Artist 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.
Archive for key stage 1&2
Somehow managed to squeeze all 300 infants into a day with each child making a commemorative badge or plaque celebrating their time at the soon to be demolished infants school – but dont worry folks, they have a splendid brand new shiny Primary School to move into in the Autumn.
I encouraged each child to consider something they were particularly good at or had enjoyed doing at Leominster Infants School. This lovely creation was made by a youngster who loved singing. “This is for the Rainbow Song” she said as she handed me her claywork.
Musuem of Royal Worcester Porcelain and myself had discussed animals in ceramic decoration as a theme for the children’s clay work. However, once we had toured the cases with the group of YR2 artists, it became very clear the students interests were varied and far more interesting than our proposal. So, we encouraged the children to sketch ‘at will’ from the many cases of ceramic treasure and curios. One child honed in on a set of mold makers tools and carefully sketched the items before executing them brilliantly in clay. Another girl flattened a clay slab and delicately incised a pattern based upon a plate she’d seen in the collection. Lots of conversation and chatter about how things were made, who made them and how they had become to be displayed in the Museum – endless possibilities to explore social history, materials and technology, maths and literacy.
It was a pleasure and a joy to see how each child had managed to explore a different theme…and to be so engaged in and excited by what they were doing. The line drawings were amazing and they’d really looked at what was in front of them. The quality of the pencil sketches and note taking proper informed the clay work – a fab and inspiring morning for sure.
Got to spend a lovely morning in the company of Ledbury’s Evergreens at Ledbury Primary School.
Evergreens is a well-established club (in its 48th year) providing a weekly meeting for senior citizens within the Ledbury area to meet for a chat and Tea. Once a month they arrange an outing/or “treat”. Last week’s treat – Jon the Potter, a selection of articulate YR5 students and a bag of clay!
The children chatted with the Evergreen’s about their School’s values based education before helping members construct their own ‘values’ based story pots based upon their life long experience.
Lots of stories, anecdotes and lively discussion – oh and some super clay constructions too.
A little while ago we worked with YR6 at Bishops Cleeve Primary School making clay animals from the Rain Forest. Having been painted in slips & underglazes, shipped back to Eastnor Pottery and fired, the critters emerged from the kiln recently looking pretty amazing.
Apprentice Ethan enjoyed setting up little compositions and photographing them around the Pottery garden. Here’s the rest of his images.