happy potters wheel weekend course participant at eastnor pottery

eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdown

It’s been a long time coming but at last customers can book one of our fab pottery experiences direct from our website. Hurrah! No need to email, no need to pick up the phone – clay is just a click away!

The following experiences can be purchased via the website:

Clay Modelling                                            £20

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel       £40

Potter’s Wheel Day Course                      £150

Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course           £280

Groups of x7 or more participants qualify for a group discount but will need to contact the Pottery via our contact form, email or by telephoning 01531 633886.

Thank you to Mike @bookinghound and Chris @infinityunlimited… for all their technical support and for making the magic happen!

A few weeks back we were contacted by a young videographer and photographer called George Nash. He asked if he could visit to shoot some footage to add to his burgeoning portfolio of photographs and moving image.

We were instantly struck by the professionalism of his approach and the initiative he’d demonstrated in doing so.

George spent a busy Saturday morning in March with us filming and photographing our customers and staff in action. He also brought along his drone to get a bird’s eye view of the Pottery and surrounding Herefordshire landscape.

George was very easy to work with, putting ourselves and more importantly our customers at ease as he moved around the studio, capturing large and small interactions. He demonstrated a really good eye for composition and worked very hard to capture the ‘right’ images.

We are so impressed not only with the results, but the speed in which he delivered the finished work. We think he’s captured the vibe and environment we strive for perfectly. Well done George!

George can be contacted on all the usual social media platforms:

George’s website.

George’s Instagram.

Georges other Instagram.

George’s YouTube.

George’s twitter.

George’s Face Book.

herefordshire potter sarah monk hanging her ceramic bug houses at hellens garden festival

Hellens Garden Festival Sculpture Trail – Much Marcle Herefordshire

Eastnor Pottery founders Sarah Monk and Jon Williams currently have some of their own work on show at Hellens Garden Festival Sculpture Trail in Herefordshire.

herefordshire potter sarah monk hanging her ceramic bug houses at hellens garden festival

Sarah is exhibiting a terrace of ‘Bug Houses’ hanging from a particularly striking beech tree in the enchanted wooded gardens. In a career spanning 30 years, this is the first time Sarah has exhibited her work outside in the natural environment. Most of her output is intended to be enjoyed in the home but judging by the positive response to her critter homes, she’ll be making more ceramics designed for the garden. For more details of Sarah’s work please check out her website: www.sarahmonkceramics.co.uk

herefordshire ceramic artist jon williams hanging his percusive ceramic disks at hellens garden festival in herefordshire

Jon has a collection of interactive ‘Ceramic Cymbals’ hanging in the undergrowth. Visitors are invited to scour the woodland for a suitable stick (no branches or hefty timber!) and then ‘gently’ tap out a rhythm on the suspended art works. Jon’s work is designed to be enjoyed using all the senses and he is no stranger to exhibiting his multi-sensory wares at sculpture shows and in exterior settings. Please take a look at www.jonwilliamspottery.co.uk for more details of his work.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm and runs until the end of September 2020. Entrance is FREE with donations going to St Michaels Hospice and Back To The Wild CIC.

bug houses by herefordshire slipware potter sarah monk at hellens garden festival 2020

musical pottery by herefordshire maker jon williams at hellens sculpture trail 2020

textile artist katie glover degree show pieces 2020

This time last year we were entering a phase of extreme busyness with classes, workshops and pottery events taking place not only here at the Pottery but out in the wider community. Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter could be found in two or three different venues across the West Midlands, all on the same day.

To fulfill the seasonal demand, we employed a select team of undergraduate and casual workers to help share the clay love.

Say hello to Katie!

textile artist katie glover degree show pieces 2020

Katie worked for us last Summer having completed a week of work experience with us in the Spring. At the time, she was a 2nd year student on a BA Hons Textiles course in Falmouth. Katie has now graduated with a 2:1! Well done Katie :) What with her creativity and positive attitude, she has an exciting future ahead of her.

All the photos featured are from her final ‘degree show’ project.

“For part of my final project in third year I took a humorous approach to the classic British holiday, delving in to the weird yet wonderful world of British culture and how it translates abroad. producing a wide variety of works to accompany this intriguing topic ranging from jacquard weaving, illustration, graphic art and embroidery. As a graduate, I hope to expand my digital business and become a key part of the ever growing graphic industry.”

textile art by katie glover

textile art by katie glover

This is what she had to say about working at Eastnor Pottery.

“Upon my first day I was welcomed with open arms and delved in to many different learning experiences from customer service, postage and packaging, glazing, throwing pots and not forgetting many teas and coffees! The pottery is beautiful setting inspiring creativity and positive environment for all the activities they offer. Jon and Sarah’s enthusiasm and support helped me to become more confident in the world of work and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience! I am truly grateful for the opportunity they gave me to be a small part of their wonderful business and everything I learnt whilst working there.”

 

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We are blessed with lots of outside space here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter.

During July and August we’ll be facilitating as many ‘Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel’ classes in the Potting Tent marquee or Pottery lawn – lots of fresh air and lots of space to social distance…..and were offering a dedicated session to each household or bubble. So, if you are a family or couple you’ll have your own private session!

Book your experience by calling 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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.