The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) are a National organisation who work on raising the standards and awareness of Catering in all aspects of catering in care for adults. In a united effort to drive home the message of the vital importance of this valuable community service, the NACC took to the road to complete the NACC National Road Relay through every region in England, Wales and Scotland.
They started in the South West Region on Monday 10th November and on Wednesday 12th November the Relay team rolled into Eastnor Pottery, selected by NACC as the Herefordshire venue to highlight their cause.
We were delighted to host an afternoon of clay activities for a group of lovely service users from Ledbury who enjoyed a meals on wheels lunch in the Pottery before trying their hand at making coil pot mugs.
A truly brilliant afternoon was had by all and we cant wait to deliver everybody’s finished and fired masterpieces.
This time last year I was in the throws of an exciting early years project in Wolverhampton. Happy Craftplay took place at the brilliant Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton as part of a national initiative called Happy Museum.
Myself and two other makers (Annemarie O’Sullivan and Corrie Williamson) were commissioned to produce a body of work based upon a series of creative sessions held at the Gallery. Staff, parents and children from the nursery at Loxdale Primary School explored materials in the Gallery garden.
We three artists each produced an artwork which was then handed over to Craftplay for them to use on a regular basis.
Craftplay, Craftspace and ourselves met up at The Pottery a few weeks back to evaluate the project and discuss how the commissions were being used since their inception. There was also a little time at the end for a spot of pot making on the wheels. As Jack from Craftplay commented “a perfect combo of thinking and fun.”
Lottie and myself had great fun over 1/2 term (seems like an age ago now!)working with x4 Birmingham Children’s Centres exploring language and learning via the medium of clay.
The children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr provided the inspiration and families got hands-on with clay in the Centres and here at the Pottery.
The Centres who took part: St Thomas, Ladywood, Summerfield and Lillian de Lissa
Later in the year, participating families will get to see an international theatre performance of the book at Birmingham Town Hall.
Cant quite believe apprentice Ethan has been with us for nearly a year but by the end of October he will have completed his Community Arts Apprenticeship.
As part of his training he’s been set monthly assignments by Creative Alliance based in Birmingham, one of which involved the design, planning and execution of a community project with a chosen group.
Bubbles Nursery based here in the village were keen to be involved and spent a lovely morning working with Ethan to build a bread oven in the Pottery garden.
Here’s a selection of photos documenting the build.
One of my early Autumn highlights is working with staff, parents and children at Washwood Heath Nursery School. Although I’m a regular visitor throughout the academic year, we run a concentrated series of workshops in Sept/Oct designed to ease the ‘settling in’ process for both children and their parents.
So, whilst the children are getting used to their new classroom surroundings, the parents are invited to remain in the hall, just in case they are needed by their youngsters. To occupy minds and sooth the stress of separation, the adults are offered creative activities such as basketmaking and claywork.
I’m always blown away by the talent, skill and stories shared.
A husband and wife, both doctors made some super clay work. Mum made a Snow White figure. (featured photo) Apparently, she’d made one at school when she was 11years old and although the school didn’t have a kiln, she was able to paint her dry clay work and was very proud of her artwork. Really grateful for the opportunity to make it again and was excited at the prospect of it being fired and glazed. Husband helped her construct the figure, they both worked together on the same piece. Mum used to love her clay lessons and used to skip history lessons in order to work in the pottery studio.
“This really takes me back to my childhood – I’m going to take a photo and share it on my facebook page as all my old school friends will comment about it”