lady with a mask on sat at a potters wheel holding up wooden board containing 2 pots she has thrown

Lauren, a student at Hereford Art College (HCA) joined us for a week of work experience.

As well as joining one of our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel classes, she assisted with glazing, packaging customers work and re-claiming clay.

Lauren is considering a career in ceramics and was considering applying to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study the craft. Here’s her art Instagram account.

lady with a mask on sat at a potters wheel holding up wooden board containing 2 pots she has thrown

a green jug, green and purple pot and an unpainted ceramic dish on a wooden board

leaning tower of pisa pot painted

Meet Katie Glover new apprentice

We’re as pleased as punch to welcome Katie to the team. Hurrah!

Katie’s our new and talented Junior Content Producer Apprentice and is being trained in collaboration with Creative Alliance in Birmingham. One of her first tasks here at the Pottery was to write an introduction for our website:

“After completing my BA Hons in Textile Design in 2020 at Falmouth University, I wasn’t sure not what to do next. With months of uncertainty, I was offered an apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer with Eastnor Pottery. I’d completed a week of work experience at the Pottery in the summer of 2019. I remembered my time being filled with potting skills, beautiful scenery, camaraderie and lots of laughter. How could I turn down a chance to work with Jon and Sarah again!?

Illustration is at the heart of my practice. During lockdown I have set up in business as a freelance designer. I have an Etsy shop selling a range of products including, amongst other things, cards, prints and stickers. My role as Junior Content Producer involves promoting fabulous courses and classes the Pottery offers. I’ll be getting to grips with their social media and promotional material, capturing the customers experience.

After the apprenticeship, I will have the confidence and skills to further pursue my career in the arts. Although illustration will always play apart, working as a junior content producer will provide me with a variety of new tools and skills. I am sure my time at the Pottery will be a fantastic learning experience and tremendous fun!

Below are some examples of my work including some pots I made during my work experience at the Pottery in 2019.”

Pot illustrated painted with seals and waterSelection of small animal and drinks themed cardsleaning tower of pisa pot paintedleaning tower of pisa pot written text wonky potselection of prints cats and dogs framed and unframed

clay handmade campervan painted green on grass with flowers in the background

ex eastnor pottery apprentice ethan powell

ex eastnor pottery apprentice ethan powellCongratulations to Ethan, our first ever Community Arts Apprentice who’s just graduated in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art & Design.

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.

stomeware cup by ethan powellethan powell's studio in cardiffvase form by ethan powell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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. :)

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.