Experience pottery in 2017

Potter's wheel workshop at Eastnor Pottery Herefordshire2016 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:

 

“Brilliant day”

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016

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 ”

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016

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”
5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016

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.

“Amazing 2 day Potter’s Wheel. Workshop”
5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 August 2016

My sister and I have just spent the last 2 days having an absolutely fantastic time at Eastnor Pottery on a Potter’s wheel workshop; a wonderful birthday gift from my son. Day one was spent throwing as many pots as we could muster and day two was spent turning and painting our selected items. Throughout the two days we had excellent tuition from Jon, Ethan and Jack, who were very patient …….they needed to be as we had no idea what we were doing ! The experience included a buffet lunch which was beautifully prepared by Sarah. We have met some lovely people who came from far and wide to learn the art of potting.
Eastnor Pottery have drop in sessions as well as booked sessions so is accessible for everyone and I would absolutely recommend a visit here.
Thank you Jon, Sarah, Ethan and Jack. I can’t wait to see the finished products.


We’re hiring again!

Community apprentice job opportunity at Eastnor Pottery West MidlandsWe’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!

 

 

Happy Birthday!

girl and her friends make clay models at her birthday party at eastnor potteryeve and her family display their pots they made to celebrates eve's 90th birthday at eastnor potteryIt 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!

The Flying Potter out & about

 

festival goers enjoy making pots on the potter's wheel at music festivalsFor 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

Lottie from Eastnor Pottery helps visitor make a giant Hfds cider apple

 

Regency collaborative Koi

terracotta koi carp made by Regency High School and Eastnor PotteryJon 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!”

clay fish scale made by student at Regency High School in Worcester

Clay hens in the Potting Tent

group of girls celebrate hen party by making pottery at eastnor pottery in herefordshireThe 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

girl laughing making a pot on the potter's wheel at friends pottery hen party

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