Archive for community workshops

Washwood Heath Nursery School

Pottery Snow White at Birmingham nursery schoolOne 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”

Ugly mugs @ Bilston!

Pottery for kids at Bilston Craft Gallery Aug 2014Great to be back at Bilston Craft Gallery working with some of Wolverhamptons young pottery enthusiasts. We made a motley collection of ugly mugs which, when fired, glazed and returned to their makers – could be used for proper hot chocolate and other beverages.

More photos here.

Clay dino head @Noztock

Collaborative clay workshops at Herefordshire Noztock Music festival near BromyardCollaborative clay fun at the Noztock Music Festival 2014. Brilliant festival, great vibe & fab music. Definately be back next year.

Mad Hatters

ridiculous values hats worn by artists Jon Williams and Stephen McRaeArtist Blacksmith Stephen McRae and myself spent a hot afternoon at Ledbury Primary School’s end of term Carnival sporting these inspired and slightly ridiculous ‘Values hats’. We were soliciting peoples views on a set of values for Ledbury – a spot of market research for a metal and clay Sculpture Stephen and myself will be co-creating in the Autumn.

Mela clay

Pottery workshops at South Asian Arts Event in SmethwickVery pleased to be delivering pottery workshops on behalf of the good people at SAMPAD. Latest session took us to Victoria park in Smethwick, Birmingham where we entertained families celebrating The Mela Arts Festival. We encouraged visitors to make and take away clay elephants – just like this fantastic creation.