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

eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdownJust under three weeks to go before we welcome back all you aspiring potters and creatives! We are so looking forward to seeing you and have been beavering away making changes to products and studio spaces, all designed to make you feel confident to visit and comfortable whilst you’re here.

For those of you who haven’t had the good fortune to visit our wonderful studio on the idyllic Herefordshire Eastnor Castle Estate, we are blessed with bags of outside space. Whenever the weather permits we’ll be facilitating sessions in the garden and in our boutique ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

The Potting Tent Marquee at Eastnor Potterykick wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

If’ is looking chilly, we still have ample room in the Pottery to social distance a battalion of would be potters! Well not quite that many, but we are very confident in our planning and spacing. Inevitably, we’ll be seeing less of you as classes will be smaller. In fact, during July, we’re offering dedicated classes per booking. So, if you are a family or couple you’ll have your very own private session! Give us a call on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your session.

Here’s a list of other things we’re going to be doing to make people feel comfortable when they visit Eastnor Pottery.

  • To avoid handling cash and cards, we’re asking for full payment in advance of customer’s sessions – BACS our preferred method of payment and we’ll provide customers with our account details as soon as they are in the diary.
  • Customers will need to bring their own apron and old towel (sharing is fine). The clay doesn’t stain and washes out easily so wearing old clothes is perfectly acceptable too, but please don’t forget the towel!
  • We’ll be asking customers to arrive no earlier than 5 mins before their session starts. This will give plenty of opportunity for previous guests to finish their session and proceed on their merry way.
  • On arrival, customers will be directed to a waiting area and asked to wash their hands. Their experience will commence once the previous participants have departed and we’ve had opportunity to clean tools and prepare the wheel(s)
  • We’ve set up the furniture and potter’s wheels to account for the 2m social distancing rule and will be observing social distancing through-out the experience.
  • Sadly, the legendary complimentary cuppas and fresh coffee are on hold for the time being :( That said, customers are very welcome to bring their own beverages and water bottles.
happy potters wheel weekend course participant at eastnor pottery

potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

We’ve added three new events to the list of scheduled Weekend and Day Potter’s Wheel Courses over the Summer…and don’t worry you certainly wont be packed in like these guys!

18 July 2020 – One Day Potter’s Wheel Course

8 & 9 August 2020 – Weekend Potter’s Wheel Course

15 August 2020 – One Day Potter’s Wheel Course

Details here or please contact the Pottery to make a booking: TEL 01531 633886 EMAIL admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk 

happy potters wheel weekend course participant at eastnor pottery

potters wheel weekend course participant at eastnor pottery

sun bathing clay model figure reclining on a beach towl made at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

sun bathing clay model figure reclining on a beach towl made at eastnor pottery and the flying potterSand, sea and sun provide the inspiration for our latest clay modeling project called ‘Life’a Beach’.

Any body visiting the studio over the Summer months will get the opportunity to model and paint a beach scene using real clay and ceramic paints.

Although the project is primarily aimed at families, it might also inspire some of our regular potter’s wheel enthusiasts to try their hand at clay modelling as a creative alternative.

The mini-masterpieces will need to be dried, fired and glazed before they can be collected from the studio a few weeks later. P+P can be arranged at £5.

The 1 & ½ hr sessions are designed for potters 4yrs and upwards and places cost £20 per person.

Sessions start at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm and take place Tuesday – Saturday in the school holidays.

Although we are closed at the moment we intend to reopen 1st July 2020 and are currently taking bookings. Please call the Pottery on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your place(s).

 

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019Under normal circumstances (remember them!?) we’d have been up to our eyeballs in clay at the brilliant Maker Shack as part of Cheltenham Science Festival.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. Last year we encouraged visitors to make a press molded brick, using real brick clay from Coleford Brick and Tile Company based in the Forest of Dean.

The bricks were assembled into a giant castle and we worked with nearly 10,000 people over the x6 days of the festival! – that’s a shed load of bricks! The sheer volume of visitors meant we had to build a fresh structure each day, deconstructing the building at the close and re-claiming the material for the next morning.

Athough the Makershack was primarily aimed at Primary school aged students – (and man, there must have been very few Gloucestershire schools who didn’t visit the show), on Friday night grown-ups got to play with the technology in a special after-hours session between 8pm and 10pm.

Although it’s full-on, we love the #makershack and look forward to sharing the scientific benefits of engaging with clay, with festival visitors in 2021.

clay pot in the hand made at eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery in the gardenWe are so fortunate here at Eastnor Pottery to be blessed with lots of outside space.

Once we start back on 1st July and weather permitting, we’ll be hosting many of our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Classes on the pottery lawn or in the ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

Now taking bookings on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you! :)

clay pot in the hand made at eastnor potterypotters hands at eastnor potteryclay pots drying in the potting tent marquee at eastnor pottery