2016 was our busiest year to date working with aspiring potters of all ages and abilities here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter. The popularity in pottery in 2016 was in part, inspired by BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down programme broadcast in the Autumn of 2015. Man, the power of television!
We facilitated no less than 50 weekend and day potter’s wheel workshops – phew!!!
Although we were working ‘flat out’ delivering the best possible potter’s wheel experience for our visitors, we are all in agreement, it was a genuine pleasure to work with each and every one of our customers.
Our attention is now firmly fixed on our 2017 potter’s wheel workshop dates and we are looking forward to sharing the therapeutic benefits of working with clay with the new cohort of potential potter’s.
Here’s what some our most recent potter’s wheel workshop participants have had to say about their Eastnor Pottery Experience:
Attended the one day workshop at the weekend. It was great fun. Highly recommend it. The staff were great, so helpful and patient! Teas & coffees plus biscuits on arrival and through out the day. Lovely lunch provided. It was a very warm welcoming and creative atmosphere. If I lived nearer I would be attending more workshops. And the great thing was actually made some pots! Great experience. Go for it.
“Loved every minute ”
What an amazing weekend, so much fun and laughter, couldn’t have been looked after better, would highly recommend to anyone who wants to try something different and laugh. Thanks to all who looked after us xx
“Brilliant weekend!! We cant wait to come again”
Thank you Jon for a brilliant 2 days. I would highly recommend coming on your course and really pleased we did the whole weekend as we made some wonderful creations. I had so much fun, getting splattered with clay, making unusual shaped pots and eating a delicious lunch. The individual attention was great and the pace of learning was perfect. I had no idea we would be carving our pots and painting them into something that will last us forever.
My daughter really enjoyed it too! Her pots were beautiful and she felt a great sense of achievement. we will be back to do it again as you were all such lovely people. Big hug.
We’ve teamed up again with those lovely people at Creative Alliance to offer an exciting job opportunity.
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our small but perfectly formed creative business as a Community Arts Apprentice. You will be assisting in educational workshops in schools, community settings and here at the studio. You will be given full, on the job training in pottery techniques including the potter’s wheel, eventually being able to instruct our customers and workshop participants. The role will also require you to assist in a range of other duties including; helping with glazing, packing kilns, general office administration and gardening.
Both our previous apprentices have gone on to secure full time and part time employment with us having completed their one year apprenticeship.
Don’t delay – apply here!
It doesn’t matter whether you are 9 or 90, getting creative with clay is the perfect way to celebrate your special day. Both these birthday girls visited Eastnor Pottery with their friends and family on the same day last month. The 9th pinch-pot birthday bash took place in the potting tent, whilst Eve & co each took a turn on the potter’s wheel in the main studio.
Eve kindly agreed to be filmed making her pot and was broadcast live on our Facebook page doing so. 5.5K people viewed the video with a further 14K reached, making it our most viral digital movie to date. Well done Eve!
For those of you familiar with our work will know we have a busy summer of workshops and pottery sessions ahead of us. We will be sharing the many benefits of working with clay, not only from our idyllic Herefordshire studio, but out in the community at festivals and events.
We love getting out there and enjoy the challenge of working with large numbers of participants in fields, community halls and public spaces.
Here’s a list of public events we’ll be present at in the coming months. We hope to meet some of you on the campaign trail Summer 2017!
Hay Festival 27-29 May
Masters House Ledbury Gargoyles 30 May
Cheltenham Science Festival MakerShack 6 – 11 May
Field to Fork 10 May
Eldorado Music Festival Eastnor Deer Park 30 May – 2 June
The Great Ledbury Celebration – Market House 9 July
Eastnor Castle Flying Potter week 30 July – 3 August
Lakefest Music Festival 10 – 13 August
Jon entered Regency High School, Worcester on a mission to help students and staff make a shoal of terracotta clay fish.
They managed to construct five Koi Carp, Jon working with each class for an hour or so. Although the fish looked amazing and everybody was proud of their collaborative efforts, Jon was even more excited about the clay work produced by the students who approached the making of scales in their own, unique way.
“I’m continually staggered by the variety of new and creative approaches to clay innovated by adults and children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities. You think you’ve seen it all and then somebody does something with the material you’ve never seen before – amazing and inspiring!”
The delightful Spring sunshine was matched by an equally delightful hen party group who visited the Pottery a little while ago. 17 girls and a fella made some beautifully designed and painted coil pots as well as taking a turn on the potter’s wheel.
After the clay had been cleaned away and the tables sponged down, the girls picnicked into the afternoon, proclaiming the day a blooming success.
Here’s what the had to say about their pottery hen party experience:
“What a wonderful place this is! We went for my friends hen party with 17 ladies (and a man!). Jon made the whole afternoon fun and entertaining. We did coil pots and a taster on the wheel each which was spot on for what we wanted.
It’s the above and beyond elements that make this place so special. Nothing was too much trouble and we ran over time and were still allowed to use the beautiful marquee for our picnic afterwards. Tea and coffee was also provided for the afternoon.
Can not rate this place highly enough thanks everyone! ” Tess