her.
All the photos featured are from her final ‘degree show’ project.
“For part of my final project in third year I took a humorous approach to the classic British holiday, delving in to the weird yet wonderful world of British culture and how it translates abroad. producing a wide variety of works to accompany this intriguing topic ranging from jacquard weaving, illustration, graphic art and embroidery. As a graduate, I hope to expand my digital business and become a key part of the ever growing graphic industry.”
This is what she had to say about working at Eastnor Pottery.
“Upon my first day I was welcomed with open arms and delved in to many different learning experiences from customer service, postage and packaging, glazing, throwing pots and not forgetting many teas and coffees! The pottery is beautiful setting inspiring creativity and positive environment for all the activities they offer. Jon and Sarah’s enthusiasm and support helped me to become more confident in the world of work and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience! I am truly grateful for the opportunity they gave me to be a small part of their wonderful business and everything I learnt whilst working there.”
Not only that, he was also presented with the Alun Barratt-Danes Technical Excellence Award for his graduate work.
Although the class of 2020 were unable to mount a physical degree show due to the epidemic, students were required to publish an online exhibition of their work.
Here’s what Ethan has to say about his work and motivation as he steps out into the world of professional practice:
“In this body of work, I wanted to know if the experience of seeing, handling and using a fired pot could be as contemplative an experience as making it. When I make a pot, I rely on my skills to take me through the process, however I am not guided by them. I try to follow my intuition and that of the material in the hopes of producing vessels with spontaneity and vitality. In my practice I try to harmonise the qualities of mark making on raw clay and applying slips with the glazes I create though I don’t shy away from aesthetic dissonance. I simply see it as an opportunity for more personal reflection. Within the studio I have come to value gathering local materials to use as glazes, such as slate and sand from the River Taff and wood ash from my childhood home. I find cleaning and curating the studio space to be both calming and clarifying. In that sense the habits of making show me a reflection of my own human nature. Thus, in the aesthetic choices we make when we curate the objects in our home and our lives there is an opportunity to abstract the qualities of our deepest human nature through contemplation.”
The future looks pretty good for Ethan in these testing times – he’s secured employment for September as a Studio Technician at an Oxford school. Good work Ethan and we look forward to seeing you develop as a maker.
Paul Bailey, the editor asked her six questions: how she got into ceramics, a bit about Eastnor Pottery, her influences, where she sells, how does she use social media and her observations of how pottery has changed in the last 5 years. Paul has put her answers into a beautifully written three page article.
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Job Title: P/T Pottery Studio Assistant
Job description: Front of house – meeting, greeting and chatting with customers, cleaning, organising and maker of a mean cuppa coffee!
Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?
I like to dance and play sport because I find it exciting and very enjoyable
Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?
I Want It That Way by the Back Street Boys (tell me why!!! 😂)
Q3 What is your favourite drink?
Q4 What is your favourite cheese?
Has to be Cheddar because its a classic
Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?
17 and I wear the same pair every day.
Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?
It would be fitting to be a Blue Tang fish like Dory (Finding Nemo) because I am also very forgetful.