jo kennedy customer liaison and admin at eastnor pottery and the flying potter herefordshire

jo kennedy customer liaison and admin at eastnor pottery and the flying potter herefordshire Job Title: Customer Liaison and Admin

Job description: The first port of call! Answering phones, replying to emails and keeping the office on an even keel.

Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?

In an ideal world I’d be sitting in the garden getting lost in a good book, weather permitting!

Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?

It has to be Barry Manilow’s Copacabana as it makes me feel happy and I love singing and dancing along to it.

Q3 What is your favourite drink?

Cosmopolitan cocktail or a luxurious hot chocolate

Q4 What is your favourite cheese?

Bavarian Smoked Cheese

Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Around 20 pairs half of which I don’t wear anymore.

Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?

A dolphin

 

 

artist and co director at eastnor pottery and the flying potter jon williams

artist and co director at eastnor pottery and the flying potter jon williamsJob Title: Co-Director

Job description: Facilitating experiences (Eastnor Studio and the wider community) and maker of weird interactive pottery stuff.

Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?

Surfing! but as you need the ocean for this I’ll settle for spin class, writing and mowing the lawn.

Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?

A Forest by The Cure. An incredible sonic journey with endless live versions…also, nothing was ever quite the same after hearing it for the first time.

Q3 What is your favourite drink?

A bottle of Tribute

Q4 What is your favourite cheese?

Stilton

Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?

6, but rarely stray from my Air Force 1’s handed up from my son!

Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?

A barn owl

 

sarah monk potter and co director at estnor pottery and the flying potter in herefordshire uk

sarah monk potter and co director at estnor pottery and the flying potter in herefordshire ukJob Title: Co-Director

Job description: Facilitating experiences, managing the day to day running of the studio and maker of functional, quirky slip-ware.

Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?

Kitchen dancing and zumba classes.

Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?

Wonderful Night by Fat Boy Slim. It’s such a good song, it gets you up and makes you move. Reminds me of Summery family life.

Q3 What is your favourite drink?

A nice drop of Merlot or Shiraz preferably

Q4 What is your favourite cheese?

Garlic Roulade

Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?

15

Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?

A squirrel

 

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.